It's been a long time coming, but here it is ladies and gentlemen - Metacarpi's Game Review - Number Two!
This time around, I'm going to be looking at the original Bioshock.
Bioshock is a first person shooter game, with elements of horror and rpg mechanics thrown in. Developed by 2K games (now known as Irrational Games), and released originally on the Xbox 360 in August 2007. A PS3 version followed in October 2008.
Bioshock is set during 1960 in the fictional underwater dystopian city of Rapture. Founded in 1946 by Andrew Ryan, Rapture was envisioned as being a haven for those who did not wish to be restrained by the conducts and morals that society imposed on them. A place where "the artist need not fear the censor, and the scientist need not be restrained by petty morality".
The discovery of ADAM, which led to the ability to rewrite genetic structure, eventually led to the city's downfall.
Initially planned to be used to improve fitness, strength, etc, these modifications soon took a turn for sinister, and soon modifications such as fireballs, lightning bolts, and freezing began to emerge.
As more and more people used ADAM to "splice" abilities, they became more and more addicted to the substance, eventually leading to insanity.
Meanwhile, control of the city was being contended by a man named Frank Fontaine. This pressure caused Andrew Ryan to press hard on Fontaine and his interest, causing him to fall out of grace with many of the people of Rapture.
Eventually, on the eve of 1959, civil war broke ouw, and Rapture was torn apart.
The game begins with the protagonists plane crashing into the Atlantic Ocean. When he emerges from the shell of the plane, a lighthouse structure can be seen.
The protagonist heads towards the structure, and descends.....
It needs to be remembered that Bioshock is now 3 years old.
Bioshock was built on the Unreal 2.5 engine, with many modifications that were to be in included in the Unreal 3.0 engine build.
Although it looks a little rough compared to many more modern games, for it's time, it was a fantastic looking game, and was especially praised for it's ground breaking water effects.
Rest assured, even if you are a graphics obsessive, there is nothing in Bioshock that will ruin the experience for you.
Bioshock is, first and foremost, an FPS game. However, it also contains some streamlined RPG aspects, in so much as you can upgrade your weapons, plasmids, health and EVE in various ways.
The game progresses through various levels, each detailing a different area of the city. Within each area are a number of obstacles, enemies, and audio diaries.
It's through these diaries that the story of Bioshock and Rapture is largely told. And what a story it is! I would heartily recommend to anyone searching every last nook and cranny of the game to find them, as they really flesh the experience out.
The game also allows two types of weaponry to be used, both convential firearms and plasmids.
This allows for a degree of tactical combat, as various combinations of plasmids and weapons have greater effect on certain enemies.
The audio in Bioshock is truly special, with the audio effects providing a real pervasive atmosphere of the decaying city of Rapture.
The voice acting is also worthy of note, as the delivery of the enemies speech, and the audio diaries themselves really capture a sense of the decline of the city, and the ensuing insanity that consumed the city.
For me, Bioshock is truly one of the best games of this generation, as it combines fantastic gameplay, with an engaging and deep storyline.
If you haven't played it yet, you should be able to pick up a copy really cheap, and should do so immediately! SCORE: 9/10 GRAPHICS: 7/10 AUDIO: 9/10 GAMEPLAY: 9.5/10
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Great review, 'Carpi. Audio: 9/10? Go on, push it up a tad. You know you wanna! : The environmental noises and atmosphere in BioShock are only matched by a select few. Actually, Dead Space is the only game that comes to mind.
But, on everything else - I very much agree, my dear.
Great game, but the gameplay is a bit meh. When you strip away the fantastic atmosphere, setting, and story you're left with a functional but not exceptional shooter. I don't know what this ragging on graphics is. It may not be the prettiest, but I love the art direction, though Ryan's face is a bit ugly.
Gaz, I liked the audio logs, but I had to clear every splicer out of the room, pick it up, crouch in a corner facing the door so I could shot gun blast anyone coming in, and then play it.
Also, as I have learned and as John has scorned me for, anyone reading this who hasn't played it, do not specialize and wrench and lightning stuff only. The last boss will fuck you up.
I give it a 9/10