BioShock (Xbox 360) Review by Bitikha

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05 Jul 2014
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You probably heard about a "old"-gen classic that many consider to be one of the greatest games ever created. This first person shooter released during the summer of 2007 was developed by Irrational Games and was released exclusively for the Xbox 360 dance but would later get a PC, Mac and PS3 release. The game would go on to win numerous game of the year awards and major praises from critics (a 9.7 by IGN, a 96% by Metacritics and a 10/10 by Eurogamer just to name a few). It is personally my favorite game of the old console generation and I am here to tell you guys why. So for my first review for this site, lets DIVE into Bioshock.

Story:

You are Jack, a seemingly normal guy that ends up in the middle of the Pacific Ocean after his plane crashes for some unknown reason during the 1960's. You find a mysterious tower that leads you to an underwater city called Rapture. And that's as far as I am going to go into the story for this game since it is something we all have to live for ourselves. You probably heard about the many twists and turns in the story, and if you haven't GOOD!!!! play the game and see for yourself what the buzz is all about.

Presentation:

For a game that came out only a year after the launch of the 360, Bioshock looks great. Sure the following games in the series technically have better graphiques but you will be shocked to see such a good looking game being so old. The game rocks a blend of Unreal Engine 2.5 and Unreal Engine 3 and uses advanced water effects to immerse the player into a incredible world filled with horror and action. One thing I noticed while playing Bioshock is that the game does well the things that it should....Let me explain: the game's engine makes the important elements of the game look very good instead of focusing on other things like texture resolution. But dont get me wrong, I'm not saying that the game's textures look bad, NOOO far from it, they look good but I have seen better. What I am saying is that elements like water and lighting/shadows REALLY look good. But looks are not the only thing the game nails: Bioshock is one of the best, to not say the best sounding game EVER. The noises and voices you will hear during your venture in Rapture are mind-blowing. From the screams of dying enemies to the roar of your weapons, every sound in this game works to immerse you into it's world. Playing the game with some headphones truly helps in the experience.

Gameplay:

Bioshock is mainly a First Person Shooter but also includes a Role-Playing side with a touch of stealth and horror. Many compare the gameplay of this game to that of System Shook 2. What differentiates this game from the other FPS/RPG/Horror hybrids its the use of "supernatural" powers that the hero gains thanks to some good old DNA manipulation. The player will go from shooting lightning like Zeus to freezing people with the snap* of a finger like Sub-Zero and will also be able to create clones of themselves to fool enemies. But these Plasmids, as they are called in the game, dont just serve as other ways to kill people but also allows the player to do some pretty exciting stuff in the world: see some enemies chilling in the water, why not shoot the water with some lightning and see everybody spark or you might see some foe lurking a couple meters from some flammable substance, why don't you just lure him closer with a clone and then just light the whole place on fire. These gameplay mechanics create a almost infinite amount of ways you can tackle each situation in the game, instead of just walking in the room and shooting people in the face with your shotgun. Add some hacking and some different ammo for each gun and you have a excellent game.

Achievements:

The achievements in Bioshock are devided into 6 categories. These are:

Story Progression: These are the typical achievements you will get for playing the game all the way through for the first time. Count: 9

Collectables: Basique collectibles that you find around the world. In this game they are audio logs. tonics (you must also buy tonics).You can also find Little Sisters guarded by Big Daddies. Note: You must find ALL of the collectables to get the achievements. Count: 3

Hacking/Crafting: You get them for hacking different types of machines and crafting ammo. Count: 10

Research: In Bioshock, research is done by taking pictures. So start taking pictures early and often since some enemies dont spawn later in the game. Count: 12

Upgrades: Getting tonics and upgrading your plasmid/tonic slots. Also includes weapon upgrades found across the world. Count:10

Others: Secret achievements gained by doing specific tasks or playing the game on hard. Count: 6

DLC:

Bioshock has FREE yes FREE DLC. It does not add much, just a couple tonics and one plasmid that is not so useful....What it does add is ONE achievement. And that ONE achievement is the hardest one in the game. Good luck getting your BRASS BALLS
5.0
NeverUnluckyNice review.
Posted by NeverUnlucky#344 on 05 Jul 14 at 15:49
BitikhaThanx man!
Posted by Bitikha on 05 Jul 14 at 17:08
Tidy review, it is an amazing game, everyone should at least try it once before they die. I'd say add a few pics in there but otherwise good summary.
Posted on 06 Jul 14 at 16:42
BitikhaThanx man! Always nice to get some feedback!
Posted by Bitikha on 06 Jul 14 at 19:39
Wyyvern"The DLC achievement is the hardest one in the game. Good luck getting your Brass Balls". Yeah, pausing the game at the end and changing the difficulty is really hard laugh

I haven't got much to say about this game other than I really wish I would have played it earlier. It hasn't aged well and I enjoyed Infinite a lot more to be honest.

