While we got a look at BioShock 2 just last week, we also had the chance to see the game running on the PlayStation 3 at a Sony press event. Although the game is set to ship at the same time on the Xbox 360, we hadn't seen much of the PS3 version, so we’re happy to report that, based on the look we just had, the game is looking sharp on Sony’s console.
What's New: We had the chance to get a look at the Ryan Amusements level on the PS3, our first proper glimpse of the game on the platform. The level is based around a creepy theme park within the underground city of Rapture that was created to ensure that children would be terrified of the world outside the would-be Utopia. The area is full of rundown animatronic displays that “teach” children the ills of the world outside of Rapture. Now that the city has fallen into disrepair, the locale also has the added bonus of murderous slicers on hand that are eager to kill you.
What's Different: The look of the game seems to be on par with the Xbox 360 game and boasts the various improvements and upgrades we’ve seen in that version of the game. The game’s color palette features some of the subtle differences that were on display in the original game. While we didn’t see any glaring changes in the game’s look, there was definitely a subtle difference in color usage and possibly even lighting. However, minor differences aside, the game is looking super-sharp on the PS3.
What's The Same: The game is maintaining the visual fidelity and atmosphere used to good effect in the X360 game. Rapture is still a really unsettling place, and that clearly came through in the PS3 game. Fans of the series should find themselves feeling strangely comfortable roaming through Rapture’s stressed halls.
What Impression The Game Made This Time: BioShock 2 makes a good, reassuring impression on the PS3. The game looks sharp, runs smoothly, and doesn’t appear to be suffering from a weak conversion between platforms. PS3 owners should be pleased once they see the game running on their platform. The game is slated to ship early next year.