BioShock™

BioShock™
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94
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96.285
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Release date
21 August 2007
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BioShock is a shooter unlike any you've ever played, loaded with weapons and tactics never seen. You'll have a complete arsenal at your disposal from simple revolvers to grenade launchers and chemical throwers, but you'll also be forced to genetically modify your DNA to create an even more deadly weapon: you.

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BioShock™ system requirements

Minimum:

  • Operating System: Windows XP (with Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista
  • CPU: Intel single-core Pentium 4 processor at 2.4GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Video Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 128MB RAM and Pixel Shader 3.0 (NVIDIA 6600 or better/ATI X1300 or better, excluding ATI X1550)
  • Sound Card: 100% direct X 9.0c compatible sound card
  • Hard Drive Space: 8GB
  • Game requires Internet connection for activation
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Lewauski_Kapalski
Lewauski_Kapalski

"little sister rides BIG daddy!
He's too strong, she loves her holes"
[The only title that would appear not sexual in context to bioshock.]

lucke13n3
lucke13n3

Being new to gaming it allows for you to learn without making you feel like a complete failure. It is dark and scary

★littlecat★
★littlecat★

Oldie but a goodie. Buggy in places, but runs on a potato computer. The story was interesting and the atmosphere was spooky.

gamer832000
gamer832000

This game is almost a decade and a half old. My quality of life was not improved by requiring the installation of the 2K launcher. Already purchased all the DLC. YOU LITERALLY CANNOT EXTRACT MORE VALUE FROM ME. More like "quality of life degradation" by making me install and use this useless program. I did not need it the during my three previous playthroughs I did of Bioshock.

If the launcher is removed, I will happily revise my review. Enjoyed the game quite a bit actually. Comment below if they remove the launcher. :)

Bad Lieutenant
Bad Lieutenant

6/10. Played BioShock Infinite to completion first. Then this, which I have not finished and likely will not. These games think they're much smarter than they are (Objectivism is as shallow as Rapture is deep), the enemies are tanks, and the hyperviolence contained therein doesn't match the steampunk visual style. Ultimately, I just wasn't satisfied enough with the shooting to continue.

GnatOnizer
GnatOnizer

This game is amazing, being born in the distant year of 2006. I was a measly one year old when this game got released so I couldn't enjoy it back then, but I sure as hell enjoy it now.

Holla_At_Me
Holla_At_Me

The story is terrific and gives you just enough mystery to keep you wanting more. Amazing twists and the gameplay holds up well. Poor quality of graphics is nothing to worry about here

PityPoePeep
PityPoePeep

I personally love the atmospheric horror that this game brings. Every time I play, it feels as though I'm experiencing it for the first time.

IsaacAsimov
IsaacAsimov

Solid game that builds on the system shock formula. Great aesthetic, environment, mood, story, gunplay, etc. It all comes together really cohesively. If you managed to play this before the update added the 2K launcher causing a slew of technical issues, you're lucky. Otherwise, you may have more luck with other versions of the title.

DatGameGod
DatGameGod

Wow. I played this game after I heard about it on a greatest games of all time list. It lives up to the title. The graphics, even on the original, are gorgeous. The characters are fabulous, and so fun to meet. This could be summarised in four words: a perfect gaming expericence. To anyone considering buying this, I cannot recommend it enough. Go forth, head into Rapture!

Maccer
Maccer

Its cool and all, the SFX sucks kinda buggy but the story is Very very good. Scared the soul out of me when i played this the first time so yeah love it

Louis
Louis

takes a while to config for a pc play through but 100000 percent worth it, for anyone interested id recommend using the software called flawless widescreen. it worked well for me and made playing it on a 1920 x 1080 resolution really nice.

p0L4r
p0L4r

more recently been trying to get back to the old games ive had in my library for a million years. well for bishock its my first time playing it and wow... old games if they are good enough seem timeless. like yeah we know the graphics are better but i promise you this game will forever be timeless. the amount of detail this game provides with the complexity it puts out really makes you feel how much different the games are now. just seems like they are getting worse and this game proves it. highly recommended.

Captain Sanya
Captain Sanya

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ay69-WjI6o

Attention! Perhaps there are errors in this review, if you find them, write to me in the comments.

Welcome to Rapture

BioShock tells its story through the eyes of a passenger on an ill-fated plane flying over the Atlantic Ocean in 1960. In the first segment of the game, the plane crashes and the player wakes up floating in the ocean surrounded by burning debris. The only land in sight is a mysterious lighthouse that houses a bathysphere.

Upon entering it, a bathysphere is launched and the player receives a propaganda film narrated by one Andrew Ryan. Ryan lays out the principles of his objectivist-style philosophy that led him to reject the surface world in favor of an underwater nirvana, where "the artist need not fear the censor, the scientist need not be morally bound, and the strong will not be held back by the weak." Unfortunately, after a stunning journey through the outer part of Ryan's underwater city, the bathysphere lands and the player finds that everything has gone horribly wrong in his utopia.

