I guess I'm in the minority at least on this board, but I actually liked the 'easier' difficulty of Bioshock. I also hate to say it, but I also prefer the game's relative lack of complexity to Deus Ex. Maybe it's just because I'm getting old, but I don't have patience for really complicated games anymore. I want really interesting games that are fun and intuitive to play, and Bioshock delivers in those departments. If a game is too hard and I die every 2 seconds and have to reload or do a lot over again - I get bored of it and will never in a million years finish it. Games can be interesting and fun without being really punishing.

If I were marooned on an island and could only take one game with me - Bioshock, SS2, or Deus Ex - Bioshock would probably be my *last* choice because of its relative lack of depth of gameplay... but it's like video game candy - delicious, goes down easy, gone fast.

- cliffjeff

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In Response to "Everyone's a Critic" from Then Escapist Forum: This site used to be good, way back before people like Sean Sands, Russ Pitts and Michael Zenke started posting crap like this.

Don't you think people can tell the difference between flaming and reviewing? Don't you think people have read all the recent articles about corrupt and pampered reviewers? Don't you think people get fed up with "proffeshunals" who keep telling them that blue is the new red or that piss is the new crap? I sure have, and I sure do. and as a result, I no longer want to be told what to like by these pampered, self-rightous, but oh so "proffeshunal" reviewers.

- Big Brother

Unfortunately, with the average user review, it's a bit like a one night stand. A blindfolded one night stand. At least with professional reviewers, I can form a bit of a long-term relationship, get to know their likes and dislikes, see what we have in common, and where we agree and disagree on games (or movies). I come to trust them, and certainly it is within their power to violate that trust, but that's why it's called trust.

- Geoffrey42

Among the many problems it is assumed that I have, not the least of which so far have been incompetence and a complete lack of integrity, I think my most serious is that I just don't share the cynical view that everyone's in on screwing readers/listeners over. I've seen far more and far worse bias come from the "average Joe" than most paid reviewers, I'd even suggest it as common practice, and on the other side I've seen the process "professionals" put themselves through in offering their critiques. Aside from the fact-checking and professional editing, the ones I know take great pains to give a fair and accurate assesment of the product they are reviewing, because, as it turns out, they are gamers just like you. If anything, the too often knee-jerk assumption that a difference of opinion on a review must mean that said reviewer is "on the take" only strengthens my resolve that the reviewers are the reliable ones.

- Sean Sands

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