Simply a must have for any PC or Xbox 360 owner. Seriously.
Myrkan wrote this review on .
This is Bioshock, one of the best FPS/RPG games that you’ll ever play. Period. The first things you’ll notice upon entering Rapture are the excellent visuals, beautiful art style, and incredible atmosphere. Every little bit seems to mesh together perfectly, from the gorgeous water effects, which you’ll surely be amazed at every time you see them, to the atmospheric lighting and shadows. Graphics seem to be a big part of this game, without good graphics, it seems like it might lose a lot of its creepy atmosphere and the feeling of the ocean trying to take back the city. The gun combat doesn’t seem to be as solidified, as most of the time, you just don’t get the feeling of satisfaction from guns, and they seem underpowered overall. “ADAM is the canvas for genetic modification, but Plasmids are the paint.” Yes, you do seem to get most of the satisfaction from Plasmids. Guns are simple enough, point and shoot, it does damage. But with plasmids, you can light people on fire with the force of will, set ethereal target dummies to distract enemies while you toss Enrage at the Splicers. Nothing like watching a group of Splicers ripping each other apart. There are direct plasmids, like Incinerate, which light people on fire, Electrobolt, which will stun enemies, and Insect Swarm which will cause Bees to shoot from your forearms. Its as disgusting as it sounds. The bees are hatched from the veins in your arm, and both of your arms turn into living bee hives. There are also less direct plasmids, that seem to string together the great combos that can take any group of enemies out. For example, you could hit a group of enemies with Security Bullseye, causing the security cameras to unleash bots on your enemies, while you light them on fire and watch the show. Hacking is also a great way to take out your enemies. You might not want to do it, but after you get the hang of the mini-game, its actually pretty fun and a nice change of pace from killing Splicers. Although hacking gets tedious at times, and it can pull you away from the action. For example, when your fighting a group of splicers and perhaps have to hack up a few turrets or security bots, it starts to get boring, but it seems like the best way to clean up a tough fight.
Story seems to be the strong point of this game. From the colorful characters, to the creepy audio logs, telling the last few minutes of a characters life, or perhaps a chain of logs that seem to tell a small separate non interactive story. There are also some really incredible moments in the game that just make you want to say “Wow.” The voice acting is excellent, and really helps to immerse you in the wonderful environment.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of enemy variety. You have your Thuggish Splicer, who wield pipes and wrenches, your Leadhead Splicer, who wield pistols and tommy-guns, your Houdini Splicer who teleport around and shoot bolts of fire at you, and the Nitro Splicer, who run around with a box of grenades using interesting tactics while at the same time lobbing a constant flow of grenades at you. The game does a good job of making sure they don’t get boring though, the enemies seem to have enough variety in looks, and later on they get tougher and more interesting. Aside from regular enemies, you have your Big Daddies. There are two types of Big Daddies, the Bouncer and the Rosie. The Bouncer has a huge drill and charges at you with a variety of moves, these are indeed quite thrilling to fight. The Rosie has a large Rivet gun which shoots heavy bolts at you that obviously do tons of damage, they can also throw Proximity Mines which do a healthy amount of damage as well. The Big Daddies aren’t too hard to kill on Easy or Medium difficulty, but are indeed a challenge on Hard. This brings me to another point, the Vita-Chamber. I’m not so sure how I feel about this, because it does a good job of keeping you in the action, yet at the same time, you don’t get a sense of accomplishment from taking down that Big Daddy on Hard without dieing. That about covers it, sorry if I missed anything, this is my first review, and I’m not exactly your go-to source for game reviews. Read the full review if you need more.
If you like shooters, get this game. Just do it. Seriously. Stop reading this, go. Fine, I’ll go.