8/28/2009 5:23 PM
Community Game Review
Release Date: August 21, 2007
Developer: 2K Boston / 2K Australia
ESRB Rating: Mature
Reviewed by: Marcel LeBlanc
With the release date of Bioshock 2 pushed to 2010, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and play a little of the original. I had forgotten just how fun this game is to play! From the opening plane crash scene, your character is literally thrown into the shocking and sinister world of Rapture.
Confused by the recent events, a character named Atlas serves as your guide, navigating you through the stunning graphical environment. The horrifying scene after the first elevator ride provides you with a glimpse of what is to come and keeps you guessing as to what will materialize from the shadows. The story develops as you venture through Rapture, fuelling your curiosity to see what disturbing content will come next. Add the environmental clamour along with the spine-chilling music, essential to any horror film, and the package is complete.
When I first played this game, it had a movie feel that I had not experienced with other games. The acting was exceptional and very compelling. When combined with a brilliantly written story, worthy of the big screen, it allowed me to fully immerse myself into this chaotic, yet curious atmosphere. The unpredictable nature of the game provided challenge while the exciting storyline kept interest.
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The game play in Bioshock is based on your typical first person shooter style perspective. Navigating through the environment is smooth and there are many interactive items found throughout. I was particularly impressed by the event triggers which appeared to seamlessly blend into the story. Perhaps it was the sound effects, combined with some misdirection courtesy of Atlas, but I was often startled by unforeseen events. As you explore with anticipation, you expect the unexpected. Trivial events suddenly seem important while significant events become shocking…
If you haven’t yet played this game, I highly recommend it. Borrow it from a friend, purchase a used copy, or simply buy it from the Xbox Live Marketplace in the Games on Demand section. You will not regret it!
1 comment(s) so far...
By gavinsly on 8/28/2009 11:59 PM
Re: Community Game Review - Bioshock
i got this game for x-mas.... didnt play it yet... shame on me :(