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Bioshock is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 74.
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  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Publisher: Take 2 Interactive
  • Developer: Take 2 Interactive
  • Category: Shooter

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Considered to be one the finest games in the history of interactive entertainment, BioShock is a watershed entry into the world of video games. As one of the most lauded franchises in the past decade, BioShock introduces gamers into an exciting world filled with fascinating characters, intelligent enemies and complex moral choices that define the foundation of the game world. With its rich story, meticulous attention to visual detail, tense action and infinite replay value, BioShock delivers the perfect blend of storytelling and first person action.

Barely surviving a plane crash, the player lands in icy uncharted waters and discovers an undersea city called Rapture, a failed utopia whose citizens had embraced genetic engineering before the city descended into pure anarchy. Power and greed have run amok and the city has succumbed to civil war. Fans have embraced BioShock's mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. BioShock is also renowned for its rich visual detail depicting a gorgeous Art Deco world set deep beneath the sea.

  • All-new PLAYSTATION 3 system exclusive content: In addition to the original revolutionary game experience, PLAYSTATION 3 system fans can enjoy a brand new difficulty mode - Survivor - as well as enjoy Trophy support as they explore Rapture. And the experience doesn't end there - all new exclusive BioShock downloadable content will be available only on the PLAYSTATION 3 system after launch
  • Choices and consequences: Make meaningful choices and mature decisions, ultimately culminating in the grand question: do you exploit the innocent survivors of Rapture...or save them?
  • The world is your weapon: Take control of your world by hacking mechanical devices, commandeering security turrets and crafting unique items critical to your survival.
  • Weapon upgrades provide ammunition for every situation: Upgrade your weapons with ionic gels, explosives and toxins to customize them to take advantage of your enemies' weaknesses
  • Gameplay that evolves around your playing style: Customize your experience by genetically modifying your body through dozens of Plasmid Stations scattered throughout the city and turn your body into the ultimate weapon
  • Adaptive AI provides challenges around every corner: Explore a living world where the inhabitants have interesting and consequential relationships with one another that impact your gameplay experience
  • Immerse yourself in Rapture: Experience breathtaking visuals that vividly illustrate the forlorn Art Deco city, highlighted by strikingly realistic water effects and meticulously detailed environments

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© 2002-2008 Take-Two Interactive Software and its subsidiaries. Developed by 2K Boston, 2K Australia, 2K Marin and Digital Extremes. BioShock, 2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia, 2K Marin, the 2K logo, the 2K Boston logo, 2K Australia logo, the 2K Marin logo and Take-Two Interactive Software are all trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Digital Extremes and its logo are trademarks of Digital Extremes. Purchase or use of this item is subject to the PlayStation®Network Terms of Service and User Agreement. This item has been sublicensed to you by Sony Computer Entertainment America.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just get this game, its simply amazing. This is a game that is best experienced on your own. Traveling through the beautiful and mysterious rapture you find your self amazed by this game altogether. This is a must buy. Bioshock had me fighting splicers with a wrench, to hiding from the terrifying big daddy. And fyi be ready for a twist. Now ''would you kindly get this game?''
Date published: 2015-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impossible to hate This game is an art. It is so good, and for a 2007 game, it has good graphics!! and it has TROPHIES!!!!! How could you resist buying this game. One minute of gameplay and your sucked in.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great start to a great series Bioshock, overall, was an excellent game. The story is great, though it goes on a little long after the climax. Going around an underwater city in ruins filled with a variety of Splicers and the infamous "Big Daddies", killing pretty much everyone you meet really is as fun as it sounds. The gameplay mechanics work phenomenally, and that combined with the decent array of weapons available gives the player a variety of playing styles to choose from. However, the game is rather linear. But, Gearbox must've thought of that themselves; because after you complete the story, you can go back and play it again with all your abilities from your previous playthrough. The amount of types of enemies you can encounter is disappointingly low, and the crazy amount of stuff to pick up makes gameplay often slow and repetitive. However, the Borderlands series is incredibly similar, (both made by Gearbox) and I personally would argue Borderlands to be amongst the best FPS series' there is; so this problem doesn't much change my new-found fondness for the Bioshock series. Especially considering that the positives heavily outweigh the negatives. In the end, I recommend this game to any FPS game fan who knows how to tell a good game from a bad one, and isn't afraid of a little dark humor thrown into the gaming experience.
