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on 7 March 2010
Hi all, for those that want the review in a nutshell...here it is.
If you have not played the first iteration of the bioshock franchise then you will be extremely enthralled by this game. It captures everything a game needs and more; atmosphere, suspense, character driven story, action, depth, puzzles and strategy. It's the complete package! The addition of Multiplayer and Trophies makes this games longevity a great investment. You will get at around 15 - 20 hours from the Singleplayer (excluding replays for alternate endings, and trophy's). The multiplayer will keep you attracted for at least 5 hours, but again if you want trophy's and to see the full scale of the online experience then you will be long into the 30 hour zone. NOTE: There has also been a recent announcement that a piece of Download-able Content for the Multiplayer will be released in the next few months which should extend the life of online play. Along with this there are also plans to extend the Singleplayer experience with further content!
Now, for those of you that have played the previous game (such as myself). I think you will greatly appreciate the changes in the mechanics (a major one would be the ability to use plasmids and guns at the same time - massive game changer!), however...one problem I had wit the game was the story. Bioshock told such a great story with twists and turns throughout (not to mention the Oh My God ending) - this isn't to say the story in bioshock 2 is not convincing, its just not as good. There arent really any twists and it feels more of an action adventure than an action thriller. Some may prefer this, however the story for me was a major selling point. I must say that the overall experience is great, just be vary of the story not being as much of a shocker this time round!
Multiplayer is good, but again unless your going for trophy's I don't think it will keep you coming back (however there are some very nice modes and little bioshock flavours that spice the experience up and stear it away from your simple run and gun multiplayer shooter)!
I hope this review helps, take care and happy gaming!