This is a great game and it make great use of your hardware.
scvido wrote this review on .
until i try it and decide myself, got burnt far too many times with so called
GREAT games that ended up totally crap. :)
here's my review
*Graphics* - The game's graphics are mostly high quality, excellent lighting
effects, bumpmapping and if you use the DX10 features it looks even better
but in DX9 mode it still look great.
i'm playing 1280x1024 maxxed out on my 8800GTX and C2D E6600 cpu
and runs perfect, the lowest framerates are 35fps and average 50-60fps.
the game dont support Antialiasing, but if you have a 8800 card you can
set it in your nvidia CP (override and choose 4X or 8X), there will be
a performance hit but honestly it isn't very noticeble on these monster
cards. also the game make full use of Dual/Quad core cpu for the HAVOK engine and gives a great boost.
However some of the graphics such as when looking outside a window
and some objects/animations in the world are a bit lower quality and feel
a tiny bity consoley even though Bioshock isn't really a console game.
it feels like CONDEMNED : Criminal Origins vs RIDDICK , at times it feels
the engine is a blend of both only a bit sharper.
The character animations are good overall but not excellent, during in-game
cutscenes they look awesome but when someone dies it looks slightly overdone like Oblivion IV, you won't find F.E.A.R or MAX Payne kind of animations here, developers should learn to not overdo the Havok engine
or it get silly. :)
*Sound* - Most of the atmosphere is sound wise, and it shines, i highly recommend a 5.1 speaker set or even better high quality Headphones!
enable reverb and EAX you gonna love it, also character voices are great.
music is well done and generally very immersive (and scary at times).
*Gameplay* - Technically speaking there is nothing we haven't seen before in other FPS games, you crash with a plane and end up underwater in a city underneath with monsters, zombies and robots, it is a lot of fun but can be a bit boring if you dont like to explore and want 100% action.
Exploration is the word here, i love the game because it is immersive and
well presented, shooting is well done, using Plasmid (had magic like electroshocking) is also great.
you will enjoy the game if you just let yourself go with it and it will scare you in various places.
*Conclusion* = i highly recommend BIOSHOCK, definetely one of the best games of late.