Review: BioShock 2

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Review: BioShock 2

BioShock 2 is a hearty second helping that fans of the original game will absolutely love.

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Well done.

I was afraid to watch it in case of spoilers, but then I remember you don't do that.
Heavily

Some minor things I already knew, though.

Still.
Well done

TheNamlessGuy:
Well done.

I was afraid to watch it in case of spoilers, but then I remember you don't do that.
Heavily

Some minor things I already knew, though.

Still.
Well done

Same.

Out of interest, what's the multiplayer like? I love the idea of creating my own splicer and then fighting for dominance in a setting as awesome as Rapture...

Again, the familiarity is what kills it a bit. But hey, I could do a lot worse. I have still a lot of games to play, but I will check this and put aside getting Bayonetta. I always crave me more daddies to send to the scrap pile. I wanna ask a question. The only gripe with the original was the last boss. Is that fixed? Cause if it is, I might as well pick it up next week.

I'm renting it then. It'll sell well enough no matter what I do, so I don't care about supporting them financially.

Chipperz:
Out of interest, what's the multiplayer like? I love the idea of creating my own splicer and then fighting for dominance in a setting as awesome as Rapture...

We'll be publishing a multi-player review shortly, once Jordan has had some time with the game.

Good review, but is the voice acting really that much worse? That clip of Augustus Sinclair didn't seem all that bad to me, he may not be as eloquent as Andrew Ryan, but it didn't seem all that bad.

Also, what's your opinion on the multiplayer? I'd very much like to know if it's worth the effort of trying to connect my crappy router to PSN.

Nevermind. :P

I loved the first game, by the sounds of it the sequel is as good as the first but not superior. Which is fine by me, this is my first intended game purchase of the year, and I know I won't regret it.

Is it just me, or did Russ use the words "original game" a bit too much?
But hey, if it's just more Bioshock, God knows it can't be bad.

can't wait, can't wait, can't wait.

Honestly, you could've said that this game was an affront to humanity and gamerdom, and I still would've had to see for myself, since I loved the first one so much.

Russ Pitts:

Chipperz:
Out of interest, what's the multiplayer like? I love the idea of creating my own splicer and then fighting for dominance in a setting as awesome as Rapture...

We'll be publishing a multi-player review shortly, once Jordan has had some time with the game.

Ooooh well, that fills me with hope :)

Of course, that's only going off the fact that the previous multiplayers you guys have reviewed seperately have all been big enough to be their own games, but still, hope is there :)

Can't wait to play this :P looks amazing

i don't care if its the same as the original, the original was one of my all time fav game so that aint a bad thing :P

Looking forwrd to getting this tommorow. It looks as fun as the first one for sure ^^ I am glad in a way they didnt alter too much

So the eerie big daddy-little sister relationship has been boiled down to a combination of catch them all & timed area defence minigames? The narrative's explanation better be good, otherwise I fear the whole thing sounds like a fan-service circlejerk.

Does it still carry that feeling of 'afraid to step around the next corner."? I remember that I was edging around every single one of them, afraid what would slaughter me next.

(Also, does the insanity still live in the new Rapture? Insane people not restricted by petty laws and such?)

Sounds like a winner. I just might pick this up in the same trip I make to finally acquire Mass Effect 2.

Since when was there a star rating system? Did I miss something?

OT: I haven't played the first one, but I have too many games to get through first. Maybe I should break a leg to get some time to finish Dragon Age.

I have games to finish but when I do I'm gonna own and play this one.

honestly, this doesn't sound so great...in fact, this sounds like a prettied up vanilla shooter.
and bioshock one was a wee bit shallow to begin with, gameplay-wise.

Good review, though I noted one thing:

Russ Pitts:
One of the most intriguing changes, worth noting here, is the option to turn off the "Vita-Chamber," the device that instantly reincarnates your character after death which was the source of some considerable ire from hardcore players of the original game

Actually, you were able to turn off the Vita-Chambers in the first game, for it was necessary to get the Brass Balls achievement. Still, great review once again, and I'm probably going to pick the game up in a couple of weeks.

I wasn't an enormous fan of the first game so I'll take all of this praise with mountains upon mountains of salt, but good review nonetheless. Two of my roommates will be getting this game so I'll be able to try it out for myself.

