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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: 60 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
  1. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    100
    If you're still wondering if BioShock 2 is better than the original as you enter the final level, by the time you beat it, you'll have no doubt. This is one of the best games you'll ever play. [Mar 2010, p.62]
  2. It's definitely a great game and will likely be on top ten lists at the end of the year. It's just not a perfect 10.
  3. Rich, philosophical story...that's not as clever as the original story.
  4. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    90
    Plot-wise, this doesn't match the original. However, the combat has been spliced to near-perfection. [Mar 2010, p.64]
  5. 86
    A conservative return to Rapture, but full of quality.
  6. BioShock 2 sets out to make a name for itself, and overall it does. It improves on the original's gameplay while telling two different stories across modes. The experience isn't as powerful at the end, but the Little Sister bond makes up for that.
  7. The surprises aren't there and neither is the awe one feels the first time they booted-up their copy of BioShock and laid eyes on Rapture.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 81
  2. Negative: 4 out of 81
  1. SR
    Feb 20, 2010
    10
    Playing this game actually made me better at BioShock 1. On the Survivor (hardest) difficulty mode in the first game I couldn't make it Playing this game actually made me better at BioShock 1. On the Survivor (hardest) difficulty mode in the first game I couldn't make it past finding the first plasmid (since I would just keep getting outflanked by splicers and shot in the back of the head) but now I am cruising through and I am maxed out on med kits and EVE hypos (I think because Bioshock 2 forced me to prepare more carefully in the scenarios where you have to defend little sisters while they are getting EVE from corpses). I really wish I had a webcam so I could put on Youtube the first time I defended a little sister successfully (in Bioshock 2) because I did it on the hardest dificulty level with only the wrench, rivet gun, electricity plasmid and no med kits (I just kept getting wrench headshots on splicers which I had bottlenecked in a doorway). The next time I successfully defended a little sister on the first attempt just by using the hypnotize (enrage) plasmid on all the splicers and they just all killed each other for me. Something about the gameplay in Bioshock 2 just seems to make more sense to me than it did in the first game, but it's clearly applicable to how you approach the first game. I think the thing is that Bioshock 2 is a little more obvious about how it forces you to visualize how you are going to approach encounters; maybe it just gives more obvious clues than the first game did. Or maybe Bioshock 2 just isn't as good at keeping its secrets as the first game; either way I feel like I understand (and love) both games much more now than I would have expected (and I can't believe I was actually on the fence about buying this game or Dante's Inferno last weekend!). Expand
  2. Dec 19, 2012
    10
    So lets go down the list of ways Bioshock 2 makes improvements over the original Bioshock. Better graphics, stronger enemies, more enemies,So lets go down the list of ways Bioshock 2 makes improvements over the original Bioshock. Better graphics, stronger enemies, more enemies, dual wielding, actual plasmid leveling system, WAY better hacking(realtime too), streamlined gameplay, wonderful antithesis story, amazing sound design, more endings, deeper little sister involvment. I could go on for a while and go more in depth, but seriously, everything is better. Go get it, it will be a great way to prepare for Bioshock Infinite Expand
  3. Apr 4, 2017
    9
    Bioshock 2 is by far my favorite game in the franchise. It adds a new and unique narrative arc while allowing the player to remain immersed inBioshock 2 is by far my favorite game in the franchise. It adds a new and unique narrative arc while allowing the player to remain immersed in Rapture. I really liked playing as a Big Daddy; I found the weapons to be much more usable than they were in Bioshock. I'm all about melee combat, and the drill is everything a girl could want; major smashing ability, with the added bonus of being able to grind your enemies into mulch if it suits you. I also enjoyed the added relationship with the Little Sisters - I know most people think that they're creepy, but I think they're adorable. Overall, Bioshock 2 is an incredible game. Expand
  4. Sep 15, 2011
    8
    Loved the first game and this is a good sequel but suffers from sequel status too. Enough fresh ideas to keep things interesting, plenty ofLoved the first game and this is a good sequel but suffers from sequel status too. Enough fresh ideas to keep things interesting, plenty of plasmid/weapon combos and fantastic nostalgic settings. Story was confusing and had to research online afterwards to find out what the hell it was about :-)
    Worth playing if you liked the first but missing that extra special 'wow' factor. Solid.
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  5. Dec 3, 2019
    8
    A surprisingly solid sequel, what it loses in terms of story it gains in terms of gameplay. Certainly a must-play if you loved the original'sA surprisingly solid sequel, what it loses in terms of story it gains in terms of gameplay. Certainly a must-play if you loved the original's tense atmosphere as well as its claustrophobic setting.

    Unfortunately the story is hampered by returning to Rapture and its timeline. Something set a couple of decades after the original might have been better; as it is this ends up feeling like Bioshock Lite. But on a moment-to-moment basis the story is still serviceable and expertly directed and acted, so it's not a complete turn-off.

    While combat has a steep learning curve, it will have you using a wider range of abilities than the original ever required. So if you can get over some initial frustration, the game becomes more and more rewarding and fair.

    Final complaint is the sometimes awful hit detection, making a sure hit inexplicably miss. This resulting in me spamming shots and plasmids just to ensure contact, but even so I had a ton of frustrating deaths.
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  6. Mar 31, 2013
    7
    This game has a Good Story, has good gameplay mechanics, good ambientation but, in my opinion it is not as good as the Original, but is stillThis game has a Good Story, has good gameplay mechanics, good ambientation but, in my opinion it is not as good as the Original, but is still a Good Game with a deep Story, and a lenght of about 6 hours, and the multiplayer is unnecessary Expand
  7. Aug 23, 2014
    0
    This game should have just been a DLC instead of a full-blown sequel. The story is ridiculously short and boring, not to mention poorlyThis game should have just been a DLC instead of a full-blown sequel. The story is ridiculously short and boring, not to mention poorly voice-acted. And by far the worst sin is that no new plasmids were added, some were tweaked ever so slightly or given new names, but no real new ones were added for the second game. The weapons were also extremely similar to the original game. Some may see this as staying true to the original, but I see it as lack of originality, inspiration, or imagination. It seems as if the makers of the original Bioshock just got really really really lazy and decided to not change anything because the system worked the first time. Any new plasmids or weapons would have been a welcome addition, not a significant change to the game. Overall, the game just should have been a DLC and I have rarely been so disappointed in a game. Expand

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