Bioshock 2
Gameplay 4
Should I get it? 4
Replay Value 3

Overview The first-person shooter game, Bioshock 2, is created by 2K Marin. It can be played on various platforms including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Windows. This is basically the follow-up edition to the renowned video game BioShock which was released in 2007. Bioshock 2 was released globally on 9th February, 2010. On 30th ..

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Bioshock 2

Overview

The first-person shooter game, Bioshock 2, is created by 2K Marin. It can be played on various platforms including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Windows. This is basically the follow-up edition to the renowned video game BioShock which was released in 2007. Bioshock 2 was released globally on 9th February, 2010. On 30th March, 2012, the OS X edition was launched by Feral Interactive.
The game offers the gamers a fictional community called Rapture’s underwater dystopia. The game begins with the cut scene which is set in 1958. It then suddenly jumps 10 years forward when Delta awakens in 1968. The protagonist of the game is the player-controlled character, named Big Daddy. The primary objective of this human being is to defend Little Sisters. Subject Delta, a player-controlled Big Daddy who previously paired with one Little Sister, reactivates and doesn’t remember the events of the previous decade. To locate Little Sister, with whom Subject Delta was paired with, the player-controlled character searches the city. To prevent this reunion, which might potentially ruin her plans, the antagonist Sofia Lamb, sends out new Big Sisters and the Rapture Family in order to deter Delta. The Raptures are the spliced-up followers of Sofia Lamb.

Game Description

In this first-person shooter game, the player assumes the role of a prototype for Big Daddies, Subject Delta. Similar to the original BioShock game, the player is expected to explore Rapture. He also fights off the splicers (psychotic human residents of undersea city) by using the perfect combination of tonics, plasmids, weapons, and the environment. The tonics and plasmids are specific genetic-reencoding liquids which grant the users passive and active abilities. Plasmids provide the players with the ability of invoking fire or using telekinesis. The tonics are capable of improving the player’s damage resistance, attack damage, and movement speed. Several weapons in the Bioshock 2 game, like the rivet gun and the powerful drill, were previously utilized by the Big Daddies in original BioShock. In the close-range melee attacks, the player can utilize each of the weapons. To destroy the enemies, the player can equip a plasmid and a weapon simultaneously and use them in quick succession. If the players get killed, the nearby “vita chamber” can be used to revive them.
The players need to explore Rapture for collection of EVE (a liquid that can power up the plasmid use), money, recovery items, health, and ammo. The money collected can be utilized to purchase other items at the vending machines which exist throughout the city. The security systems can be hacked by the players with the help of a mini-game. To do this, the player has to stop the quick-moving needle several times in the right colored areas of the gauge. Landing the needle in red area creates a security alert, landing in white area causes a minute damage by shocking the player, stopping in blue area grants a bonus, and stopping in green area either ends the sequence or progresses it. The player in Bioshock 2 can also access a video camera for research. When recording the enemy, the player usually gets a small time to inflict damage to that enemy. To score lots of points, the player should cause damage to the enemy in creative ways. The points that are achieved in this process are added to the cumulative research points. At different stages of research, new abilities can be obtained as rewards. The gameplay often takes place underwater, which can limit the performance of the players.

Pros

The following are the likable aspects of Bioshock 2

  • The level design is excellent
  • The combat is a nice blend of outright chaos and tactics
  • The multiplayer competitive modes are thoroughly enjoyable
  • The gameplay mechanics has improved immensely
  • Rapture looks outstanding
  • The Plasmids and weapons are dual wielding
  • Story is satisfying
  • Shooters are solid on the whole
  • Intense gathering moments
  • Plasmids FTW is dual wielding
  • Big Sisters are quite challenging
  • The audio and visual qualities are superb

Cons

  • Some critics and experts dislike the following aspects of Bioshock 2
  • The game seems and feels rough at times
  • Story is not as enthralling as the original version
  • The gameplay is too short
  • Underwater sequences could have been better
  • Multiplayer modes don’t match the expectations
  • There isn’t any initial awe of exploring and finding Rapture
  • However, by returning to the Rapture, the uniqueness is somewhat lost
  • Apart from the above aspects, graphics quality is not as remarkable as the original version. Although Rapture is an interesting and visually dense setting, the same art style prevails.

Verdict

Although it’s quite a similar experience for the players who have previously played the original version, Bioshock 2 has made major improvements in terms of gameplay. The storyline is more focused. Bioshock 2 provides the gaming enthusiasts with a game which is easier to digest and is more playable. Although mystery and some sense of awe are lost in this newer version, more interesting implementation and strength of the game’s settings are certainly admirable. The experience of the gamers is more rewarding and consistent. This first-person shooter game doesn’t offer the traditional copy-paste supersoldier plots and the flat or stereotypical characters. This game facilitates the gamers to make the right decision and attempts to distinguish between the sense of wrong and right. Bioshock 2 should be picked by the gamers who prefer vividly realized settings. The gameplay, setting, and story in Bioshock 2 are carefully blended together to produce an entertaining and thought-provoking experience.
The presentation of the game is superb with well-implemented cohesion of theme, strong characters, focused storyline, and clear mechanics of moral choice. Like the previous edition of Bioshock, the sound quality is quite good. Voice acting, music, and the effects are excellent. They effectively reinforce the feel and the mood of the gaming environment. With some tweaks and refinements, like working of the plasmids and weapons, the gameplay’s flow has been enhanced. Therefore, Bioshock 2 provides a great gaming experience.

 

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