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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 4:23 pm    Post subject: BioShock Review Reply with quote

BioShock Review by Matt
360 Review: Just add water.
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probably underscored imo, with possible exception of the lifespan.

i'm very much an explorer in games, but even then it seems kind of short, especially since it lacks a multiplayer mode. i'm not usually too fussed with multiplayer, but the idea of customising your own character with Plasmids and Tonics, then battling it out with other people's customised characters is quite appealing - although i can see that certain builds would be much more effective, and longterm, this probably wouldn't be as exciting.

the respawning splicers is a very good thing in that regard for me, as it doesn't end up being a dead world once i'm passed an area narratively.

good review though. icon_y1.gif
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atleast now I am not so tempted to buy the game, after a few people saying it was going to know OoT from its throne I felt like maybe I should buy it when I pick up my 360, leaving me no money after I pick up my Legendary edtion of Halo 3 which I have pre-ordered, and that money would have gone to the two halo 3 controllers
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This game is awesome, so immersive, so freaky, and such beautiful art. The only problem I have is the Vita Chambers, for me at least make the game too easy, and takes away some of the atmosphere, since you can't die per se, it reduces the tension when fighting enemies, if a Big Daddy kills you, so what, just re spawn and go back to attack him since the damage you dealt out before remains.

Sure it takes out the annoyance of repeating stuff you already did as in other games, but still there should be some sort of penalty for death, a minor inconvenience to travel back to where you were isnt really much, since the chambers are fairly plentiful around the environment.

That’s pretty much my only gripe with the game, everything else is so awesome. Telekinesis FTW!! icon_biggrin.gif
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atleast now I am not so tempted to buy the game, after a few people saying it was going to know OoT from its throne I felt like maybe I should buy it when I pick up my 360, leaving me no money after I pick up my Legendary edtion of Halo 3 which I have pre-ordered, and that money would have gone to the two halo 3 controllers


Well, this 9/10 is certainly going to hurt it's chances of taking OoT.

While I'm only a 1/4 of the way through this is easily the best game I've played all year.
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Sugar, splice and everything nice...yeah, right

Fixed kthnx.

Good review BTW
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Sugar, splice and everything nice...yeah, right

Fixed kthnx.

Good review BTW
hah, I have been hearing it wrong all along
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Good review - I would've pushed it that extra .5 higher, as the game itself is simply put, magnificent. Easily my favourite game on the 360 and by how it's going, it's giving SotC a run for its money in terms of a personal fave for me.
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After finishing the game myself I can definently say its one of the best game's i have played all year and knocked off gears as my favoret 360 game. There is some replayabilty with the multiple endings (which I have only played through once so more to do!) and trying new things in the same situation so there is quite alot of thime there. That said, hopefully there will be some good downloadable content if any come's that is
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Right now, as a PS3 owner, i feel as if this is perhaps the most envious i will ever be of the 360. Although, over time there will be equally as great games across all consoles, the story appears just so intriguing. The beautiful design of Rapture appears to be a major highlight and i am very intrigued by the enemies, namely the "big daddies".

Although games like Gears of War score just as well across the board, those type of shooting games are more common (i think resistance holds a fair torch to GOW). However, the uniqueness of this world makes it one in a million. Love this to go multiplatform. Great review.
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Although games like Gears of War score just as well across the board, those type of shooting games are more common (i think resistance holds a fair torch to GOW).


^HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Great review Matt. Totally agree. I can't believe how much it just keeps getting better.
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Really enjoyed that review. Thinking of picking up a 360 elite and I think this (along with Dirt) will be my first purchase. icon_smile.gif
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I've lost interest in this game, I dont think the game was for me, the atmosphere and story wasnt my cup of tea, I kinda fell for my friend's opinion. I guess this one falls in with my GOW, Halo catergory, atleast for me.
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This game, simply put. is an incredible masterpeice. Easily in my top 5 (after MGS3, 2 and 1 respectively).
Having so much fun playing it, and when I'm not, I can't stop thinking about playing it. I don't have a clue what the (few, if you noticed) naysayers are on about, this is the best FPS on the market (a notch above Half Life 2... now you know my entire top 5!!). The fact I know Halo 3 will easily do (sales wise) better than this game makes me sick. This is the ONLY 360 FPS... no, shooter in general (so, so, SO much better than Gears...) that anyone should bother with. The fact that this has been confirmed a (console) exclusive is reason enough for anyone to get a 360 (even tho at heart I love my PS3 more... I'm even writing this on my PS3!!).
Most everyone's main gripe, the Vita-Chambers, is one of my favourite things. There is nothing in this world I hate more than having to re-do something I just did, even if it was my dumb ass that got myself killed in the first place. So yeah, big thumbs up from me.
Maybe it's the 3 glasses of Glenfiddich + 2 Tooheys Platinums talking, but this game should have gotten a perfect 10.
Absolute masterpeice. End of story.
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Been playing it on the PC, love having a rig capable of playing it at full spec and enjoying the full scope. Its in my top ten of games ever but closer to the bottom, i love the story and setting very very awesome, maybe a return to Rapture in the sequal, or a prequal and see the city at its full.

My only disspapointment so far is the ending, but yeah
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I don't get all these people knocking Vita-chambers and the like. What, does it damage your e-peen size if you don't have to replay a difficult section over and over and over and over from the start? It keeps the gameplay going forward and makes it damn near impossible to get stuck, without making it an absolute cake-walk.
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The trouble with the vita-chambers is that they make the game too easy - there's very little penalty in dying. Admittedly I do prefer it that way, since I stops the game getting frustrating, but I can see why some people would like them not to be there - to increase the tension.