It is this storyline and player experience that marks BioShock's greatest strength. Initially, it feels like a clichéd "kill the big bad guy" plot that has supported just about every FPS ever made. But the storyline is much deeper in its observations of objectivism and its consequences: romantic realism in art, exaltation of the self, vilification of the weak, and deification of selfishness. Even "Andrew Ryan" is a riff on author Ayn Rand, the founder of Objectivism and whose "Atlas Shrugged" is referenced throughout the game, if not directly then at least in the theme.

As the player progresses through the game, reversal follows reversal in a twisting maze of plot points, until what begins as a mere political allegory becomes a searing exploration of the true nature of evil that is guaranteed to keep players guessing until the end. It's no coincidence that the game's creators begged the people who finished the game not to reveal spoilers. The game acquires tremendous replay value simply from the desire to play it again and track all those moments that take on new meaning with the knowledge gained from its completion.

Art Deco

The true brilliance of the game's story lies in the way it's staged, especially in the sound design. Although there are a few non-interactive cutscenes, by and large the player will gather the story of Rapture through the audio diaries left behind by the town's residents. The voice acting in these entries is exceptional, and since there is no break in the action, the diaries act as a soundtrack of sorts, highlighting the game's brilliant art design. There have been so many times when what was heard made the on-screen action take on more meaning.

The sad, insane mutated "welders" that's what I call, sorry) who make up the player's main enemy add to the story by babbling to themselves when they're not fighting. While not required to complete the game, listening to the well-played voice clips provides a lot of insight into the philosophical underpinnings that caused Rapture's creation and made its downfall inevitable. Our favorite was the voice of the top class welder, who sounded like Katharine Hepburn constantly complaining about the poor quality of the steak she was served a long time ago and how she micromanaged her daughter's wedding. Other comments such as "I wore it for you father" and "We followed your commandments but turned our backs on the light" (often said just before the Welder jumps by the player's throat) constantly highlight the current horror that is the collapsing city.

I chose more… I chose the impossible… I chose Rapture

While the world of Rapture is rich and filled with interesting little tidbits, the game does a hard job of keeping you on track. Aside from the two occasions when you have to collect a certain number of certain items to continue, you always know exactly what to do and where to go to do so, thanks to the handy map screen and an on-screen arrow that points you straight to your next objective. These helping hands seem a bit too helpful, but in case you get really stuck, you'll appreciate the extra hint system, which explains very clearly what you need to do and where you need to go to move forward.

You won't miss a ton of places by sticking to exactly where the arrow is pointing you, but the story fills in a lot more when you find and listen to as many audio diaries as you can. Hearing various characters talk about the issues leading up to Rapture's current disheveled state fills in the gaps really well and should be considered a must if you're going to be playing the game. Hearing the voices of these wide-eyed idealists as their world falls apart makes the whole game more human. Playing through without listening to any of these additional audio clips will make the game quiet and, in fact, quite confusing as you continue without a sense of backstory about Andrew Ryan, the fish tycoon Frank Fontaine, and the bit characters commenting on their increasingly hostile struggle.

It certainly helps to keep the environments you find throughout the game looking amazing and practically begging to be explored. For something as potentially messy as an underwater city, you're sure to get a lot of different looks as you move on, from the boiler rooms and workshops of the city's core to the forest that helps keep it all oxygenated. You will also get many great sea views through the windows. In addition to the amazing art design that ties the visuals together, the game has a very strong technical side as long as you have a machine that is built enough to handle it. Unreal Engine 3 is under the hood and all the bells and whistles you need are right there for the ride. If there's one thing you need to know about BioShock's graphics, it's that the water looks perfect. As an underwater city that is slowly falling apart, it's no wonder you'll find plenty of leaks. Whether it's standing water on the floor or seawater rushing in after an explosion, it will blow you away every time you see it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BVc9fpNST8

We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us

In addition to the pleasant music that plays from jukeboxes or turntables, you'll get amazing music that helps set the creepy, vague mood. The weapons sound good and loud, and everything else just sounds right. The voice acting you'll hear throughout the game from both living characters and their post-mortem audio recordings really holds the story together and helps give it an emotional impact that most games lack. You'll also hear the welders mumble, hum, and sing to themselves as they collect the environment, which helps give the game an eerie feel. The quality and depth of stuff like this is what sets BioShock apart from other games and makes it something really special overall.

If you're the kind of player who just wants another action shooter, BioShock is probably not for you. His weak point is his unsatisfactory non-skill combat, which can target him just above the head of the average Halo fan. But if you're willing to get a little creative, there's plenty of fun in some of the game's more indirect fighting methods. It creates an amazing atmosphere by using amazing graphics and sound to set the spooky mood. But BioShock's real strengths lie in the fact that it's both a compelling piece of interactive fiction and a unique ride through a twisted world with a lot of recoil built into its mysterious plot.

