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GF Rating
7.8

8544 ratings

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GF Rating
7

Good

Bioshock 1.5 maybe

posted by DoubleGulp (TUCSON, AZ) Feb 11, 2010

Member since Feb 2010

8 out of 16 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

I've really looked forward to this game for a long time, well, since the first one came out and I played the he11 out of it. But I can't get past the fact that I feel like i'm just playing add on content for the first game. Don't get me wrong playing as a big daddy is cool, but he seems way underpowered from what I remember from Big Daddy in the original Bioshock, it just feels like i'm playing as Jack in a funny costume. There's nothing in this game so far that's really stood out and made me feel like this is a fully fleshed out sequel. Still, Bioshock is a great FPS so I'm not gonna complain too much about playing more of the same when the original was so good. I don't know if I would recommend buying this one to anybody, but certainly add this one to your list and enjoy the 10 - 15 hours worth of story and gameplay it has to offer.

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GF Rating
7

Good

More of the same

posted by Eldric1 (ANGIER, NC) Feb 24, 2010

Member since May 2006

6 out of 12 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

Not much to say really. If you liked Bioshock, you will like this game. It seems more of the same. Being a Big Daddy I thought I would be able to walk my way through the splicers, but no, you are about as tough as the first protagonist. It is fun, but wanted something different, that is why it got a 7.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Just Ok

posted by Devin1498 (EAST FALMOUTH, MA) Apr 23, 2010

Member since Aug 2007

3 out of 6 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

The professional game media overrated Bioshock 1, in this reviewers opinion. It was a good game, albeit not a particularly deep or revelatory experience. There are other games that have melded the shooter and RPG genres, and posed moral quandaries to the player with greater results (ie---Deus Ex).

That said, Bioshock 2 largely rides the formula of Bioshock 1. Its highly imitative, and the law of diminishing returns applies.

Although you play as a Big Daddy in B2, the mechanics are largely the same, the protagonist merely allowing for some new weapons. The over world of Rapture, which is the real reason the original was so praised, loses much of its luster. Most of the environments, while not exactly bad, don't show any new dimensions to the once exhilarating underwater city.

The antagonist of the game, like that of the first, is basically a big brother type overlord, whom espouses grand, sweeping ideological sentiments. There are apparently differences in the content of the ideology, and this time the antagonist is female, but the differing content renders an identical conflict.

Again, players won't be too impressed by the evolution of Bioshock as a franchise, in the sequel. Hardcore fans may appreciate it through a prism of nostalgia, and it is solidly produced, but it doesn't offer anything substantively new to make it recommendatory.

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