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BioShock

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FPS with RPG elements, Bioshock invites players to experience horrors of underwater isolation in the city of Rapture, the failed project of the better future. After surviving the plane crash, the protagonist has only one way to go – to the giant lighthouse that opens a way to the underwater utopia. Players will have to unravel the complicated history of Rapture, relying only on themselves, their guns and Plasmids, a mystical substance, that allows it’s user to obtain near magical abilities.
The atmosphere of isolation and threat is conveyed through the environmental sounds, subtle electrical buzzing and audio logs, telling the story of societal decay and despair. Players will shape the story, making moral choices along their way, saving Little Sisters or extracting ADAM, the mystical fuel for your abilities. While exploring the underwater city, players will complete missions for the last sane inhabitants of Rapture, while fending off the less fortunate ones.

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Digital Extremes
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2K Australia
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2K Marin
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2K China
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Irrational Games
Publisher
2K Games, Feral Interactive
Age rating
17+ Mature
Website
https://2k.com/en-US/game/bioshock/

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Minimum:
  • Operating System: Windows XP (with Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista
  • CPU: Intel single-core Pentium 4 processor at 2.4GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Video Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 128MB RAM and Pixel Shader 3.0 (NVIDIA 6600 or better/ATI X1300 or better, excluding ATI X1550)
  • Sound Card: 100% direct X 9.0c compatible sound card
  • Hard Drive Space: 8GB
  • Game requires Internet connection for activation
Recommended:
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Video Card: DX 9 - Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512 MB RAM and Pixel Shader 3.0 (NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT or better), DX 10 - NVIDIA GeForce 8600 or better
  • Sound Card: SoundBlaster(r) X-Fi(tm) series (optimized foruse with Creative Labs EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0 or EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 compatible sound cards)

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        BioShock reviews and comments

        Best Game
        «Beaten more than once»
        Overall: 8/10
        Gameplay: 8/10 (Would have been 9.5/10 at the time it came out, but has since aged out of its prime and the later games in the series do the same mechanics but better.)
        Story: 8/10
        Music: 9/10

        More detailed review to come. (WIP)
        «Time-tested»
        «Constantly dying and enjoy it»
        9.5/10
        «Can’t stop playing»
        «That ending!»
        BioShock PC - Finished on 08/15/2020
        You can't play this game, and say it could've been better. Nothing will top this game, it'll go down in history as the best of all time in all aspects. It's perfect
        «Blew my mind»
        An immersive sim that just happens to be a great FPS. The environmental storytelling alone in this game makes it worth your time, but the interesting gameplay elements and encounter design really elevate it to another level. The sole problem with this game are the NPC character models, which are just unintentionally frightening. A game I wish I could forget so I could replay it with a fresh mind.
        «Blew my mind»
        «Can’t stop playing»
        BioShock takes the player to the underwater utopia of Rapture, where genetic modifications have driven most of the city's population mad. These modifications come in the form of "plasmids" - a series of injectables allowing human beings to strengthen themselves or acquire new abilities. These plasmids not only exists in the lore but also the gameplay, allowing players to use the plasmids to perform various, unique abilities, such as setting enemies on fire or using telekineses to throw nearby objects at them. This makes the gameplay very varied, and often more engaging than the average FPS.

        Other than the plasmids, the player of course also gets access to an arsenal of firearms, everything from a revolver to a crossbow. Combining the use of firepower with the plasmids feels very satisfying, and offers the player control of the battle in ways that very few games do. While the gunplay might not be the most advanced, the simplicity of it has it's charm.

        Then there's the story. It's simply one of the best video game stories I've ever experienced. It's also very unpredictable, mainly because of the many twists and turns. I, of course, won't spoil anything, as I feel you should experience it for yourself. The story of Rapture is mainly told to the player through audio logs found throughout the city, giving the player more insight into how Rapture ended up how it did. The level of environmental storytelling in the game is impressive, and this is further improved by the great graphics, for a 2007 game at least.

        I can not recommend BioShock enough. Whether you're looking for an interesting main story which questions the way our society works, or simply a unique shooter game, this is the game you're looking for.

        Overall Score: 10/10 - Exceptional
        + Mind-bending main story
        + An unique FPS experience
        + Immersive environments
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        «Blew my mind»
        «That ending!»
        One of the best single player shooter that i have played!!

        Rating 9/10
        Bioshock is one of those games that is so good that it overflows from gaming culture into regular pop culture. So even though I'm late to play it, I've seen references to it for over a decade now.  The final third is a bit too repetitive, but overall the game is beautifully crafted in every way and the art deco aesthetic makes it a memorable playing experience.
        Gameplay 9/10. Graphics 9/10. Soundtrack 9/10. Storyline 10/10. OVERALL 9.25/10. (A 9.0)
        «That ending!»
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