Bioshock is obviously a cleverly designed, intricicately thought out and amazing well planned. From the word go the game is original, and thought provoking, theres no room left for imagination at all.
You crash into the sea and enter what gradually turns out to be an underwater city, that has ruined itself by abusing a revolutionary drug that allows supernatural powers to be harnessed by the user.
For me, stuff kicks off way too fast. Withing 10 minutes of playing, as an ordinary guy, your firing electric bolts out of your hand. Although this is exciting, it really is drop in at the deep end sort of stuff, and i never found a moment when i could reflect and have things put into perspective.
This makes Bioshock a dreamy kind of atmosphere, and (annoyingly) as the radio comm's with your directions and objectives are muted out by the sound effects, i found myself not sure what to do a lot of the time.
The combat again, i really wasnt too impressed with, although using Plasmids (the drugs) to do various malicious things was always fun.
Graphically, and Bioshock ticks most of the boxes. The water effects are fantastic, fire and ice again, brilliant, but i generally found Bioshock to have that cartoony style that certain games do.
The highlight for me in Bioshock was coming across the infamous 'Big daddies' - the huge bio-mechanical creature on the front cover. Scrapping these monsters is a barrage of light and sound, and really needs to be expeirenced first hand to appreciate it!
Overall, i'd admit that the design, idea's and construction behind this game is flawless, and very immersive. I just didnt find the gameplay enough to keep me hooked. For the price - its worth getting, purely to experience what i think is a fairly big landmark in gaming history.
Graphics - 7/10
Gameplay - 4/10
AI - 8/10
Storyline - 6/10
Weapons - 6/10
Overall - 6/10
Worth buying, but slightly over hyped!
Ran fine on maximum settings on the following
AMDAthlon 64x2 4600+
Nvidia GeForce 8800GT
1.5 GB Ram
NOTE: If your using a Widescreen monitor, be sure to manually patch bioshock with the latest patch from TK's website.