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Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Member Name: SpaceMunkey
Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Date: 22/03/11, updated on 22/03/11 (8 review reads)
Advantages: Story, gameplay, atmosphere
Disadvantages: One niggle over controls
OK, a few things to start with, firstly, I enjoy playing games but I get bored very quickly with nearly all games, only playing for half an hour or so at a time. Secondly, I very rarely sit down and play a game, especially non-multiplayer, for more than an hour.
With this in mind, I can play Bioshock for five hours without realising it. As the title suggests, I'm not sure what it is about the game, but I really can't put it down. I very nearly completed it and then my save game file became corrupt, so I'm on the almost second run through, which I'm enjoying just as much.
The game starts with you in a plane, which then crashes during night time in to the ocean. At the time the graphics were amazing, now they're still VERY impressive, but look a little dated compared to some modern games. I won't spoil things by giving any more of the story away, but it is very engrossing and keeps my hooked.
As the game progresses more things become available. In your right hand you have your weapon, starting with the wrench, then pistol etc. Each weapon then gets different ammo, regular, armor piercing etc. Now, what makes Bioshock a little bit special is your left hand. This becomes an extra weapon using Plamids. This can be things like fire, electricity, ice etc, and as you progress you unlock more and can equip more. They also react with the environment so if you see oil on the floor you can time a fire attack to hit the oil just as the enemy are running through it and set them all alight :)
Later in the game you can also start to collect materials and build your own things, although I never really used this feature much as in easy mode you hardly ever run out of ammo, but feel I may need to use this feature a lot during medium mode.
The atmosphere of the game can be very tense at times, especially if you have surround sound and play in the dark. The thumping sound of a "Big Daddy" (you'll find out what these are in the game) makes me grip the controller and move very slowly around the game trying to decide on if I should take it on or not.
Controls are very good with the right button and trigger controlling the right hand and left button and trigger controlling the left hand. The only niggle I have is the fact that the camera is classed as a weapon so taking a picture then quickly trying to get to a decent weapon before being spanked can be frustrating.
The first time I played through I played on easy mode, this time round I'm playing on medium and I can tell the difference, I don't think I'll cope with hard :/
Not a very detailed review, but I really don't want to give too much of the story away.
Summary - excellent atmosphere, still VERY good graphics, engrossing story, good controls.
Get the game, you can get it at the moment for around £8, I paid £20 and it is one of my most played games (determined to complete it before starting Bioshock 2 which has been on my shelf for 3 months unopened)
Summary: Excellent game, BUY IT!