GS Breakdown: BioShock is Coming to iOS, and We've Played It

Rob and Justin spent some time playing BioShock on an iPad. Is this the best way to experience the classic game? No.

Discussion

28 comments
themc_7
themc_7

great potential. but a great game like Bioshock should be played on PC or Console. Movement and shooting looks like a chore. imo touch screen controls are really difficult to use.

greasemonkey42
greasemonkey42

A few more years and these tablets will finally be able to do games like these justice. Nearly there folks!

Shmiity
Shmiity

Who gives a shit. Ken Levine, don't look. Just don't look.

lem10001
lem10001

What is up with games like Bioshock and Monster Hunter coming to iOS and not Android? With the variety of devices running Android and the new Shield tablet hitting the market running the Tegra K1 processor, it seems ridiculous that these games are coming to iOS and not Android. I would buy a Shield Tablet today if Monster Hunter or Bioshock had released on Android too.

BigPrimeNumbers
BigPrimeNumbers

That’s pretty cool. Really nice to see controller support in there, otherwise the game would probably be a bit tedious to play. Might be time to go through that classic again.

zpluffy
zpluffy

There's a desktop flash version called Bioshock Intimate

nbf4548
nbf4548

It's impressive that the game works at all on an iPad.  Obviously touch screens and FPS games don't mix, but a separate controller seems to work great.  I'm surprised that RTS games are not being ported to iOS, because touch screen would be perfect for those:  Slide finger to pan camera, tap finger to select units, etc.  

frozenuxx
frozenuxx

Oh Rob baldness is coming! Doesn't matter how many comb-overs you do, it will still come. Don't fight and accept it, like i did years ago!

Oldgun
Oldgun

Screw it!!!! Where is the well deserved VITA version?? It baffles me why it's not on the vita which has the potential...

couly
couly

Playing Bioshock with touchscreen and controller are both wrong.  Mouse and keyboard is the only way.

Stebsis
Stebsis

The whole franchise is falling apart now that Irrational Games is practically closed. I wouldn't be surprised if next will be f2p multiplayer Bioshock

everson_rm
everson_rm

I really hope that this flops on whole new level of flops...

couly
couly

lol great description.

dani_i89
dani_i89

@lem10001  Umm you're complaining that it's not on Android? How bout you actually just play it on a console or PC, instead of bitching that you can't play it on your little toy?

It shouldn't even be on iOS!

hystavito
hystavito

@zpluffy Never heard about that, did a quick search saw some screens, funny.

MakoNB
MakoNB

@frozenuxx - Rob has beautiful hair. Like golden locks of sunshine painted across a quiet meadow. 

rob_handlery
rob_handlery staff

@frozenuxx What!?! N-n-nononoo. Bad hair day. I have full lush all natural hair baby and it is here to stay!

pyro1245
pyro1245

@couly at least we can agree it's the obvious choice for a sane person

everson_rm
everson_rm

After i saw the vide: This will flop!

lem10001
lem10001

@dani_i89 @lem10001 I have played it on a computer, but mobile is an excellent platform for gaming though and the technology is getting to the point where for $300 you can buy a tablet that is as powerful as the console that this game originally was made for. Also, you need to settle down. This was a massive overreaction to my comment.

dani_i89
dani_i89

I'm sorry but no. Just no. For $300 you get a tablet that plays games like Angry birds and whatever other cheap mobile games you can play. No point in mentioning modern games, Bioshock looks rubbish on the iPad. May as well spend less and get a 360 to play it on that. Or just get an Xbox One for an extra hundred. Mobile games are useless, and are barely passable as valid time wasters. Mobile games are not for gamers, they are for bored people who want to show off their toys.

Mobile gaming can do nothing but contribute to the degradation of proper gaming.

lem10001
lem10001

@dani_i89 Read up on the Tegra K1 mobile processor and the Nvidia Shield Tablet. Mobile processing and graphics is progressing at a very fast pace and just because something doesn't look good on the iPad doesn't mean it wouldn't look good on any other mobile device or tablet. Your response is not very informed.

dani_i89
dani_i89

I am totally informed. Why spend money on a small screen, with inferior controls, which cannot handle games that are nearly a decade old. Even if technology does advance, what is wrong with pc and console gaming? On top of that we have the also pointless handhelds, and the Steam Box. Why do we need more gaming mediums? Do you honestly think pc and console gaming are that broken and that mobile gaming is the only answer? Tablets have always been an answer to questions never asked. Mobile gaming is the Justin Bieber of the gaming industry. And you are part of the problem.

lem10001
lem10001

@dani_i89 Nothing is wrong with PC and console gaming, but there is something wrong with imposing your preference for them on other people. Why do you care if another person enjoys playing games on a different device than you do? Mobile gaming isn't even my preferred medium, but I encourage it because people enjoy it. It has it's advantages and disadvantages, but it's not your place to tell anyone what they should or shouldn't like. I'm not part of the problem because there is no problem.

dani_i89
dani_i89

@lem10001 @dani_i89  Oh but it is a problem. Mobile gaming is convenient if anything at all. It's always there, it's instantaneous and always available at your finger tips. Mix that with it's typical 1-dimensional nature, it is just stupidly mind numbing. As a result, you have people spending every bit their boredom cutting fruit or launching birds into pigs, instead of actually playing story driven games or occupying themselves with better things to do. Students are now playing games on the iPads they are required to have in class (my friend who is a teacher confirmed this). On top of that, we read articles of game devs saying "mobile gaming is the way if the future" or "we can learn a lot from mobile gaming". So, in effect, more time, money and energy spent on mobile gaming = less time spent on other gaming mediums.


So what does this all mean in a nutshell? More effort is being placed into pointless, mindless, overly simplistic gaming. That means people will get stupider, faster.


I'm sure people at some point said "microtransactions aren't bad" or "Facebook is the way in which socuialising is best maintained"


Mobile gaming is a fad that should not grow, and is better off left to die.

lem10001
lem10001

@dani_i89 @lem10001 If you seriously think that more development for mobile gaming means less development for other platforms you don't understand the market or demand. You should make less assumptions about mobile gaming's effect on PC and console gaming and look at the facts. More games are being developed for mobile and PC and consoles than ever before. More people are interested in gaming than ever before. You make a lot of assumptions but you don't address any of the facts, and you haven't presented anything that confirms that other people enjoying mobile gaming effects you and you shouldn't force your preferences on other people based on loose assumptions. I would agree that some mobile games are thoughtless activities, and I suppose stupid people could effect you, but you're obviously on the wrong end of that spectrum to care about that. You're concerned that "people will get stupider" and you don't even know how to word that sentence appropriately. You're welcome to say that you don't like mobile gaming, but tell everyone else what they can and can't enjoy. It's arrogant and controlling and you have no right.