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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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