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by Take 2 Interactive
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC
Edition: Special Edition
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  • Take control of your world by hacking mechanical devices, commandeering security turrets and crafting unique items critical to your very survival.
  • Upgrade your weapons with ionic gels, explosives and toxins to customize them to the enemy and environment.
  • Genetically modify your body through dozens of Plasmid Stations scattered throughout the city, empowering you with fantastic and often grotesque abilities.
  • Experience truly next generation graphics that vividly illustrate the forlorn art deco city, highlighted by the most detailed and realistic water effects ever developed in a video game.
  • Make meaningful choices and mature decisions, ultimately culminating in the grand question: do you exploit the innocent survivors of Rapture or save them?
  • Internet Connection Required For Activation

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  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 18 years and over Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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Platform: PC | Edition: Special Edition
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  • ASIN: B000HHKQ0U
  • Release Date: 24 Aug 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,626 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PC | Edition: Special Edition

Amazon.co.uk Review

There aren’t many games which list a critique of objectivism as one of its selling points, but then Bioshock isn’t like other games. Indeed the only titles it can easily be compared to are System Shock and its sequel, to which this is a spiritual successor. Instead of being set in a derelict space ship though the game’s story involves you exploring a mysterious underwater city after a plane crash. The city had been created as an art deco paradise for the intellectual elite but is now in ruins and populated only by grotesque mutants – both physically and mentally.

Although at first sight the game appears to be a first person shoot ‘em-up it is not primarily an action game. Your goal is survival, not extermination, with ammunition limited and many enemies far more powerful than yourself. You are able to upgrade your abilities though, both physical and psychic, by collecting Adam – the mutagen which was the cause of the disaster in the first place. Even so the best way to defend yourself is to play the creatures and environments against themselves, tricking one group into fighting against another or taking control of security robots and devices.

The game gives you full freedom to play the game exactly as you want, while at the same time creating a living world which carries on with or without you – with many creatures not even bothering to acknowledge you unless you attack them. With stunning graphics, especially the water effects, and an extremely disturbing atmosphere this could well be the most intelligently macabre video game ever made.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Game - nightmare to get running 28 Aug 2007
By Alex
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Special Edition
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The game itself is excellent, but the copy protection stopped me from playing it for a day. Their support line was never answered and when emailing support as directed by the software you just wait 4 hours for an automatic reply saying that if there is a problem you should contact them again. Oh yeah, you can only install it a few times before you'll have to call that support number...

It's a shame as this really spoilt the game for me. Once it was working I've loved every minute of it.
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware the manufacturers restrictions 27 Aug 2007
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Special Edition
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Before buying this product look up carefully how restricive the publisher is being.

At the moment (27th August 2007) you are only allowed to install it a maximum of 5 times (per PC) and on a maximum of 5 PCs.
Want to replay it a couple of times in the future (as was the case for System Shock and SS 2)? Then you'll hit that limit and probably have to buy a new PC or a new copy of Bioshock.
Upgrading your PC? There is no clear policy as to when it defines your PC as a new PC. Upgrading your processor (which changes its serial number) may well turn it in to a new PC - so may new hard drives, changes in memory etc.

If the company closes down, you won't be able to install it anymore - effectively you are not buying this software but renting it.

After reading the fine print and online information I've decided to do as the manual says and send it back to Amazon instead of installing it.

I don't mind copy protection, I don't mind registration - I do dislike online only activation (though I can live with that) and I will not "buy" something and then have major restrictons placed on how I can use it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Special Edition
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
There's been problems with AVG anti-virus incorrectly thinking the bioshock.exe has a virus, this results in the auto-updater failing and you therefore not being able to install the game. Also it's fussy with your graphic card drivers and nvidia users may find themselves being directed to download new beta drivers (which you do at your own risk). I've tested it out with the latest normal nvidia drivers and it seems to be working fine. Thankfully the online code authorisation worked fine for me.

So far I've found the game itself to be great fun. Beautifull graphics and extremely atmospheric, it features one of my favourite ever intro sequences. Turn the lights off and put some headphones on, it will give you the odd jump ;)

Just be warned, you may not get this installed in a hurry.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, despite it's linear nature. 24 Sep 2007
By C. Rabe
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Special Edition
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
First off, the game design is outstanding. Throughout my journey through Rapture, I was always looking around and appreciating the details. Having said that though, the texture detail itself seemed low, almost as if the PC users are forbidden from getting anything better looking that the 360 version - despite our (often) superior hardware.

While it's certainly got eye candy, everyone knows these days that pretty graphics are about as useful as eye drops for fish when the gameplay is not there to back it up. So, is the gameply there to back it up? Well, yes and no.

