And not just in the sense that I'm enjoying it only now that it's three years old. Yes yes, welcome back to 2007, everyone. But we're going to talk about an old game because that's what I'm playing. So keep your snide remarks to yourself! )-:
It seems that the pipes in Rapture aren't the only leaky things. The plot also has quite a few holes in it that I couldn't help but notice as I played. Obviously, there are going to be spoilers, but I'm sure everyone's played the game already except me, so that shouldn't be an issue.
~~~~~~~~Reversible Big Daddy~~~~~~~~
"ghoulish, frankenstein monsters." — Andrew Ryan (in the audio diary "Pulling Together" in Farmer's Market)
"You become a Big Daddy, it's a one-way street." — Yi Suchong (in the audio diary "Protector Smell" in Point Prometheus)
"You can no reuse protector suit. Take a man, graft skin and organs straight into suit, otherwise suit not work." — Yi Suchong (in the audio diary "Cheap Son of a ****" in Point Prometheus)
So if the suit only works if the person is grafted in, and if, since it requires grafting, you can't ever get out of the suit later, how come Jack was able to just slip on the suit with no grafting (and the suit does actually work - you're told that you've got a 25% resistance to all damage when you put it on), and when he was done with Fontaine, remove the suit? Oh, I suppose Yi Suchong was wrong about them all along. I mean, he only invented the damn things!
~~~~~~~~Tenenbaum is a Lazy Bum~~~~~~~~
"These children I brutalized have awoken something inside that for most is beautiful and natural, but in me, is an abomination... my maternal instinct." — Brigid Tenenbaum (in the audio diary "Maternal Instinct" in Arcadia)
"I feel... hatred, like I never felt before, in my chest. Bitter, burning, fury. I can barely breathe. And suddenly, I know, it is not this child I hate." — Brigid Tenenbaum (in the audio diary "Hatred" in Farmer's Market)
"So many innocents, and their blood is on your hands. I, too, know this shame. How will we ever account for our sins?" — Brigid Tenenbaum (in the radio message "Blood on your hands" in Olympus Heights)
"I've seen such terrible things. And done worse myself." — Brigid Tenenbaum (in the radio message "Light of the world" with the 4th rescue gift)
"What can I really do for these little ones? I am tainted by sins." — Brigid Tenenbaum (in the radio message "A gift" with the 6th rescue gift)
Umm, well you could, I don't know, actually splice yourself up with that tonic and rescue them yourself maybe! All this moping about sins and atonement, and yet she doesn't lift a finger to save the Little Sisters that she turned into monsters. And she very well could; I mean she has access to them when they've crawled back into their hidey-holes and are away from their Big Daddies. So she wouldn't even have to take down the Big Daddies.
I thought we were supposed to believe that she had a turning point and has been redeemed? Hard to believe when she'll cry (and even kill splicers and encourage you to put yourself in danger) to save her "children". Oh, she's perfectly fine with helping them at the cost of someone else's life, but when the price is her having to splice up, I guess she's not willing? It's never explained why she can't save the Little Sisters herself.
~~~~~~~~Jack is Sane~~~~~~~~
"There has been tremendous pressure to regulate this plasmid business. There have been side effects: blindness, insanity, death." — Andrew Ryan (in the audio diary "The Market is Patient" in Arcadia)
Well, considering even the most spliced-up splicers have nothing on Jack (Houdinis can merely dematerialise/rematerialise and use one plasmid - either Incinerate or Winter Blast) and yet they're all uniformly insane, how come Jack - who is spliced up to the nines - is perfectly ok, no side effects? I mean, forget his sanity in the game even - the Good Ending has him raising a family of five! Ya, try to imagine any other splicer doing that. What makes Jack immune to the side effects of ADAM that we're supposed to believe are so severe that they caused the downfall of Rapture?
"Ah. Seems like Mother Goose has been playing around in your egg salad. If you won't dance to that tune, I got others. 'Code Yellow'.I just told your brain to tell your heart to stop beating. Not right off the bat, mind you. The heart's a stubborn muscle. But, not that stubborn." — Frank Fontaine (in the Radio Messages "Code Yellow" and "A stubborn muscle" in Olympus Heights.)
Except throughout it all, there is no real danger of dying. Because Andrew Ryan tuned the Vitachambers to his genetic frequency (and so they work for Jack too), if Jack were to die, he'd merely be restored in a Vitachamber. Sure, it would be a bit of an inconvenience having to do this every once in a while, but the whole two levels of Olympus Heights and Apollo Heights fall completely flat because there is no urgency thanks to this plot hole. You can't die anyways! There is no way that Fontaine can kill you.
Just had to get that out of me! Everyone apparently loves the plot of Bioshock, but in the developer podcasts, they said they created the gameplay first and then brainstormed a story that would justify it. It kinda shows that the plot was secondary and they didn't work out all the kinks when you consider these plot hole issues. Yes, I'm in ur internet, tearing apart ur most cherished games.