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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:
- Beautiful yet disturbing environment.
- Improved upon gameplay and exploration and ease swapping weapons/plasmids.
- Hacking is so much better it gets its own category in Pros.
- Great story, if a bit lesser than the game that preceded it.
- Minerva’s Den DLC is really well done too.
- The sometimes tedious activity of gathering Adam almost seems like a forced way to draw more play time out of the game, and takes away from the overall exploration.
- The need to be continuously compared to BioShock 1.
Final Score: 9.5/10
Ultimately, BioShock 2 is a fantastic game, but it cannot stand alone. Without the amazing set up that the first game provided for it, it would certainly fall short. That said, BioShock 2 is still great and a fantastic entry in the series. Maybe after another playthrough or two I’ll revise this review and slap it on the list of Best Games Ever, but for now, it receives a solid review, deserving of this great game.