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  • Summary: Set approximately 10 years after the events of the original BioShock, the halls of Rapture once again echo with sins of the past. Along the Atlantic coastline, a monster has been snatching little girls and bringing them back to the undersea city of Rapture. You are the very first Big Daddy as you travel through the decrepit and beautiful fallen city, chasing an unseen foe in search of answers and your own survival. Multiplayer in BioShock 2 provides a rich prequel experience that expands the BioShock gameplay. Set during the fall of Rapture, players assume the role of Plasmid test subject in the underwater city that was first explored in the original BioShock. Players will need to use all the elements of the game's toolset to survive as the full depth of the BioShock experience is refined and transformed into a unique multiplayer experience that can only be found in Rapture. [2K Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 93
  2. Negative: 0 out of 93
  1. The weapons are better. The plasmids are better. The enemies are better. At some points, even the storytelling is better. What’s most amazing and surprising about BioShock 2, however, is that by diving deeper into Rapture’s tortured history and exploring more of Rapture’s haunted world, it actually manages to make the original BioShock better, too.
  2. Was the return to Rapture worth it? Absolutely. Although the odds seemed stacked against the developers, having to do without both Ryan and Levine, they have delivered a rich, awesome trip through one the most fantastic video game environments ever built.
  3. 91
    In raw gameplay terms, BioShock 2 improves on the original in everyway, with a deeper combat system, a broader set of enemy types and the addition of a fully-featured multiplayer mode.
  4. Maybe Bioshock 2 is not as emotionally engaging as its first iteration, but at same time retains the main virtues of its predecessor. A game that shows the maturity that the First Person Shooter has achieved in this generation.
  5. Bioshock 2 is a worthy heir of the first chapter, from the storytelling to the gameplay. Hence it's still a great FPS-adventure title, but the magic and genius of its predecessor is somehow lost.
  6. BioShock was so ahead of its time when it first came out, that its sequel can be forgiven for simply following in the same path and hitting the same notes.
  7. The star of the game though is undoubtedly the setting, and though I’ve enjoyed Bioshock 2 a lot less than the first game I am pretty sure that if 2K have got a third game in mind, I’ll be unable to resist the temptation to go back to Rapture once more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 87
  2. Negative: 1 out of 87
  1. GarrettC.
    Feb 28, 2010
    The story might not have as many twists and turns and the characters might not be as memorable BUT Bioshock 2 beats out the original in game play in every way. Hacking is improved, duel wield weapons and plasmids, upgrades are more noticeable in plasmids and weapons and controls a lot smother. Sill has the creepy feel with new foes and a lot of decayed environments. Rapture is still awesome and the story of Bioshock 2 is the best you will find, well besides the original. Expand
  2. DFarmer
    Feb 9, 2010
    Brilliant Game!
  3. ChristianT.
    Feb 28, 2010
    While the world of Rapture felt far less mysterious and haunting the second time around, an improved combat system and stronger character development make Bioshock 2 a game worth playing over and over. Expand
  4. RobertA
    Feb 11, 2010
    I give this an 8 because I would give Bioshock 1 a 9, and I think this game is one step below the first one. The difference is the environment -- it's just too similar. The gameplay, in my opinion, is clearly improved. The big differences, like duel-wielding plasmids and weapons, is a great improvement; and the minor things like being able to regenerate health at the weapon/plasmid select screen is much better. One of the things I keep thinking while playing is that I really don't feel like a Big Daddy. Anyway, I'm about 6 hours into it and it is just as hard to put down as the first one, but this time it's more due to gameplay and less due to the story. Of course, I still have plenty of the story to unravel. As far as multiplayer goes, it's very good, surprisingly good. The only problem is that it's just not as fluid as COD or other shooters. I feel very slow in this game; maybe something I could get over, but I'd rather play COD than get used to the speed. Expand
  5. DanielH
    Feb 11, 2010
    Bioshock 2 falls short for the simple fact that nothing completely new can be expected out of the game. The first one was awesome because the mechanics and A.I. were progressive and fresh. Bioshock 2 should have been a 30 dollar download to extend the first game. I wanted so bad to like this game and gave it every opportunity to wow me like the first one. Here is an idea. Put an inventory in the game along with the ability to combine items into weapons or ammo. Give me a reason to search bodies and containers other than to get money, ammo and food. Thanks for memories 2k, reinvent System Shock 2 and I'll be a hardcore fan once more. Expand
  6. Apr 28, 2013
    Fun and entertaining, It will continue to go all out on trying to kill you with wall crawling enemies or giant brutes that will overwhelm you. The Story is amazing if you haven't played the first one. But for a person going blind for the first time, The old fashion futuristic city is almost a dream to play in and kill some rotting ass. Plasmids are fun to play with once you mastered them but at the beginning I felt like I had to save it for major battles instead of using it on little guys which really held me back and got me hit. You have some weapons that you could upgrade to make them stronger but at times I just felt like I wanted more weapons enough though they were at poverty, there could of been a lot more than the generic weapons that was given to you. Bioshock 2 is amazing until the end but trying to play it again was very boring for me because I knew what was going to happen and I couldn't really play in any other direction. Expand
  7. JacobP
    Feb 23, 2010
    Just call it 'Bioshock DLC'. I'm glad I only rented this; it was over in one night. Short and on-dimensional; this is just a rehash of it's predecessor. Expand

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