It was probably brilliant back in 2007. Now though...
Posted by Wyyvern on 06 Jul 14 at 23:07
BitikhaAlways interesting to hear from a person that is not among the 95% people that praise this game. Cant blame you for liking Infinite better, that game is amazing in its own right.
For the brass balls, i tried to switch difficulties and it did not work...so I guess they patched it or I did something wrong laugh..oh well...all I had to do is to dive back into the game!
Posted by Bitikha on 07 Jul 14 at 01:31
I loved Bioshock so much I was so happy to have a new achievement and new reason to play through again. Brass Balls was awesome, I did not change the setting at the end, (didn't know you could in fact) and even if I had of known I would never have done that. And obviously Infinite is better, its supposed to be, its a sequel . . duh.
Posted on 07 Jul 14 at 02:06
Sequels don't mean it will always be better.... Infinite is the great out of the bunch, but just cause its a sequel has nothing to do with it. Bioshock 2 was a sequel and it was garbage.
Posted on 08 Jul 14 at 03:07
That was not my point and you know it, obviously there are many poor sequels, but judging a game's predecessor on its sequel is an intensely close-minded and stupid thing to do. I have not played Infinite yet but if I had never played any Bioshock I would not be so stupid as to play all three in the wrong order then believe the oldest one to be crap because I liked the sequel better, that is totally backwards.

People's opinions change based on their preconceptions on games, movies, books, partners damn near everything in life, and if you first experience something long after being told repeatedly how great it is it will never be as good as you imagined. That is simply how the human mind works. Like all new things in life you should encounter them with a blank open mind and take them as you like, not as you were told. I began Bioshock when it was first released and nobody had told me if it was good or not, with no preconceptions and it utterly blew me away! It was a gaming experience that did not exist in its time and to be honest I have never encountered its like since. But for people starting it now, after all the awards and hype and all the other advances in games since, they will obviously be less impressed. But that does not deny the fact that Bioshock is a unique and incredibly enjoyable gaming experience that everyone should have at least tried once.
Posted on 08 Jul 14 at 13:39
Also Bioshock 2 was not garbage by any standard, it was not as good as the first and it included a pointless tacked-on multiplayer but the game still had a compelling and interesting story, amazing graphics, and new innovative gameplay.
Posted on 08 Jul 14 at 13:41
OK so I just finished Bioshock Infinite and I have to say I am less than impressed, it is not a patch on Bioshock. They have removed all the very best elements that made the original so enthralling and addictive!

First of all the game-world- the environment of Infinite is nowhere near as atmospheric or interesting, in fact after the first few scenes where you get a panoramic view of the floating city the novelty wears off and it feels like any old normal FPS. They also removed the basic fundamental genius feature of Bioshock's gameplay too, the traps! Yes they have some plasmid/Vigor traps that are less creative but no weapon traps at all! Are they mad? No mines! No electric bolts! No turret and bot hacking AI's! No cyclones! OMG!

Apart from ruining the environment and the gameplay they also dulled down the memory capacity of the game. Bodies disappear quickly, sometimes instantly, unlike Bioshock where they remain for hours or even indefinitely allowing you to loot them later on. The plasmid/vigors are very basic compared to Bioshock too, no telekinesis!!! Now correct me if I'm wrong here but the telekinesis in Bioshock was never-ending fun and created fantastic dynamic gameplay, catching rockets etc and throwing them back! Awesome! Why remove that?

Trust me when I say this; Bioshock will never be one-upped by games like that, I truly can't see what people found so amazing about Infinite, don't get me wrong it is a good FPS, in fact a great FPS as FPS' go, but compared to the masterpiece that is Bioshock it hasn't got a leg to stand on.
Posted on 21 Jul 14 at 09:41
NeverUnluckyI see BioShock as an old school classic game and Infinite as a "new school" game. I prefer Infinite's graphics, storyline, voice acting and environment from BioShock and Rapture. Deevius, you're right though, BioShock has a better gameplay than Infinite with its traps, bots, Big Daddies, variety of enemies, Tonics and Plasmids.
Posted by NeverUnlucky#344 on 21 Jul 14 at 10:50
I can't agree with 'environment' - Bioshock had the most atmospheric game-world I have ever encountered in any game. The claustrophobia and the survival horror element that Infinite simply does not possess made the original Bioshock infinitely more satisfying.
Posted on 21 Jul 14 at 20:10
NeverUnluckylaugh
Posted by NeverUnlucky#344 on 21 Jul 14 at 20:23