BioShock 2 by 2K Games for Xbox 360 isn’t a bad game, but if you have played the first BioShock game, released a couple years ago, you have more or less played BioShock 2.
Sure the graphics still look great, although they look awfully familiar to the first game and the A.I. has been improved the enemies actually stalk you out, but that could have been handled in an update. The story is very similar, not in that it is a sequel to the original story, but more so on how the narrative plays out in the game, it hasn’t changed very much at all except for possibly taking a bit of the edge off, and once again this feels more like a really well done add-on instead of a $60 new release.
In BioShock 2 you play as a character named Big Daddy, instead of the Jack character you played in the first BioShock. Once again you are submerged in the underwater city “utopia” known as Rapture, and once again you will be using a variety of weapons and special powers to destroy all the maniacs that inhabit this underwater nut house, in search of your maniac blood-sucking daughter.
Now the good things with the BioShock franchise are the very bizarre twisted stories, and the setting created by the dark detailed graphics and sound design, those components are still in this game and they create a very surreal dark atmosphere. Unfortunately due to the new storyline the same level of intensity I found playing the first BioShock was a bit missing, but perhaps being a veteran of the franchise, the shock has worn off a bit.
This year a new added aspect is the multi-player mode, which incorporates story elements about a civil war in Rapture before the first BioShock game took place. Although I applaud making a title deeper, adding a not so imaginative or well working first person shooter multiplayer mode, just seems out of place, but might add a few more hours of game play depending on how bored you are.
Another problem I had with this title is the amount of time it takes to complete, perhaps if a free add-on was available within the first couple weeks of the release I wouldn’t be so shorted. You can probably play through this game in 10-12 hours and probably no more than 14-20 on the most difficult level. I’m sure the game is so short because an “add-on” pack that should have just been included in the game will rear its nickel-and-diming head on Xbox Live Marketplace soon.
I have this game a 4 / 5, and recommend renting this title unless you are a fan of the original.
5 – Graphics
5 – Sounds
4.25 – Originality
2 – Replay Value
3.75 – Video Game Magic*
*Video Game Magic is the video game’s ability to transport you the player into the game experience – usually the effects this has on the human condition are, severe loss of time management, extreme video game jonesing, and an extended altered state of reality.