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One of the best FPS's I've played in quite a while.
on 4 May 2012
About 4 years ago when this game was first released, for some bizarre reason I dismissed it as "this looks stupid". However, I saw it on Amazon cheap the other day cheap and read good reviews and decided to give it a go. All I can say is I was an idiot for thinking it looked stupid. This has to be one of the best games I've played in a long time.
The year is 1960 and you're sat on a plane flying over the Atlantic. From where you've come or where you're going it does not say. The plane crashes and you are (I think) the only survivor. You swim to the top of the surface to see the broken wreckage of the plane all around you, burning. In the near distance a tiny island of rock with a tall building on it. This is where you'll first notice how fantastic the graphics are, even by 2012 standards.
You swim to the island and enter the building to find an elevator. Once inside you descend down in to the ocean to an underwater city called Rapture, built by a man who wanted to create a society without the "restraints" of morality, where scientists can try to improve the human race through augmentations and experimentation.
Unfortunately, by the time you arrive society has, as might be expected, descended in to chaos. Experiments have turned people in to drooling idiots who seem to have only one goal: Smash your head in with a wrench. Mad scientists, creepy little girls and gigantic metal constructions with drills for arms.
You pick up a radio and are guided through the underwater city by a man who wants you to help him rescue his family who are trapped somewhere in the city. For as far as I've got, that seems to be the goal of the game. Weapons include wrenches, revolvers, tommy guns, shotguns, robots which shoot at you but can be hacked to fight on your side.
You have hit points and something called EVE, which you'll recognize as mana. You can inject yourself with augmentations created by mad scientists which work like the powers of a mage. Shoot lightning from your hand which stuns foes and damages enemies weak to electricity, fire to incinerate people, telekenesis to throw objects at your enemies with the mind and so forth. So you have conventional weapons (guns) and the magical powers created by mad scientists. The whole system works really well and is very satisfying to use.
The game runs flawlessly. It isn't a shoddy console port it's a bonafide PC game. I give it 10 stars out of 5, I love it and you probably will too.