Let's cut to the chase here. If there's one thing to extol about Bioshock, it's the story. A mix of science fiction and Objectivism, it tells of one man's attempt to build a utopia and how it failed. There's really no way to explain it in 400 words here; many points of the game (the final twist included) will leave you speechless. Now that we've got that out of the way, gameplay. It's mediocre. Sure, versatility of combat is an excellent innovation, but more than often you just want to go with the direct approach. The difficulty twists and turns like a rollercoaster; at one point you can burn through hoards of splicers with ease, while another will force you to use Vita-chambers just to wear down one Big Daddy's health. Hacking is at the very least a chore and at most an annoyance. While the game advertises a variety of plasmids and tonics to use on enemies, some are incredibly broken (Target Dummy + wrench and trap bolts + crossbow come in mind). Aside from PS 3 games, there is no New Game Plus, so restarting the game just to get all of the audio diaries or the Little Sisters may become monotonous. That being said, this game is certainly an unforgettable experience. You can find it used for $10 or $30 with The Elder Scrolls IV, so just try it out.
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