A graphic marvel and the best story told in any game. Perfect voiceacting and atmosphere.
Mangeix wrote this review on .
What can i say, this game is still great.
First things first, there will be some spoilers to the story of the game. No major twist reveals but absolutely some of the side stories that to me made this game so great.
The year is 1960 and you are sitting on an airplane somewhere mid-atlantic. But the plane crash in the ocean and you find yourself desperately swimming for a nearby lighthouse.
Inside the lighthouse you find yourself face to face with a giant statue of some man and on a banner the words "No kings or gods, just man" is written.
This is not just any ol' mid-atlantic lighthouse, this is the entrance to Rapture.
Rapture is an underwater city where the whole game takes place. A city envisioned and created by one single man, Andrew Ryan.
From the lighthouse you take some kind of elevator submarine down to the actual city. While you are on your way down you get presented with a little movie made by Andrew Ryan himself, presenting his thoughts and ideas about the perfect society. The whole reason why he created Rapture.
'Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? No says the man in Washington it belongs to the poor. No says the man in the Vatican it belongs to God. No says the man in Moscow it belongs to everyone. I rejected those ideas instead I choose something different, I choose Rapture'
This is all poetry to me, it is so beautifully written and Andrew Ryans voice acting is perfect. Never once during the whole game did i start doubting that Andrew Ryan was this Great man with even greater visions. The man with the rare sort of mindset that can accomplish something like creating Rapture.
But why create an underwater city? Well Andrew Ryans ideas are those of the ultimate Liberal market, full laissez-faire capitalism. Meaning no government interference at all. And with an underwater city you don't even have to concern yourself with the rest of the world. In fact i think during the course of the game there is mentioned that smuggling is forbidden, smuggling in this case being bringing in items from the outside world. You know, bibles and such.
Anyways, when you dock with your little submarine elevator in the main building. You find that everything has been destroyed and the only thing resembling human life are some deformed dope fiends roaming the corridors.
As you explore rapture you will find tape recordings laying around, each revealing some little part about what has happened to Rapture before you came here. Together with the actual atmosphere of the game and the voice acting, these recordings makes this game a modern classic to me.
Piece by piece you put together this puzzle that is the former great city of rapture and at the same time you get to know some of the citizens living there. Specially Andrew Ryan.
One of my favourite recordings of Andrew Ryan is when he is commenting on some guy complaining to him about a certain "Mr.Fountaine" is starting to get monopoly on some key industries in rapture. But he is no way inclined to interfere with the market "The chain moves slowly but with great wisdom".
To me, to really appreciate this game to the max, you must be able love the poetry of such words. Of course if you read this without having played the game, this will probably mean nothing to you so don't get intimidated.
This is getting way to long but i have mentioned everything that makes this game great in much to great detail. All except for the atmosphere so i guess i have to mention that too.
The atmosphere in this game is just amazing. Every single room in the game tells a story of what has happened there. Most look allot like war zones with blood splattered over the walls, but you can almost always imagine how beautiful it was there before it was wrecked.
In fact now that i think about it, a way to see how the certain key places looked is the only thing missing this game.
Sorry for all spelling and grammatical errors. I'm from Sweden and it is soooooo late here i can hardly keep my eyes open :)