BioShock Hands-On

We take the PlayStation 3 version of 2K's acclaimed shooter for a test drive.

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BioShock made some big waves when it was released for the Xbox 360 last year. The unique game wrapped a rich story with first-person shooter mechanics in a stunning art style that made for one of the most engrossing experiences seen on consoles in a long while. Thankfully, PlayStation 3 owners will get a chance to see what all the fuss is about with the upcoming conversion of the game for Sony's console. We've seen demos of the game in the past few months but only just had the chance to try the game ourselves courtesy of a recent visit from 2K.

Get ready for more creepy underwater fun with BioShock for PS3.
Get ready for more creepy underwater fun with BioShock for PS3.

2K has roped in a cavalcade of development teams to handle the conversion of the game for the PlayStation 3. 2K Marin, 2K Boston, 2K Australia, and Digital Extremes are tag teaming the project, which aims to come up with a faithful conversion of the original game. The teams are also including a few bells and whistles in the form of content, as well as visual tweaks. Fans of the original game will be familiar with the single-player Story mode, which follows the trials and tribulations of plane crash survivor who stumbles onto a mysterious underwater utopia called Rapture.

The PlayStation 3 game, as we've noted before, is on the right track to capture the look and feel of the Xbox 360 game. The visuals are comparable, although there are some subtle differences in color and texture. The controls map intuitively to the PlayStation 3 controller and feel a bit better. The PS3's D pad seems like a much better fit for the hacking minigame. The controller's rumble support also had a nice feel to it. Although the experience is pretty much the same in the single-player mode, we noticed subtle tweaks, such as manual cycling of the load screen stills. The game also incorporates all the downloadable content that's been available on the Xbox 360. In addition, the game features trophy support, some of which are the same achievements seen in the Xbox 360 game, while others are different.

Outside of the proper single-player experience, we had a chance to try the Survivor mode, which offers a greater level of challenge that forces you to be smarter about how you play the game. Enemy behavior has been tweaked, and the damage you cause has been modified, so you won't be sailing through the mode even if you're familiar with the original game. We also got a look at the other big addition to the game, the puzzle rooms, which are a very slick brain-busting addition to the main game. 2K reps noted that the rooms will vary in scope and size, which will affect how long it takes you to play through them. While some, such as the Ferris wheel, we've seen before and can be done in short order, others will require more work.

BioShock remains a must-play game for this generation, so if you haven't checked it out yet, the PlayStation 3 version of the game is one more chance for you to give it a try. The game is coming together really well. The faithful conversion of the main game is looking good and might even be sharper in places. The additional content, challenge rooms, modes, and trophies are nice extras to have, although we obviously would have liked to see more. BioShock for the PlayStation 3 is slated to ship this October, so look for more soon.

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demi_veritaz

Pretty freaky, even for a game. Not the greatest visuals, but amazing art direction. Quests are kind of boring, but well worth playing despite the slow pace.

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tikiz

I wish there were more features added. But then again, I doubt many people who played the original will care to play this version, too, and I'm just glad that I'll finally get to try it. So I'm pretty excited.

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truenextgen

Will my system run all the way threw, and Ill be able to play more games after words lol Joke. I may have to erase one of my YOUTUBE vids if the game runs good. But it has to run good.If not Ill add a new one of all things lol.

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byrdnerd

Can't wait to play this version! I beat the 360 version twice and almost got every achievement, so I can't wait to get some trophies on PS3! Just hope this time after beating the game you can keep all of your power ups...

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ullerw_basic

Why do they list trophies as an added extra??? Ridiculous gamespot just call them out when they dont add enough to a game, they always sugar coat everything

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Vincent13

If you haven't played this game yet, would you kindly get to it?

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steel_0

I will probably buy bioshock cause the game is pretty........AMAZING

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Ethan111111

the only game that freaked me out was..............................well......nothing freaks me out just momentary jumps

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Ethan111111

weeeeell. yet another shared game, whats next Gears of war?

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friedweasel

@ Ahson_Khan Yes but the Bioshock looks sorta crap on a computer with only the minimum. Sure its cheaper but unless you are intending on getting an upgrade around the same time of buying the game then it would be worth the extra money to get the better GFX on the ps3 (or 360).

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FortuneC00kie

I like how it's compared to the 360 version continuously, and not the superior to both, PC version. I've been messing with the thought of getting in PS3 just to experience it again, and on a much bigger tv. We'll see how my bank account looks toward the end of the month... Kind of a bummer that it's full price.

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LinconSixEcho

You guys are in for an EXPERIENCE!! I played this on the 360 last year and plan to get it for my PS3 too. I'm thrilled that all gamers can finally play this. It's that creepy. I hadn't been this freaked out since playing Resident Evil remake for the Gamecube at 2am. Cheers.

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Senior_man_face

... and I just went out and bought the PC version. D'oh!

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The_Daemon

I'd surely get it day one IF I hadn't already finished the PC version multiple times.

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wallywallas

I'm pretty sure the gaming industry is wanitng me to lose weight. Really, my choices are: "Should i buy food or this game?" October is gonna be such a burden on my wallet. Bioshock, Midnight Club, Fallout, LBP, Dead Space, Motorstorm, and that's just October! Damn it feels good to be a gamer!

