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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 DaddySet 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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  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. Bloody amazing! The original game went beyond those clichéd first person shooters and in creating a sequel, the developers have fleshed out the city of Rapture even more but more importantly, have streamlined the gameplay, making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Of course, without the detailed characters and story of BioShock 2, it would not have reached these levels and of course, the luscious graphics.
  3. 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.
  4. Total PC Gaming
    90
    Stunning and emotionally engaging with a sadistic tactical combat system. As much fun as the original. [Issue#30, p.45]
  5. It can't top the original, but BioShock 2 stands on its own as a great installment to a hopefully continuing series.
  6. Whilst Bioshock 2 may feel very similar to the original game, it does expand on the characters and story that were introduced in the original game and once again allows you to create a very customisable playing experience through the use of Plasmids and Tonics.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    70
    Return to Rapture is not that monumental as it was its first revelation three years ago. Forget the philosophy and welcome the fluent action and multiplayer. [Issue#189]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 215
  1. Sep 26, 2010
    10
    While it was similar to its predecessor Bioshock 2 still came through with a new and interesting experience. While gameplay was more or lessWhile it was similar to its predecessor Bioshock 2 still came through with a new and interesting experience. While gameplay was more or less the same, the story that they came up with was as interesting as it was engaging. I felt very satisfied with the amount of gameplay (about 8-10 hours), where I was content with the story ending when it did but also at a point where I was not sick of the game and just wanted it to end. I actually feel like playing through the game (taking different actions this time too). Now while the graphics where more like the first Bioshock that didnt bug me. I liked the look of rapture and this gave me more of the same. I didnt feel like I was playing a different game, I in fact liked the idea of being able to play Bioshock then start playing Bioshock 2 right away and feel like Im still in the same decaying city of Rapture. I dont see why a game series always has to up the graphics in each game to the point where there is a significant difference. Now I see it as a good thing if theres a significant difference between games but we see games from other companies (IE valve) where continiuing with the same graphics really give you sense of the environment. Now I also see it as a good idea to update when you change that environment such as with Bioshock Infinite. There was a few story elements that I didnt like but not to the point that it bothered me. But I really liked how you learn more about Rapture and they even tied in the main character from Bioshock. I went in expecting a game similar yet different from Bioshock, and I got that and more. Expand
  2. Edd
    May 15, 2013
    10
    I really love this game,Best textures,graphics,sound effects,storyline,characters and all of IT TOO FANTASTIC I mean Come on THIS GAME ISI really love this game,Best textures,graphics,sound effects,storyline,characters and all of IT TOO FANTASTIC I mean Come on THIS GAME IS SWEET SUBJECT DELTA WILL BE THE BEST Expand
  3. ZackF.
    Feb 14, 2010
    10
    The story is mediocre to the first Bioshock, but if you were just to look at Bioshock 2 just for its game play, it's just as perfect as The story is mediocre to the first Bioshock, but if you were just to look at Bioshock 2 just for its game play, it's just as perfect as the first. On the graphic level, it is on the same level as the first, but I am one that loves detail with a mix of great game play, never just one or the other. I did not like multiplayer too much because it was too plain and unfair. If someone got into the big daddy suit, all I can say is expect them to be in it for a while. Also, the fact that there are no dedicated servers usually means that there will be lag infested online games just like Modern Warfare 2 on the PC. Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2015
    8
    Compared to Bioshock 1:

    + More personal story, in my opinion better + More varied locations, including water portions where you swim
    Compared to Bioshock 1:

    + More personal story, in my opinion better
    + More varied locations, including water portions where you swim around
    + More incentive to switch weapons (that are more interesting)
    + More enemies
    + An actual difficulty (you no longer kill everyone with the first weapon, you have to hack, set traps, shoot, drill, take photos ...)
    + Overall, the levels are longer (even though there are not as many of them) and their design is better, each level feels like a large adventure that happpens on your journey and usually each level
    is around 1-2 hours long if you explore everything
    + Better hacking minigame that can be solved every time
    + A good ending portion of the game with several surprises

