Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
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  1. Sep 21, 2016
    100
    The story telling, unique environments, gameplay and amount of content included makes Bioshock The Collection a must buy.
  2. Sep 16, 2016
    93
    Quotation forthcoming.
  3. Oct 21, 2016
    90
    Bioshock 2 and Infinite are a little underprivileged in terms of remaster work. But in a package so full of content and gaming excellence you can’t help it but scream “welcome to the circus of Values!”.
  4. Oct 4, 2016
    90
    BioShock is an experience, a revelation, a religion. It's the answer to the question "Can games be art?" and this is the best possible version of it.
  5. Sep 28, 2016
    90
    The Bioshock Collection is the perfect way to revisit this amazing franchise in glorious FULL HD graphics.
  6. Sep 27, 2016
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Sep 20, 2016
    90
    BioShock: The Collection is a great homage to one of the most important video game franchises of all time. This collection presents us a ultimate versions of the three games, each one with graphics looking like they were released in the last few months.
  8. Sep 16, 2016
    90
    If you've already played and loved the three original titles plus their DLC then some mild visual upgrades and a handful of extras might not be enough to justify the purchase. If, however, you've never sunk into the haunting depths of Rapture, this is the time to sort it out.
  9. Sep 15, 2016
    90
    If there is a must when it comes to remasters, it's BioShock: The Collection. Blind Squirrel made a superb work adapting for 1080p and 60fp an already superior franchise. If you haven't played any BioShock yet, this is the best moment and, if you are into Ken Levine's work, BioShock: The Collection has to be on your shelf.
  10. Sep 16, 2016
    88
    Three masterpieces in a single pack. If you never played them, this is your golden opportunity.
  11. Oct 5, 2016
    85
    BioShock is an outstanding franchise that hasn't aged despite a change in hardware generations. This collection is a great excuse to revisit Rapture and Columbia (for some players) and an excellent starting point to discover this world for the very first time (for others). Console owners should feel appreciated, PC owners not so much (another case of a port being done poorly).
  12. Sep 27, 2016
    85
    Whether you’re new to the series, or a returning veteran, there is almost no excuse to not pick up BioShock: The Collection. It contains some of the very best games ever made in the past decade, and they’re all still well worth playing today.
  13. Sep 23, 2016
    85
    As often, this BioShock Collection will prove its value to those who didn't play the three games it contains in the first place. The others will find an honest but modest remaster of three wonderful games.
  14. Sep 21, 2016
    85
    At a reduced price, Blind Squirrel offers a complete edition of the Bioshock trilogy, with all additional content released so far: the offer is attractive for old and new fans, enriched with many graphical improvements: finally Rapture can be explored at 60 frames per second on consoles too.
  15. Sep 21, 2016
    85
    With three great games and additional content that some would say is even better, The BioShock Collection is worth picking up for pretty much anybody interested, be they existing fans of totally fresh to the series. Despite some annoyances, each game run.
  16. Sep 21, 2016
    85
    It’s an exceptional all-in-one package for those who have been considering jumping into the franchise. While it’s unfortunate that there’s a noticeable decline in the remaster job after the first Bioshock game, it’s still greatly improved from their original releases.
  17. Sep 21, 2016
    85
    It's impossible not to recommend Bioshock The Collection to anyone who missed anything about this series, a whole game or even only one of the downloadable contents: yes, the three games are this good, and the work made on this remastered version is good, albeit not perfect. When all is said and done, we're talking about three of the better games of the last console generation.
  18. Sep 20, 2016
    85
    While Bioshock The Collection offers a lot of content with three awesome games and every DLC, the absence of more extras and the lack of Bioshock 2’s multiplayer makes it "just" a well-crafted compilation.
  19. Sep 18, 2016
    85
    BiShock: The Collections is a must have for those who haven't played the series yet. It offers what you can expect of a remaster, but it certainly lacks extra content.
  20. 85
    There’s no denying that the Bioshock series is an ambitious one, and that it features some much loved/derided games. Bioshock Collection is the current definitive way to experience those games on consoles, but there’s little new for long-term fans beyond a bit of spit n’ polish.
  21. Sep 26, 2016
    83
    BioShock The Collection brings the famous trilogy in the hands to the newcomers of the current generation. Despite some bugs, it's a must have, on consoles especially.
  22. Sep 19, 2016
    82
    BioShock: The Collection is a good remaster, with graphics visibly improved. It includes all single-player content from the three games and that makes this collection perfect for those who have never played a BioShock in their life, but the lack of fresh new content makes it less suitable for longstanding fans.
  23. Sep 13, 2016
    82
    As a veteran returning to play through the three games of BioShock: The Collection is a pleasure, but it’s a bit disappointing to watch the updates and behind-the-scenes content to each entry gradually decline. The original BioShock receives the greatest overhaul and flourishes with new textures and lighting that bring it almost up to modern standards, and a Ken Levine retrospective, while BioShock Infinite is essentially the PC version.
  24. Nov 9, 2016
    80
    There’s always a man. There’s always a city. There’s always a lighthouse. And there’s always a reason to revisit one of the finest trilogies in the modern gaming.