Robot7
Robot7

This is a classic FPS game that has a really good theme attached to it. The story is great and drives a lot of the enjoyment in the game. The guns and abilities feel solid, and there are a multitude of ways you could approach any enemy or situation.

Unfortunately I felt that given the way the upgrade systems worked, you had to really commit to one strategy if you wanted to feel like you were becoming powerful. Also, the hacking is not very fun, but was often the best way to overcome many obstacles.

Pick this up on a sale if you're intrigued at all. You'll get value out of it.

Harry Stamper
Harry Stamper

They wiped all the negatives reviews that were pissed about the new launcher. This is repulsive censorship. Makes you wonder what else throughout history has been hidden into the void of censorship. There is no excuse to be washing reviews like this, just like it is absurd that youtube stop showing dislikes. This is a scary situation.

Anonymous
Anonymous

i think bc im used to half life or something but its like impossible to see anything and the weapon select thing is weird

EDIT: idk if it was bc i was using bad graphics or something well im not playing this crap again

OldBoi
OldBoi

WOULD YOU KINDLY BUY THIS GAME.
ITS A MASTERPIECE.

Brandonthekiller_exe071
Brandonthekill…

Well written sorry,amazing varity of weapons and tools at your disposal

Linkped
Linkped

Gameplay is simple and fun. I played with Vita-chambers on and that probably made the game a little too easy, but you can also save anytime so I dunno really. Either way this game's strong point is definitely the atmosphere and story. Worth the price on sale for sure.

Amjx
Amjx

BioShock is an enthralling experience in beautifully built environments that mix awe and terror amazingly. The first person shooting is fun and the special powers always make you think "how am I gonna set up the best traps for the enemies".

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is a remastered version also available that you should get instead of this one.

Mr. Musiek | LTM
Mr. Musiek | LTM

I overhyped the fuck out of this game my entire life. When I was a kid, I saw my older brother playing it in his room sometimes but i was never allowed to watch as it was too dark and violent. Come my adult life, I'm quite disappointed by the story and the structure of the game. One problem I have is that they even bother with difficulty settings - if you want the game to be experienced a certain way, then the difficulty should be a result of the game design, not of a slider or dropdown list. When you turn it down to easy, which is less scary but arguably more fun as you're more of a god-like fighter, then the flawed design of the level (it feels like one big level as everything starts to blur together at a point) shines through. The thing that this game has going for it is indeed the atmosphere, but it only serves to distract you from the constant backtracking you have to do that pretends to act like the story of the game is progressing. Most of the time, it doesn't.

Bad game design aside, the atmosphere is certainly unsettling. Assuming you don't play on easy. But if you want atmosphere, maybe just watch someone play instead, or play with someone else.

Meme_Lord998
Meme_Lord998

BioShock is a game design masterpiece, decent gunplay, a fascinating story, blood everywhere, not enough ammo at times, and me in a psychiatric hospital for the FRUSTRATION THIS GAME HAS CAUSED ME 100/10

burger
burger

glub glub help!!! im under the water!!!

Jong_JS
Jong_JS

my ears are ringing because of the shotgun.

sebastian.gibson23
sebastian.gibson23

Great game would strongly reccomend seems to go on sale and when it does its cheap as chips so its well worth the money then would not recomend getting at full price

Gamble Gorps
Gamble Gorps

There is nothing I can say that hasn't already been said by dozens of video essays, so...

Would you kindly purchase this game?

.L[o]uP <3 Anna Kendrick
.L[o]uP <3 …

The game, where you get to be inside a city at the bottom of the ocean, ridiculously beautiful. As a first-time player of the game, I was deeply satisfied with the graphics, I know the story behind it and how it goes, very well-made story that has its unique way that differs from other games.
Gameplay-wise, I enjoyed the vast assortment of weaponry which I thought was only possible in some RPG's and having to discover through the city as a lost man seeking the truth, with dialogs, famous personas, and so on.
This, combined with FPS gameplay made the game more memorable with the right atmosphere for a game so graphic, with very fitting visuals and background noises/music.
Overall, a fantastic game in every aspect I consider it one of my favorites and highly recommend it!

thepurplederper
thepurplederper

Masterpeice. Fontaine was easy as shit tho

SuperFly
SuperFly

If you are reading this review and have no idea what Bioshock's storyline involves, buy this title (or the Remaster), now -- and get right into the game -- because it's truly the greatest FPS narrative ever delivered.

Don't spoil it for yourself. Play now.

Remastered Review, here:
https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197976176572/recommended/409710

parch
parch

good .story .it need a good listener.otherwise its just a shooter game

manic gecco
manic gecco

why have you not played this yet? are you even living?

rowblaze
rowblaze

yeah its good, a classic, but its no fun getting fucked out of an hour and a half because your game crashed.

