If you have yet to play through one of the best First Person experiences of the last decade, now is the time if you're a PS3 owner. This bundle for all three BioShock titles works out as £4 per game, which is fantastic value when you consider the overall quality of the series. After all, BioShock is still considered a masterpiece, while BioShock 2 is generally thought to be an enjoyable romp that doesn't quite match its predecessor. Meanwhile, Infinite has ended up being a divisive title amongst those who have played it. So, if you've yet to journey to Rapture and Columbia, would you kindly stop slacking and give it a go please? Cheers to oUkTuRkEyIII for the heads-up on this one!
The big highlight from today's offerings on Gamersgate comes in the form of several bundles for some of 2K's biggest franchises. First up is a repeat of the Civilization V bundle from earlier this week, while second on the list is the BioShock Triple Pack containing all three main entries in the series. The third bundle brings XCOM: Enemy Unknown and its Enemy Within expansion together, and the fourth provides the GOTY Editions of Borderlands 1 & 2.
Admittedly, some bundles are more of a bargain than others, and there's a chance for better savings in the coming Christmas sales, but these are still attractive prices if you've yet to play any of these games.
If the entire BioShock series has somehow passed you by, Steam are willing to let you have the entire trilogy with change for a Tenner. The superlative original game still stands tall with its compelling setting and fearsome twist, while 2K Marin's sequel was arguably redundant yet hit hard with a more emotional storyline. Infinite... well, speaking personally, I was riveted for the duration but the more I think about it, the less I like it. Still worth playing, though, so you can wade into debating its ambitious plot and moaning about its rubbish tower defence bit. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
On another personal note, I'd highly recommend picking up the Minerva's Den DLC for BioShock 2. It's fantastic.
I tried to pick out the best deal for the Bioshock games in Steam's ludicrous summer sale and decided I better just list them all in a roundup for you. There are deals for the entire trilogy or Bioshock Infinite, the DLC Season Pass and more.
If you're new to the series and have been swept away in the hype for Bioshock Infinite, you should give the first two titles a look as well. At £12 for the pair along all their challenge DLC, it's quite the bargain. Both games take place in the underwater city of Rapture, a Utopia of citizens driven insane by one man's refusal to compromise his vision despite it costing him everything. The second game is often overlooked when great games are discussed, but the relationship you build (or destroy, if you're a monster) with the game's Little Sisters is unlike anything anything else out there. Essential gaming.
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With just over a month to go before Bioshock Infinite lands it's high time you caught up on the previous games. These two trips to the underwater city of Utopia are unlike any other games seen on this generation of consoles. The mix of FPS action with the use of special abilities paved the way for the likes of Dishonored. It's the stories and the setting itself that leave the biggest impression though.
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Latecomers to the Bioshock series should snap up this little beauty, which includes the first two games. You won't need to have played them to enjoy the upcoming Bioshock Infinite, but we'd heartily recommend them anyway. Playing in the underworld utopia gone wrong world of Rapture is a fantastic atmospheric experience. The first game was a huge critical success and the sequel improved the FPS aspects of the game while allowing you to play as a Big Daddy and also including surprisingly solid multiplayer. This edition also includes the challenge room DLC for both games. With only a few months to go before Infinite you owe it to yourself to visit rapture and Mr. Ryan first.
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If you haven't sampled either of the BioShock games, The Game Collection will save you a couple of quid compared to buying them individually. The original is an absolute classic and a truly essential gaming experience, and though the sequel came under fire for being a little redundant, it's still an impressive shooter in its own right.
Many gamers were outraged that 2K decided to commission a sequel to BioShock without Ken Levine and the team… but you know what? I’m glad they did. BioShock 2 is an excellent game in its own right; providing a truly emotional story (my eyes were just itchy at the end, honest), some great weapons and a nice change of pace by casting players as a big daddy on a hunt for his little sister. The multiplayer was also a lot of fun, for my money. Gamersgate are currently charging £3.49 for today only - and though we've seen it cheaper, it's still a decent saving considering that Zavvi and Simply Games are out of stock.
Heading back down to Rapture's always good fun, especially when you get to plod around in the oversized shoes of a prototype Big Daddy, who can dual wield weapons and plasmids. The plot's not quite as amazing as the original, but the gameplay's definitely an improvement. Launching yourself at splicers and smashing them into the ground with your drill never gets old, but their presence can send the tension through the roof when they decide to swarm towards you as your Little Sister's gathering ADAM. If you've not played this one yet then you should definitely grab it whilst Play are still parting with copies for £4.99 because you'll save yourself just over £2 on the next best offer coming in from Amazon. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD.
If you've been sitting at your keyboard with your mouse in hand patiently waiting for Minerva's Den to make it onto your PC, so that you can get a bit more gameplay time out of Bioshock 2, it's almost here!Click here to find out when you can get hold of Minerva's Den.
Randy Pitchford rocked the boat a little last month when he called out developers for shoehorning multiplayer elements into their games, and the Mass Effect 3 delay has led to plenty of chatter again this month on the appropriateness of adding multiplayer to certain games. With that in mind, we thought we'd cast our eyes back a little to a few games of the last decade that really didn't need multiplayer at all. Some are in here because it just felt tacked-on when lined up against the rest of what was on offer, some are here because they're so broken they might as well have jettisoned the whole thing, one or two are simply shrugs. Whatever, the reason, here's our top ten games that could simply have done without multiplayer...
