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IGN: Bioshock 2 Review writes: It's going to be a familiar experience for anyone that played the original, but BioShock 2's improvements to gameplay and its more focused storyline make for a game that's more playable and easier to digest. Some of the sense of awe and mystery is lost in transition, but the strength of the setting and more interesting implementation of moral choice make for an experience that's more consistent and rewarding. Anyone looking for a first-person shooter that offers more than flat, stereotypical characters and copy-and-paste supersoldier plots, one that attempts to establish a sense of right and wrong and loops you into the decision making process, and one that's set in one of the most vividly realized settings around should pick up BioShock 2. It's a game in which story, setting, and gameplay are expertly blended to create an experience that's as thought-provoking as it is entertaining. (BioShock 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
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solar  +   2125d ago
cant wait. thank you Valve, Steam, and 2K for the 4-pack special. brand new shiny copy of BioShock 2 for $34. :D
StanLee  +   2125d ago
Does anyone really believe this game will be poorly reviewed? The story doesn't have the same depth as the first, the protagonist isn't as interesting or involved, the world seems less engaging and you can expect gameplay to be more of the same with a tacked on, ill-conceived multiplayer. Does it deserve the 9s and 10s it will surely receive? No.
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LordMarius  +   2125d ago
This is the 1st time I agree with you StanLee
Unicron  +   2125d ago
I too dislike the "need" to tack on more useless multiplayer into everything.
LordMarius  +   2125d ago
I actually think the multiplayer is good, but a co-op type of gameplay would have been better
StanLee  +   2125d ago
I'm playing the game right now and it obviously wont have the impact of the first but it also doesn't have the charm or character. Everything feels generic; more like set pieces rather than your actions being organic. It feels more like gimmicks rather than solid gameplay mechanics. Had I made a sequel, this is not the direction I would have chosen and I really don't think Ken Levine intended there to be a sequel when he crafted the first game's story. If you enjoyed the first, you'll enjoy this game but I'll be less likely to play this game a second time while I've finished the first probably a half dozen times. To be honest the game feels like the final 3rd of Bioshock where the game seems to almost wear out its welcome and it's more tedious and irrational and almost unnecessary.

Edit @ BeaArthur

Oh you mean like the countless fanboys who enter every Halo thread to say what that game does or doesn't deserve?!
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BeaArthur  +   2125d ago
StanLee....again with the "it deserves this or doesn't deserve that" comments. Maybe you don't think it's all that great, I'm sure plenty of other people will enjoy it.
Cold 2000  +   2125d ago
@stan lee
Yeah kind of agree with you, I wont be getting Bioshock 2 right away simply because it doesnt have me excited like the first one was.

I'll give it a try but not right now that's for sure. Got my hands full already with ME2, Heavy Rain in 2 weeks and FF13 in March.
Saaking  +   2125d ago
Good score.
SnuggleBandit  +   2125d ago
In my opinion, the first was reviewed so well cause it was an exclusive (at the time). I could never really get into the game for some reason, i just found it kind of lackluster
Eamon  +   2125d ago
Great review.

Will be definately playing this game as soon as it's out.

I absolutely loved the first one.
OpenGL  +   2125d ago
@ 1.1
Isn't it interesting that film sequels typically get hammered for being unoriginal, but the same rule does not apply to games? The game reviewing industry for the most part is very immature. Scores are based on the popularity of the franchise, not just the quality of the game. I don't wish to imply that good games get rated poorly or that highly rated games are actually bad, but that good games typically receive inflated scores based on the hype surrounding said product.
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SullyDrake  +   2125d ago
Proudly pre-ordered the collector's edition
I can't wait to enter the creepy halls of Rapture again and explore the ocean around it as a Big Daddy. =)
StanLee  +   2125d ago
@ OpenGL

Couldn't agree with you more.
frankymv  +   2125d ago
Yes, MP looks pretty bad
I am on the fence with this game
Killjoy3000  +   2125d ago
Heavy Rain isn't on Xbox 360. It's a PS3 exclusive.
LukaX23  +   2125d ago
The review was originally linked to the PS3 section of IGN? Over here:

Now it's on the 360 section? What gives? A moderator changed it? Does it matter?

