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I reviewed this game a while ago, but since then, i've played through the game again to get the extra 100 gamer points I didn't get the first time around. To be honest with you, i'm really glad I did, because it hit home what an outstanding game 2K have come up with here.
People often talk about the length of games as being quite important. I definately agree that when paying out £40 for a game, you should at least still be working away at it after a week (unless of course you have nothing better to do than play XBOX all day). Oblivion was an excellent example of a game that just keeps going and the recently released Assassins Creed is an excellent example of a game that doesn't. I feel that Bioshock has got it just about right. It kept me entertained for almost 2 weeks and towards the end, I really was looking forward to getting back from work, just so I could see what happened next.
The thing that stands out the most about this game, is the atmosphere. In my opinion, they've just got it bang on. Right from the start, when you're trapped inside the vessel when you first arrive in Rapture, you get a horrible sinking feeling that the 'thing' scraping, banging and shouting outside is going to break in. Bearing in mind that you've just seen this thing rip someones guts out before your very eyes, it really sets the tone for the rest of the game.Rapture itself is absolutely outstanding, but even if the graphics weren't as good as they were, the atmosphere would have easily made up for it. The background music is excellent and fits the mood really well, and the mutterings of the splicers don't get repetitive for some reason.
When i first started the game, i was a bit concerned that I wouldn't be able to grasp the controls. I'd just completed HALO 3 and one of the things I liked about that was how easy the controls were to get used to. Fortunatley, it was the same for Bioshock. I picked the clever system up in no time and was very quickly getting to grips with firing electic blasts from my hands and then equipping the pistol and letting off a few rounds.
I feel that Bioshock has done so well because behind it all is a solid storyline. There are some suprises along the way and it plays out like an enjoyable film, which is where a lot of other games out at the moment fall down badly.
The goals that earn you gamer points are fun and achieveable (apart from finishing the game without dying) and it makes you want to pick it up again and again to make sure you don't miss anything.
I'm loathe to mention any bad points about this game, because in all honesty, it's by far the best I've ever played, but if I had to, I'd say that the endings were a little disappointing. I did feel that after all that hard work, I deserved more than what you get, but I really am just being picky.
Put simply, if you haven't played this game yet, trade in HALO 3, Assassins Creed and Kane and Lynch: Dead Men, buy Bioshock and be prepared to see what good gameplay really is.
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I have been waiting for this game for literally months. I remember when I first purchased my XBOX 360 almost a year ago and this game was being talked about then. I pre-ordered as soon as I could and have been waiting patiently for it to arrive. Fortunately I had Bioshock to keep me occupied in the meantime (actually unfortunately, as Bioshock highlights how inadequate Assassins Creed actually is)
The game finally arrived a few days ago and I had the weekend to burn really getting into the game. The first disappointment was that this game is actually set in the future. The character you control, a decendant of Altair has been kidnapped and is forced to enter a machine called the 'animus' which transports him back to the 1100's and lets him control the action.
Firstly, why?! Whilst you're back in the 1100's the game is visually beautiful. I'd have thought that there was enough material to come up with a decent storyline that was set in era of the Crusades, one of the biggest events in history, so why the modern take? It just slows the game down and gets really irritating after a very short time.
This issue aside, as mentioned, the game is a visual treat. The cities are extremely detailed as are the people that wander around in it, but games should be about more than just looking good. The gameplay and storyline really leave a lot to be desired.
Once I'd gotten to grips with the controls for sword-fighting, I actually started to enjoy getting into scrapes with a large number of guards, but very soon I found that there was no need to avoid them at all. Once you've got most of your weapons back, it's quite easy to face off against 10 guards, then dodge, counter and knife-throw them all to death within a few seconds.
The missions are also extremely samey and no matter how good the game looks, after you've jumped off your 50th building into yet another conveniently placed haystack, it's really lost it appeal.
I have to admit that I did get a lot of satisfaction after each successful assassination, but the main problem I have is that I've spent £40 on a game that I won't play again. I purchased Bioshock pre-owned for £29.99 after a friend recommended to me and I have to say, it puts this game to shame. Not only does it have the right mix of gameplay and graphics, but real work has gone into the storyline here.
Somehow Ubisoft have taken what should have been a epic story and turned it into one of the biggest flops of the year.
It's a shame, I really, really wanted to like this game.
BioShock (with FREE EXCLUSIVE BioShock Xbox 360 Faceplate)
Haven't got long to write a decent review, but nothing more to say other than that this is the first real 'must own' game i've come across on the XBOX 360. I was disappointed with HALO 3, which I hope is not going to be the case with Assassins Creed, but this game delivers on all fronts.The graphics are excellent, the story is interesting, but above all, this game has serious atmosphere. I recommend playing it in a darkened room with headphones on for the full pant-filling effect. Anyway, stop wasting your time reading this and go out and buy it.