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BioShock Infinite Review (BioShock: The Collection) — October 4, 2016

BioShock Infinite Review (BioShock: The Collection)

My BioShock Infinite review is now live. You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

Pros

  • The best gunplay of the series.
  • An interesting story.
  • Great characters and interactions, especially the dialogue between the two main characters.
  • New, interesting mechanics.
  • Fantastic DLC.

Cons

  • A number of steps back from the “BioShock formula” of gameplay and mechanics.
  • A less interesting city than Rapture with no real reason to be in the sky.

Final Score: 8/10

Again, BioShock Infinite is by no means a bad game, it just doesn’t quite live up to the BioShock name the way previous installments did, in my opinion. Infinite is still a great game with and engaging story and characters, and ultimately, deserves a play.

BioShock 2 – Upgraded to BGE — October 3, 2016

BioShock 2 – Upgraded to BGE

For the first time in Cyberphile history, a game I have previously reviewed has received an upgrade from the Reviews page to the list of Best Games Ever. BioShock 2 truly deserves its title. You can read the full review from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here. I’ve made a few small changes to the page, but it’s more or less the same as the review.

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Here’s a preview of my review for BioShock 2:

BioShock 2 had some big (daddy) boots to fill after the first BioShock. BioShock was amazing, and well worthy of the Best Games Ever List. Well, how does 2 hold up in comparison? (Note: This is coming from the BioShock Collection for PS4, so the multiplayer aspect is missing from this review.)

Pretty dang good, actually. BioShock 2 takes all of the things that made the first BioShock great, and made it better and more streamlined, with the exception of the story, if you ask me. While there were some pretty tense moments, nothing quite beats the big reveal in the first BioShock.

What’cha Playin’? 9/27/16 – BioShock Infinite — September 27, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/27/16 – BioShock Infinite

As you’ve no doubt noticed, I’ve been chugging through the BioShock series. I’m now on to Infinite, and I have to say, it’s pretty cool. I’m sad that you don’t get to keep all of your weapons and instead have to swap with whatever you find, removing the attachment I had for my weapons in previous BioShocks, but the super smooth gun play and mechanics make up for it. I also prefer the creepy and downtrodden atmosphere of Rapture to Columbia, but the two main characters and their personalities make up for that as well. At first I wasn’t a big fan of Elizabeth, as she seemed like your stereotypical Disney princess, but as I progress, it seems there is more to her than meets the eye. It’s different than the BioShock I’m used to, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I played a bit of System Shock 2, and BioShock seemed like a departure from that, while Infinite seems like a departure from BioShock, and, again, there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m interested to see where it goes from here.

BioShock 2 Review — September 26, 2016

BioShock 2 Review

My BioShock 2 review is now live. You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

What’cha Playin’? 9/23/16 – BioShock 2 — September 23, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/23/16 – BioShock 2

I got to start BioShock 2 yesterday, and so far, I’m not sure why I had so many reservations against it. Mechanically, it’s certainly a better game. The gun play feels just a tiny bit smoother, the ability to dual wield plasmids and your weaponry is great. Even though I only have a few weapons, they’re really cool models and ideas, like the drill arm and the rivet gun; Big Daddy staples, you know, since you play as a Big Daddy in this one.

Bioshock 2 (after a brief prologue) takes place roughly 8 years after the events of the fist BioShock, so the city is even more run down, as the sea struggles to reclaim it. More sea life like barnacles and starfish are reclaiming the city, much like an abandoned building would collect ivy and moss on land. The beautiful views of Rapture are only made more interesting thanks to this, and there seem to be a few portions where you get to traipse around the sea floor. This time around, you play as an early model Big Daddy, Subject Delta, and you’re on the hunt for a specific little girl, Eleanor. Apparently (I use apparently because I haven’t finished the game and can only guess at plot points) Subject Delta was part of some test to make the Big Daddies and Little Sisters linked on a more psychological and physical level, so the longer Delta goes away from Eleanor, the more his body struggles and begins to shut down. Unfortunately for Delta, Eleanor is Sofia Lamb’s daughter, the master psychologist of Rapture, who apparently has the splicers on her side this time, attempting to bring the city back to its former glory. Lastly, Tenenbaum returns to Rapture as well, as little girls are being stolen away from the surface and made into Little Sisters. Since this was Tenenbaum’s work, she feels responsible, and with the help of Subject Delta, maybe she can put a stop to these horrors once again.

All in all, I’m happy with it so far. Even though I have to work this weekend, I’m hoping that I’ll have plenty of time to advance, as I haven’t seen any material I haven’t gotten to before just yet.

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What’cha Playin’? 9/22/16 — September 22, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/22/16

One BioShock down, two to go. I got the best ending and most of the trophies, but sadly, I must have missed an audio log or two during my run. At any rate, BioShock still holds up, and the collection makes it look better than ever. I did have 2 crashes during my play; hopefully BioShock 2 doesn’t have the same issue in the collection. I’ve never beaten BioShock 2, so I’m looking forward to giving it another fair chance.

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What’cha Playin’? – 9/21/16 — September 21, 2016

What’cha Playin’? – 9/21/16

Not too much to say as I’ve been pretty busy with school work, but, I made it through Fort Frolic in BioShock, and I started playing Half-Life again. Great game, and it’s on the List, so at some point, I want to get a review down for the List.

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What’cha Playin’? 9/20/16 — September 20, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/20/16

After finishing Folklore, I’ve moved on to the BioShock Collection. Going chronologically from release date, I want to work my way through the collection. BioShock is on the List of Best Games Ever, but I’ve never finished 2 and I haven’t even played Infinite, so I’m looking forward to what else the series has to offer, especially Infinite, as I’ve heard great things about it.

BioShock looks the best it ever has, though, and the addition of director commentary gives me one more thing to hunt for. I’ve only had 1 crash so far, so if you’re playing the collection, save often. I just made it to Fort Frolic, one of my favorite areas, so I’m looking forward to working through that; I haven’t played BioShock in a number of years.

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What’cha Playin’? 9/15/16 — September 15, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/15/16

Slow day, as I’ve been busy with school work and work-work. I squeezed in a few rounds of Rocket League and a teensy bit of Folklore.

My copy of the Bioshock Collection came in the mail yesterday, and to my surprise, it’s the only PS4 game I’ve ever seen to have two disks; one for Bioshock and Bioshock 2, and the other one for Infinite. I played the opening little bit of Bioshock, and I desperately want to play more, but I know that if I do, I’ll never finish Folklore, and I really do want to. One thing at a time.

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What’cha Playin’? 9/14/16 — September 14, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/14/16

Not much news today, I’ve been busy. Played a little bit of Rocket League, but that’s all I had time for. Looking forward to playing the Bioshock Collection once I have some time.

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