Everyone will play it differently, and have a different experience. Some like myself will find it drenched in tension and atmosphere, having run into many a situation where the poop was scared out of me. Others, like a friend of mine, will claim that its intuitiveness, combative freedom, and creativity puts it above the spiritual predecessor "System Shock 2," and wonder at how convincing the whole affair can be.
Final Rating: (10/10) BioShock 1 is one of the best games ever created. It takes every new and refreshing idea for a FPS game and creates a swan song with it. First major praise I have to give is the setting, In a genre that aspires to be as bland as possible, being put in the underwater city of Rapture feels very refreshing. Not to mention how alive and surprisingly detailed and well crafted every environment in the game is. For a borderline post apocalyptic city, rapture feels very alive.
Now moving onto gameplay. The game gives you a wide variety of weapons and powers to take out the wide variety of monstrosities that inhabit the multiple layers of the city. The sheer number of ways you can approach an enemy with any combo of weapon/plasmid gives the gameplay so much depth and replay value. It genuinely is fun to think of new and creative ways to take out your enemies, whether that be from an environmental hazard (I.E. An oil spill) or a unique combo of gun and plasmid
(I.E. Winter Blast then shotgun blast). Combine the combat with the fun scavenging element of the game, and you have gameplay that is for sure worth more than one look. The rest of the gameplay consists of exploration. Thankfully, each of the 7ish levels in the game have their own unique theme and environments.
Lastly I have the story to praise. I'm not usually a big fan of games that try to have an over arching political message, because they usually are very boring. Thankfully, BioShock's narrative is anything but boring. Every character from the main ones to the side characters all have a distinct personality and have incredible dialogue. You could write a whole book solely based off the things characters say. Almost any bit of dialogue is distinct and memorable. I also really enjoyed this game's ending. I won't spoil it, but this game's narrative climax is truly entertaining.
Overall, I would argue this is one of the best games of all time. It has an incredible blend of unique setting, fun combat, and memorable worldbuilding/storytelling.
There is art here, despite what many would say isn't possible with games, from Roger Ebert to game designers like Hideo Kojima...BioShock stands as a monolithic example of the convergence of entertaining gameplay and an irresistibly sinister, engrossing storyline that encompasses a host of multifaceted characters. This is an essential gaming experience.
While BioShock has an intriguing back story, the game’s episodic, mission-based structure lacks the propulsive momentum of games like "Half-Life" or "Max Payne." The story is better than that of many action games, but BioShock’s gameplay and visuals are so utterly brilliant that it is a shame it fails to reach the same level of greatness in its storytelling.
If only the mechanics matched the atmosphere. If only Rapture was a less linear world to move through. If only BioShock was the wholly brilliant experience you know, from your moments within it, it could have been.[Oct 2007, p.88]
I don't like the story at all. The game is just something that I can get bored of Fast too. I've seen my brother play it and after 10 minutes I just didn't want to see it anymore. When I got the chance to play I got off that same minute. Speaking of the story I just don't think it's as good as any other ordinary story. The gameplay is very moderate which is the only thing that is good to me in my eyes. But that's it for this game. I only recommend you get it if you like Decent gameplay or if you wanna Platinum games that you just don't care about And of you want to do a playthrough which might be entertaining if you make it fun in a way.
Over hyped, this game is not good. Vast ammo games are a buzz kill. I want to be able to make it through a level with enough ammo in my gun, and not have to beat someone with a wrench. Stupid idea, non modern old fashion games don't cut it for me. Yes if we look at the story it is clean and the graphics are nice, but that doesn't dismiss the fact that there is no appeal to this game. Nothing really attracted me to is and it has 0 replay value something that even people who like this can not deny.
SummaryGoing beyond "run and gun corridors," "monster-closet AIs" and static worlds, BioShock creates a living, unique and unpredictable FPS experience. After your plane crashes into icy uncharted waters, you discover a rusted bathysphere and descend into Rapture, a city hidden beneath the sea. Constructed as an idealistic society for a hand pi...