gamers (77%) found this review helpful
Fans of the first game will notice that all of the things that made the first game so good are still here. The graphics are amazing, and the attention to detail is impressive. Sounds, voices, and lighting still give that creepy, dystopian-retro experience that we loved in the original. The controls are tight and work well. Following the story is fairly interesting and the voice actors do a wonderful job with their dialogue, as before.
All that being said, the problem is that this feels as though the developers simply extended the first game, rather than creating a whole new one; the experience feels repetitive. I already experienced the graphics, environments, plasmids, splicers, Big Daddy fights (etc) in the first game, so what does playing through the sequel accomplish? If you're in it for the story, then you can just burn through the game on easy mode, but there's little motivation to go beyond that (unless you just like the challenge).
Hacking has been simplified: you can launch "Hacking Darts" from a distance, rather than having to run up to cameras or turrets. And the actual hacking sequence is a fairly easy quick-time event, rather than the plumbing puzzle. The drawback is that you're still under attack while hacking, so you have to either keep moving or hide to finish. Even on normal difficulty, the hacked drones and turrets seemed overpowered; I could sit back and let them wipe out the enemies for me.
There's an abundance of ammo and power-ups, so I never needed to use the vending machines. Also, you can still respawn at the Vita-Chamber for no penalty, so I ended up using melee most of the time, even though the drill runs out of fuel way too quickly. As I said, though, there's plenty of fuel laying around, so it won't hinder you.
All in all, it's a very good game, but if you've played the first then you've played this one. Worth at least a rental for the story alone.
gamers (71%) found this review helpful
In short, play this one.
Bioshock 2 takes the first Bioshock game and imporoves most aspects, but loses something in the process.
You now fill the shoes of a giant "Big Daddy" named Delta who loses his "daughter", a genetically altered girl that drains bodies of blood, in the underwater city of Rapture. The mystery is missing from the first Bioshock. You've been here before and you know that there are freaks here that will eventually need to be dealt with. But this doesn't stop you from plowing forward in this one though.
The game looks great with awesome detail in every room and corridor in Rapture. The sounds and creepy dystopian atmosphere add to the overall feel of a rundown, city on the verge of collapse. The story has some twists and turns and even some added "moral choices" that are interesting.
The dual-wielded weapons and plasmids (super powers) have been tweaked from Bioshock 1 and are fun to combine together for some awesome and sometimes hilarious ways of wrecking bad guys. If there is one bad thing, it's that there are too many powers and you'll usually stick to a few that work well (like Bioshock 1).
It has multiplayer. Nothing special here. Why bother.
Bioshock2 is at least worth a rent if not a purchase (I know, there are so many to budget right now).
+ Visuals and audio create an eerie atmosphere that feels real + Weapons and plasmids are fun to play around with + Well structured story + Pretty much all the complaints from Bioshock 1 were addressed (lame hacking minigame, interface, etc...) + You're a Big Daddy badass!
- The "normal" characters look a little off with bad animation and voice - Feels like a sequel (been there done that) - Linear story/level progression. There's no going back. - Lots of powers, no incentive to try them all
I had a lot of fun with this one. I liked Bioshock 1 more than Bioshock 2, but it was great getting more Rapture in my veins.
gamers (66%) found this review helpful
Pros: Incredible graphics, beautiful storyline that will blow your mind, sweet arsenal of weaponry, and a whole motherload more. Multiplayer shakes things up a bit, and its a jolly good time using the big daddy suit and upgrading plasmids, so on so forth. Also being able to set traps, use plasmids AND guns at the same time, is a relief. Oh, and let's not forget the unstoppable drill as your built-in cohort in combat!
Cons: well there's the......umm.........no ironsights? I'm not sure there is a whole lot of issues other than that.
Needless to say, whether or not you're a Bioshock fanatic already, you will be with this stunning and magnificent masterpiece that 2k has slaved away on. Certainly worth a buy, with the online and all.