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  • Summary: Going 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.Going 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 picked group of scientists, artists and industrialists, the idealism is no more. Now the city is littered with corpses, wildly powerful guardians roam the corridors as little girls loot the dead, and genetically mutated citizens ambush you at every turn. Take control of your world by hacking mechanical devices, commandeering security turrets and crafting unique items critical to your very survival. Upgrade your weapons with ionic gels, explosives and toxins to customize them to the enemy and environment. Genetically modify your body through dozens of Plasmid Stations scattered throughout the city, empowering you with fantastic and often grotesque abilities. Explore a living world powered by Ecological A.I., where the inhabitants have interesting and consequential relationships with one another that impact your gameplay experience. Experience truly next generation graphics that vividly illustrate the forlorn art deco city, highlighted by the most detailed and realistic water effects ever developed in a video game. Make meaningful choices and mature decisions, ultimately culminating in the grand question: do you exploit the innocent survivors of Rapture...or save them? [2K Games] Expand
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  • Developer: Irrational Games, 2K Marin
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter, Shooter, First-Person, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi, Arcade
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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  • Rating: M
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 44
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 44
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  1. 100
    The hours spent playing this masterpiece were the perfect encapsulation of why videogaming is such a favourite waste of time for so many of us. Thrilling, terrifying, moving, confusing, amusing, compelling, and very very dark. BioShock isn't simply the sign of gaming realising its true cinematic potential, but one where a game straddles so many entertainment art forms so expertly that it's the best demonstration yet how flexible this medium can be. It's no longer just another shooter wrapped up in a pretty game engine, but a story that exists and unfolds inside the most convincing and elaborate and artistic game world ever conceived.
  2. BioShock is on the same par as those great classic films that have won awards for years and this one will for the video game industry. The combination of a great story and fantastic gameplay with wonderful scenery has been so well created into an all around well crafted game that it would be a shame to miss out on playing it.
  3. 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.
  4. Play Magazine
    95
    The first-person shooter is, simply, one of the best games ever made. [Oct 2007, p.86]
  5. A dark and astonishing masterpiece...I spend my career, and my gaming life, waiting for a moment when a game just astonishes me, when I can't believe what I'm seeing, what I'm doing. BioShock has five. [Sept 2007, p.66]
  6. It meshes impressive graphics with an inventive gameplay system, and uses them to push an amazing story in a refreshingly unique setting. Unless you faint at the sight of blood or you absolutely despise FPS games, you should consider this game a must buy.
  7. So BioShock is not a revolutionary game, or even a particularly innovative one; by the time I reached the end, I felt as though I had played a rather standard and predictable first-person shooter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 89 out of 851
  1. Aug 5, 2013
    10
    It's... just...Bioshock! One of the best games i know with a really amazing story, really nice gameplay and the most awesome underwater cityIt's... just...Bioshock! One of the best games i know with a really amazing story, really nice gameplay and the most awesome underwater city in the world! Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2011
    10
    I have yet to find flaw with this game. The achievements were really fun, too. They lasted me about 3 years, but I'm finally satisfied withI have yet to find flaw with this game. The achievements were really fun, too. They lasted me about 3 years, but I'm finally satisfied with 1000/1100G. Expand
  3. Dec 4, 2012
    10
    It is a beautiful but strange world. Fascinating environment that is eerie, elegant music that is mysterious, lovely children that is underIt is a beautiful but strange world. Fascinating environment that is eerie, elegant music that is mysterious, lovely children that is under external control, dramatic plot and touching ending depict a unprecedented world in the game of bioshock. Maybe, this is the most artistic violent game, almost all would be "shocked" after finishing this game. Maybe, this is the game with the deepest content. 9.7/10 from IGN really says it all.(My rating: 10/10 absolutely) Expand
  4. Apr 13, 2016
    9
    2014 y es primera vez que lo juego. Un juego de lujo que engancha demasiado:

    Pros: - Excelente Historia. -Jugabilidad Increible: Varias
    2014 y es primera vez que lo juego. Un juego de lujo que engancha demasiado:

    Pros:
    - Excelente Historia.
    -Jugabilidad Increible: Varias armas, varios tipos de munición, los divertidos y geniales plásmidos, los tónicos que te ayudarán a combatir, sobrevivir y piratear mejor.
    - La música es genial a lo largo del juego, disfrutable.
    - Personajes bien desarrollados, con carisma y profundos.
    - Dificultad: te hace sentir vulnerable, escasa munición, escaso dinero, enemigos fuertes, Big Daddys muy fuertes, tendrás que ingeniertelas para sobrevivir y salir airoso de las batallas.
    - Muy buenos gráficos, incluso para lo viejo que es, se sienten muy bien aún.

