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by Take 2 Interactive
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Platform: Xbox 360
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.
  • Explore a living world powered by Ecological A.I., where the inhabitants have interesting and consequential relationships with one another that impact your gameplay experience.
  • 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?

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  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • 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.
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Platform: Xbox 360 | Edition: Special Edition
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  • Release Date: 24 Aug 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,461 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Xbox 360 | 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.

Manufacturer's Description

BioShock is the "genetically enhanced" first person shooter that lets you do things never before possible in the genre: turn everything into a weapon, biologically mod your body with plasmids, hack devices and systems, upgrade your weapons and craft new ammo variants, and experiment with different battle techniques in an incredible and unique underwater city.

You are a cast-away in Rapture, an underwater Utopia torn apart by civil war. Caught between powerful forces, and hunted down by genetically modified splicers and deadly security systems, you have to come to grips with a deadly, mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. No encounter ever plays out the same, and no two gamers will play the game the same way.

BioShock is loaded with some of greatest, most modifiable weapons to ever blast their way into a shooter. But guns alone won't be enough to defeat the devious AIs of Rapture. There are literally hundreds of other strategies players can use to take out his enemies.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game Of The Year 22 Sep 2007
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Edition:Special Edition
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The best FPS since Half Life 2, and one of the most original and innovative games Ive ever played.
The location is Rapture, an underwater city, which you stumble across after a plane crash. The game is very freeform, thanks largely to plasmids that become available. These are powers that can improve combat and abilities such as hacking. The context in which these abilities can be acquired make it more believeable than games such as Deus Ex. The depth of abilites is staggering and would require several playthroughs to master all. New ones can also be invented and purchased. Many can turn the environment against your enemies, providing genuine choice when approaching a firefight, rather than a tacked on afterthought.
These powers give Bioshock the depth of an RPG but the accessibility of any other shooter available.

The game never feels linear as you can travel at your own pace and between levels at any time. This leaves you free to explore the truly magnificent surroundings. Impressively, there are no times where it isnt clear what to do next, as hints are available if stuck. As Rapture was built around the 1950s, the decor has a recognisable look but a unique feel for an FPS. The graphics give the game a huge level of immersion, there were numerous times where I stopped playing and just admired the surroundings.
However its the atmosphere and depth of plot that really make Bioshock stand out. This quality holds throughout and the combat is equally meaty. Simply superb.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric action at it's very best. 23 Sep 2007
By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Edition:Special Edition
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If this just a normal FPS set in a decaying urban environment, then it's graphics alone would make it brilliant. When I first played it, I kept waiting for the FMV cutscene to end, before I suddenly realised I was looking at in-game graphics!

But it's not just a normal FPS. The designers have added layer after layer of additional good stuff that make's it so much greater than the sum of it's parts. Here's a few:

The setting and story - the jaunty but decayed art deco city of Rapture is a beautiful thing to behold and, much like the classic 'Resident Evil' games, clues you can collect throughout the game allow you to piece together the city's short and troubled history. There's a great twist in the story with a 'Usual Suspects'-style reveal which will leave you thinking "How come I didn't notice that before?".

Weapon upgrades - As well as the usual rack of weapons, you are given the chance to create a customised arsenal by using the limited number upgrade machines to increase the killing power of your weapons, be it reducing the recoil of the Thompson or adding a 24-round autoloader to your six-shooter.

Plasmids - these are the genetic power-ups discovered by Rapture's scientists. Some you will have to pick up, but others can only be aquired by entering secret areas or by using your camera to research your enemies. There are different types of plasmid too, ranging from offensive ones such as Incinerate to passive ones such as the one which makes you invisible when standing still (great for sneaking up on enemies). The Adam used to buy plasmids also leads to the game's important moral decision for the player - to save or damn the Little Sisters.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius 12 Sep 2007
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Edition:Special Edition
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Absolutely excellant game. Very, very clever plotline and absolutly stunning graphics and design. Some of the best animations I have ever seen, and a real sense of desperately wanting to know what happens next. You can quite easily just follow the objective arrow and complete the game within 4 or 5 days. But most people will get a lot more out of it by taking their time to explore and find all the sometimes charming, often gruesome but always fascinating little side stories and easter eggs in the game.

Overall, one of the best shooters in a long time, and one of the best storylines I have ever witnessed in a game.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game Of The Year 7 Sep 2007
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Edition:Special Edition
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
My Xbox is mainly for Sports games, but once in a while, a game comes along and really grabs my attention and I get hooked. Bioshock is just that. The graphics are simply beautiful, especially if you've got an elite and a quality LCD. The real quality of this game though is the whole atmosphere. Its really pretty scary and its created through the Art Deco city, the music and lighting. Just buy it, play it and you'll love it, but remember, its not one for kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Utopia from Dystopia - Or how to lose the missus 31 Aug 2007
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Edition:Special Edition
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I was not really expecting much from this game... I found the Market Place Demo visually stunning but lacking something... Traded in Shadow Run and the Darkness and picked up Bioshock.

8pm - Pop the Game in

Okay... right back to the Demo... the opening welcome and tuturial sequence is the market place demo and I fully expected to to be turning the game of in 30 mins.... at 08.30 in the morning I did manage to turn it off woith some real reluctance.

The graphics are superb and its worth exploring the levels to just to view the detail put into the architecture of the unground city... I mean you occassionly come past shattered aquariums and you have fish twitching in water that drains away... (it even sounds real). Blood pools in the water in a realistic manner.

Play this with HD and Surround sound and you become as immerersed in the game as the City is in the sea.

Ostensibly your helping an NPC rescue his family and are provided destinations to reach. Along the way you will find tape diarys of the inhabitants of the city as you travel. Pick them up and listen as they provide clues or codes and they add to the immersion in the story.

Gene therapy drives this dystopian underworld and as you advance you get to pick up powers... electroshock to overide doors or incinerate to melt ice etc. (incidentally incinerate an enemy and watch them run about setting collegues on fire screaming... very good visually)

Weapons abound, however each weapon has its unique characteristics and up to 4 ammo types. In this game it really matters what weapon you use...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wow the case is stunning and the gameplay is superb even now .
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The best collectors game and looks great
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent game
Ok game, prefer Fallout.
Published 1 month ago by Josh McEwan
5.0 out of 5 stars Best game ever!
Beste game I have ever played! Seriously! The story, the atmosphere, the graphics, the gameplay and the idea of Bioshock is absurdly good. Please do make a movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
This game is a classic with a great storyline and also good action. The whole storyline and atmosphere in this game a very convincing and if it is now an older game anybody should... Read more
Published 7 months ago by neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Bioshock - That is all.
I love this game and my friend really wanted to play it. At the time it was available in no stores at all despite the fact that Infinite had just come out. So I looked online. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brianne
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
the state of the product is very good

Great game, very entertaining and recommendable.

who likes a good shooter should think no more and play.
Published 13 months ago by Javier Cruz González
5.0 out of 5 stars love this game so much
This game is sooooooo good, if your contemplating weather to get it or not then just get it. . .
Published 13 months ago by Rory Talbot
5.0 out of 5 stars Anniversary Present
I bought this as a year anniversary present for my boyfriend. He loves it, likes the tin case and adores the game. Read more
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