Date published: 2014-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Innovation in gameplay and story at its finest Unimaginable things await mankind under the sea. Many of these things include unknown specimens, sunken ships, and a submerged metropolis. You may be thinking “wait, an underwater city?” Yes, and not hypothetically either. This is a city where man won’t be held back by the lesser, where the artist can fully express himself, and where the world cannot force its troubles into the residence. This beautiful, yet terrifying city is known as Rapture. But what happens when the residence of this utopia become… insane? What will come of the city if the whole of it falls apart, and becomes a murderous burial ground for the many unlucky populaces that succumb to this insanity? In Bioshock, you play as a mysterious and generally silent protagonist known as Jack. He doesn’t have a personality and has only one line of script throughout the game. This all makes him a sort of puzzling, but occasionally dull character. While flying in a jet over the Atlantic, it crashes, with Jack being the only survivor among the wreckage. You control him as he swims to a strange nearby lighthouse and goes through the large doors which serve as the entrance. Darkness surrounds him, as he descends a flight of stairs into a radiant room with a strange submarine-type pod waiting for him in the middle. All is ominous and peculiar at this point, for entering the pod has undisclosed consequences. You enter, and the submarine takes you deep down into the depths of the ocean. A voice is heard over an intercom, and belongs to a mystifying man known as Andrew Ryan. He soon begins to enlighten Jack of his grand and striking vision. “The perfect utopia for the most ambitious individuals to thrive in” is what his voice speaks of. In this case, he speaks of the city Rapture, the city he created. Rapture is unveiled to the player under a stunning sheet of indigo-blue, and looks as if the very city of New York had been flooded by a powerful tidal wave. This serves as the setting for the entirety of the game, and is maybe one of the best settings ever seen in gaming. The art direction and graphics are also extremely unique in their own way, and add an extra special something to an already great game. The setting of Bioshock sets extremely high standards for detail and innovation for any company. In creating this believable world, Irrational Games did the impossible, amazing both veteran and new gamers alike. It is the perfect setting for any player to explore and loose themselves in. Loosing yourself in this game is exactly what will happen, for the game world is colossal and encourages exploration and investigation. Being a ruined utopia, the walls are crumbling around you, and the windows looking into the ocean, deeper into the city, make you feel minuscule yet amazed. While exploring every nook and cranny, the player will find many audio tapes from the past, before the utopia fell into madness. This adds sinister yet fascinating back-story and serves as the majority of dialogue in-game. All of these audio tapes were owned by the inhabitants of Rapture, but that was before they were all slaying any outsider that came into view. Since the player finds himself in this hostile environment, he must find ways defend his own life. Bioshock offers a massive array of different ways to dispatch of foes, making every encounter different. On the outside, Bioshock may just look like a pretty first-person shooter, but it is so much more than that. The player will get a wrench early on for melee defense, and will also receive plasmids throughout, as well as varied guns. Plasmids were used by all citizens to accomplish every-day tasks in Rapture and give splicers, as well as jack, the ability to hone electricity, fire, and more all at their very fingertips. Using plasmids takes up EVE, which can be looked at as your mana bar. All of these mutually create a diverse combat system unmatched by most games. Experimentation in the combat is recommended, for you can find some pretty gruesome, but still awesome ways to take out the splicers. One of the biggest things in-game is the ability to upgrade everything you use. Upgrades in Bioshock are a huge feature, giving players the chance to increase the amount of carried plasmids, max health and EVE, upgrade weapon damage, and