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Hell-Fire21

Sweet, coming next month. To choose Bioshock, Far Cry 2 or Resistance 2??? CHOICES??!!

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applesause24

Can't Wait!!!

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Putty121

I think they're gonna put some more content out for 360 now, seeing as they left 150 achievement points open.

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TicTac8745

Had this already on the PC and it was one of the best games I've played - definately wouldn't mind getting it again for the PS3 just for it's extra content.

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djdna514

if u didnt get to play this last year on the 360, DEF worth the play. my #1 game last year, fun, scary, tense, original, and engaging. This game has it all, totally fun.

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efrucht

I have the PC version, but I wouldn't mind some extra bells and whistles, and maybe now I can play it at full speed, because my comp could barely run it.

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shaun_mcwayne

i beat this ages ago, its a one playthrough game 2 at the max, its a good game but u wont go back to it.

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PSWII60user

I NEED MORE MONEY!!!

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SPYDER0416

I rented this during vacation at a cousins for his 360 and loved it. I'm definitely willing to buy it for my PS3 with all the extra content, I may have to wait until xmas (I'm broke).

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Fists1

I never really cared for tgis game but that preview actually gets me a bit excited

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coold_steam

sweet i played this game on xbox i cant wait to play it on ps3

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Alphamale001

I wish this wasn't coming out in the gaming release storm that starts in August/September and ends sometime after the new year. I really wanted to show my support twice for this game. It really is a lot of fun and well made. I am glad the PS3 owners now get to experience what the 360 owners did last year. Awesome game.

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Ahson_Khan

if u guys really dont have a PC with somthin better then a 2.6ghz proc with 1 gb ram and a 6600GT then buy this game for the ps3... otherwise the PC version is already out and its much cheaper... i'll buy fallout3 for my ps3... :D

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Scianix-Black

Bioshock, Saint's Row 2 and Motorstorm 2 are priority. I'll just get LittleBigPlanet and Fallout 3 for Christmas lol.

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3PMMP3

i really want this game but i really dont know if i should get this first before fallout 3 or nba 2k9 or resistance 2 LBP its really hard because i think i will only be getting one game and i know bioshock was GOTY so what should i get

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williamjuly2004

Must have game... drools

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Stephen361984

I already own the 360 version but I'm still buying the PS3 version when it comes out, this game is that good.

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tidyspidey

Bioshock cannot be compared to other typical FPS games, especially multiplayer ones like Team Fortress. As a single player experience, Bioshock is easily the best first person perspective game I've played. Like so many others have said, it incorporates so many different experiences other than shooting, that it cannot be compared to other games that have a first person viewpoint. Saturndust - you're totally right. Those that are just comparing it to their run of the mill FPS games are missing the point entirely...

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EcoJak

Sweet

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EcoJak

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secondchance92

Bioshock is an amazing game and i would recomend it to anyone who hasn't played it on xbox to play it

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saturndust

BIOSHOCK IS NOT TO BE COMPARED WITH ORANGE BOX OR COD4, YES, THEY ARE FPS BUT NOT THE SAME KIND, THEY'RE NOT EVEN CLOSE, BIOSHOCK FOCUSES SO MUCH INTO A MIX AF FPS AND SURVIVAL HORROR (AND NOT SHOOTING EVERYTHING) SO STOP IT GUYS

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jackhokusmiro

To : Are you fricken' kidding me. whatever fatass!

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lostboy85

Looks really good, to be honest I couldn't have cared less about Bioshock last year. i have a PS3, so i usually dont even read about xbox games. But i am really getting excited now that it will come out on the ps3.

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Phazevariance

Its a good game, but the replay value is low, i havent touched mine in a year.. but i might go back soon.

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DanBal76

PS3 owners, rejoice, Bioshock is a great game. If you haven't played it yet on 360 or PC, don't miss it on PS3.

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artiedeadat40

Team Fortress is the best part of the orange box. Thats the best fps multiplayer experience Ive ever had, on the pc at least. In no way does Bioshock deserve all the praise it gets. Its an ok game not Game of the Year material.

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Tricky1510

bioshock deserves all the praise it gets, but the orange box is much better (havent touched team fortress, so minus that)

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shanzor

I completely disagree. Bioshock is one of the best games I played last year. I've finished it and plan to play it again.

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artiedeadat40

The Orang Box and COD4 are a million times better. I dont own a PS3 but I found Bioshock to get boring fast. Its worth a rental. The first few hours youll be amazed with the atmosphere. I couldnt finish it.

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AKayy_47

One of my favorite games of 2007. As a PS3 owner I can't wait to get my new copy. Also, there are lots of great exclusives for PS3! MGS4, Warhawk, Resistance: Fall of Man, LittleBigPlanet, God of War III, Uncharted, etc.

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shanzor

@artiedeadat40 Like?

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artiedeadat40

OMG! How over rated is this game? There are so many better fps games on the PS3.

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shanzor

@King_louis51 I hope you were kidding about Gears 3 coming to the PS3. Microsoft is willing to shell out almost any amount of money to keep Gears exclusive. Microsoft is actually trying to buy Epic Games.

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sub-raid

i have a feeling that it will be better than the 360 verion !!!