JPSkyWalker98
JPSkyWalker98

One of the greatest FPS of all time period

Dictator Tots
Dictator Tots

"Watered down" System Shock ;)

WHIPTY
WHIPTY

Incredible game, unplayable port.

H E Z Z K Y
H E Z Z K Y

Great game and great story. Very Recommended.

jesus
jesus

I have this game on my playstation and love it. I mostly got this on pc since I knew it would run on it :)

renkun555
renkun555

This is a fun and unique shooter with a good story. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes story driven shooters

CircusQueen
CircusQueen

this happened to my buddy eric

Dtims
Dtims

bioshock fans when they see a schizophrenic crack addict on the street

nahweh
nahweh

Definitely a certified hood classic

White Fire
White Fire

In a time where games seem intentionally designed to take everyone's life savings and be as frustrating to play as possible, it's nice to go back to a simple game that neither holds your hand the whole time nor leaves you stranded if you're stuck. This version might not seem as polished as the remaster, but it crashes a lot less, which makes for a smoother experience. A lot of the story is hidden in small fragments in the form of audio diaries. This could be a negative or a positive considering how much you like exploring and/or using your brain to put the mystery together. I think this is a great game to play if you're looking for a game that's robust without being unnecessarily complicated.

edgeisbad
edgeisbad

I don't see what the fuss is all about, like sure the game's visuals are really good and unique, but I don't see much good gameplay

I think my opinion is quite subjective, this game isn't bad or anything but I wouldn't play it much

nowbwon
nowbwon

Very interesting game that keeps on giving

patastrami
patastrami

Unique atmosphere. Highly recommended.

VoidWalker
VoidWalker

Pinnacle of storytelling and world building in a first person shooter. Also, the plot twist here is probably the best I've seen in any media, let alone games.

Shapoor
Shapoor

Includes Philosophy so automatically a 10/10.

AXE01
AXE01

BioShock is a game that i would recommend to a person that has never played it before, the whole atmosphere was dark in which you felt kind of alone only meeting some people along the way. The setting of this game is really neat being in an steampunk universe. Overall I would rate this game a 8/10.

oldboy
oldboy

couldnt digest the story even if i tried

Yasminofax
Yasminofax

One of the best games ever made. Dark and atmospheric, tense and exciting, this game has a world realized in a way few games ever achieved. The story is engrossing and the gameplay is varied and very open for various playstyles. I think that it is a bit unnecessary to heap more praise on this game, but it still stands up well as one of the most imaginative and beautifully realized games of all time. A must play.

square
square

Hands down the best video game to ever have been released. The art, graphics, mechanics, and story are all complex and finely tuned. I know this game was released 15 years ago, and I have played many other single player games since, but this wins against them all without comparison.

Xerberus
Xerberus

Had problems with sound, fixed by running on windows xp pack 3 compatibility mode.

REYN
REYN

> Be me: nerdy high school kid
> Read in game magazine: "Bioshock, the instant classic"
> Torrent new game "Bioshock"
> First gaming computer w Nvidia Geforce 8 series can barely run it
> Be blown away by the story anyway

> Be me over a decade later
> Top tier PC master race
> "I am so tired of the shit today; let's play this classic again!"
> DL and install, anticipation building...
> Run game; crashes immediately.
> Try other version; crashes after 10 minutes
> Lurk internets; find solution
> Play blissfully [OhTheNostalgia.jpg] for 3+ hours
> Game crashes.
> FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU--

For those of you who still haven't played this game, you should. Immediately. It is one of the best narratives in gaming history.

The gameplay feels somewhat dated, now, but it's still enjoyable if you're anyone besides a CoD player with ADHD.
The sound isn't great, but I still find myself being immersed into that undersea dystopia....
I don't know what happened to this game in the 10+ years since I first played through it, but it seems modern PCs have trouble running it smoothly. After multiple rage-inducing crashes, I thought I had it running in correct compatibility / settings.....
Then it crashed and I lost about 3 hours of gameplay.
That's fucked.
How can this game not be perfected by now?

"Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?"
I don't know, devs, is he?

chilljude
chilljude

I honestly love this game, love the combat, story, aesthetic. This game was far beyond it's time and still holds up well today.

I am not recommending it because it's broken. I've spent more time trouble shooting and trying to get it running normally then experiencing the game. I just gave up. I'm sorry but if you got it on console, go plug your console in.

inland empire
inland empire

I am me. in my little house with my beautiful wife
I am me. in my beautiful house with my little wife
I ame me. In my house with my beautiful little wife

I am me I am me, no one else is me but me.
My soul was willed upon me by god, it is what allows me to think and move the disgusting shell that is the human body. I have these wonderful dreams where my soul is removed from my filthy body. In this violent excursion I will destroy the disfigured bodies that corrupt the halls, even the children, it is God's intent.
I know the children are lonely and the women are psychotic and the men want me to put the barrel to their head.

