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BioShock review
by UltiDK

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
«Blew my mind»
«That ending!»

Other reviews26

BioShock (PC) - Finished on August 15, 2020.
«Blew my mind»
Greatest ending ever. 
«That ending!»
That ending really twisted my nutsack 11/10 fr
«Blew my mind»
You have to play this, but play the remaster.
Best Game
«Beaten more than once»
Objectivism is another desire to understand the world around us with our minds.

Another idea to create a utopia, but this time away from people and in an exotic place. All such ideas descend into etatism and totalitarianism. Especially if it is a backwater city, from which it is not as easy to escape as it is to enter.

This bright idea based on a libertarian model of society has fallen because of an insane leader and one smuggler. The struggle for power and self-interest led to the collapse of society.

Overall the game is very deep (I don't mean ocean), and brings out a lot of philosophical ideas. And of course the steampunk stylistics combined with the 50's era are just awesome to look at.
«Blew my mind»
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)
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
«Can’t stop playing»
«That ending!»