The first ‘BioShock’ game was released in North America in August of 2007. The horror-themed, action-adventure game takes place in the underwater city of Rapture, which is gradually revealed to have been a dystopian society. The main character, Jack, arrives in Rapture when he becomes the sole survivor of a plane crash and discovers the entrance to the city. A civil war destroyed much of the city, and now Jack must fight for his life against the remnants of that war, specifically the ‘Splicers’, who were once citizens of the city and are now creatures who became addicted to the genetic material known as ADAM. This genetic material allows humans to biologically modify their own bodies, giving themselves any number of powers and enhancements, and Jack must follow suit if he wants to have any hope of surviving the city.
Of course, it’s not all just about fighting the Splicers. Jack also has to deal with the many traps and pitfalls laid out by Andrew Ryan, the city’s founder. In addition to that, the city is filled with creepy little girls called ‘Little Sisters’, and Jack must choose between killing them to extract the ADAM in their bodies, and using his skills to kill the ‘sea slugs’ inside them in order to revert them to normal girls; a decision made more difficult by the fact that the Little Sisters are protected by metal monstrosities called ‘Big Daddies’.
There were three BioShock games in total, but I only actually played the first one. That said, I can say without hesitance that the original game is absolutely worth playing. The plot was extremely different and refreshing, especially amongst a sea of games that are simply clones of their predecessors. The atmosphere of the game was also quite amazing; it had all the creepiness and tension of a horror survival, and the quick-thinking and excitement of an action-adventure. It was easy to get entranced in just listening to the story unfold, and the game-play itself was fun and unique. All in all, it’s just really a game worth playing, if for no other reason than to experience the beautifully crafted story.
Now, as I said, the first installment is the only BioShock game that I played, but there are two others: BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite. The second installment takes place once more in the underwater city of Rapture, but the third takes the game up into the sky, to a city called Columbia, which is suspended in the air. I can’t say a great deal about this game, since again, I never played it, but my husband tells me that it’s absolutely worth playing for many of the same reasons as the first installment, and that seeing the ending of this particular game was one of the most mind-blowing story-telling experiences of his life. I guess I’m really going to have to get around to playing it one of these days, wouldn’t you think?
Have you ever played any of the BioShock games? Which one was your favorite? Do you recommend them? Please share!
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