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BioShock 2

Rating: 18+ (BBFC)

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  More an expansion than a full sequel.

| | See all robatron's reviews (63)

Bioshock is one of my favorite games, Bioshock 2 has the same setting (Rapture) and similar gameplay, with a few new weapons and plasmids, so it looks and plays just like the first game and feels more like an expansion than a full sequel. It's a very good game but too similar to the original to be a Great game.

  Another great game

| | See all BigHairyCocunuts's reviews (18)

Probably better than the first and you don't need to have played the first to enjoy this.
Save or use the little sisters, your choice, only more of a difference this time, big sister is watching.
Excellent perks again.
I really found this enjoyable, online is okay, but gameplay alone is up there with the rest, at this price the're basically giving it away.

  Epic.

| | See all BumFuzzle's reviews (6)

This game is absolutely amazing. The story takes place in the underwater world of rapture which is truely is beeutiful. And you play as the big daddy who is trying to get his daughter back. His journey takes him all over rapture encountering interesting enemies and objectives.

If you don't own this game already, buy it now! For under a tenner, you cannot beat it!

  An Improved Sequel but a Little Similar to the First Game

| | See all deanlowdon's reviews (468)

Set approximately ten years after the original Bioshock 2 sees the player taking on the role of one of the Big Daddies that featured prominently in the first game. Initially this sequel can seem rather too similar to its predecessor. The underwater city of Rapture that was once such a unique setting now offers few surprises and for the first hour or so it is easy to feel like you have seen it all before. Give the game time however and a wealth of improvements start to become evident.

Arguably the most important of these is the redesigned combat which sees more enemies attacking at once with a greater variety of splicers to take on. The game also pens the player into narrow corridors far less frequently with levels providing a mixture of open and tighter spaces in which to operate helping to make for more chaotic but tactical fights. The ability to duel wield plasmid powers with weapons is another simple yet important addition that allows combat to flow more naturally and testing out different combinations for yourself is great fun.

The kill/save mechanic involving the Little Sisters returns and as with the combat some minor tweaks have helped to negate criticisms levelled at it first time around. Once liberated from their Big Daddy they can be harvested immediately or kept to gather vital Adam from selected corpses. Once they are full the same choice is given but this time around saving the Little Sister also provides some Adam ensuring the player is able to continually upgrade their abilities regardless of the choice they make.

One area in which the game does fall flat is in the story department. This time around we see new ruler Sophia Lamb attempting to reunite Rapture's war torn society but the writers often make things far too complicated to the point where, aside from the central relationship with Little Sister Eleanor Lamb, it is difficult to maintain interest. There are some attempts to force the player to make moral choices but these are very limited and add little to the game.

The multiplayer provides an interesting distraction from the main game but thanks to a poorly implemented perk system and Big Daddy suits that appear randomly on maps it is not particularly inviting for new players. With practice it is probably possible to compete with experienced players but following yet another game where my deaths far outweighed my kills I soon gave up on it.

Overall whilst Bioshock 2 may lack the interesting characters and story as well as the original setting of the first game it is certainly the superior of the two titles and a bargain at its current price. I wouldn't recommend playing it too soon after the first game however as the familiar ground could easily become tedious.

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  An Improved Sequel but a Little Similar to the First Game

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Set approximately ten years after the original Bioshock 2 sees the player taking on the role of one of the Big Daddies that featured prominently in the first game. Initially this sequel can seem rather too similar to its predecessor. The underwater city of Rapture that was once such a unique setting now offers few surprises and for the first hour or so it is easy to feel like you have seen it all before. Give the game time however and a wealth of improvements start to become evident.

Arguably the most important of these is the redesigned combat which sees more enemies attacking at once with a greater variety of splicers to take on. The game also pens the player into narrow corridors far less frequently with levels providing a mixture of open and tighter spaces in which to operate helping to make for more chaotic but tactical fights. The ability to duel wield plasmid powers with weapons is another simple yet important addition that allows combat to flow more naturally and testing out different combinations for yourself is great fun.

The kill/save mechanic involving the Little Sisters returns and as with the combat some minor tweaks have helped to negate criticisms levelled at it first time around. Once liberated from their Big Daddy they can be harvested immediately or kept to gather vital Adam from selected corpses. Once they are full the same choice is given but this time around saving the Little Sister also provides some Adam ensuring the player is able to continually upgrade their abilities regardless of the choice they make.

One area in which the game does fall flat is in the story department. This time around we see new ruler Sophia Lamb attempting to reunite Rapture's war torn society but the writers often make things far too complicated to the point where, aside from the central relationship with Little Sister Eleanor Lamb, it is difficult to maintain interest. There are some attempts to force the player to make moral choices but these are very limited and add little to the game.

The multiplayer provides an interesting distraction from the main game but thanks to a poorly implemented perk system and Big Daddy suits that appear randomly on maps it is not particularly inviting for new players. With practice it is probably possible to compete with experienced players but following yet another game where my deaths far outweighed my kills I soon gave up on it.

Overall whilst Bioshock 2 may lack the interesting characters and story as well as the original setting of the first game it is certainly the superior of the two titles and a bargain at its current price. I wouldn't recommend playing it too soon after the first game however as the familiar ground could easily become tedious.

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  Wow, This is a INCREDIBLE game. Bioshock 1 is BETTER

| | See all ZappaInMyVeins's reviews (6)

Rapture isnt dead.

Buy it because you will never find another game that feels just like it. This is not a better game than BioShock 1 but a damn good follow up.

If you think that the gameplay will suck since your now a "big daddy" your wrong. It puts you in a different point of view and the weapons and plasmids all feel different yet familiar.

The levels you get to explore is just breath taking and outstanding. This is something you just have to feel.

You will not be dissapointed !

  A really good game!

| | See all StataicBetobox's reviews (2)

You know....I was`nt sure if i should buy this or not simply because it is not so popular, well.....let me tell you, this is one amazing game and for it`s price, it`s just a must....The single player will porbably have you crying a little at the end, it has 6 alternative ending depending who you killed and how you behaved throughout the game and if it`s either a good ending or a bad ending you will be touched, and for the multiplayer, that`s more hours of fun, you will enjoy unlocking gun`s, ranking up, picking big daddy suits and killing everyone and getting loads of points, trust me you will have fun with this game no doubt about that...buy it!!

  Despite the bad press...

| | See all smoore528's reviews (8)

Despite the bad press this game received from critics and players alike, I found myself enthralled. I was a huge fan of Bioshock when I bought this, and was well aware of the mediocre reviews, needless to say I was pleasantly surprised.

The story, as in the first game, was brilliant. A few less twists and turns than the original, but still engrossing. The introduction of new weapons added a whole new angle to the game play, and despite people saying that playing as a big daddy made the game less enjoyable, I couldn't disagree more - you harness a lot of power, but not too much, this game is still very challenging. The people who are saying that being a big daddy makes you "too powerful" and makes the game less challenging - perhaps you should try the next difficulty because this game is actually a lot more difficult than its predecessor.

The level design, as we've come to expect from 2K games, was flawless - I can't say much more than that about it.

Over all, in my opinion, a brilliant game that takes innovation up yet another level. Well worth buying.

  almost as good as the first

| | See all Edduk5's reviews (86)

Bioshock 2 continues 10 years on from where the first ended. You play as the first Prototype Big Daddy trying to return to his lost little sister.

It's a good story in the same vain as the first story. Meeting larger then life people who will try to stop you and some who will help you reach your goal. Im looking forward to see the new Bioshock when it comes out next year.