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BioShock

Developers: 2K Boston2K Australia Publisher: 2K Games
21 August 2007
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#269 All-time
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In 1960, a lone survivor of a plane crash named Jack discovers an abandoned underwater utopia, only to find out that the mystery behind its creation is much more sinister than he first believed.
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This games holds up decently. The atmosphere and production are still very gripping. I was surprised how many moments still affect me, like various twists and audio logs. The themes about objectivism tie the world and story together.

The game loses points in how unsatisfying it can feel at times. Sometimes enemies are too resilient, shooting guns doesn’t feel visceral, and the movement feels like its from a PS2 game. I like the customization though, with swapping out tonics for different active and passive powers.

Even if this game has shown its age, it’s a good single-player FPS adventure and deserves a revisit.
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DoubleCakes 2021-07-09T16:29:03Z
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Why can't more single players be like this? Intuitive, logical and fun. You can't ask much more from a game. Plus the underworld atmosphere was just awesome.

They don't make 'em like Bioshock anymore, I presume. A lone masterpiece in a world of not that great AAA games at that stage. It's an all-time game for a reason.

Wouldn't mind playing this one again sometime, in fact.
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catalogueatolic 2023-11-29T02:29:12Z
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This is the first of three amazing games from the BioShock franchise, although I'll admit that this is the best of the trilogy as it has the most unique ideas out of all of them.

I've seen this get compared to system shock as it borrows a lot of the elements from that franchise (particularly the second game with its psychokinesis mechanic) while it's obvious this game took inspiration from that franchise, it does more than enough to distinguish itself as its own franchise even though I've heard rumours they both take place in the same universe. The biggest difference by far is that this takes place in an underwater city known as rapture rather than in space, although there are other differences such as rescuing little girls from their "big daddies" (or harvesting them if you're an evil prick) as well as it takes place in 1960 rather than the distant future. One major similarity this game has is that you play an amnesiac who is guided by someone you believe to be your friend, if you're familiar with the story of system shock 2, then you know where I'm going with this, but I won't say anything else due to spoilers. Suffice to say, the story is brilliant as it's full of twists and turns to keep you guessing on what's really going on in rapture. Also borrowed from system shock are the audio logs which serve to fill in the gaps the main story leaves out about the history of rapture, this gives you an incentive to explore every corner of the city which seems largely abandoned save for a bunch of thugs known as splicers that will attack you. This is where the combat comes in as being an fps first and foremost, you have to fight your way through the city against these thugs as well as "big daddies" who have little girls following them around who carry Adams which are used to upgrade your abilities. As I said, you can save them where you'll earn a small amount but are rewarded for every three you see or harvest them where you'll get a bigger amount but with no reward later on. This is the extent of the morality this game has but I think it rivals that of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic when it comes to revealing who a player truly is. The psychic powers are a neat touch that builds on the foundation that system shock 2 laid out almost a decade prior, I found them far more useful here than I ever did in that game even if they were mostly situational.

As with most games I love, I've only scratched the surface on what this has to offer, check this out if you haven't already because it's well worth your time.
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Foxylover92 2021-06-23T00:18:55Z
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This is supposed to be an "immersive" video game, but all you do is run around and open suitcases to find five dollar bills, turn on faucets and mindlessly gun down the same enemy for ten hours. There is no level design, enemy design or even game design. I don't even think this was a video game, but a schizophrenic nightmare I periodically had over the last three days.
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iggys_hot_music 2023-01-26T22:24:22Z
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Finally played this game!

I've tried playing it a few times over the years since its release. Finally stuck with it. The first few levels are a bit tough to get into, dark - unclear what to do.

Once I understood the dynamics of the game - and got used to using the "magic" weapons I got really into it.

The story is great, I love the atmospherics.

The dialogue volume levels are terrible. I could barely hear what they were saying. The sound in general is clunky. There are a ton of noises - it's a bit too much. It's cool that they were able to add so much sounds to the game, but there needed to be more balancing.

The minigame of hacking is fun... the first few times. Pretty sure along the way I got an achievement for doing 50 of them. That is way too many times to play the same iPhone-quality game.

The final boss is way too easy. But I'm alright with that. I hate being stuck on final bosses in a game where the emphasis was never on boss battles.
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Absolutely love this game and anything that says "fuck you" to Rand. A pioneer in many ways. But man, that final boss battle sucks so bad, and the stupid black-and-white moral decisions. Sander Cohen is one of my favorite characters ever
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rebelscone 2022-10-15T20:13:32Z
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  • youarefuckingcrazy 2023-10-29 01:36:51.493295+00
    i just came to the realization that the thematic significance of The Big Twist is that the idea of having your perceived sense of free choice, not just as a character but as a player, stripped away from you as something that never even existed in the first place, ties directly into the narrative's critiques of objectivist, no-limits capitalism

    now i feel like i need to replay the entire game again for a refresher on what it was going for beyond "wow cool aquatic political dystopia"
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  • ... 2023-11-13 22:39:30.500891+00
    Prey 2017>>>
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    • AzeXiR 2024-01-05 09:30:13.274373+00
      That's what I'm saying!
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  • yungbono 2023-11-19 09:02:32.86898+00
    Should I play original or remastered if I never played it before?
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    • olivereverson_ 2023-11-20 10:56:41.807142+00
      If you end up playing the remaster make sure to manually save often as it has been known to crash
    • Bengals 2024-01-23 20:42:53.986695+00
      Original
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  • Stabbed 2023-11-28 08:32:53.509021+00
    anyone who complains about the gameplay, give me one other game where i can do the shock-wrench combo and i'll agree with you
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  • Kittyhat 2023-11-30 23:24:41.020501+00
    top 5 art direction of all time
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  • Shepard 2024-01-19 16:20:15.256213+00
    The story is like top 10 of all time
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  • WinterMirage 2024-02-01 05:28:51.168954+00
    Truth is, this game is just as much a mess of scattershot ideas as Bioshock Infinite. It's just that those individual ideas are just much better here.
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    • Pumas 2024-02-13 23:25:03.741809+00
      I really don’t see how that could be the case
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  • OGDreamcast 2024-02-01 22:10:42.806884+00
    Incredibly middling game but at least some people learnt that Ayn Rand made Homer Simpson seem like Hegel
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