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Released on 24 August 2007

Rating: 18+ (BBFC)

4.0 out of 5 (143 customer reviews) | Write a review

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BioShock is a revolution in the shooter genre that will forever change the expectations for the FPS. Going beyond "run and gun corridors," "monster-closet AIs" and static worlds, BioShock creates a living, unique and unpredictable FPS experience. BioShock is the Shooter 2.0.

After your plane crashes into icy uncharted waters, you discover a rusted bathysphere and descend into Rapture, a city hidden beneath the sea. Constructed as an idealistic society for a hand picked group of scientists, artists and industrialists, the idealism is no more. Now the city is littered with corpses, wildly powerful guardians roam the corridors as little girls loot the dead, and genetically mutated citizens ambush you at every turn.
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.
  • Take control of your world by hacking mechanical devices, commandeering security turrets and crafting unique items critical to your very survival.
  • Upgrade your weapons with ionic gels, explosives and toxins to customize them to the enemy and environment.
  • Genetically modify your body through dozens of Plasmid Stations scattered throughout the city, empowering you with fantastic and often grotesque abilities.
  • Explore a living world powered by Ecological A.I., where the inhabitants have interesting and consequential relationships with one another that impact your gameplay experience.
  • Experience truly next generation graphics that vividly illustrate the forlorn art deco city, highlighted by the most detailed and realistic water effects ever developed in a video game.
  • Make meaningful choices and mature decisions, ultimately culminating in the grand question: do you exploit the innocent survivors of Rapture... or save them?

customer Reviews

 Average rating (143 reviews)

 Oh dear - great game ruined by copy protection

| | See all fredisdead's reviews (1)

Well as many have said this is a superb game, atmospheric, greate graphics and sound. Brilliant playability.

And then there's securom.
This copy protection system undermines the whole game for the following reasons;
You can only activate twice before your key is invalidated.
You HAVE to activate online (restrictive)
The securom software cannot be removed after you uninstall the game, which is tantamount toa rootkit (see the sony/bmg furore a few years ago) or at the very worst malware.

Personally I find it wholly unacceptable to have software installed on my PC that;
a - I did not authorise
b - Can't be removed after the game is uninstalled.
c - contravenes the games EULA.

As a result and despite being a great game, I am sending this back to Play and only giving it 1 star.
2K games should get a competent publisher.

If you have an XBOX 360 I recommend you go down that road to play this game, but to PC users I can only say;

 Securom copy protection knocks off 4 stars

| | See all BillMonks's reviews (1)

What should be a five star game is instead put on the list of games to hold off buying until they're patched. There is the mother of all authentication/DRM systems required to play this game and it's just not worth the aggro. In a year this game will be released in a GOTY edition for less money and without the online activation. I'd wait until then and show 2k that they can't pull this kind of nonsense.

 No internet connection, no play

| | See all justinlalaland's reviews (1)

Received my copy last night tried to install it and was told it requires an internet connection to play which I do not currently have! gutted! It apparently needs a one time online activation despite the game not having any online content. This is very poor especially as you dont actually find this out until you get the game through the post and maybe even after you have already opened the packaging (in my case)! not good...


| | See all Angeret's reviews (9)

There have been some severe initial issues with this game resulting in many refund requests to various (r)etailers. Whilst the demo was nothing short of brilliant, the retail game has problems, some noted below...


The game *must* autoupdate online when installed. If it cannot contact the update server it will fail the install, removing all installed files. The update server was down until around 13:00 BST 23/08/07 but appears okay now. Anyone who has attempted to install before this and had a failure, please try again before considering going for a refund.

Multiple installs:

This game has a limit of 2 simultaneous installs - this is not noted anywhere in the manual. If you attempt a 3rd install the install will fail. If you have a system crash and need to reinstall the OS more than twice the install will fail. Your only option is to ensure that you have uninstalled the game via Add/Remove Programs before a reinstall is performed or an install on another PC. If you pass the 2 install limit without having uninstalled a prior install, you will be required to contact the game's support services to resolve the issue.

Please note that the number-of-copies issue is an attempt to cut down on game piracy - but apparently is making the issue worse for us, the paying gamer.

For further information and to read masive amounts of heated language, go to forums.2kgames.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=42

NB: I do not work for, or have affiliation with, either play.com or any company involved in the production of Bioshock. If I worked for the latter, it certainly wouldn't be using Securom either! At least it isn't Starfarce (sic)

Reason for 3 stars - It looks to be a brilliant game, marred by some severe initial issues. (But S.T.A.L.K.E.R. worked eventually, didn't it?)

 I would of gave this game 4 stars but...

| | See all Saintrotter's reviews (5)

It installs a rootkit kit called SecuROM that gives you hidden files and 'services' in the windows system32 directory. The idea of spending 30 minutes to remove all traces of software you spent £24.99 is offensive. It would be easy SecuRom to include a full clean up upon uninstall but they do not. Exactly what their agenda is, is open to question. No one has the right to alter my machine without my consent. This Securom system is no different than any other malware, spyware or other outside attempt to invade our personal property (systems). They give no notice of what will happen when you consent to load their software. Clearly if they notified the customer that using the product will make almost permanent changes to the registry and other OS files and that these changes may cause conflicts.

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Rating18+ (BBFC)
Minimum RequirementsWindows XP with Service Pack 2 / Vista
2.4GHZ Pentium 4 Single Core processor or equivalent (Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent recommended)
1GB RAM (2GB recommended)
8GB HDD Space
128MB NVIDIA 6600, ATI X1300 (excluding ATI X1550) or equivalent (DirectX 9.0c compliant)
Sound Card (DirectX 9.0c compatible)

Recommended Graphics & Sound Hardware:
For DirectX 9: 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT or equivalent (Direct X 9.0c compliant)
For DirectX 10: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 or equivalent
Sound Blaster X-Fi series (Optimized for use with Creative Labs EAX Advanced HD 4.0 or EAX Advanced HD 5.0 compatible sound cards)

Please Note! Game requires Internet connection for activation.