Hell is beneath us and sin runs underwater.

We all forget that under the streets the sewage pipes run, and in our dreams we stab and r**e. We forget the lonely and we choose to forget the bodies piling, the infinite bones we step on daily. We are predators, we consume bugs and plants and animals and our babies, they will meet the grace of god in heaven, while we suffer in hell.

Adam, please Adam, rewrite me and make me prey make me an herbivore i want to be consu,med i am tired of extending myself for god. daily i will displace myself from god’s vision it hurts my cells but i want to be a goat . why was i born human why was i born a tiger why was i born. adam make my skin fur and turn meinto a goat i want horns make my brain forget and make me forget god, he whispers his terrible lies his terrible lies into my skull. his lies bounce around my fickle head and the corrupted puppets roam and the music wont stop and the diaries drone on while i bruise my skin from the needle that pushes eve into and through my veins.

i am adam and i am eve i am human and i am war

ElMandinga
ElMandinga

much better than the remastered version, the atmosfere is darker and scariest

sunn_bleach
sunn_bleach

At-A-Glance:

Game type: First-person Shooter
Genre(s): Sci-fi, horror
Art: Grimdark 7th generation 3D graphics
Length: 9-11 hours for a first run-through
Pace: Medium-paced
Tags: Foundational game, atmospheric, story-rich, scary, emergent gameplay
Computer requirements: Medium-end

Notes:

    • It's hard to imagine writing a review for someone who hasn't heard of Bioshock. 15 years after release, this game feels as much a part of the popular consciousness as Dark Souls.
    • Some people have reported issues running the game on modern systems. I haven't had that issue on my 2019 rig, and I didn't on my 2012 either. I do, however, recall some stuttering upon loading new areas, but this did not interrupt gameplay itself. In my experience, the "remastered" edition has more issues on this end.
    • The first five minutes of this game are incredibly atmospheric. At the time of release, this was one of the scariest games of 2007. And while the steady "filmiification" of games has, in my opinion, been bad for triple-A games as a whole... here, this positively "cinematic" presentation absolutely works.
    • The second and third Bioshock games have received rightful criticism for their shallow and toothless takes on both science-fiction and politics. Here, it's still forgivable - while anyone older than 14 can see why Ayn Rand's philosophy falls flat (and hence this game is about as subtle as a hungry cat at 6AM), the sheer worldcraft inherent in Rapture is pretty astounding, and there's so much to explore and learn. The very fact that Andrew Ryan didn't really take into account that Rapture is almost literally a leaky faucet (or that "somebody has to scrub the toilets") is an appropriate metaphor for more than a few reasons.
    • The gameplay has aged somewhat poorly - to the extent of almost being a "you had to be there" sort of experience to see why Bioshock was mind-blowing (at least to those who didn't have a PC good enough for System Shock 2 back in the day... or were seven years old when that game came out, like me). The weapons use a mix of hitscan and projectile modeling, with something like your pistol being straight hitscan and your crossbow being projectile. Enemies almost uniformly use hitscan. I've never been a fan of hitscan in games; it feels more like a DPS test than an actual test of player skill. As games of Bioshock's generation age, I find this FPS style less engaging and more frustrating.
    Bioshock got flack upon release from PC gamers for "dumbing down" the 0451 tendencies of its predecessors. While certainly true for the sequels, that's not fair for the first entry. There are tons of ways to play Bioshock, and this is absolutely a game that reward emergent gameplay - especially through plasmids. You're not hacking (outside of a dumb pipe dream mini-game), and the role-playing mechanics are completely gone... but as far as an FPS goes, this does it well.
    • Enjoy the most abrupt ending in 2000s gaming.

OH FUGGGGG A GOUGAR :DDD
OH FUGGGGG A G…

why havent you played this yet

NarokJKrey
NarokJKrey

Es uno de los mejores juegos de campaña que he jugado

Doug_Shaftoe
Doug_Shaftoe

Cool old game. Interesting world and story. Somewhat complex interface for deploying different weapons.

sumwun
sumwun

To be fair, Rapture's failure wasn't entirely Andrew Ryan's fault. It's very difficult to prevent drug addiction when some of the rooms and corridors can just spontaneously generate unlimited amounts of junkies.

