Excerpt: There's no doubt that revisiting Rapture isn't quite as special as seeing the dilapidated underwater city for the first time. While BioShock 2 doesn't make you trawl through the same locations, there's a familiarity here, but with 10 years having passed since the end of the original game, new...
Conclusion: Though BioShock 2 is extremely similar to its predecessor in terms of its story, look, and feel, some crucial tweaks pierce through the familiarity and nonetheless make this a worthy addition to the series.
Pros: Arresting visuals. Engaging story. Solid gameplay, with minor but effective tweaks to the first BioShock's methods. Strong multiplayer mode.
Cons: Overly derivative of the first game, but with a less-involving story. Internet connection required for activation on PCs.
Excerpt: Since the fall of Andrew Ryan, the underwater city of Rapture is deteriorating and is being ruled by Sophia Lamb who has tried to kill you; and if that isn’t bad enough, she has also taken away your daughter.
Pros: Excellent story told through audio diaries found in the city of Rapture.
Cons: Multiplayer is still active, but you have to wait a little bit to gather enough people to play.
Excerpt: Summary [8 out of 10] True-to-form I ran through BioShock 1 for the first time in preparation for BioShock 2, and last night I finally wrapped up BioShock 2 (fighting through the keybinding bugs on the PC) and found it to be an excellent continuation of the BioShock story , feeling very much like...
Conclusion: The story is as good as the previous one - and the ending is certainly improved - avoiding the previous extreme polarisation by adding neutral endings which draw on moral choices other than the little sisters (of which there are several - but no spoilers here) The multiplayer is functional, yet...
Excerpt: If you played it to completion, the safe money says you’re not forgetting Bioshock anytime soon. 2K’s recent entry into the hybrid role-playing/shooter genre is sometimes a victim of its own hype, but it never lacks for imagination and proves a fun, engaging journey all the same.