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Possibly the best game I have ever played
Bioshock (Xbox 360)
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Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Advantages: A brilliant, brilliant game
Disadvantages: They made a sequel
I loved Bioshock. I absolutely loved it.
The game is set in the dystopian, underwater city of 'Rapture' started by industrialist Andrew Ryan who wanted to find somewhere his particular brand of philosophy could thrive. The setting is visually stunning and you could very easily lose time just staring outside of the underwater windows across to the city in front of you and the level of detail in the fish between you. Add to this a nostalgic 50s/60s feel supported by a soundtrack from the same musical era and a storyline that at times literally left me speechless and you are onto a winner.
As a first person shooter the gameplay is pretty easy to pick up. The game has an added dimension in that as well as using an array of your average shoot 'em up guns (and some funky new creations) you can also use plasmids. Genetically enhanced abilities including telekenesis, incinerate and winter blast. If first person fighting is not your forte they even have a plasmid to distract your enemies while you edge rather hastily past them. The maps are not difficult to navigate, often I find in first person shooters you can easily get lost or turned around, but thankfully the setting is so recognisable that you can easily find your way around Rapture.
The storyline itself was brilliant. The few twists I genuinely did not see coming at all and came as a complete shock. Even playing through for a second or third time (you can't just play through it once) I found these moments can still leave you reeling for a moment even when you know what is coming. The character you play as has little to say (very Gordon Freeman-esque) and you are confronted with some moral choices to make which affects the development of the storyline making you feel very much a part of the game.
Bioshock also raises some interesting ideas about society and how even the simplest philosophy can be distorted. The idea of 'parasites' in a city where everyone is supposed to pull together and work for everything they have is an interesting one as is the treatment of them. The conflict between the classes, again is an interesting development in a city where class was not supposed to exist. All in all a fantastic game that can also leave you thinking about the implications of the philosophies and societies contained therein.
Summary: Fantastic in every way. Would you kindly buy this game?
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