posted by Jtsmith87 (DOUGLASSVILLE, PA) Apr 7, 2013
Member since Jul 2011
If you enjoyed the first two Bioshocks then you will feel right at home. There's an impossible city, a corrupt ruler, a one man army soldier, and plasmids reincarnated as vigor's. That being said they have revamped the internal mechanics to avoid being a simple rehash with a new setting.
If you didn't like Bioshock before you probably won't like it now. This isn't Call of Duty so those expecting that type of game play will be disappointed. The combination of vigors and gunplay provide a deep combat experience and the different enemy types provides a deep variety to skirmishes. Another innovation added are skylines. These roller coaster tracks are added to some locations and allow for innovative and surprisingly useful ways to out maneuver your opponents.
Another large addition to the gameplay is not in the weapons or the enemies, but in the teammate that is with you for most of the game. Elizabeth reacts dynamically to your current actions. If you are searching under every rock to find money she will toss a few bucks your way. If you're in the middle of combat and run out of ammo for your current gun she will toss you some ammo. She also has the ability to open "tears" to assist you. These tears range from health, ammo, and objects that provide cover from gunfire to powerful guns and even friendly turrets. These tears can often be the difference between life and death. Elizabeth is with you almost the whole game yet avoids getting in your way.
Now to the story. It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that Bioshock delivers a truly impressive and deep story. While not giving to much away I can say that Irrational Games is the best developer out there when it comes to gripping story and unpredictable plots. Some of the aspects of the story tend to be a little technical in the physics department, however they make the concepts simple enough to understand without a Phd in quantum physics. Bottom line this game is defiantly worth a buy and at least two play through
If you are a fan of the bioshock series you will love this game! The action is super solid and fun and very reminiscent of my time in rapture. I don't want to reveal anything so I'll just say that my jaw literally dropped at the end. It was probably the best ending to a game I have ever played. If you like action with a little mystery and fantasy check this game out!!!!
I spent about 15-17 hours on Normal difficulty and it was pretty well done. I don't know if I'd want to play it again soon seeing as there's no New Game Plus or other interesting modes. It does the single player campaign well, which I appreciate nowadays with stupid online passes and unnecessary multiplayer everywhere.
The world here is strange and off-putting in a good way.
This game will make you feel uncomfortable many times due to its themes and character interactions.
It's better just to play it and experience the story yourself. I didn't feel as drawn into this game as I was in Bioshock 1 & 2, I think due to their horror atmosphere. This game has more people interaction than the first two combined, but I always felt at a distance with the story. It gets weirder and weirder with very sci-fi plotlines. It was nice to have your character actually speak this time.
The graphics are mostly wonderful, but I guess they had to sacrifice textures on walls and certain things because the environments are much more open. They can be ugly and low-res in many places up close.
I was disappointed that the enemies variety was low. It seemed like you fight the same group of Columbia policemen every time. Also, the citizens were a bunch of re-used character models, so you'd see the same faces over and over.
The gameplay itself is surprisingly low in variety. It's mostly go to an open space or room and clear out enemies. There are no hacking mini-games or other distractions except for deciphering codes or lockpicking, both of which Elizabeth does for you.
Riding skylines is a fun gimmick, but you never really need to use except to get from Point A to Point B. It's too much trouble killing enemies while riding it.
The vigors are fun to use and interesting to combo with each other. The game overall is a must-see experience and a good rental. I may buy it in a year when it drops in price.