a lot more. This is where a choice based system comes into play, which effects both (two) endings of the game. Rapture is all about ADAM. ADAM is a substance that is used to become more powerful (upgrade), and is harvested by girls named Little Sisters, who are protected by Big Daddies. When Jack crosses the path of a Big Daddy caring for a Little Sister, this is his chance to receive some ADAM. Fighting Bid Daddies is extremely fun, difficult, and worth it in the end. If the player chooses to fight and manages to kill the Big Daddy, the Little Sister is vulnerable. The two options are: both save the Little Sister and receive little ADAM (considered good ending for 80) or harvest the Little Sister, killing her in the process but receiving TWICE as much ADAM (considered bad ending for 160). These choices affect Jack immensely, for harvesting Little Sisters will help him upgrade vastly early on. If you choose to save them, four in a row will grant you multiple plasmids and more ADAM at one of the upgrade stations found throughout the game world. Both choices have benefits and setbacks (especially depending on which ending you want). Having multiple endings encourages multiple playthroughs using different play styles. The game also sports multiple difficulties (always play on the highest difficulty for any game; it’s always a fun challenge). Anyways, on the higher difficulties, the game feels as if you are playing a survival-horror, and it’s fantastic. This forces the player to be more tactical when running into splicers, and also makes the player conserve med kits, EVE hypos, and ammunition. Bioshock also includes a hacking mini-game similar to Pipe-Mania, which is used to make turrets, sentry bots, and security cameras work in your favor. You can also hack the many vending machines and crafting machines found throughout the game. Doing so decreases prices, needed parts and is always recommended. While the hacking minigame can become tedious, so can fighting a few enemies. Some splicers soak up dozens upon dozens of bullets, which sometimes makes the overall player vs splicer’s health feel unfair. Some splicers deal massive damage while you take out a sliver of their health. This is countered by the research camera and multiple ammo types. Not too far into the game, the player will receive a camera, which gives him the ability to take pictures of enemies to observe them closer (find weaknesses etc). This will help Jack get increased damage on multiple splicer types, and give him the knowledge of which ammo type is best against certain enemies. Having multiple ammo types gives the game a great feel for strategic exploits to kill enemies. Armor piercing rounds work great against armored enemies, but aren’t exactly great for anti-personal and so on. Bioshock is also a fairly long game, but doesn’t feature a NG+ mode which is a huge disappointment. Considering all the upgrades and enhancements the game grants. More of these enhancements include gene tonics which are upgradable also. There are three types, and each grants the player unique abilities and improvements. Physical gene tonics will help the player characters running speed, med kit uses etc. Combat gene tonics will help Jack in combat, and engineering will make hacking quicker and much easier. Sadly, you will NOT be able to upgrade Jack to his full potential, which can be frustrating and may make some ask “where is NG+?” which is honestly a great question, and one of the few problems wrong with Bioshock. The different environments you encounter in Bioshock are refreshing and always different. The different enemies you encounter are also refreshing and different. The many guns you will encounter and use are all different, and have their own strengths and weaknesses (you will find a crossbow, pistols, grenade launchers etc.). Basically, a great word to summarize Bioshock is “refreshing”. While not perfect, it is generally a great game that should be looked up to by other developers. It offers many new things that most gamers haven’t encountered before, and is basically a refined version of System Shock 2 while still being its own game. All of this adds up to a great game, plus the story, which is very original and…well…refreshing! Jack will run into many strange, insane, and interesting characters, and the twist of the game is a huge, mind-blowing satisfactory ending.
