BioShock golden, due August 21

Irrational's Ken Levine tells Newsweek that the long-awaited PC and Xbox 360 shooter is factory-bound.

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With next week's release of Madden NFL 08, the Great Game Avalanche of 2007 will officially begin. Even with the delay of Grand Theft Auto IV until 2008, dozens of top-quality titles are on this year's release slate, including Halo 3, Heavenly Sword, Super Mario Galaxy, Crysis, Mass Effect, Call of Duty 4, Burnout Paradise, Warhawk, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Assassin's Creed, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, and Half-Life 2: The Orange Box...to name a few.

Luckily for gamers without a proclivity for pigskin, Madden will be quickly followed by some non-sports titles. This week, Irrational Games' Ken Levine confirmed to Newsweek that BioShock has gone gold and is set to ship on August 21 in North America.

Published by 2K Games, the game is rated M for Mature, and will retail for $49.99 for the PC and $59.99 for the Xbox 360, with GameStop selling special editions of both versions for an additional $10. No other platforms for the game have been announced.

Named Best Action-Adventure Game of E3 2007 by the Game Critics Awards, BioShock is set in Rapture, a sprawling, art-deco undersea city. Founded by an eccentric multibillionaire, Rapture was a utopian experiment that relied heavily on genetic engineering. And like most eccentric multibillionaire's genetically engineered utopian experiments, it failed spectacularly, leaving Rapture a darkened maze filled with mutant horrors. GameSpot's extensive previous coverage has much more on the game's convoluted storyline and intense gameplay.

Discussion

285 comments
JTH_22
JTH_22

No mine's 11. Still don't let him play M rated games yet. He's got a Wii.

nev70
nev70

JTH_22 will your son be playing it with you mine wont ! hes only 8 !!

JTH_22
JTH_22

Yes, yes it is a good time to be a 360 owner! BioShock, then Halo 3, and Mass Effect. It's just going to get better from here.

nev70
nev70

It’s ingenious, enthralling, and a masterpiece of the most epic proportions. So without further delay, would you kindly enter Rapture so that you too can experience the best that video games have to offer? ...............................THATS THE LAST PARAGRAPH FROM GAME INFORMER !

nev70
nev70

ARTISTIC MASTERPIECE i played the demo read the game informer and 1 other review and they get 10 !!!!!!!!!!!!! this game is so well styled its atmosphere beggers belief ona 1080p hd screen superb . I CANT WAIT .......THEN a little game called , what was it halo ? that is if you were bright enough to buy a 360 ! ! !

imortiferus
imortiferus

The Demo game-play is awesome, the graphics are SICK and the story is downright creepy. This will hold us 360 folks over till RE5!

ro-co-to
ro-co-to

wrestlemaniaw "this game is so bad ! I won't buy it.." Your comment has swayed me the other way, I thought it was going to be so good and I reserved it, paid in full, but you have convinced me to do otherwise, thanks dude, I will be looking for you to guide my tastes in the future.

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

Damn the Bioshock demo is sure taking it's sweet time to download. I may just end up having to wait and re-download it later.

zaphod_b
zaphod_b

I finally got the demo and MAN does it look good. The graphics are great, and the artistic style does such a good job at setting the mood. I love the story line even if some of the details are a little contrived. I haven't been this excited about an FPS since Half Life 2!

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

They sure are hyping this game a bunch. Why? What's so special about this game? Is everybody just buying into the hype?? "Wow everyone's excited about this game me too I'm gettin it!"

Xgouse
Xgouse

WoW that game is going to be worth every penny thats going to be spent on it,,, Freaking awesome... I played the demo and I was amazed at how good the UE3 is.. (not really i knew it kicked ass)... Other than that the next gen of games are going to kick some ass if developed right...

Merodach
Merodach

THE DEMO IS LIVE! And it is slow as hell because everyone and their grandmother is trying to download it. I'll have to wait until tomorrow, hopefully it'll download quicker

Gen_Payne
Gen_Payne

They did indeed release the demo on Xbox Live, sancezz. I wonder when the PC demo is coming out

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

Finally! Something, other then my birthday and back to school for the kiddies, good in the month of August! -=x

SmArTaLeC1321
SmArTaLeC1321

Go 360 Bioshock lol who cares! This game will be sick i cant wait.

sancezz
sancezz

Bioooshoooockkk. Rumours of a demo being released on XBox Live very, very soon...there's a "Big Announcement" tonight on Spike Tv...hopefully it's a demo :D.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I am so ready for this game

Temmehkan
Temmehkan

Go PC Bioshock! cheaper and better :D

tihocan61
tihocan61

I'm looking forward to Bioshock and I think it will be what the devs promised it will be. What really sickens me is the EA is working on SS3. Blech!!

ztron370
ztron370

I have a question,why do people still play a sports game that hasn't made no change except it's graphics which is nothing,still buy that game.I'm talking about madden.

fr33_loader
fr33_loader

These spew of (hopefully) great games will all be good for us consumers. It weeds out the not so good titles thus forcing developers to create better games to stand out from others. Competition is always a good thing.

Xarcand
Xarcand

LOL, horrible marketing you say? you know how much cash they are going to bring in because of the hypes? its scary to think about that >.>

R3DN1N3
R3DN1N3

Nawras I have never seen so many games to be released in such a short time span. This is horrible marketing! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What are u talking about?! This is the best news I've heard all this year. What better way of spending the holidays then to walk to your game store and figure out which top quality game to play 1st! This is how the industry should cater to gamers, by giving them a wave of great titles and not these crappy movie-to-video game titles and so forth. No way in hell did I want to buy just 2 titles and wait 6 more months for 2 more.

Nawras
Nawras

I have never seen so many games to be released in such a short time span. This is horrible marketing!

spuddyt
spuddyt

@peeweeshift, you WANT the game to be worse? just because its long doesn't mean its bad

PixyMisao
PixyMisao

A FPS, on a Microsoft system? Who would have guessed it? Seriously the game might be really good... but the name still sucks, and reeks of mid-nineties mediocrity. Too many games are named Bio something, of course I still think the name X-box sounds dated.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i hope the game is short cause i don't want it to get to dragged out. even though most of these things are new i know if they stretch it out it will end up being boring to play at long stretches

dmastor
dmastor

I'm getting to happy bioshock then halo 3 this is too much for a gamer

ganondorf_002
ganondorf_002

woot!!!! finally :D Can we have a demo in PC&360?

cosmothehound
cosmothehound

why would there be a demo . this game is already amazing you dont need a demo to know that.

everythingj
everythingj

pre ordered this. those begging for a demo need to just man up and put money down for this game, or enjoy it at blockbuster. it's going to be very, very good either way.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

A demo of this would be the Greatest. I'm getting way too siked for this one.

HALO_MENTALIST
HALO_MENTALIST

i just cant wait for bioshock and halo 3 they are goin 2 be the best games out this year

aussie_gamer13
aussie_gamer13

Please, please pleeease a Bioshock demo for the Xbox 360 marketplace!

KagimusMaximus
KagimusMaximus

BIOSHOCK!!!! This game is gonna rock!! Hope I can afford it when I get home in September

rajh20
rajh20

now i can relaxed for good news of bioshock..................

Gadeos
Gadeos

yeah!! can't wait

metroidhunter92
metroidhunter92

dis game is watsup i already reserved it and its comen out august 21

ellzhimself
ellzhimself

Limited edition on order. Cannot wait!

thekey
thekey

This game is going to rock!

jdrailroader
jdrailroader

Can't wait. Got the collector's edition preordered.