Also the settings are stored in AppData/Roaming/Bioshock/User.ini. When this game crashes, it resets your settings, so you might want to back up this particular file.

d4rk~h3art444
d4rk~h3art444

I was very excited when I bought this game because it was a part of a deal that included all of the Bioshock's in one. I immediately download the first Bioshock and start playing, I notice early on some glitching with the steam logo loading in the corner but I didn't pay it too much mind. So I start playing and things are (mostly) running smoothly until I reach Neptune's Bounty, there was a gate I was supposed to reach to continue the level into the upper wharf. Normally with these gates there's a lock that you smash open with a wrench but there was nothing. It was just a blank gate and I couldn't open it no matter how many times I hit it, so I looked up how to get it open, then learning that the gate is SUPPOSED to have a lock and hitting it is the only way to get it open. Luckily there have been others who experienced this glitch as well and (this worked on my game) taking a picture of one of the splicers again. After this glitch I started noticing something else as well, when I opened my game it wouldn't load full screen and there wasn't any way to make the frame bigger so I opened task manager and shut it down. I restarted my computer which seems to fix it, but the last glitch I just couldn't continue playing. After I completed Neptune's bounty I completed several other levels which took hours and were frustrating to get through, after I was done playing I saved my game (I always make sure it's the first thing I do) and close it. Later on I start the game (it did the small frame glitch) fixed it, then started playing but instead of loading where I should have I am ALL THE WAY BACK at Neptune's bounty! My save files from the game were GONE and when I looked up what to do unfortunately wasn't much. My advice to anyone wanting to play, Bioshock is a great game but it has MANY unpatched glitches and might completely ruin your game experience (I know it did for me).

Jamie
Jamie

less buggy than the remastered version for some reason
best game eva

Siegyar
Siegyar

Bioshock 2 is just a mediocre dlc

Moon #RipButchd 1969-2022
Moon #RipButch…

This game is SOOOO BORING (I can't even skip the cut scenes). The fact the levels are under water gives me a headache, did the devs not test this game wtf? I feel awkward saying this, but do the guns even work? They don't for me. I hate games like this, where is my weapon? HELLO?!

THUMBS DOWN DOWN DOWN!

DoYouBleed?
DoYouBleed?

It's honestly getting tense as you play and think "yeah im getting one shotted by that guy" but in the end he's the one layin' on the ground. Good storyline and music but can't say the same for gameplay i'll give 8/10.

OniFire
OniFire

I played Bioshock several years ago on my trusty, old Xbox 360
which is probably in a garbage tip by now. Poor old thing. I still
have the disc version of it somewhere. Anyway, this is my first
time playing it on Steam and I'll say right off the bat that the
experience as I remember it was much better on console - this PC
version was a bit janky and I do mean 'a bit' but it was still noticeable.

The #1 most annoying issue was with the audio - it was constantly
cutting out and stuttering. Choppy? Eh, you know what I mean.
I did go searching for a solution eventually because it seemed to get
worse but this was during the final stretch of the game. It's never a
good time when you have to go rooting around in folders and config
files to fix issues with games but I suppose it is the norm.

I'll link the solution below because it did fix it.

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=284464205

I have heard some folk had issues with compatibility and crashing. I didn't
experience anything like that - not a single crash! I would recommend
hard saving (a new save file, don't overwrite an existing one) frequently though.
I'm playing on Windows 10, Nvidia 1060, Intel i7 at max settings with anti aliasing
forced on for good measure through the Nvidia control panel. Intel/Nvidia FTW!

Regardless, Bioshock is simply one of the greatest games I've ever played.
Everything from the atmosphere and sound design of being in an underwater
city to the wide selection of weapons, ammo types, plasmids (spells and perks),
enemy types, scripted encounters, the little details in the environments that tell
a story, the audio logs which provide more context, the old timey music and
well, you get the picture, little moth.

The story is fairly good I think. I've played it before so I can't remember but
there's a really good twist in there which I'm sure blew my little mind at the
time. It's the overall gameplay that really makes this game shine though. It
really just drowns the story if you know what I mean. The story is just like the
buoy floating on the ocean surface. It's there - it's noteworthy - but it's not
everything. It's the salt and vinegar on your chips but by no means does salt
and vinegar maketh the meal. Ahem, okay that's enough of that I think.

The game is semi-open world and definitely rewards exploration. There are
choices you can make in the game but nothing that will really affect the story
except one which you'll be faced with really early on and all throughout the
game - you can be merciful or a knobhead. You'll know it when you see it.
It's best to pick one or the other and stick with it (in my opinion).
There are two endings - good/evil.

There's a few boss fights - pretty awesome.

Plenty of awesome moments.

Something to note in the PC version though is that after the final cutscene,
the game just ends abruptly. No credits roll, no la mer or anything. Just poof!
You're sent straight back to the main menu. I found this to be just a little lame.

I played on Easy mode this time just to enjoy the story and it was actually too
easy. I never ran out of ammo or health or other resources. Not an issue for
me personally.