The game runs on rails. What that means is there will be very little in the way of diversity, limiting replay value. Your main choice is whether to save the "little sisters" or harvest them, but this has very little impact on the outcome of the game.

Other choices are the types of plasmids (special powers) you will get. I found most of the plasmids to be largely useless and was using the same ones through most of the game. Still, they were fun to use.

I guess I was hoping to be able to explore rapture a lot more. The ability to have to make your way from one setting to another yourself would have been, in my opinion, far more rewarding than the 8 or so environments accessed only using the bathysphere. I imagine some people would have found this boring, especially the console, ADD afflicted members of the game-playing population.

One more drawback is the lack of variety in bad guys. The splicers get a bit dull after a while. Even the big daddies, while challenging to despatch, become more of an annoyance than a threat. Possibly the most irritating threat comes from the security bots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery, Truly epic game, plot & graphics. 30 Aug 2014
By Dunk
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Special Edition
Both game & tin arrived quickly & in great condition.
Game itself is fantastic.
Brilliant gameplay, plot, scripting & graphics.
You can tell alot of effort & passion went into making this game.
Graphics are gorgeous, unique game design & brilliant story.
It may be a little linear, but what game isn't & the sheer array of weaponry, powers & scary bad guys never let's the game loose pace or appeal.
A truly great game when it was first released & still is.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing 11 Sep 2007
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Special Edition
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Boy, did I go through some trouble to get this game and oh boy, was I dissapointed. First my Amazon order failed to come through, then when I finally had it in my hands it refused to run.

Oh yes, that's the first big problem with Bioshock: a quick look at the official forums shows that there's a huge amount of people running into similar problems but they all seem to have different reasons which is not a good sign - Bioshock seems to be hyper sensitive - it doesn't like the anti-virus program AVG, needs the absolutely latest DirectX10 (the one on the DVD is apparantly not new enough when combined with certain Nvidia or ATI drivers), and also new graphic card drivers are wanted, or it conflicts with soundcard drivers, doesn't like certain codecs, etc. etc.

After about 4 days of intensive searching I discovered that Securom was the cause of the crashing - it had a corrupted install and I had to completely remove every trace of it, reboot, reinstall Bioshock, and then finally it worked.

When I finally got to play the game, it only took a few hours for me to discover some big flaws in the game already.

1. While the world is gorgeous, it's very linear which is a terrible shame for such a great setting.

2. splicers are just too easy and the way a whack of the wrench will kill them just as easily as using plasmids (which often doesn't kill them instantaneously anyway) it makes the whole plasmid system feel overkill

3. The world feels too artificial in its design - puddles of water in the right place, oil spots to put on fire, etc. It feels too constructed and takes away from the immersion of the world

4. The game is too simplistic in design - System Shock 1&2 were far deeper and gave you an inventory, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classic game. Needed some tweaking to get it to work on win8 64x but great.
Published 8 days ago by Swordfish
5.0 out of 5 stars Steel Rapture
That game is great. One of the best FPS's I ever played. I have this game in standard edition, but I wanted to buy edition in steelbook, it's that good. Buy it!
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by Adrian
5.0 out of 5 stars BioShock PC Game
Amazing Game graphics are stunning and there is alot to do in rapture and the powers are very fun.You sould defantly buy this game you will not regret it.
Published on 27 July 2009 by C. Wardale
2.0 out of 5 stars should have been so much better
what a game this could have been. Graphically i love it, sound and atmosphere are all good the story line is shockingly unoriginal but kinda interesting and if i wanted a good... Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2007 by Dianne Naylor
5.0 out of 5 stars What is wrong with people
Why do people come onto the game reviews and moan???? People saying that the game won't run on their hardware, the game is too linear, can't carry enough stuff???? Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2007 by R. Hedley
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good indeed.
A common thread of criticism here is the liniarity of the gameplay and plot. I depends how you look at it. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2007 by Mr. R. S. Bullen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could have been better.
I think it's about time someone said something useful about this game other than, OMGODZ BUY!!
Yes, it's a good game, but it could have been so much better. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2007 by C. Batterbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Whine Whine Moan moan
So, People are giving this game a bad review based ont eh fact that they didnt bother reading about the fact it has a secure online activation scheme. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2007 by T. weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars for god sake
I loved this game...ive just completed it on easy lvl and its superb..its got this feel about it that you are doing something for a reason.. Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2007 by T. W. Gander
Let's keep this sweet, organized and fair.

BIOSHOCK will only install for a limited number of times (it was 3 but - after a deluge of eMails and... Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2007 by NeuroSplicer
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