Bioshock 2 Review (XBOX360)

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Welcome to Rapture

Hey there friends.  With Bioshock Infinite news hitting the waves, I’ve decided to take a trip back to the city of Rapture to relive the awesomeness that is the Bioshock series.  With new twists and turns, Bioshock 2 enhances the story while keeping the formula that made the first game so successful.

The game is a first person shooter that is set 10 years after the first Bioshock game and already you notice a twist in the story line.  While you spend most of the time destroying Big Daddies and Rosies in Bioshock, you spend the entire game as a Big Daddy in Bioshock 2.    You are “Project Delta”, which is the prototype for the Big Daddy.  You are assigned a Little Sister and you have sworn to protect her no matter what.  As you see her being pushed around and harassed,  you channel your inner killer and go all Big Daddy on them.  Using your massive drill, you dismember them with little hesitation.   Dr. Lamb, a central part in your creation, witnesses this and takes the Little Sister away from you.  Using her knowledge to control your body, you take off your helmet, you take her gun, you place it against your head… and you pull the trigger.  And with that… your story begins.

You, being a Big Daddy, need to have a Little Sister to serve your purpose.  As you venture through Rapture, you will come across Little Sisters, accompanied by their Big Daddy.  By taking out their Big Daddy, you can adopt the Little Sister and use her powers to find splicers that contain precious ADAM.  ADAM is used throughout the game as a type of currency used to purchase Plasmids and Gene Tonics.  Plasmids being physical powers such as the ability to burn, freeze, or shock your foes while Gene Tonics enhance attributes such as speed and strength.  As she extracts the ADAM from corpses, it your job as a Big Daddy to protect her from all attacks.  Splicers are attracted to Little Sisters and when they see that they are vulnerable, they will come in full force to get to her.  Once done with a Little Sister, it is your choice whether you decide to harvest or rescue the Little Sister.  Rescuing her provides less ADAM but will assure that the Little Sister will be freed from being confined to a Big Daddy.  Harvesting a Little Sister extracts all the ADAM in her body and due to the process, will not survive.  As you progress through the game, you’ll be accompanied by radio transmissions from old and new friends, as well as enemies.  Who to trust and who to believe rest squarely on your shoulders and the decisions made are crucial in you finding your Little Sister.

The game play and the controls are exceptional in this game and the visuals enhance the experience.  Rapture is an underwater dystopia and the game will take you through the vast city of rapture.  From the deep depths to the highest levels, everywhere you go, you will encounter Big Daddies, splicers, and the dreaded Big Sisters.  The Big Sisters is a new addition to the Bioshock Series and are a complete pain to deal with.  Unlike the Big Daddy, who barrels through you and uses brute force to take out their enemies, the Big Sister is agile and versatile, using their quickness to strike and their surrounding to bombard your with attacks.  Preparing for a fight with a Big Sister is definite must and the use of plasmids, coupled with heavy artillery, will be your only chance in surviving the battle.

Bioshock 2 also offers a multiplayer mode which has it’s pros and cons.  The multiplayer definitely brings players back to enjoy the game once they are done with the story mode.  The problem that I have with it is that new players are at a great disadvntage from seasoned players.  The multiplayer game awards you with plasmids, gene tonics, and weapons as you gain levels.  Those are just starting out will have a difficult time obtaining kills from stronger and better equipped players.  Nevertheless, it does provide some additional information on the city since a there is a story being told in multiplayer mode that consists of the Civil War that took place in Rapture.  There are also special achievements that can only be obtained in multiplayer that should encourage players to put their skills to the test to earn them.

Bioshock 2 is definitely a game that should be checked out.  The story is intriguing, the visuals are outstanding, and the music is it’s own eerie character in of itself.  Venturing back into Rapture as a Big Daddy has been nothing but bliss and is merely honing my skills for Bioshock: Infinte, which should be released sometime in 2012.  Good luck my friends, and watch out for that Big Sister!  Later.

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