BioShock Downloadable Content Hands-On

The new downloadable content for BioShock on the PlayStation 3 simultaneously creeps us out and puzzles us.

2K Games' recently released conversion of BioShock for the PlayStation 3 has allowed owners of Sony's console to experience the acclaimed shooter released last year for the Xbox 360 and PC. While the game includes all of the content found in the 360 game, exclusive content is on the horizon via downloadable content due later this month. While we saw some of this earlier this year, 2K recently stopped by our offices to give us some quality time with more of the upcoming content.

The main menu will offer the new content after you've downloaded it and lets you dive right into most of it. The heart of the upcoming downloadables are three challenge rooms that focus on different styles of play. The first (and best known) of the challenge rooms is titled A Shocking Turn of Events and finds you trying to free a Little Sister trapped atop a Ferris wheel. The level has been polished up some since we saw it last. Your goal is to free the Little Sister by powering up the Ferris wheel via electric shotgun ammo, which you use to charge the controls and rotate the ride so she can get off. Ammo is at a premium, and you'll have to look around for it. The level features a carnival theme and a number of interactive spots where you'll engage in minigames (such as popping balloons) that yield prizes.

Challenge Rooms give you the chance to use plasmids in new and horrifying ways.

Worlds of Hurt is the second challenge room and offers more combat-focused challenges that task you with clearing eight rooms in order to free a Little Sister. Things start out simple enough as you go through the first room and take out a lone splicer. You're limited to a pistol but gain all of your weapons after you dispatch your foe. The Little Sister rewards you for your work with your arsenal of weapons (in teddy bear form), which is when things get interesting. Once the initial room is cleared you'll be able to tackle the other seven in any order you like. You'll work out of a central hub area that leads to the different subrooms and features vending machines of every type. Every time you clear one of the rooms you'll be rewarded with cash and Adam, which you can use to stock up on ammo or tweak your plasmids. Choosing your weapons and upgrades carefully is key to success, because the rooms get brutal quickly. Thankfully, a few things will help you prepare for the challenge at hand. First, before committing to a room, you'll see an icon above the door to clue you in to what you're facing. Second, once you enter the room, a large glass floor lets you have a look at what to expect. Once you've gotten the lay of the land you can drop down a passage and get started, or slowly back out and try another room. An added bonus is your ability to use your research camera to snap pictures through the floor and upgrade your damage against foes.

Given the soul-crushing challenge of some rooms--multiple Big Daddy killing, for example--it's nice to see that the game saves after you clear each one. We're fans of the action and, more importantly, the variety in each room. Though the focus is solidly on combat and using your weapons and plasmids effectively, there's a nice puzzle feel to it in that you have to be very efficient in what you do. In fact, it almost reminds us of a Mega Man boss run, albeit in 3D and much more disturbing. While we weren't able to get a look at the third challenge room, dubbed The I in Team, it promises to offer a challenging and likely painful battle against a Big Daddy. In addition to the challenge rooms, the content pack will include trophy support, adding a new array of trophies for you to earn. The content will also feature a cool extra for fans to enjoy after they finish the single-player game.

You'll still find that same great BioShock art design, though.

The presentation in the DLC is on par with the game in terms of quality. In terms of design, the content pack heads off into some funky territory that we like. The challenge rooms stay true to the atmospheric spirit of the main game, although they're not set within Rapture. The lighting and general atmosphere make it clear that you're in the BioShock universe. The design here is a bit more adventurous than in the proper game, which keeps things interesting. Audio, as in the main game, is a highlight of the experience. You can expect to hear all the creepy voices from the assorted enemies you face, along with a host of ambient audio that effectively unsettles you.

Based on what we checked out, BioShock's DLC is a nice chunk of content for fans of the game. The $9.99 price is on the steep side, though, so it might be a tough sell for some. We're eager to try out the whole package and see how it all adds up when the content hits the PlayStation Store on November 20.

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nrwaior
nrwaior

looks pretty interesting

grimskunkMGS4
grimskunkMGS4

no dlc announced to 360 yet idk what may happen i think persanoly theyll keep it exclusive to sony but i may be wrong, more games these days are exclusive to sony but still not the biggest titles

Warped_Creation
Warped_Creation

I thought they said it was coming free with the disk? Then they bumped it back and put a price tag on it.