    - The Little Sister business is more annoying this time and takes longer (you have to find them, use them to harvest 2 corpses, then return them, then find another, 2 more corpses etc.)
    - Horrible map screen with overlapping floors that will confuse you a lot and stupid zoom that does not allow you to see the whole map on screen.
    - Once again, way too many upgrades, out of which most of them you are not going to use (despite that, it's slightly better than in the previous game)
    - Worse photography feature that does not let you know how much you've progressed in research, you have to look it up yourself
    - Considerably shorter than the first game, especially if you don't explore - and still few hours shorter even if you do
    - Vastly similar to B1 in mechanics, more innovations would have been nice (still underwater, you still collect plasmids and tonics, all the shops are the same, you also fight against splicers,
    you still rescue LS etc.), they could've thought of new things while keeping the soul of the first game, this feels a little lazy, especially when you consider you did this in B1, including
    playing as a Big Daddy and harvesting ADAM)
    - It's quite unrealistic how weak the character you play as is when even the basic Splicers can practically kill you, even further in the game. I know he's just a guy in a suit of BD, but still.
    In B1 the suit raised your defenses immensely, here it feels like you're walking with a T-shirt.
    - Subtitles often appear too late
    - Crashing issues

    Overall, it's better in almost every important aspect compared to its predecessor - better story, better environments, better difficulty, more weapons and enemies.

    The only real negatives are the Little Sisters (you'll get used to that though, moreover it is a side quest) and the map.
    LS would be fine if you could keep one and rescue everything but it's stupid that each one can only gather 2 adam resources. Because you have to backtrack a lot as you have to capture
    all LS, that makes the horribleness of the map screen a lot more obvious, because you'll be having a hard time to figure out where the hell to go. Lower floors SHOULD NOT be visible on the map.
    The colors are too similar as well. And the zoom is bad. The Bioshock 1 map wasn't ideal either (those arrows were somehow confusing), but it was definitely much better than this mess.
    Because I used the map a lot so as not to miss anything, it pissed me off enough to warrant a point loss.
    The other point loss is for various reasons, mostly for crashing without giving any sort of error.

    8/10 as opposed to B1's 6/10
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  5. Dec 30, 2010
    8
    Fantastically good game. I can tell you right now: Go buy it.
    Although it haven't completely succeeded in pushing the game forward from its
    Fantastically good game. I can tell you right now: Go buy it.
    Although it haven't completely succeeded in pushing the game forward from its predecessor, for instance the graphical engine is still the same. However I didn't feel that it was much of a problem, but it will be a let down for some people.
    The same can be said about the environments, it's pretty much the same as it used to be, except for a few things. More work could have been put into it.

    But I find the objections that some people launch at this game to be greatly exaggerated. In my opinion the graphics or even the environment isn't what makes a good game good, it's the storyline.
    And the storyline in this game is very good, and pulled off in an excellent manner. It might even be better than the first BioShock. The interface has gotten a lot of improvement from the first game, making it very smooth to play, there's never a moment where you panic because you can't find the right power or weapon. However, just like the first game, there are weapons that are much better than others, removing the incentive of upgrading other weapons.

    And last but not least, the ending, it's perfect, very emotional and absolutely worthy.
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  6. Sep 8, 2015
    7
    Even though I disliked Bioshock, I thought I'd at least try this game though it's sort of more of the same, I liked playing as a Big Daddy atEven though I disliked Bioshock, I thought I'd at least try this game though it's sort of more of the same, I liked playing as a Big Daddy at the end of the first game so I thought it may make me enjoy this game more.

    I enjoy this game more, overall the game is much more fun. I don't feel bored playing it like I did with the first Bioshock. I like the story of being a Big Daddy, the story is very interesting and gameplay has improved you can now use both a plasmid and weapon at once, it makes things quicker instead of feeling so sluggish like the first Bioshock was so slow having to switch between a plasmid and a weapon.

    And I like that hacking seems better and you can now hack cameras as well instead of just destroy them.

    I reccomend having several saves as saving can be glitchy. I saved my game and it crashed in the process deleting the save that I was saving over, I previously had 4 saves and now had 3, so it must of deleted the save which caused it to crash or the crashing caused it to delete?? Iam not sure.
    It's a joy to be able to alt tab out of game without getting a black screen of death.

    When you open a map, you can't close it again by pressing the map key, but by clicking on a button at the bottom of the screen that says close or by pressing B on a XBox controller with no way to remap the key for PC controls. Controller exclusive controls on a PC game is annoying.

    I like this game much more than the first Bioshock.
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  7. Oct 20, 2019
    0
    Bioshock - очень неудачный порт консольного шутера, угол обзора как будто тебе на голову одели коробку с дыркой, при быстром аиминге у меняBioshock - очень неудачный порт консольного шутера, угол обзора как будто тебе на голову одели коробку с дыркой, при быстром аиминге у меня башка от балтики 9 так не болела. Expand

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