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An exceptional sequel!,
This review is from: BioShock 2 (PS3) (Video Game)
I have been looking forward to this game since i first heard they were making it and I am not disappointed in any way. In fact.... I absolutely love it. I wont go into much detail about the story line because I dont want to spoil anything (but having just completed the game I can honestly say I enjoyerd it thoroughly and am looking forward to my second playthrough. There were nice little twists and some really epic moments, I was genuinely gutted when it was over) So I will focus more on the characters, gameplay, graphics and overall experience of playing.
Ten years have past since The fall of Andrew Ryan and we are back in Rapture, one of the most unique gaming environments you will ever experience. With it's dark and moody atmopshere and superb attention to detail it's hard not to appreciate just how much effort has gone into making this game. The graphics are really lovely, about the same as the first one only the characters and visual effects look better, the speckles of blood and water on your helmet look briliant. However, i must note the textures on some objects are not quite as crisp as they were in BioShock 1 making them look a little bland at times, but that's no reason to be put off. There is a nice little option to turn the helmet effect on or off to the gamers preference, the only difference is there are little edges in the corners of your screen which i found not to my liking so i simply turned it off so there are no obstructions what so ever.
The game plays and feels very similar to the first BioShock so veteran BioShock fans will feel right at home with the controls straight away, apart from the healing button that has changed from B to -> on the D pad which can be quite odd at first, but you soon get used to it.
A great feature in BioShock 2 is that you dont have to swap from your weapon hand to your plasmid hand, they're both right there on the screen which is so much better than before because you can dish out some real damage without having to slow the pace down.
The Single player starts out with a nice little cutscene letting us know what has roughly happened since the events of BioShock 1, and who you are and why you're here. You are Subject Delta, a prototype Big Daddy never to have been seen before, and I will just say how well he fits into the game and how much of an excellent character I feel he is. It is great fun and a nice refreshing change to play as a Big Daddy, it puts a whole new aspect of feel and play to the game particularly with rescuing little sisters. Rather than rescue or harvest, you now adopt her with the choice of either collecting some ADAM from corpses containing this much desired drug, or simply returning her to a sister vent, then you can harvest her or let her go. The ADAM collecting is quite fun and can have some pretty intense battles with swarming splicers trying their best to stop you and the Little Sister.
The weapons are brutally brilliant in BioShock 2 and can all be upgraded again at the weapon upgrade stations. The drill arm is so much fun to use, just drilling through the splicers torso never gets old! and if you run out of fuel you can simply whack them with a melee attack, and what is also nice is that you can melee with any of the weapons instead of just one (the wrench) from BioShock. I must say though I do miss the wrench simply for how fast it was, the melee attack on the weapons obviously is a touch slower, but does come in extremely handy when the splicers get too close for comfort (which does happen often when playing on hard mode)
The story is very in depth again, and all the characters and voice talents are top notch yet again, they really make this game what it is and BioShock 2 is another truly epic and gripping story which will make you keep wanting more and more! The game as a whole is much creepier than the first BioShock, and because Rapture is in such a dreadful state (much worse than before) it adds to it being even eerier. And the game comes with a whole new tension factor, the fights with the Big Sisters can be so intense at times it makes your heart start to race as you battle away with this acrobatic, plasmid abusing lunatic! These guys aren't too easy to beat when you're playing on hard mode, and I do recommend all players giving this difficulty a shot because it will make your game last longer and give you more of a challenge, and if it's too hard you can lower the difficulty at any time. Some other intense battles are when you first encounter a Brute Splicer. These guys look like 3 Arnies all morphed into one and they will do whatever it takes to defeat you. They're really dirty brawlers, throwing things at you and charging at you, they fight very similar to the bouncers from BioShock 1, only they're even faster and stronger!
We still have the Bouncer big daddy and the Rosie, and of course the alpha series (the test big daddys, which is what you are of course)and now there is a new Big Daddy called the Rumbler, but i wont give anything about him away, you will have to find out for yourself.
The multiplayer mode is great, very addictive, very VERY fun rather than frustrating and will prove to be a huge hit particularly with true BioShock fans. Particularly fun when you get to wear the big daddy suit, you can do some real damage when wearing it!
Anyway i'm rambling on now so to sum it up, this is an excellent sequel, possibly even better than the original game. It's not 100% perfect, but it's as good as it gets for me. I love it. And to all the people who are saying it is too similar to the first bioshock well... 90% of sequels are similar to their predecessors, they're not going to make a completely new and unique game all together, otherwise it wouldnt be a sequel it would be a brand new game. Bioshock 2 is an amazing sequel in my eyes and true Bioshock fans will love this.
Thanks for reading.
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Initial post: 11 Feb 2010 11:53:28 GMT
PSN: mattpk87 says:
Finally, a decent review for this game. Very thorough. Again though - you haven't finished the game yet!
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2010 20:42:03 GMT
Mr. S. Heptinstall says:
why thankyou, I felt it deserved a detailed review. True i haven't finishd quite yet but as we speak I am in the final level and I must say I've enjoyed this even more than the original. I am totally gripped by the story and gameplay yet again and I can't put the controller down, I've searched every nuck and cranny of the levels and have been dong loads of research on the camera. It's given ke such a long play through. About 15 hours so far and still a few more left i think. Collecting everythig I'm enjoying and the hard difficulty gives it the extra edge to make it last longer :)
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