YMMV / BioShock: Rapture

  • Narm: Characters dropping what they are doing to record the Audio Diaries from the games.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has a page.
  • Squick/No Yay:
  • Tear Jerker: A huge one occurs at the end when Bill stoically says goodbye to his wife and daughter, knowing that though they'll survive he'll be shot by his former friends as soon as they leave, and furthermore recognising that his young daughter probably won't remember him.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Many fans were eager to read this mainly to learn more about the backstory of Johnny Topside, since those who played the game before reading the book knew he eventually becomes Subject Delta, the player character in the second game. Those fans were disappointed to learn that, aside from recapping how he came to be in Rapture and the main contending theories as to why he was there (there are fears he's either a government agent or an investigative journalist, both of which were already covered in the game and neither of which are confirmed or denied in the novel), he's absent from the book. In fact he never even appears on-page, he's just mentioned a couple of times in passing.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: To a degree considering just how many stories the novel tries to contain and share. Because of the book's rushed state to incorporate lore from BioShock 2, many notable characters from that game have a diminished presence. There's also several off-page events, be they due to being in-game materials (such as Audio Diary events) or simply not being portrayed on the page.
  • The Woobie: Bill McDonagh and his family. Even moreso in how they manage to escape, but he does not.