Like several others on this list, Bioshock 2 was a game that we never thought really needed multiplayer in the first place. Heck, several of us didn't even think a sequel to Bioshock itself was worth making. But the improved shooting mechanics and dual-wielding actually made the sequel a better FPS. There's nothing actually wrong with the multiplayer aspect of the game. But then you really that all 2K Marin really did was nick a load of ideas from Call of Duty and dress it up in a Big Daddy suit. Which was fine for a couple of weeks...and then everyone just went back to Modern Warfare 2 as if nothing had happened.
Tim Schafer's paean to all that is metal was roundly criticised for its RTS-lite stylings, with the game's expansive open world, colourful assortment of characters and the designer's imaginative vision saving it from being anything more than just a shrug. As such, designing a multiplayer component around the worst parts of the game seemed strange. Limited, one-dimensional and, worst of all, no real fun to play at all. Instead of making the RTS components playable online, one would have thought it would have been a good idea to prioritise making them better and actually enjoyable to begin with.Click here to see what made the top eight...
Many gamers were outraged that 2K decided to commission a sequel to BioShock without Ken Levine and the team... but you know what? I'm glad they did. BioShock 2 is an excellent game in its own right; providing a truly emotional story (my eyes were just itchy at the end, honest), some great weapons and a nice change of pace by casting players as a big daddy on a hunt for his little sister. The multiplayer was also a lot of fun, for my money. Direct2Drive are currently charging £2.49 as part of their Easter sale, and it's got to be worth checking out at this price.
If ever there was a deal to get you to search for and indeed spend your emergency fiver, that one special note you've got tucked away for a special occasion, surely it's got to be Bioshock 2 for the small sum of £5! You'll also make a saving of almost £4 on the next best offer. Your return to Rapture puts you in the shoes of a prototype Big Daddy, who's capable of duel wielding weapons and plasmids, which is lucky because you'll need that ability to battle against the formidable Big Sisters. Thanks to heatlight @ HUKD.
There are plenty of things that make Bioshock a game that's won so many of our hearts; the creepy underwater city of Rapture that takes your breath away when it's first revealed; the engrossing story line and fascinating characters; having to hack everything in sight . . . haha only joking! However, there's something special that rips the gameplay out of your typical first person shooter formula; plasmids!
The wonderful little genetic mutations attract players like a moth to a flame, as they sit waiting to be released from their glowing red containers or a Gatherers Garden, and once you add them to your DNA you'll start to build up super powers faster than a Marvel Comic's character who's stumbled into an unfortunate accident involving radiation.
I think the best place to start's with my favourite plasmid, electro bolt. It's by far the most useful plasmid in the game, allowing you to; zap enemies before bashing their heads in with your sturdy red wrench or drill, which in my opinion is the best tactic in the series and it's such a shame you couldn't wield the wrench again in Bioshock 2; open doors by blasting broken keypads; eliminating whole groups of splicers who are carelessly hanging around in pools of water; and momentarily stopping Big Daddies in their tracks when you're desperately trying to get out of their kill zone!
Need a splicer to run away screaming in agony cursing your name? Well, that's exactly what you'll get if you unleash the power of incinerate on them! Setting the twisted freaks on fire has the added bonus of making them head for the nearest source of water, and you know what that means . . . electro bolt time! Unbelievably, pools of water aren't the only liquids that splicers'll hang around in, they'll also stare into space whilst their feet are firmly planted in oil, allowing you to get rid of them with a quick, satisfying snap of your fingers. Another obstacle that'll stand in your way is ice, but you'll make quick work of the solid H2O by raising the temperature a few hundred degrees or so.Click here for more plasmid action!
£3.99?! £3.99?! For Bioshock 2! Now that's a pretty good deal, especially seeing as it's the lowest around on the PC, so if you've not got a copy at the moment you should definitely be thanking Play. Getting to drift back into the moody underwater city of Rapture is always a delight and this time around the gameplay's far more enjoyable, it's just a shame the story doesn't meet the standard set by the original, but that's a small blemish on an otherwise superb game. Thanks to Kodoku @ HUKD.
I really didn't enjoy Bioshock 2. It was a solid, engaging shooter which tread the same steps as the original. And that's the problem. It feels like a rehash of all the things you did before in Bioshock, sans feeling fresh and dropping a great - but admittedly overblown - plot twist. However, if you're in the market for an underwater shooter with the ability to hurl fire and fling random objects with your mind, then you're in luck, as Bioshock 2 is only £17.85 at Zavvi if you purchase the nifty Special Edition, which comes with a vinyl print of the OST, posters and other goodies. That's the best price around, people.
Bioshock 2 pulls you down below the waves once more, as you head back to Rapture for another dance with splicers, Big Daddies, and the nimble Big Sisters. Luckily you take on the role of a reactivated prototype Big Daddy, so you're more than capable of dealing with waves of mutated enemies, oh yeah, you'll also be able to dual wield weapons and plasmids. As well as the game, the collectors edition comes equipped with Bioshock 1's orchestral score on a vinyl LP, an audio CD with Bioshock 2's orchestral score, three vintage Rapture advertising posters, and a 164 page art book.
Oh, how I wish I could go back in time to tell myself just to hold out a few more months for one of the special editions of Bioshock 2 to drop in price, instead of doing what I actually did, which was to rush out to the shops as soon as the standard edition dropped to an acceptable value. The game itself is an absolute blast, seeing as the gameplay has been greatly improved, just don't expect the same outstanding level of story telling that oozed out of the first game. The Rapture edition also comes with a fairly hefty hardcover artbook called "Deco Devolution - The Art Of Bioshock 2", and should provide you with plenty ideas if you want to try your hand at some splicer style interior decorating!