A few things I found to be somewhat annoying were 1. You can only hold
$500 (but that's fair I guess). 2. The enemy spawns are weird. You can clear
a room and as soon as your back is turned enemies will respawn or an enemy
will respawn randomly around the corner. Usually just one or two. Very random.
Just a tad annoying. 3. There is a part of the game where you get to turn into
one of the most awesome and iconic enemy types. You'll see as they do, sound
as they do (footsteps and voice) and gain some extra durability. The issue is
small but worth mentioning because it did bother me - you equip everything
except the gloves which pretty much breaks the illusion. Would it have been
that much more work to allow us to equip the gloves? A little extra modelling?
-sigh-. After all, we're just a pair of floating arms. That's really all the player
sees of their character. 4. And yeah, while on the subject of arms, you're just
a pair of floating arms. Literally. You can't see your feet. But that's normal for
FPS I guess. Yeah, yeah, we're just doing a little nitpicking here is all.

But yeah, the game is pure awesomeness. It's definitely one I'll return to
occasionally and of course I absolutely recommend it even at full price.
I especially recommend it if you're into philosophy or even just FPS or
if you like to explore pretty environments and take screenshots.
Or if you play video games... Just buy the game, will ya? Would. You. Kindly.

KravenLore
KravenLore

For a 15 year old game it still hold up pretty well. Decent plot and world building. The combat may not be for you but you'll get used to it (Hopefully). Overall a great game, solid 8/10. The good ending is quite wholesome, I cant say the same for the other 2 endings though.

P.S : Sometimes I try to pretend to be an immortal monster wielding a frosted wrench to make the game less scary.

Ragnaman
Ragnaman

There was a positive review here, and then 2K added "QUALITY OF LIFE" update, by breaking the game on Linux and Windows so you can be force fed to buy microtransactions with a launcher.

When I bought the game there was no launcher. This is scam via retroactive patch.

Splash4Mirrodin
Splash4Mirrodin

Classic FPS now. Fun story and setting. Would you kindly try it?

minusyume
minusyume

Tell me again about Bioshock, 2K...
Can I still play BioShock, 2K? I didn't mean no harm, 2K. I didn't want no trouble.

Ashiyo
Ashiyo

If you like bizzar worlds to delve into, then this certainly is for you. Would only recommend to buy on sale.

Rufus Kyura
Rufus Kyura

The remastered versions got ruined by the addition of a "quality of life update" in the form of a launcher riddled with microtransactions. If you are able, play the originals and forget about the remasters.

If you can't buy the originals, for some reason, well...

♫ Somewhere, beyond the (high) seas.
Somewhere waitin' for me.
My (favorite game series of all time) stands on golden sand.
And watches (2K) that goes (ruining their legacy). ♫

PrismaMocha
PrismaMocha

This is still one of the best games ever!

Sergey Bessarab
Sergey Bessarab

Thank you 2K for improving "quality" of my life.

Daft.Eng
Daft.Eng

If you could buy the original game this wouldn't be an issue, but this remaster now has the 2K launcher, so I can no longer recommend this game.

jpc1918 ---{TIL}---
jpc1918 ---{TIL}---

Used to be a 10/10
Was already a buggy mess on modern systems, literally unplayable thanks to 2K adding their non-functional addware
Also fun fact, any review edit made mentioning this seems to have trouble posting

Pasta
Pasta

Game, good.
2K Launcher, not good.

I have spoken.

Magic Pie
Magic Pie

unnecessary "quality of life" update. fuck the 2k launcher

Konamiking17
Konamiking17

I would recommend this game, especially over the remasters which I also tried. There are a few things that you should know before going in though. The base game is a little janky when it comes to combat. Not, in the "how did that hit me sort of way" but in the "what the fuck is going on sort of way". There are a lot of effects and textures that will pop up on your screen in combat that can make it hard to see what is happening. If you are photosensitive and looking to play this game I would look into a fix. Other than that it is a super fun time and I recommend!

LeYes
LeYes

Wouldn't recommend it cause apparently the company, 2k decided that we need a "2k launcher" bloatware just to play a 15 year old game.

Which, I'm pretty sure did it to steal more data out of you and forcefully make you use their always online dogs/h/i/t launcher on you.

If you got the og version of this game. Play that instead.

yarmis
yarmis

Quit adding annoying obstacles that harms the user experience! IT was fine the way it was before. The 2k Launcher is the most garbage piece of software I have had to use to play a game.

Andre_PC
Andre_PC

New update adds an useless launcher that breaks the game and makes it unplayable on Linux systems.

patzivota
patzivota

The 2k launcher slaughters the amazing experience of this work of art.

GeneralFulcrum
GeneralFulcrum

I have a total of 18 games in my steam library plus mine craft. Not a single one comes even CLOSE to topping this game. Its my favorite of all time. it has good story line, game play, and weirdly nostalgic graphics. If you're trying to decide to get this or another game, Get this game. I've already played through it twice. that's how good it is.

crew619
crew619

Fantastic game all around. Giving this recommendation to get this game an "overwhelming positive" review. It deserves it

保皇
保皇

would you kindly buy this game

(it is good fr)

Greiza
Greiza

It's a game that needs no review, but it'll get one anyway. The shooting is good, not mind blowing, the powers are cool, but end of the day, it's the theme and story that shines through it all. The prices you can get this for makes it a crime to not have at least played through it once.

