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4.0 out of 5 stars Utopia from Dystopia - Or how to lose the missus, 31 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Bioshock - Limited Edition [Tin Case] (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
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... take for instance attacking a Big Daddy/Rosie/Elite Bouncer - same class of enemy different levels of aggression and strength - try a machine gun with armour piercing rounds or a shot gun with exploding shells ... aim for the head - it works... fry them them with the napalm and your wasting your time.

You have enemies - spider splicers - who climb the walls an ceilings and move extremely fast.... use a gene therapy slot to boost your speed.

Hack into safe, doors vending machines to get ammo, etc

th enemy AI is really quite good and varies from enemy type to enemy type.

Every element of this game is well thought out and the plot is enjoyable with an engaging storyline with moral options on whether to harvest young people or rescue them....

I tend not to go for games without co-op or online play as the the 360 for me is about sharing our gaming experience with mates but this game is a must to own.

Its not an FPS in the run and gun sense and its not Tomb Raider in the puzzle sense... its a game of its own and you will want to explore the large underground city for the scenery, atmosphere and upgrades... you will definitely need the upgrades as each successive level gives you harder and harder enemies... don't worry though as with a research camera you can take pictures and research each enemy and gain bonus's in attack.

I would be surprised if you complete the game without research and it does make for some tense moments.. more research points for an attacking or enemy ... so camera in hand gun in your belt ... you have to be quick to point and click and then blast away

Buy this !!!
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