Date published: 2014-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Game That is Thought to be Overhyped In Bioshock, you're a guy who has survived a plane crash and is in the middle of the ocean. You then find this pod that takes you to an underwater "utopia" called Rapture. From there, the game gets crazy then crazier. Rapture was created to be free of God, free of country, and be its own thing. Because of Rapture, mankind is free of rules and has become what man has wanted to be. Now we have a survival horror game. Bioshock being an FPS has a pretty rough start in my opinion because you have a wrench and a pistol with 2 bullets and you have 4 guys attacking you, 2 melee and 2 with guns.After that you feel you want to conserve your ammo because you might not have enough of it. It is like this for two-thirds of the game. Afterwards, getting money is easy and you will have a ton of ammo, health, and adam containers. In this game dealing with biology, you do get abilities like shooting fire or electricity from your hands. It's all explained with science of course, but yeah you have magic. In the end it doesn't matter what you have because you find that the most effective way to kill someting is to take any inanimate object w/ the force in front of you and throw it at a guy's head. INSTANT DEATH... for the most part. As for the creepy factor, this game certaintly has it. I love the tone of Bioshock. The best and only way to play Bioshock is in the dark and with the sound up. It has an ominous tone to where you hear people tallking to themselves, but then you kill them because *minor SPOILER* everything in Rapture wants to kill you. Other times lights turn on behind you and enemies are in your face when you turn around. Bioshock isn't really scary but very very creepy. Other than the creepy stuff there's just one tiny, easy thing you have to deal with. THE BIG DADDIES! In Bioshock, you need to get the chemical Adam from little girls, however the BIG DADDIES are their guardians so you'll fight them. In the beginning you just want to run because they will dispatch you w/ exteme prejudice, but near the end you don't have to worry since you'll have your grenade launchers and crossbows (My advice: Use the crossbows OR BE DEAD.) However they will only attack you if you attack them and if you don't, you can pass it like an everyday citizen. In Bioshock you will equip these stat buffs like other FPSRPG's and you hack by one of the best minigames in a survival horror game, The Water Pipe Puzzles. They are really easy and you can hack things in no time (My advice: HACK EVERYTHING). When you're done with Bioshock you may think, "Oh yeah this game is great, but it's overhyped." Then you really start to think about the hidden messages about humanity and if humanity could seperate from country and/or God, would it be like the people in Rapture? All in all, Bioshock is creepy, fun, intense, it had a good story, and it had a great message of humanity. Bioshock is one of the best games ever and you should definitely buy this game and try it out for yourself, Would you kindly?
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Game I really enjoy playing this game. I use to own it for the 360 before I got the red ring of death. I'm planning on buying this game for my ps3. If anyone hasn't play the game you really should. :D
Date published: 2013-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would you kindly... Buy this phenomenal game!! This is one of the best games i've had the pleasure of playing. Everything about this game is great and worth the buck. As soon as you emerge from the waters of the Atlantic you are brought into the beautiful underwater world of rapture and the adventure of a man named Jack. As soon as you exit the sphere you witness an intense murder of an innocent man by a person called a splicer. You grab a radio and a man named Atlas helps you get your feet wet with the gameplay and gives you a background to Rapture and that its being run by a supposed "mad-man" by the name of Andrew Ryan. You meet many different kinds of splicers and protectors known as Big Daddy's who protect the Little Sisters and you need these little sisters to give you powers that enable you to survive in Rapture. The gameplay in this game is what makes Bioshock, Bioshock. Using all of the different plasmids is a blast. Using combinations like using telekinesis to throw dead corpses at foes or using your lightning plasmid to zap a group of enemies wading in the water. The guns are fun to use and can be upgraded to make it easier to tear through splicers and Big Daddy's alike. The story keeps you hooked until the final credits. I chose the ending where you save all of the Little Sisters and was extremely touched and happy with the ending and i think this way is the way to start the game. And you'll be extremely surprised with what will happen later in the game. It will i promise you make your jaw drop. The graphics are great for when they made the game but compared to whats been made today its comes up short. This game is well worth the money you put into it. Me personally, i am going play this game again thats how good it is. If you liked the review hit the like button and if you want to add me on PSN my gamer tag is miguelyorkes222. hit the like button!!
Date published: 2013-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best games I've played Bioshock, a gripping and suspenseful game. While graphics are not amazing, the game's gameplay and story will forcefully blow you away. This game had me enthralled during my playthrough. Their are 3 different endings, which you can get by rescuing or harvesting Little Sisters, the infamous gatherers of ADAM, the genetic material that keeps the wheels Rapture turning. Beware, they are protected by the dangerous denizens of Rapture, the Big Daddies. These creatures will protect the Sisters with their lives. Character development is great. I would recommend this to hardcore gamers. Not for young children, based on how dark and scary the game's themes are. I hope this review helped. Have fun!
Date published: 2013-02-20
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