Lord NevScorp
Lord NevScorp

BioShock butchers its own – admittedly ingenious – atmosphere and setting by enforcing atrocious level design and mind-numbing “exploration”. The guns control like grandpa’s defective stair lift, and the game’s repetitive structure makes me world-weary.

1.3 / 10

Helios
Helios

This is a weird one for me. Bioshock is a truly great game that anyone mature enough *can* enjoy.

The actual world-building is REALLY compelling. Rapture may have gone to hell the way you'd expect, but that sure makes it's decent believable! Plus, ADAM and smuggling gives the preceding events enough twists to keep the story from being TOO much like a textbook on why libertarianism doesn't work. The audio logs are well-paced and fill in the details of how this world came to be while introducing us to interesting characters. The level design is incorporated into the story PERFECTLY.

Bioshock also does a good job of giving you choices while also making you feel like you don't quite have what you need. It's trying to be a shooter, a survival horror game, and a Deus-Ex-esq semi-rpg, and it compromises the 3 pretty well.

This is all stuff I really like...

...but I was personally underwhelmed...

Here's what I think happened:

1. If you've ever critically engaged with the ideas of objectivism and libertarianism (especially in the USA), a lot of the lore segments fall flat. They were probably better in 2007, but 15 years later, these ideas are (in certain circles) VERY well tread.

I'm a former libertarian, a leftist, and have a degree in political science. I've heard this all before.

2. The game's momentum seems reliant on certain story beats that just...didn't work for me at all. I think it was due to part of the story being spoiled, but without the momentum from a certain surprise, Bioshock just sort of...ended. The game's pacing seems to rely on surprise, and that won't translate to a second playthough.

3. The shooting is...merely serviceable. The controls are a bit stiff, guns are a bit hard to aim, and most situations are best resolved though other means. Just...don't come to Bioshock for the gunplay alone.

My issues are minor enough and specific enough to me that I still feel like recommending Bioshock. Things got boring for me, but, for the right person, this could be their Deus Ex.

Especially check Bioshock out if my complaints seem petty. Bioshock is especially for YOU!

Water Spirit
Water Spirit

This is totally Andrew Ryan's favourite song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC_mV1IpjWA

I really love this game anyway, its a truly magnificent, immersive, encompassing, enthralling, one of a kind experience. I hear its vastly inspired by System Shock and whereas I never have played it, I can definitely see why/how it is ofc.

Bioshock is one of my favourite games of all time, it's extremely well written and designed in all aspects of it and has absolute layers or "depths" to it, "leagues" above other games and it has some of the best twists, atmosphere, psychological manipulation, gunplay, abilities/powers and other aspects I've seen in any medium, not just games too.

If anyone knows the glory of the Timesplitters games which I absolutely loved with every fibre of my being back in the day, this kinda reminded me of the Chicago level from TS2 and my very fond memories of playing and even constantly replaying that level as well as those games for countless, unfathomable hours.

Anyway, take it away Andrew Ryan who for some odd reason is a Jamaican crab!:

Ariel, listen to me
The human world, it's a mess
Life under the sea
Is better than anything they got up there
The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things surround you
What more is you lookin' for?
Under the sea
Under the sea
Darling it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin'
Full time to floatin'
Under the sea
Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain't happy
They sad 'cause they in their bowl
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They in for a worser fate
One day when the boss get hungry
Guess who's gon' be on the plate?
Oh, no, under the sea
Under the sea
Nobody beat us
Fry us and eat us
In fricassee
We what the land folks loves to cook
Under the sea we off the hook
We got no troubles
Life is the bubbles
Under the sea (under the sea)
Under the sea (under the sea)
Since life is sweet here
We got the beat here
Naturally (naturally)
Even the sturgeon and the ray
They get the urge 'n' start to play
We got the spirit
You got to hear it
Under the sea
The newt play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass
And they soundin' sharp
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
The fluke is the duke of soul
(Yeah)
The ray he can play
The lings on the strings
The trout rockin' out
The blackfish she sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it's at
And oh that blowfish blow
Yeah, under the sea (under the sea)
Under the sea (under the sea)
When the sardine
Begin the beguine
It's music to me (it's music to me)
What do they got? A lot of sand
We got a hot crustacean band
Each little clam here
Know how to jam here
Under the sea
Each little slug here
Cuttin' a rug here
Under the sea
Each little snail here
Know how to wail here
That's why it's hotter
Under the water
Ya we in luck here
Down in the muck here
Under the sea

SAVE AMERICA
SAVE AMERICA

Bioshock is absolutely awesome and this version holds up

Platinum Frog
Platinum Frog

Great game and graphics so good!

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