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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 226
  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. chris
    Feb 14, 2010
    10
    The weapons and plasmids are better than the original, gameplay is more refined. And story was better (IMO). There are more difficult choices The weapons and plasmids are better than the original, gameplay is more refined. And story was better (IMO). There are more difficult choices that the player needs to make, and will shape the outcome of the game. Adoption of the little sisters was an excellent adidtion, and no more repetitive pipe hacking game. I feel the sequal is better than the first game and can't for the life of me figure out how the ratings are not right up there with Bioshock 1. This is a must have for any gamer. Buy it, you won't regret it. Expand
  3. John
    Feb 13, 2010
    9
    Most reviews compare BioShock 2 to the original BioShock, and say there is nothing new. After finishing both, I can say they are correct - Most reviews compare BioShock 2 to the original BioShock, and say there is nothing new. After finishing both, I can say they are correct - and I see this as a good thing. This allows the game to follow on seamlessly from the original, and even the graphics and system requirements are pretty much the same. Maybe this was a conscious decision to allow players of the original BioShock to also play this game, but I think it is nice to step back into Rapture and feel right at home. To say Expand
  4. Sep 10, 2015
    8
    good... at all...
    Just like I hoped: Bioshock but sadly with Windows Live I really liked this game, nice graphics, bioshock gameplay and good
    good... at all...
    Just like I hoped: Bioshock but sadly with Windows Live I really liked this game, nice graphics, bioshock gameplay and good Story but with WinLive you just can't play without saving every minute soo... only 8/10
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  5. MatthewQ
    Feb 15, 2010
    8
    It doesn't quite live up to the first game, though it adds a few interesting new gameplay elements. The controls are a little awkward, It doesn't quite live up to the first game, though it adds a few interesting new gameplay elements. The controls are a little awkward, especially in multiplayer where the controls are totally different from the singleplayer game. The multiplayer is unnecessary and unpolished. LIke similar online systems, the p2p multiplayer can be ridiculously laggy at times and isn't as responsive as it could be. The single player experience is more of the same from the original however rapture doesn't have the same feel to it the second time around. Expand
  6. Nov 19, 2014
    7
    After the joy of the original I was ready to like this game. A lot. Back to Rapture! And, to its credit, game-play is smooth, the enemies areAfter the joy of the original I was ready to like this game. A lot. Back to Rapture! And, to its credit, game-play is smooth, the enemies are more varied and, in many cases, tougher and the weapons are inventive. However, it seems like the game lost its soul somewhere. The haunting, beautiful visuals of the first were lacking. The story was simply less compelling, absent the wonderfully crafted Ryan. I cared about the characters less. I felt like I was playing a competent, first person shooter. The first time around, I felt like I was taking part in a masterpiece. This...was just a video game. A good one, but just a game. Expand
  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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