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Bioshock

by Take 2 Interactive
 Ages 18 and Over
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC
Edition: Normal
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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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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • 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
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

Platform: PC | Edition: Normal
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  • ASIN: B000V1VZNE
  • Item Weight: 27 g
  • Release Date: 24 Aug. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,716 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PC | Edition: Normal

Welcome to Rapture!

Bioshock - a first person shooter experience unlike any other, played out in Rapture, an immense underwater utopia torn apart by a genetic civil war. Explore a deadly but incredible art deco world filled with formidable technology and fascinating characters. You'll have a complete arsenal at your disposal, from simple revolvers to rocket launchers and flamethrowers. Challenge the constraints of nature by genetically modifying your DNA with injected PLASMIDS and embrace super human powers.

  • Biologically modify your body: send electric bolts storming from your fingertips or unleash a swarm of killer hornets hatched from the veins in your arms.
  • Hack devices and systems, upgrade your weapons and craft new ammo variants.
  • Turn everything into a weapon: the environment, your body, fire and water, and even your worse enemies.

System requirements

CPU: Pentium 4 2.4GHz single core processor. System RAM: 1GB. Video Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 128MB RAM (Nvidia 6600 or better/ATI X1300 or better, excluding ATI X1550). Sound Card: 100% Direct X 9.0c compatible sound card. Hard Disk Space: 8GB free space.

Game requires Internet connection for activation.


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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrible name - brilliant game 6 Sept. 2007
By ry19
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Normal
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
A brief summary of my experience with Bioshock to date.

Firstly, installation - this worked fine for me, but the game must be activated each time it is installed via an online registration process. Internet access is required. There is also an auto-patching mechanism that updates the game to the latest version as part of the install - this took around 5 minutes for me on an 8mb broadband connection. I understand some people have had difficulty with repeat installations. At present, it seems that customers are limited to five installations per purchase, although supposedly a credit is given for each time you uninstall. This credit system appears to have gone awry in some cases, but Take 2, the publisher, looks to be making appreciable efforts to deal with issues as they arise. Ultimately if you intend playing on more than one machine, or you have a habit of uninstalling and reinstalling, bear this in mind.

Once installed and activated, all ran smoothly until just after the first introduction movie, when the sound almost completely died, to be replaced by strange clicks and pops. I gather this is another issue that many buyers have experienced, and it seems not to be related to any particular model of sound card or chipset. I solved it by switching off "reverb" and "EAX effects" in the options menu - a bit of a shame, but ultimately not a huge loss. There are other fixes being posted on the internet if this doesn't work - and it doesn't seem to be a problem for the majority of buyers.

Technical issues resolved, I cracked on with playing and was stunned. This game has atmosphere in spades and feels more like an interactive story than anything I have yet experienced.
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing the point.. 18 Sept. 2007
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Normal
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I think the main criticisms of the game have been done to death, so I'm not going to concern myself with copy protection, DRM, Vita-chambers or difficulty curves. To my mind anyway, these are very minor factors when set against how good this game is.

If you pidgeonhole Bioshock into our well-defined PC gaming stereotypes, it doesn't always measure up. As an FPS alone, it isn't HL2. As an RPG or experiment with emergent gameplay, it isn't Deus Ex or indeed System Shock 2. As a survival horror, it isn't Stalker, and as a stealth/exploration game, it isn't Thief. As a game experience, I honestly think it's better than all of these.

Remember when you first played Deus Ex. Suddenly you were faced with decisions you had never made before in a game, along with a reasonably developed storyline that didn't patronise the player. To my mind, Deus Ex was one of the first 'grown-up' games, with a unique sense of place. Since then, only Vampire - The Masquerade has created the same atmosphere, through its setting, storyline and fantastic voiceovers.

Bioshock combines the very best elements of heavily-scripted FPS games with the enviromment and tools to allow emergent gameplay should you choose to play this way. It's possible to blast your way through in a straight line, but play it on hard and approach it like Thief to really feel the intricacies of the game.

But combat gameplay aside, this is a more perfectly-crafted world than a series of environments to kill people in. With the possible exception of Planetscape:Torment, I've never been as engrossed in the multiple, interwoven storylines Bioshock gradually reveals, never felt so moved, never felt so angry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Has Never Worked in 5 Years 21 Jan. 2012
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Normal
I bought this game at retail, a little while after release, when the price had dropped to just over £20. It was so long ago that I cannot remember precisely when I purchased it, but the last time I nearly managed to install it was some four years ago.

I spent a long time in the build-up to release simply basking in the gorgeous concept art and the game's art deco theme. To this date I've not managed to play it, as it will not run on my Vista machine with an nVidia 8600GS graphics card. It used to be that I could run the installer, boot up the menu and click to start a new game, only to have it freeze/crash before it could load the opening cinematic. It did run on my housemate's PC at the time, but would not have any of my hardware. I'd tried contacting 2K Games' support, and after waiting for weeks, I got a couple of to-and-fro responses and no actual progress. As far as I am aware, the game has only been patched once, but somehow the last time I tried to connect to the game's patching server - a vital part of setup which cannot be skipped - it was down.

I've been loathe to buy the Steam version of this game because although most of that platform's titles work without issue, I've no guarantee, and it means me buying a second copy of a game which should have worked from the start. I did manage to install its sequel without any issues during Steam's winter sales, however.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great game - wait for DRM-free release though 13 Sept. 2007
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Normal
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
The game's great fun, but I'll come to that in a minute.

Firstly, the game installs SecuROM on your system. You cannot remove this from your system. You must have an internet connection to activate it, and you are limited to 5 installs of the game. Google the forums about this if you want more info, but 2k Software are being utterly pilloried about this and are currently being petitioned to release a patch which will remove the SecuROM system. Please do not buy this game until 2K do so: it's not a good idea to encourage software companies to think they can get away with installing all sorts of stuff on our PCs...

The Game...

The game's great fun, but linear. Random enemies spawn out of nowhere, you can shoot your way out of nearly every situation without having to devise the fiendish traps that were hinted at in previews and reviews. Basically it's a shooter with weird and wonderful weapons and a gorgeous setting.

Some aspects of the game are delightfully nightmarish, and it has some of the most beautiful setpieces I've ever seen in a PC game.

Definitely add it to you wishlist, but wait until 2k have got rid of SecuROM first before buying it.
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Published 20 days ago by Bazerino
5.0 out of 5 stars as described good packaging. Thankyou
On time, as described good packaging. Thankyou. bit too similar to original for me though
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Published 12 months ago by abaas arif
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Played this game once or twice in the past month. Not had alot of free time however iv got a relatively low spec computer and this runs on high graphics which is great for me! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, original concept game
Bought this after playing the trailer.

What engaged me was the brilliant original story line, characters and choice of weapons/plasmids. Read more
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Platform: PC | Edition: Normal