    Contras:
    -Solo en mi caso particular, encontré que estiraron mucho la trama para que no acabara tan pronto.

    9.5/10
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  5. Aug 9, 2020
    8
    Nunca jugué a Bioschok en su época y siempre he tenido a alguien diciéndome que debería jugar la saga por x o por y. Que eran unos juegosNunca jugué a Bioschok en su época y siempre he tenido a alguien diciéndome que debería jugar la saga por x o por y. Que eran unos juegos buenísimos y que el primero me metería mucho en la magia, asique con este contexto doy mi opinión.

    Me ha parecido un juego bueno, tiene una ambientación, enemigos y personajes únicos.
    En general una dirección de arte y una atmósfera que en muy pocos juegos he visto, tiene momentos y cosas que la verdad estoy seguro que no se me van a olvidar, cosas como Andrew Ryan.

    Me ha recordado mucho a Fallout y Half life mientras jugaba, de hecho parecía que estaba jugando a una mezcla de estos dos, tenia la estética muy trabajada con estilo antiguo y macabro de Fallout, pero al mismo tiempo jugaba dando saltos y explotando cosas con 200 armas como en Half life, sin preocuparme mucho de la vida y de morir.

    En general no puedo decir mucho que no se haya dicho ya, me parece un buen juego pero se me ha hecho muy cuesta arriba, tiene un esquema de escala de poder bastante absurdo por ejemplo:

    - Al cuarto de partida ya habrás desbloqueado todos los poderes y armas que hay en el juego, lo cual te quitara como un poco el misterio de que habrá después ya que te enfrentaras a todos los enemigos y jefes del juego con lo que ya tienes y sin desbloquear nuevas mecánicas ni nada.

    - Los Big Daddys son un enemigo muy bueno en este juego, pero también es su maldición, aparecen muy pronto y necesitas buen equipo para matarlos, entonces el juego intenta que lo tengas todo lo antes posible para que puedas acabar con ellos, lo cual hace que un Big Daddy te aguante 7 escopetazos al inicio y 30 al final, pudiendo ser de la misma clase, lo cual te rompe mucho el gameplay y la inmersión con el juego.

    Y lo mismo pasa con cualquier enemigo, los humanoides aguantan un escopetazo a la cara en las primeras zonas del juego (cosa que tiene sentido), pero después los mismos humanoides con las mismas frases, ataques y todo te aguantan 5 o 6 escopetazos en el pecho, y esto ocurre porque no hay más enemigos en el juego ya que los Big Daddys los cuales son el enemigo más fuerte en lore y supuesta mente en gameplay son completamente opcionales.

    Es como que al incluir a los Big Daddys forzaron toda la progresión del juego y hicieron que a las 4h o así de jugar ya tengas un lanza granadas que te ayuda a matar cualquier cosa con facilidad. Y al estar los Big Daddys planteados como los enemigos más fuertes de ese mundo, el resto de humanoides son todos iguales exceptuando que los que están al final del juego aguantan muchos más hits. (No tienen armaduras, poderes ni nada que les haga destacar del resto de humanos porque te están diciendo que los Big Daddys son los únicos con poder)

    En resumen me ha parecido un buen juego por todo el apartado de guión, arte, inmersión y en general como experiencia visual, pero jugablemente deja muchísimo que desear y tiene fallos muy tochos incluso para su época.
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  6. Mar 10, 2018
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Bioshock is a good game. However, it starts off with a lot more potential than it ends up with. You can see that there is an interesting setting in this underwater city, but you can only go to select places, which leads to it feeling restrictive at times. Some of these locations, like Fort Frolic, are memorable in design, while others, like Arcadia, feel bland. There is a good range of Plasmids to choose from, though, which allows for different ways to attack enemies. The penultimate escort section of the game, however, feels tedious and forced in to lengthen time, and the final boss is a bit of a letdown, compared to how much the game hypes it up. The game is great at setting atmosphere, though, with it's use of sounds, and the stylistic posters and pictures of some locations also help to increase tension, such as with Sander Cohen. A good game, with some missed potential. Expand
  7. RobertG
    Aug 28, 2007
    0
    I'm sure the game is great, if you get it to start. The 1000+ posts in the "outstanding pc problems" thread on 2k:s support forum bearsI'm sure the game is great, if you get it to start. The 1000+ posts in the "outstanding pc problems" thread on 2k:s support forum bears witness to major problems though. In said thread not a single reply from 2 k can be found. In short - no game performance can nullify the complete and utter disregard from 2k against the thousands of buyers that are reporting trouble even getting the game to start (on more than adequate machines, I might add). Nope, sry - 2k flunks in my book. Expand

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