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

Hmm, too expensive for me. I was hoping the extra content was coming free with the PS3 version... Disappointed.

Hoski0999
Hoski0999

no, content pack for ps3 only

Vimanesba
Vimanesba

I want this game so bad T__T , I really hate ESRB dudes!!! they're a pain in the *** when you have no money and have to ask your parents....

LinusBlue
LinusBlue

Is the content pack coming to 360?

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

wait...you want $10 bucks for this? 3 challenge rooms? yeah f'in right. i'm just fine with the regular game. Thanks though.

Search_for_Vali
Search_for_Vali

Keitha313 you are absolutely right. I hate how Xbots always wants every PS3 exclusive to be a multiplatform game, like MGS4. Since Final Fantasy XIII, the think the 360 deserves everything. But I for instance think, that PS3 owners also deserve some 360 exclusives, like Bioshock or Star Ocean 4. I mean, I think it would be fair.

sub-raid
sub-raid

Man bioshock ps3 version way better than 360 and pc versions.

Keitha313
Keitha313

And Mollezi that was me that said that, Sorry i didnt realise that how much do you actually have to pay to get connected?... For me i dont have to pay only thing im paying for is my internet connection and any little extra add ons i decide to buy from the PS3 store.

Keitha313
Keitha313

It would appear the Xbox360 gamers are on this bit quite alot with the obvious thumbing down for no reason lol, I just think its pathetic some Xbox360 gamers think they should get everything the PS3 gets when you's Xbox360 gamers get Gears of war 2 i dont go on any of your threads and act all immature and spit the dummy out so what gives all of you's the right to be acting so immature?.... PS.. Id love to see someone answer that lol and also drop the whole go Obama thing its a gaming site!!.

xxThyLordxx
xxThyLordxx

Blow me, 2k. I mean literally. $10 for this crap?

Molezzi
Molezzi

SOmebody on a previous page said that we dont pay to be online for a ps3. Well maybe thats true in the States. But as for South Africa, i pay alot every month for internet, and then to have to pay for downloading content for, A GAME I BOUGHT, ON A CONSOLE I BOUGHT & PAY EVERY MONTH TO CONNECT ONLINE... it just seems too much. GIMME BIOSHOCK 2 NOW!!!! :-)

Molezzi
Molezzi

SOmebody on a previous page said that we dont pay to be online for a ps3. Well maybe thats true in the states. But as for South Africa i pay every month for internet, and then to have to pay for downloading content for, A GAME I BOUGHT, ON A CONSOLE I BOUGHT & PAY EVERY MONTH TO CONNECT ONLINE...

angergod
angergod

this should be free or at most 5 bucks, yes 5 bucks is a lot to me, even a penny is. By the way, GO OBAMA again!!!!

meathead86
meathead86

well i think a game makes it self great and why cant us ps3 owners enjoy the game its not like xbox hasnt stoln any thing that was on playstation like 1 thats made me anhappy is the new star occean coming out next year

mattg90520
mattg90520

coming out for the 360? considering that this was a 360/pc game, that it had to be ported a YEAR afterwards, i feel it only fitting that the 360 get this dlc. i mean, why should the devs have to apologize to ps3 owners because they only decided much later to put the game onto their system?

Karaam
Karaam

2K will probably release it later for the 360 if they still care.

j-bldes
j-bldes

@ TheCastastropher...You are so right. Can't wait for FFXIII on xbox with 7 dvds! Thanks for attempting to steal all ps3 games b/c your studios come out with viva pinta as an acceptable game! Great job! Please /end sarcasm. Games are games. 60 for a game that came out a while ago is steap, but hell it is great. You don't think Ps3 owners are thinking the same thing when they find out games like tekken 6 are going to 360? Please. Devs are lazy and need more money. The economy sucks. So expect to pay more for less quality. But in this case, we got the 1 up.

TheCatastropher
TheCatastropher

The PS3 doesn't deserve such a great game they need to get some decent games of their own and stop trying to bring a bad name to the games that the 360 made great.

magusat999
magusat999

More disrespect to PC gamers, huh? It JUST came out for PS3 and already there's downloadable content - but it's been out for over a year on the PC, which is the easiest platform to create content for, and NOTHING. What a rip! Oh and I'm not surprised that Gamespot is starting to wield the Iron Hammer on us CUSTOMERS now - remember they fired one of their reviewers not to long ago for writing an honest, but not glowing review! Be prepared for a lot of TOS violations to be tossed around as we head into the holiday season and the advertisers put the squeeze on Gamespot to help them fool us into buying their junk...

