Like other innovative works of art, what makes Bioshock so good is what it doesn't do. It's perfect for a long weekend.
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The creepy atmosphere of Rapture where death and destruction are strewn all-around creates a real sense of dread and anticipation for a return of whatever has caused such horrendous mayhem. The vast city, hidden masterfully underwater, exudes dichotomous feelings of claustrophobia and apocalyptic open-world loneliness.
In addition to a perfectly constructed atmosphere Bioshock also engages the player with a more than adequate battle-system that infuses a creepily believable science-fiction element. The player must inject himself with an unknown mutagen almost immediately upon arrival enhancing the level of uncertainty introduced to the new and certainly foreign surroundings. Giving oneself powers through unstable and unknown mutagen injections certainly qualifies as a potential self-inflicted disaster.
Bioshock's story ultimately exposes itself as a mystery that keeps the player guessing to the motivations and roles of each of the few remaining residents of Rapture. It becomes obvious early on that the main character is simply a pawn in the hands of multiple influences but the questions becomes which, if any, should he listen to? Because of this element the player is presented with story changing decisions and allow for a certain amount of control in an otherwise controlled atmosphere.
Bioshock is a fun and creepy romp through a dark and twisted utopia. It is not a game for FPS multi-player die-hards where destruction is the apex of the gameplay experience. You can cause a lot of damage, especially against the games' iconic Big Daddies (who might be the most likable and original video game supporting characters created). But killing is more a means for exploration. This is evidenced by the absence of unlimited bad-guy spawing.
Finally, the game is a perfect reflection of what can happen when a major game studio attempts to create more than just a money-maker of a rehashed game devoid of any real merit. Instead of another boring copy of Halo with a gimmick, Bioshock is the start of an exciting franchise that deserves attention and could easily become a house-hold name for even the most casual of gamers. While it might not have an enormous amount of replay value, just one play through alone is enough to enjoy a thought-provoking and entertaining experience.