Conclusion: While the game does suffer a bit from repetition (which can be easily overlooked due to just how FUN the gameplay is) it offers enough player customization, streamlined loot/inventory mechanics, and ample non-linearity to make it rise up above the rest. I only hope the sequels feel the same for me. If you like other RPG/FPS mixes like Fallout or Borderlands, then you'll feel right at home here, as long as you can deal with a bit more of a guided hand throughout.
Conclusion: As a single player only game, Bioshock is the first title to be fully worth the $60 it cost, and what an adventure it was. With an immersion factor of 11, only the list of minor bugs and annoyances kept it from a perfect score. Stay tuned for political arguments about killing little girls and fan boy arguments about whether it’s better than Half-Life or not.
Excerpt: When I’m deciding how eagerly to anticipate a new game, the first thing I examine is the developer’s track record. Irrational Games has a history of releasing quality PC games with MetaCritic scores in the 80-90 range; these games include System Shock 2, Tribes: Vengeance, SWAT 4, and Freedom Force.
Excerpt: As gamers, we all feel the bite of disappointment. The number of games that have been hyped, built up, presented as something they’re not, to a group of people who believe every word is almost beyond counting. We all know it, and yet we fall for it every time. Games that look so great in screenshots and trailers and interviews and “Official First Impression Play Testing Sessions” turn out to be nothing more than the next great flop.
Conclusion: Don’t be too put off at my caveats above - BioShock is clearly a 2007 Game of the Year contender and an FPS hybrid that is well above normal standards in production values, design, and originality. The fact that BioShock is such an easy favourite says more on the state of gaming today than it does of the game itself, but don’t let that distract you from a solid gaming experience.
Excerpt: Hurry, Mr. B!" a demented little sister tells her brutish Big Daddy protector, "Angels are waiting for our kisses." By "kisses," sister is of course referring to the stab of an Adam collector, and by "angels" she means a corpse. Welcome to BioShock's Creepytown. Please enjoy both the mayorship and the key to the city… Hyperbole does not suit BioShock. The first-person shooter is, simply, one of the best games ever made.
Excerpt: BioShock is easily one of the most hyped games set for release this fall, and with that release date almost upon us, it’s time for us to start getting excited! A story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, breathtaking graphics, and deep gameplay have garnered a lot of interest in this “genetically enhanced” first-person shooter from 2K Games.