Bioshock 2 Review

Developer(s): 2K Marin, 2K China, Digital Extremes (mulitplayer), Arkane Studios (level design assistance), Feral Interactive (Mac OS X)

Publisher(s): 2K Games, Feral Interactice (Mac OS X)

Console(s): Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Mac OS X

Release Date: February 9th, 2010

Engine: Modified Unreal Engine 2.5, Havok Physics

Genre: First-Person Shooter

Player(s): Single, Online Multiplayer

Rating: M (Blood, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language)

-Marcus Lawrence

Play as The First Big Daddy

I had forgotten how much I loved the Bioshock series. Between the atmosphere and plot development, this series is one of a kind. For the past week, Bioshock is the only thing I’ve played. In the original Bioshock, I found all of those audio diaries and beat all difficulties. Having completed everything in the original, I focused my attention to the sequel. With that being said, Bioshock 2: Sea of Dreams hasn’t left my disk tray and you’re about to find out why.

A year before Rapture fell to insanity, the very first Big Daddy codenamed Delta, took care of his Little Sister named Eleanor Lamb. Bonded to her for life, he guarded her from any that would try to take her away. But on New Year’s Eve of 1958, she was violently taken from him by her mother, Sophia Lamb. Lamb then put Delta into a coma like state for the next 8 years. However, Delta mysteriously reawakens in the destroyed city of Rapture that Jack left behind him. Delta sets out to find Eleanor before it’s too late.

The basic core aspects are the same as before. Completing objectives to reach your goal at the very end, fighting off the splicers as you move through Rapture and finding clues that hint towards the past and side stories. So what’s different about this sequel? First of all, you don’t play as some human this time around. You’re a Big Daddy and not just any Big Daddy; you are the first one ever created. The wrench has been replaced by a drill that you can use to bash splicers or drill a hole through them. Weapons can still be upgraded to reach their full potential and even the drill can be upgraded.

Even though you’re a Big Daddy, you can still splice yourself with Plasmids making yourself even stronger. This time, you can actually dual wield Plasmids and weapons together. So for example, you can shock someone and then smack them with your drill or gun without having to switch. But how do you get the plasmids in the first place? Adam just like the original except now you have more options to choose from. In Bioshock, you could choose to Harvest or Rescue Little Sisters and that’s all. Bioshock 2 does things a bit differently. After killing the Big Daddy, you can choose to either Harvest or Adopt.

Harvesting gives you more Adam to use, but adopting the Little Sister means to have her gather Adam from “Angels”. Once she’s finished gathering, then you have the option to Harvest or Rescue her. The choice is totally up to you. The hacking minigame has also gotten a face lift. Now it’s more of a timed pressed game and if you do it right, you can gain a bonus from whatever you hack. The camera is more like a video recorder now, allowing you to record a splicer to gain more research. The more you damage and mix up your combos, the more research you gather. Bioshock 2 is filled with moral choices throughout the game. Will you be a kind-hearted thinking man? Or the Big Daddy monster everyone fears?

One thing you will notice is that Bioshock 2 has an online section. If you’re like me, you might assume would be terrible. Honestly, it’s quite addicting; very different from the mainstream FPSs’. Taking place during the civil war between Andrew Ryan and Atlas, it gives a slight insight as to how Rapture was destroyed. The game types are pretty generic, you got free-for-all, Team deathmatch, Capture the Little Sister, and many others. My personal favorites are Team Deathmatch and Capturing the Little Sister, those are the ones I play best in. The Bioshock community is still going strong; I barely ever have trouble finding a match. I strongly recommend giving it a go if you want something different. If you find a big daddy suit on the map, you might want to grab it. Playing as a Big Daddy online is the equivalent of playing as a juggernaut in Modern Warfare 3.

In regards to the graphics, as far as I could tell, not much changed. It looks like the water effects were enhanced since our last trip to Rapture. The audio still has that creepy 50’s music that plays at the bars and all throughout the city. To me anyway, the game sounds amazing because I still have those Turtlebeach headphones.

While this game may be just like its predecessor that’s were some of the faults pop through. The one thing that really bothered me was that the plot was just okay; there was no major surprise halfway through or at the end. No “Would you kindly” scenario or at least something on par with it. Also, it could just be me but Rapture is still Rapture. No matter what new areas you find, eventually they all seem to just blend in. That’s why I’m so excited for Infinite; you’re not stuck in Rapture but off to explore a new environment.

This shouldn’t stop you from playing Bioshock 2 though. If you played the original, it’s definitely worth a pickup. If you haven’t played the series at all, you best get on that. They aren’t considered games you should play before you die without reason. While I was at Gamestop yesterday, I seen Bioshock 2 available for only $8.99. Cheap price for a game like this.

Verdict: 80%

BioShock 2 - Official Launch Trailer | HD