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.