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. I’m not sure if Eleanor is really your daughter or just a Little Sister you were given to protect as a Big Daddy. That’s right, in BioShock 2, you play as a Big Daddy who protects Little Sisters responsible for gathering Adam from corpses.
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.
Conclusion: BioShock 2 is a game definitely worth playing but those who engage in it need not expect the same experience delivered by its predecessor. There are some rough edges, the experience seems too short for me and the multiplayer offerings really don't add a lot, but the core of the videogame is brilliantly designed, well built and delivers some genuine thrills when it comes to the more complex Big Sister pre-arranged fights and to the mini last stand elements built around...
Excerpt: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". That was a favourite phrase of my computer studies teacher back in the early nineties, clearly displaying his complete lack of the pioneering spirit that brought us pretty much every scientific innovation between then and now. If it ain't broke, you should be very proud of yourself, and already thinking of ways to improve it.
Conclusion: While it doesn't quite have the same penetrating, vivid experience as the original, BioShock 2 spins a thrilling tale of Sofia Lamb, "The Family," and their maniacal ideals of Utopian society. Multiplayer does have its' high points, but pales in comparison to the finely crafted single player.
Conclusion: After some multiplayer, you’ll probably end up back in the single player to pick up on things that you missed. And while it surpasses its predecessor in certain respects, it just doesn’t quite have that little extra to really put it over the top. It’s definitely a great game and will likely be on top ten lists at the end of the year. It’s just not a perfect 10.
Summary: BioShock 2 is a worthy follow-up to the critically acclaimed odyssey in Rapture. While there is only a modest amount of updates, the game stands well on its own through a new and exciting story, online multiplayer, and tremendous presentation.
Pros: How the story is presented through audio diaries, spray-painted messages, and flashbacks, The still intriguing world of Rapture, The new and exciting multiplayer
Cons: Some of the missions are repetitive, While the story is told well, it is not quite as captivating and interesting as the first game
Excerpt: had enough retail success that it wasn't destined to be one of those games. When publisher 2K announced a sequel, though, people were a little wary, as it seemed like a new game would never live up to the first. Then it was announced that the original developers, Irrational Games, weren't going to be making it.