Product Type: Take 2 Xbox 360 games
Newest Review: ... one of the best stories in gaming, it is so deep and every single character you meet (excluding the splicers) have a huge back story an... more
Bioshock, dark disturbing and atmospheric
Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Member Name: steveneal
Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Advantages: gripping plot with unbelievable twist, great look, dark atmosphere
Disadvantages: end of the game feels run of the mill, doesn;t capatalise on plot potential
Shoot bees from your veins, electricity from your fingertips, fire balls from your palms, and move objects with your mind. Then pick up a shotgun and mow your way through the beautiful and terrifying world of "Rapture".
This decrepit art deco city at the bottom of the sea is perennially stuck in the 1950's, but the decade ended with a civil war that tore the city apart, and left the population insane. As "Jack" you are caught in the middle of a power struggle for the minds of "Rapture's" citizens. On one side is the comforting Irish voice in your ear, Atlas. On the other Andrew Ryan, a cynical business man in hiding, the creator of "Rapture", a visionary. But his vision, though noble, has become twisted beyond recognition in the execution. This is largely down to the lack of restraint on the scientists of "Rapture". Their gene experiments, have resulted in mutating the people. Through a sea slug found outside the city walls, ADAM was harvested, and distributed among the civilian population. ADAM has a narcotic effect on the resident, and their increasing dependency on the chemical causes them to act in irrational ways. They lose their grip on sanity, slipping into the blackness of ADAM's clutches, from which there is no escape. Here they experiment on themselves and one another with horrific results, ranging from the cosmetic surgeon attempting to create the perfect woman through mutilation, to the German scientist who captures and indoctrinates the little girls of the city to drink the blood of the dead to harvest the ADAM and recycle it.
It is these "Little Sister's" that mark the focal point of the game. They provide an unparalleled moral decision: harvest them for the valuable ADAM they uniquely possess, or save them and make surviving the horrors of "Rapture" that bit harder. Depending on the choice you make will affect the ending of the game. Will you be Savior or Destroyer? Hero or Villain? However, in order to make those decisions you must get the "Little Sisters" on there own, which means defeating the iconic Big Daddies. These monsters in diving suits will terrify you as you hear their low roar, or the heavy metallic footsteps, and you will know that you are in the toughest fight of your life. If you face the Rosie version of the Big Daddy, you will face a giant with a Rivet gun fired with extreme force and precision. Not to mention that he will be throwing proximity mines at you, which will detonate on impact with you. Th bouncer is probably the most iconic and recognisable resident of Rapture, with red lights on his helmet when he is in a bad mood, and green when he is passive. But don't mistake him for a traffic light, as he moves at tremendous speed and packs an almighty punch. Then there is his coup de grace, a giant drill attached to his arm, which he will use to strike you with, bore into the ground to disorientate you before charging like a bull, or simply to bore into your torso. And at six feet long, this is no Black & Decker.
The official classification of this game is an action shooter, but it quite easily could be a horror. This is bone chillingly terrifying gaming, but the way it frightens you is entirely new for the medium. This is a game waging psychological warfare against the gamer. The fear begins as a feeling of being disturbed by the shadowy corridors and strange noises that emanate from the city. This feeling begins at the back of the brain, but slowly works it's way forward, eroding your sanity like ADAM has eroded the sanity of the splicers of "Rapture". It is at work even when the game is switched off, it stays with you while you are doing the shopping, while you sleep you will wander the echoing hallways of "Rapture", dreading what is round the next corner. The fear will spread through your mind from the back to the front, until you can feel it pushing against the inside of your eyes, and the only way you can exorcised it is to scream. Playing this game alone at night, in an empty house with the lights off might sound like something that a gaggle of thirteen year old girls would do for a cheap fright night, however it is one of the most immersive and horrifically brilliant experiences I have ever had the privilege to enjoy. As you hear a disembodied voice singing "Jesus loves me this I know", before rounding a corner and seeing the owner of the voice does have a body, one which is terribly disfigured from splicing ADAM, one which is clothed in tattered overalls and carries a bloody knife. The ramifications are truly felt when you consider that this was once someone's father, son, brother. Yet these people, once the best in their field that walked the perilous line between genius and madness, would rather relinquish their gifts and indeed their grip on reality, for one more hit of ADAM. They have forgotten that they once had families, they would fail to acknowledge them in the street, perhaps not recognising them, these people who were once so close and loved. They would gladly kill them for ADAM, or even for sport to satiate their irrational rage and uncontrollable hatred for all rivals to their precious drug. This brings it home for me, makes it real. Makes it terrifying.
This is a game that aspires to examine the Human condition at it's most basic level, to see what makes us separate right from wrong. Is it wrong to want to be free from the restrictions of bureaucracy? The tangled traps of red tape? This poses so many questions about our political ideologies , our philosophical beliefs. Rarely has a game had such lofty goals. Rarely has a game hit such heady heights at the depths of the ocean.
Summary: If your'e looking for a truly immersive environment and a great storyline, there is no better game
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