Big props for the Collectors Edition, though! Great content in there. While I have a few issues with how 2K handled the PC activation, they've done a great job of supporting the hard-core audience. Hopefully the game will sell enough to make it a huge success.

One interesting thing I found while playing it on high res on PC was that at times there was almost too much on screen. With such detailed art design it was almost overwhelming. I'm not complaining though, I think I'd rather live with being slightly overwhelmed, than seeing boring office-building-esque corridors icon_smile.gif
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One interesting thing I found while playing it on high res on PC was that at times there was almost too much on screen. With such detailed art design it was almost overwhelming. I'm not complaining though, I think I'd rather live with being slightly overwhelmed, than seeing boring office-building-esque corridors icon_smile.gif


I agree. It's almost overwhelming but so amazing. And boring office corridors strikes F.E.A.R. into my heart. Can't stand it icon_razz.gif
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9.0 for graphics and sound? Which games have you see that would warrant a 9.5, or a 10?

This review is a crock. GoTY and potentially the best console game ever made.
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Finished it Saturday arvo, freaking awesome game!

I went through without touching a single Little Sister, so i had almost no Plasmids or power-ups and the lowest possible Health/Eve and the game was like on Hard mode. The ending for "Little Sister Saviour" is nice even if it is brief, aim for it, it's worth it.

Replaying now and aiming for the rest of the achievements (I'll probably miss the Audio Diary one again, bah) and for the "bad" ending after harvesting *all* Little Sisters...
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Just beat the game on medium, and despite harvesting only two little sisters and saving the rest, I was punished with the "bad" ending icon_razz.gif
Like the saviour one, it was indeed pretty short, though things seemed to remain unanswered icon_confused.gif
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I'm nearing the game's end now and, the story...wooah. I have never been so warped and shocked by a games story like this. Did not see this one coming, no way.

I'll definitely be punished with a bad ending first time round, as I enjoyed destroying the little sisters icon_razz.gif

Would you kindly give this game an 0.5 higher please? icon_wink.gif
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Fascinating how a game like STALKER, with an 8.0 score will always have an 8.0 score regardless of patches and mods, etc, whereas a fairly on the rail shooter that will not run on half as many PC's as STALKER, will get plaudits everywhere that will stay long after the hype has died.

What benefits the struggling PC games market more - 90% games that only run on high end PC's, or the fact a 90% game (with patches and mods), will run on 25-30% of average PC's?

And what detracts from PC gaming success more than a media that down scores a game because it does not have state of the art graphics. meaning it will run on many PC's, and increases the score for high end games that means it will run on many fewer?

This is a market that praises a game like Far Cry, that sold 2 million copies and pours scorn on a game like Roller Coaster Tycoon that sold 15 million? You'd think PC gaming was committing suicide! If I hadn't been a PC gamer for 20 years and wanted to stay one for another 20 I might almost find it funny!
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Fascinating how a game like STALKER, with an 8.0 score will always have an 8.0 score regardless of patches and mods, etc, whereas a fairly on the rail shooter that will not run on half as many PC's as STALKER, will get plaudits everywhere that will stay long after the hype has died.

What benefits the struggling PC games market more - 90% games that only run on high end PC's, or the fact a 90% game (with patches and mods), will run on 25-30% of average PC's?

And what detracts from PC gaming success more than a media that down scores a game because it does not have state of the art graphics. meaning it will run on many PC's, and increases the score for high end games that means it will run on many fewer?

This is a market that praises a game like Far Cry, that sold 2 million copies and pours scorn on a game like Roller Coaster Tycoon that sold 15 million? You'd think PC gaming was committing suicide! If I hadn't been a PC gamer for 20 years and wanted to stay one for another 20 I might almost find it funny!


I don't see why you're bring this up, it's not a discussion about the state of PC gaming but a review on Bioshock. You can not take into account mods and patches in a game review because quite frankly, they don't exist at time of review mostly and not everyone has access to that. You review what you are given because that's what everyone will have at the bar minimum. Stalker running on twice as many PCs as Bioshock? icon_rolleyes.gif Come on, when Stalker was released there was a lot of problems with it running on people's machines and it was only once patches were made that it became playable for more people.

You say you've been gaming for 20 years? Well then, you must be used to the cycle of upgrading or buying a new machine every few years? I do hope so. My current machine which is getting close to 3 years old was a mid range PC at the time, and it ran the Bioshock demo fairly well at 800x600 (game even defaulted at 1024x768 with almost all graphical options on). The specs are a A64 3000+/1GB Ram/6600GT, the bare minimum essentially, but it played well and looked nice.

A good game is a good game, ultra high tech flashy graphics or not, I think you're just hating on Bioshock because possibly your PC doesn't come to specs. If it does, well what are you doing complaining about the game and how it doesn't run on certain machines, this has basically been how every single game has turned up since the DOS days (which was the opposite oddly enough..).

Next time, when you come into a review thread, maybe discuss the actual review, not rant about the state of PC gaming. there's a whole section devoted to PC gaming and you're more than welcome to bring it up there in a new post.

Back on topic, nice review Matt, salivating the full game even more now.. icon_sad.gif
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Fascinating how a game like STALKER, with an 8.0 score will always have an 8.0 score regardless of patches and mods, etc, whereas a fairly on the rail shooter that will not run on half as many PC's as STALKER, will get plaudits everywhere that will stay long after the hype has died.

Extreme non-linearity doesn't necessarily make a good game.
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