Excerpt: In 2007, a sleeping giant awoke. The game’s name was Bioshock who opened it’s eyes, stretched out it’s arms, picked us up and threw us into the beautiful, yet eerie underwater world of Rapture. What could have been yet another fps style adventure had been a masterclass in videogame design as it plucked away at your emotional and moral senses to deliver one of the stand out games of the decade.
Excerpt: Visuals: Bioshock is a dark game over all, mainly to create atmosphere for the player. However, it does have the player set the brightness at the beginning of the game to make sure that the player can see the right amount of details. The brightness can also be adjusted through out the game. This game also offers “Art Subtitles” that can be turned on if the player so chooses.
Excerpt: Visuals: Bioshock is a dark game over all, mainly to create atmosphere for the player. However, it does have the player set the brightness at the beginning of the game to make sure that the player can see the right amount of details. The brightness can also be adjusted through out the game.
Summary: Maybe the game doesn't live up to the promise fans had for it but it still produces one of the best shooters around. The twists on the first game's formuela are good, making some nice improvements and if it does feel a bit too familiar, you still get to use new weapons and powers and improved enemies for more challenges.
Conclusion: Creating a sequel to an iconic game such as BioShock was always going to be a challenge to developers. With expectations and hype surrounding it being so high, you can't help but feel a slight twinge of disappointment over what the game could have been. But, if taken on its own merits – improved combat, a solid multiplayer mode, and one of the most atmospheric and interesting settings ever created in a video game – BioShock 2 is an enjoyable experience and one that fans...
Philosophical shooter brims with mature ideas -- and content
Common Sense Media
8 June 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that BioShock 2 is an extremely violent shooter with several adult elements, including profane language, suggestive sexuality, and excessive use of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. The player’s character kills enemies in decidedly bloody ways (such as with a giant drill), visits desolate strip clubs with suggestive posters, and consumes copious quantities of alcohol, cigarettes, and mind and body enhancing genetic drugs known as “plasmids.
Excerpt: Making a sequel to a beloved original can be a risky proposition. Sometimes it goes spectacularly well, like The Empire Strikes Back, and sometimes it goes horribly wrong, like The Phantom Menace. When BioShock was released in 2007 it quickly captured the imaginations and respect of gamers, and rightfully so. The fallen undersea city of Rapture is one of the most unique and beguiling settings ever to appear in a videogame.
Summary: : Bioshock 2 , though still a good game, doesn’t quite live up to the expectations set by its predecessor. The writing is still excellent, the visual style is still beautiful and impressive, and the aural work is generally outstanding all around. The gameplay is easy to pick up and learn, and some interesting changes have been made, between the easier hacking system and the dual-wielding of Plasmids and weapons, to make the gameplay better all around.