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
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: 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: 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?
Excerpt: Bioshock 2 has landed, and carries with it some epic expectations: not only did it´s stellar prequel garner some impressive awards and accolades, but the series of "Shock" games (including the PC´s System Shock series) are somewhat revered amongst cerebral gamers. Blending psychological horror, manic shooting and some elements of role play, the entire series can creep into your brain, causing nightmares about little girls, demented AI, or freaks of nature.
Conclusion: BioShock 2 sets out to make a name for itself, and overall it does. It improves on the original's gameplay while telling two different stories across modes. The experience isn't as powerful at the end, but the Little Sister bond makes up for that.
Conclusion: BioShock 2 is not a departure from the original game as its takes a lot of the gameplay mechanics, tweaks them, and improves on what was already there. The new storyline is a lot less complex as the original game but that is give you’re more playing time and less time trying to understand what’s going on. The upgraded moral barometer that is used in the game may give you pause or a second thought when it comes to killing certain people in the game.