It does seem to be what all the reviews are saying "Only real flaw is how similar it is", although to me, that isn't much of a problem as the locations, weapons, enemies and story will be new, and that's all that needs changing for me (as long as the story is good that is).

wouldyoukindly99:
Good review, but is the voice acting really that much worse? That clip of Augustus Sinclair didn't seem all that bad to me, he may not be as eloquent as Andrew Ryan, but it didn't seem all that bad.

In all honesty, how could they possibly beat the voice acting for Ryan/Atlas anyway? It's almost certain to feel worse in comparison.

TriggerUnhappy:
Actually, you were able to turn off the Vita-Chambers in the first game, for it was necessary to get the Brass Balls achievement. Still, great review once again, and I'm probably going to pick the game up in a couple of weeks.

Actually you didn't, you simply have to not use one. I saved the game and just reloaded when I died to get it as I wasn't aware of being able to turn it off.

oranger:
honestly, this doesn't sound so great...in fact, this sounds like a prettied up vanilla shooter.
and bioshock one was a wee bit shallow to begin with, gameplay-wise.

How can game-play be shallow?

What's a deeper sport, football or baseball? It makes no sense.

gameplay being shallow...it means the difference between few or many choices being available.
one might say that blake stone was shallower than deus ex gameplay-wise, or that chocolate iced cream has less depth of flavour than neopolitan iced cream.

Could you not turn off the vita-chambers in the original...I distinctly remember killing myself (and failing) trying to "Choose the Impossible" with them off.

More of the same single player + half-assed multi with no dedis and no LAN = no sale

Why did they bother to implement multi if they were going to release this BS?. They only have to retouch the Unreal Engine, the multi code is already there, FFS!

Machines:
...In all honesty, how could they possibly beat the voice acting for Ryan/Atlas anyway? It's almost certain to feel worse in comparison.

Very, very true. I think I'm going to go watch some of Andrew Ryan's speechs to get me psyched for the sequel, I can't wait to get this. :D

If it was anything like the first game, that's great. The fact that its biggest flaw is that it is so similar to the first one, then that makes it great. I can't wait to pick up my special edition tomorrow!

Tonimata:
Is it just me, or did Russ use the words "original game" a bit too much?
But hey, if it's just more Bioshock, God knows it can't be bad.

I'll say it's a bad thing considering how I hated Bioshock.
Okay... Hate is too strong of a word, but I thought it wasn't that great... Then again I played Bioshock after swallowing down some Fallout 3 amazing juice.

Unfortently after playing bioshock 2 i have finished it within 8 hours i didn't die once and i played it on hard. And i have unlocked most of the achivements from it....so id say you should really consider purchasing bioshock 2 because if it was twice aslong it would of being worth it but unfortently it hasent being.

Good review as usual.
I can't wait to pick up the game but I doubt it can match its predecessor story wise. :(
Hopefully I'll be proven wrong

is it just me
or does anyone else feel like the phrase "area defense" is a euphemism for "escort mission" ?

I still don't know if I'll bother picking this up. If it's more of the same then, while the same is good, I don't think it constitutes shelling out AU$100+ for it. I liked Bioshock one, but I guess I really didn't like it that much. I'm a lot more interested in the locations you get to visit than anything else, but I might as well just check the wiki.

Maybe after a year or so, once it's come down in price a bit, I'll reconsider it.

bladeofdarkness:
is it just me
or does anyone else feel like the phrase "area defense" is a euphemism for "escort mission" ?

Sort of, but you don't have to defend her per say, it simply takes longer for her to finish collecting if she gets hit.

Slycne:

bladeofdarkness:
is it just me
or does anyone else feel like the phrase "area defense" is a euphemism for "escort mission" ?

Sort of, but you don't have to defend her per say, it simply takes longer for her to finish collecting if she gets hit.

That is all the defense missions are? I don't exactly remember the specifics but the escort missions near the end were the only part of Bioshock 1 which I didn't like...

Also, to all the people complaining about Bioshock's gameplay, how many FPS single player games are actually better? The only games I can think were Deus Ex games, System Shock 2(which I unfortunately haven't played but maybe if I played it I would feel the same way that some of the people that criticize Bioshock for being "shallow.") and Thief games...

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