Conclusion: We feared familiarity would breed contempt. It didn’t. But it didn’t help the cause either. BioShock 2 is a very good game indeed, well worth the cash, but it doesn’t quite reach the masterwork status of the first game.
Philosophical shooter brims with mature ideas -- and content
Common Sense Media
8 May 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.” The game also...
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.
Conclusion: Bioshock finally moved beyond trying to be System Shock 2 and finally excels. The story is great. The gameplay has been refined to be more fun and have more depth. This ride to Rapture was a treat.
Excerpt: One of the highest rated games of this generation has finally gotten its sequel. BioShock 2 came out approximately 3 years after the original. In its absence, we have been playing other marvelous shooters, such as Halo 3, Killzone 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. A lot has been changing in the world of First-Person Shooters and indeed in Rapture as well. BioShock 2 takes place 10 years after the first game.
Excerpt: Let’s get all of the negative stuff out of the way first, shall we? There is absolutely no way Bioshock 2 can deliver the same experience your first trip to the city at the bottom of the Atlantic provided. Like any sequel, the initial romantic “getting to know you” phase one would normally have with the characters is forfeited for the “so good to see you” comfort that a sequel provides.
Excerpt: It was a foregone conclusion that Bioshock was going to garner a sequel. The first title’s release proved what gamers had been trying to tell the industry executives for years; high sales figures could still come from a title with an intellectual storyline and themes. Bioshock was one of those rare gems that challenge and captivate players in every aspect of its presentation, with the storyline becoming even more compelling than the gameplay itself and certainly way...
Excerpt: I don't envy the guys at 2K Marin. When a game is as well received and influential as BioShock , the follow-up is always going to be a tough hill to climb. BioShock 2 is, for lack of a better analogy, the band that has to follow The Rolling Stones. This left 2K Marin in a bind: play it safe and change little about the game, or pull a 180 like Mass Effect 2 . In the end, the developers decided to take the safe route, though with a few minor changes to the formula.
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.