Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? BioShock certainly entitles you to more than that.
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The scenery in this game is absolutely mind-blowing, showing even the finest of detail in the flora, fauna, and even in the splicers, big daddy's, and little sisters. The whole environment in this game is pretty much destructible, you can search through trash cans for food, smoke cigarettes, and even crack safes.
Finally, on to gameplay, the most revolutionary and mind-blowing aspects of BioShock. The game begins with your character on a plane, which soon crashes, and after a short amount of time watching a movie scene, you are thrown straight into the action, (or middle of the ocean!) and have to swim to safety. After a short time swimming, (your character happens to swim unbelievably fast) you stumble across a structure in the middle of the ocean, finding a small elevator pod. Welcome to Rapture.
After the introduction from the creator of Rapture, Andrew Ryan, you find yourself exploring Rapture with a guide called Atlas, who happens to be another stranded human living in the city. After this stage of the game, it had already proven itself worthy of an 8.5/10 just due to its stunning graphics and its great storyline, but the next stage is where it earns a 9.5/10 and earns it status as truly one of the greatest FPS games of all time.
Plasmids (created by Andrew Ryan by processing ADAM) can be found and purchased throughout your time in Rapture, and give you somewhat inhuman abilities. They are powered by EVE, a substance which is extremely powerful and without it, plasmids would not be able to operate, which is why most of your enemies will also use these plasmids and have similar abilities to you. Plasmids can also be upgraded at special stations later in the game as your enemies get stronger.
The first plasmid you find is the electrobolt, which emits a huge shock of electricity with a flick of your left hand, temporarily stunning your enemy, both man and machine. Some, like the mediocre Enrage (which causes enemies to attack each other) and Cyclone Trap (which creates a whirlwind that sends enemies flying into the air) can be bought from vending machines, along with EVE, which in some machines, requires you to hack them first. But the more powerful plasmids, like Winter Blast (which freezes an enemy, man or machine, for a period of time, and is a personal favourite of mine, as it allows you to take a photo of your enemy for research while they a frozen) and Incinerate (which release a huge burst of fire on your enemy, setting them ablaze, which is great for use on Big Daddy's) are found in game, and they are relatively easy to obtain as well, as the storyline requires you to use these plasmids.
ADAM is also a vital part of the game, it is found when you either harvest or rescue little sisters (rescuing the little sisters comes at a cost of losing a little ADAM, but Bridgette Tenenbaum, a keeper of these little sisters, will reward you greatly for saving them. ADAM can be used at any gatherers garden to purchase and upgrade plasmids and tonics for use against your enemies.
Another great addition to the game is the ability to hack virtually any machine. If you want to purchase first aid kits or EVE cheaper, you can hack any vending machine you see fit. You can even hack gun turrets and security cameras, so they work with you and attack your enemies instead of attacking you. Even safes aren't spared, as they can also be hacked to reveal their content. Another nifty hacking tool is the Autohack, which is useful for people who are terrible at hacking, as this tool automatically hacks anything you want.
From the many accolades BioShock received in 2007, you know that the game is going to be good. But when you actually play the game is when you realise that BioShock is something unbelievable. Anything you had ever dreamt of is in this game, which is what makes it the greatest FPS of all time, possibly even greater than Halo.