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

IMO it doesn't matter which console the DLC is exclusive to. It wouldn't be worth $10 to me.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

This game is amazing, but just an arcade style Challenge room? for 10$? I wish the PS3 owners got a little more incentive for an already great game.

Hugomanen
Hugomanen

People relax a little, you already bought the ps3 and the games BEFORE you knew about the DLC... In other words, when you bought the console and the games you obviously thought it was a fair trade. Of course it would be cool if all the big companies started giving out gifts all the time, but then again, how would the programmers get paid if the consumers only pays once and then expect free content for years?

sonynhater
sonynhater

so, this is just combat minigames? that isnt enough...

Betaslayer
Betaslayer

Im glad ps3 owners get the dlc, it wasn't fair for them to wait as long as they did to get bioshock

comftblynumb
comftblynumb

not everyone thinks a game needs to be multiplayer to be worth buying. i love this game and will pick it over any multiplayer game with a lame story thrown in and low end gameplay. i own it for 360 and ill own it for ps3 as well as buy the dlc happily paying 10 bucks for it. and its about time devs show us playstation peeps some love instead of catering to the 360 constantly.

otanikun
otanikun

Nice to know they gave up on the 360 DLC content, I really envy PS3 owners

in2DarKneSs
in2DarKneSs

Holy crap, there are a lot of haters of this news. This is great news, Bioshock is an excellent game and deserves to be played by the widest audience possible. Don't blame PS3 owners for 2K games' decisions.

spartanlaser
spartanlaser

well thanks to gamespot im scared to say anything cuz they keep saying im violating some terms of use...on a website. Anyways $9.99 is a ripoff and so is the fact that it comes out just for ps3 some people spent 60 bucks on a game they dont wanna waste another $9 for a game that doesnt even have multiplayer (its greatest downfall) and its kind of bad timing because fallout 3, far cry 2 and a bunch of other good games just came out and moneys short this year for most people but i guess if you have extra microsoft points you could get it but oh wait its not out for the 360. If theyre interested in making money why dont they just sell it for both.

apolloooo
apolloooo

when will boishock 2 released ?

apolloooo
apolloooo

when will boishock 2 released ?

Franke_51
Franke_51

this being my favourite game im not to happy with the fact that only playstation owners are getting this content. Why are they leaving us out?

dragoon1063
dragoon1063

Hmm, I'm not offended or anything but I wish this stuff would come out for the 360 as well.

Vrygar777
Vrygar777

jerolev, exclusitivity only lasts for so long.Think of gears of war, or FFXIII.

nalhutta94
nalhutta94

Andrew try not to sound too much like a lemming. I being a 360 owner myself wish we had this content. For your "counter arguement" old games can still be great, even though this game is barely old.

Andrew0824
Andrew0824

I'd be an angry - well annoyed at least - 360 owner, if it wasn't for the fact that I'm already playing Dead Space and Fallout 3 and then I'll be getting Gears of War 2, Far Cry 2, and Fable 2 later this month. I don't have time for old games.

fourthgeartappe
fourthgeartappe

@tevic Last I checked, stories in videogames never put a high priority on believability.

tevic
tevic

didn't like Bioshock so much. How can so many people praise the story when it's so unbelievable ?? Gameplay is just a fantasy horror FPS under neon lights. Deserves 7/10 IMO.

JUMBOSAUSAGE
JUMBOSAUSAGE

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Cooltechie
Cooltechie

Looks rather good, is it PS3 only or will PC users be able to get it?

IXIWhistIXI
IXIWhistIXI

I don't see many angry 360 owners. It's like the ps3 fans are trying to make it seem like it's a huge deal and rub it in the faces of 360 owners. In the end...who really cares? It's not like this content is so amazing it's worth bothering with unless you have an extra 10 bucks lying around and are obsessed with bioshock.

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

Kind of sad at the price of the DLC. Still i will get it i think. Need to finish off my survivor difficulty run first before this hits...

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

Added content is just more of a reason to further immerse yourself in Rapture.....Sweeeeeet!!:)