  25. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Oct 29, 2016
    80
    A modern masterpiece flanked by an okay sequel and a round-off that still delights. This isn’t the Big Daddy of PS3 trilogies, but it’s a circus of value. [December 2016, p83]
  26. Oct 25, 2016
    80
    Despite there being no real improvements or enhancements to any of these games, it is hard to deny the quality of these three games. The BioShock franchise consists of three of the best games we have seen in the past decade and these are the best versions you can get of them. There isn't much in new content but the base content of this collection alone is an incredible value.
  27. Sep 25, 2016
    80
    Even when the stories drop the ball, the allegories make them invaluable parables for this year in particular.
  28. Sep 23, 2016
    80
    BioShock The Collection combines the three 2K Games for a reasonable price. On top of that, the games are polished and upgraded to the standards of today. And that makes the games feel like new.
  29. Sep 23, 2016
    80
    The games are probably a bit too young to be considered retro or nostalgic, (Infinite is only three years old), but they do bring with them a lot of fond memories. If you’ve never played them before, the series feels fresh and new.
  30. Sep 21, 2016
    80
    As for extras that are included in BioShock: The Collection, BioShock is featured with Museum of Orphaned Concepts which was on the previous PS3 version, and the new director’s commentary in the form of golden reels. BioShock 2 has Minerva’s Den and Protector Trials DLC. BioShock Infinite has all episodic add-on content and weapon backs.
  31. Sep 21, 2016
    80
    These are stories worth telling, and if you've somehow avoided all of the spoilers so far, taking a journey through Rapture and Columbia is a great way to spend a rainy weekend. But if you already own them, you don't need to double-dip outside of a deep sale and thus, a chance to venture into Minerva's Den.
  32. Sep 21, 2016
    80
    BioShock: The Collection is just one iconic, influential game and its two excellent sequels packed together in one box. These kinds of games come around rarely, and if you’ve not played any of them, you absolutely should.
  33. Sep 19, 2016
    80
    Bioshock the Collection is an incredible package quality-wise. 2K made some history of videogames with this series and offering it in a graphically improved package for the price of one AAA title feels just right.
  34. Sep 17, 2016
    80
    BioShock: The Collection successfully brings three of the best games from the last-generation to the current-generation, but not without a few hiccups. Everything you loved, or hated, about the originals is still intact. The gameplay, art style, engrossing plots and the wondrous cities continue to provide plenty of incentive to give back into the ocean or fly into the skies. While Blind Squirrel Games has done a good job remastering the original BioShock for a new generation, it is disappointing to see the effort put into each entry decline.
  35. Sep 16, 2016
    80
    BioShock: The Collection is the best way to experience the world of Rapture and Columbia. All three games and their DLC look great and, despite a slightly creaky port of the first game, perform well. Unfortunately, series veterans won't find anything new, meaning that the visual upgrade and the convenience of having everything pulled into one package are the only reasons to return to games that you may have already experienced multiple times.
  36. Sep 16, 2016
    80
    Time has worn some holes in each games’ reputation, but these are still three of the most ambitious and daring action games of modern times.
  37. Sep 15, 2016
    80
    The Collection’s biggest missed opportunity is that it doesn’t do much to win over players who have poured dozens of hours into these three games...but for anyone looking for the best versions of three exemplary games, look no further.
  38. Sep 15, 2016
    80
    What really endures about BioShock is the beauty of the design. Rapture and Columbia are fantastic and very cohesively thought out, so they both feel like distinct but fully realised worlds.
  39. Sep 26, 2016
    67
    Even though The Bioshock Collection is filled with content, it is far from perfect. Technically speaking there are a lot of bumps on the road and the gameplay simply is not Bioshocks strong suit. However, the design is amazing.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 424 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 47 out of 424
  1. Sep 15, 2016
    10
    All games in the package look noticeably better than the last gen console versions. Significant effort was put into the first 2 games whileAll games in the package look noticeably better than the last gen console versions. Significant effort was put into the first 2 games while Bioshock Infinite is just a port of the PC version set to "very high" graphics option (I compared it in the past and it was running on the low graphics on last gen systems). Simply put, the YouTube comparisons don't do this collection justice, because the texture quality has been bumped up by a lot in all three games. Moreover, each game runs in 1080p and presents a crisp and vibrant image compared to the washed out and blurry image of the last gen versions. Frame rate is also 60 FPS in all with some dips here and there. There is also no day one patch for any of the titles, so you can play these games out of the box without a problem. The extras are mind blowing with all DLC thrown in and new features like the developer commentary and concept arts. The packaging is also slick. Considering how much effort 2K put into this collection, it's worth the price than most "remasters" being put out at slightly lesser price. Full Review »
  2. Sep 13, 2016
    10
    Three of the best games ever made. The atmosphere reminded me why Bioshock games were so good. PLUS you get all DLC which are all awesome! GetThree of the best games ever made. The atmosphere reminded me why Bioshock games were so good. PLUS you get all DLC which are all awesome! Get it, you won't regret it. Full Review »
  3. Sep 13, 2016
    10
    My favorite game franchise of all time is back and better then before. These games are a perfect 10 for me. The story art and atmosphere makesMy favorite game franchise of all time is back and better then before. These games are a perfect 10 for me. The story art and atmosphere makes the original a masterpiece. If you have not played do your self a favor. You will not regret it. Full Review »