Summary: The sequel, be it book, movie, game or even album, fans always want the chance to recapture the magic of discovery a second time. In the gaming world often a sequel means some cosmetic changes and a few innovations and that’s good for most. 2007’s “Bioshock” on the other hand didn’t amass legions of fans with providing them an online arena for first person mayhem or the chance to live our their sports fantasy.
Excerpt: Memorable stories in first-person shooters are increasingly uncommon. That's one of the many reasons the BioShock franchise shines so brightly--and the biggest motivation for playing Minerva's Den, an emotionally touching downloadable add-on for BioShock 2 . At a reasonable $9.99, Minerva's Den is a must-play for those who have lost themselves in the carefully crafted underwater dystopia known as Rapture.
Pros: Intriguing story that comes to a surprising and poignant end, Atmospheric visuals and sound effects really draw you in, Fun combat is further energized by new weapons, plasmids, and enemies, Great level design makes battles tense but never frustrating
Cons: Narrative structure is just like previous BioShock stories, A few of BioShock 2's irritations continue to linger
Excerpt: Compared to the stories that have defined the series thus far, Minerva's Den, the first and only story-based DLC for the Bioshock series, is like a lightning novella--quick and punctuated. While we'd be remiss to state that the source material is littered with filler, it's safe to say that Minerva goes straight for the jugular. Things start similarly enough.
Excerpt: Share As we near the fall season, Iâ€™m reminded of the little gems from earlier this year. Â One, in particular, that stands out to me is Bioshock 2. Â Hearing people talk about it now, I feel like Iâ€™m one of the few people who really like Bioshock 2. Â Sure, the story was not as epic [...
Excerpt: You’ve been here before. The hallways of Rapture—the art deco, objectivist’s paradise turned gory nightmare—are still prowled by psychotic Splicers who babble insanities to themselves and attack anything near them like feral animals. Big Daddies lurch from vent to vent seeking Little Sisters who go about their gruesome tasks while humming a happy tune, both oblivious that they serve no purpose now that Rapture is all but dead.
Conclusion: BioShock 2 is a very good time. Unfortunately, it feels a whole lot like the same game. If you yearn to relive Rapture, this is the game for you. If you were looking for BioShock to inject itself with adam and evolve, well... you might want to hold out for BioShock 3.
Pros: BioShock 2 takes place in one of the most memorable environments in video-gamedom, You get to play as a Big Daddy, The multiplayer is truly original and a lot of fun, BioShock 2 takes place in one of the most memorable environments in video-gamedom, You get to play as a Big Daddy, The multiplayer is truly original and a lot of fun
Cons: BioShock 2 takes place in the same, memorable environments as the original BioShock, You have to play as the world's weakest Big Daddy, BioShock 2 takes place in the same, memorable environments as the original BioShock, You have to play as the world's weakest Big Daddy
Conclusion: Bioshock 2 is an admirable experience, one that doesn't compare to the narrative of its predecessor, but carries forth the fun gameplay that was originally inspired some two years ago. The addition of multiplayer gives us all the more reason to keep playing after completing the 13-15 hour campaign, though conflicting design choices keep Bioshock 2 from succeeding and ultimately stepping out of the shadow of the original.
Excerpt: We talk a lot about value when it comes to video games. Is Mirror's Edge worth £40 when its single-player campaign can be completed in about seven hours? Is Call of Duty: World at War? Is the PS3 exclusive downloadable Challenge Rooms game pack for BioShock, and free premium theme 2K Games has thrown in to sweeten the deal, worth £6.29? The question is both yes and no. Yes if you absolutely loved 2K Games' BioShock.
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 enemies are on the prowl, there's a new dictator in town and the big daddies are no longer alone as the top dogs.
Excerpt: In a landscape populated by bald space marines, helmeted heroes, and military mavericks, 2007's journey under the sea with a blank-slate named Jack was a refreshing shock to the system. An impressive setting, an uncanny atmosphere, and a humdinger of a dilemma with what to do with these creepy little girls put BioShock on the shortlist the year's best. Three years later, we once again return to Rapture. Has it fell to rust, or is this series airtight?