An incredible adventure that you won't forget!
celtic1962 wrote this review on .
GAMEPLAY (10) - There's been some disagreement over exactly how to classify Bioshock, and I think that's a good thing. Obviously it plays as a FPS, but throughout the game it allows for a lot of customization that can give it a bit of an RPG feel. Also, this is not a game that you run through just blasting everything in site. The city of Rapture is huge and gives you a lot of opportunities for exploring as well as a very interesting story that you will gain a better understanding of if you put the time into exploring. You have several options for combat. The RT is used for weapons, of which there are a decent selection and all of which (except for the wrench) have three different types of ammo. The LT is for using plasmids, which are a scientific way of using magic. There are many different types of plasmids, starting with basics such as electricity and fire but eventually becoming quite exotic and will allow such things as telekinesis and making enemies attack each other. I don't want to give away too much but let's just say that as the game goes on you'll start having more fun experimenting with plasmids as opposed to using your guns, though the guns still work well and will be necessary from time to time. Hacking, while not absolutely necessary, does add an extra element as you can make security turrets attack your enemies. Hacking involves a fun mini game that is taken from the old "Pipe Dream" video game. Overall the gameplay was a lot of fun and responsive. You don't have to be a FPS veteran to play this game.
GRAPHICS (9) - There were times during the game when I had to sit back and just look at my surroundings. I wasn't sure what to expect at first and I thought that the environment might be a bit limited, seeing as I was in a city on the bottom of the ocean, but fortunately it turns out I was wrong. While it is true that you are always aware of the fact you're surrounded by water, as I previously mentioned the city of Rapture is huge and has many different environments. There were parks, entertainment districts etc. As opposed to most FPS where the environments were designed as simply a place to have shootouts, Rapture comes across a real city where you happen to be fighting for your life. The water effects are outstanding, the best I've ever seen. Some of the characters you fight become a bit repetitive but are still more detailed than other FPS enemies.
SOUND (10) - Voice acting is top notch. Throughout the game you'll come across tape recordings that give you more insight into what has happened and the voices are very believable. The typical enemies you fight are pretty much insane but they will continue to spout off some interesting remarks which helps to bring them to life. The main characters you interact with are exceptional, and there was never a moment where I felt it was just someone reading their lines. The background music is generally from the 40's and 50's big band era which gives the surrounding chaos an extra element of creepiness. The sound effects from weapons, plasmids and just the environments themselves were very good. Definitely a game that deserves to be played with surround speakers.
VALUE (9) - Unfortunately it doesn't appear that Bioshock keeps track of how long you've played, so I can only take a guess as to it's actual length. I've read reviews that stated if you take the time to explore it will take you a good 20 hours to play. That seems a likely amount of time I spent with the game and that is pretty good considering it is a FPS, which are usually known for being quite short. I've read of people completing this game in a much shorter time but there's no question they missed out in a lot. There is just so much to explore and interact with that you'll be doing a huge disservice to yourself if you're only trying to get to the end of the story in as quick a time as possible, and these are probably the people who have given the game a lower score. There are some some choices in the game that give it some re-playability, and I don't know how much of a difference they will make but this is definitely a game that deserves to be replayed simply to enjoy it again, along with the fact that on my first playthrough I'm sure there were things here and there that I missed.
OVERALL (9.5) I haven't gone into any detail as to the story itself because the less you know beforehand the more you'll enjoy it. Suffice to say you'll find yourself in an underwater city that originally held a tremendous amount of promise but something has gone terribly wrong. This is a game that offers a lot to many different types of gamers. Fans of RPGs, adventure games and FPS games should all find plenty to enjoy. This game does deserve its M rating as there is quite a bit of graphic violence and occasionally some profanity, but if these do not offend you then I highly recommend Bioshock.