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Turn out the lights, crank up the volume and be prepared to get freaked out

  • Apr 1, 2008
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Bioshock is a first-person shooter that takes place in an underwater "Utopia" where things have gone very wrong.  In addition to the typical arsenal of weapons (guns, wrenches, grenades), you are also able to modify your character to take on special attributes such as shooting electrical bolts, fire, telekinesis powers, etc.  The idea is this allows you to use the environment more effectively (such as zapping bad guys standing in water with your electrical bolts or freezing them and then shattering them with your wrench.).  In reality, I still just spent a lot of time just pointing and shooting.

The best part about this game is how immersive it is.  I credit most of this to excellent surround sound.  (NOTE: please play this game with a decent surround sound system -- you'd be doing yourself a disservice, otherwise).  The sound is always active and you're constantly on edge for when the next attack is going to jump out from behind the corner.  Additionally, the environment effects such as dripping water, or creaking steel enhances the feeling of being trapped in this underwater world.

Overall, it's a unique gaming experience with lots of fun moments and creepy villians.
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Quick Tip by . August 23, 2010
I popped Bioshock in again this weekend, and even though I knew what was coming, it still gave me goosebumps. Excellent use of sound and great graphics.
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BioShock is an innovative shooter in development at Irrational Games, a wholly owned 2K studio. Set in a rich underwater utopia gone horribly wrong, BioShock features emergent gameplay driven by player choice which seamlessly integrates RPG, adventure, and shooter elements.

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Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: 2K Boston/2K Australia, 2K Marin (PlayStation 3)
Console: Xbox 360 Games
Release Date: August 21, 2007 (NA - 360);

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