Review: Bioshock

On February 9th, we saw the arrival of an artistic masterpiece called Bioshock 2. This is the sequel to Bioshock, both published by 2K games. And now A third game for the Bioshock series has been announced, Bioshock Infinite. But for those who never played the original Bioshock, released in 2007, is there a point in delving into the world of Rapture?


Bioshock is a FPS with RPG elements, which has a highly original Art style. You play as Jack, a normal person, living a normal life. That is until the plane he is travelling crash lands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Jack comes up to the surface of the ocean to find that he is the only survivor of the crash and makes his way to a lighthouse, which is nearby. Here you find a Bathysphere, which is how the citizens of Rapture travel around various parts of the city. You get into it and after a short projection showing a bit of background to the city you enter Rapture, an underwater city.

The game plays quite well, the combination of using weapons, like Pistols and Shotguns, alongside Bioshock’s very own powers called Plasmids, you explore the city of Rapture to help a man known only as Atlas. His family has been taken and he wants your help to get them back.

The art style in Bioshock, like I’ve already stated, is very original. The city of Rapture kind of resembles an underwater Vegas from the outside. Or at least it does to me. The characters and enemies all look really detailed and have been animated brilliantly. The individual areas have also been designed well and it feels great just exploring them to see the amount of the detail that the designers went to.

The back-story of Rapture can also be learnt about in depth as there are numerous recordings dotted all over Rapture that you can listen to, to learn more about the underwater “utopia”. These ranging from the various experiments around Plasmids and the Little Sisters to some basic background information about the citizens of Rapture.

So all in all is it worth investing in this first instalment of Rapture or should we just skip to the newer one? It is worth investing if you want a better background knowledge but it’s not essential. The second is after all set 8 years later with a different character.

Pros:

  • Original Style with great Scenery
  • Great Storyline that leaves you wanting more
  • Reasonable length game considering it was made in 2007

Cons:

  • A rather unsatisfying and abrupt ending

Verdict: Buy!

It’s a near perfect game that could be described as a piece of art in it’s own right. It is not only entertaining but it’s beautiful too.

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About Nick Duggan
I'm 19 an I study Computer Games Design at Staffordshire University. I'm a video gamer and also a Yu-Gi-Oh! collector/player. Twitter: @30DiedOnMars

One Response to Review: Bioshock

  1. Emily says:

    Great review.. couldnt agree more.
    Bioshock is an awesome game that you just cant stop playing until you get to the end of the story. The achievements are fairly easy to get. Just a shame Bioshock 2 is a let down 😦

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