Edit: Oops, my mistake. That was on IGN UK's review:
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Danteh  +   2125d ago
f()ck yea
I loved the first one so this is win for me
HammockGames  +   2125d ago
Loved the first one. If Bioshock 2 is near the same quality or better then I think we'll all get our money's worth.

My biggest problem is the following equation:

too many great games released in a short time = not enough time (or money)!
Darkstorn  +   2125d ago
I'm pumped for this game. The first one was absolutely riveting and brilliant, and it looks like Bioshock 2 continues the legacy well.
MGSR THE HD VERSION  +   2125d ago
oh look it lost .6 points from the original title, it's been gimped it should have at least gotten a 9.8.

I blame ps3 for this, it should be taking advantage of 360's power. the first game ran at 60 fps with (frame lock off) now it's permanently locked at 30. this game could have been so much better.
Bungie  +   2125d ago
hell yeah ,another AAA game for 2010

great year for gamers, Bioshock 2 is definitely on my must buy list
champ21  +   2125d ago
pre purchased 4pack with steam.. 33usd for a launch price for this game is insane.
EVILDEAD360  +   2125d ago
Closet Bioshock Haters coming out of the woodwork!! Who knew?
LMAO @ IGN giving the game an 'OUTSTANDING' review of 9.1 and the haters are acting like it got the Dante Inferno & M.A.G. treatment..

The worst part is you got people who are playing the game early and trying to spoil it for others.

I preordered the game and really look forward to Tuesday. But, Ive said this before.the delay into 2010 really hurt the anticipation level for this game.

Plus it's hard to top such an amazingly unique experience as you had in the first game. I hated how the first's ending was so complete, because we all know that if we could have returned as the original character against a stronger foe it would have made for an enticing plotline.

I love how people are hating on the attempt at MP when no one cared that Uncharted used it to provide more value as well. It's hard to strike the same magic in all sequels..and this is especially true with a game like Bioshock where you are limited to returning to the exact same location.

But, I absolutely loved the dark atmosphere of Rapture. It was almost like playing a super smart survival horror movie set in the 50s.I look forward to's just my excitement level is nowhere near what it should be of a game of this caliber.

Guess we'll all find out Tuesday (unless your a hater clearly attempting to persuade people not to buy the game)

Cenobia  +   2125d ago
Your comment makes me feel like you were brainwashed. You keep repeating hater over and over while calling the game a masterpiece despite the fact that you haven't played it yet.

I don't think those people's opinions are invalid. I personally didn't like the first Bioshock that much because it was way over-hyped. The shooting mechanics weren't that great in the first one (which I'm fairly certain was a design choice to make your powers mandatory) so I can see why no one understands the multiplayer. I don't know why you brought up Uncharted. It's a third person shooter, so while some people were hesitant about the MP detracting from SP, it has never been a question of why it was added.

I really didn't like the resource hoarding from Bioshock 1. If they at least let your powers regenerate over time I think I would have enjoyed it more. That and the stupid 3 second CG alternate ending kind of pissed me off.
el zorro  +   2125d ago
Bioshock is one of my favorite games, so if Bioshock 2 is even half as good I will still get lots of enjoyment from it. Great score, in any case.
EVILDEAD360  +   2125d ago
@ Cenobia
'Your comment makes me feel like you were brainwashed. You keep repeating hater over and over while calling the game a masterpiece despite the fact that you haven't played it yet.'

And your comment lets me know that you clearly didn't READ my comment and is brainwashed to disagree and distort what I actually wrote

Please show me where I called the sequel a 'Masterpiece'.

I'm speaking in CLEAR english when I talk of when I will play the game and how I felt about the original. I keep it real 100% of the time on this site.

I loved the original and even though I'm buying the sequel I even admit to have a reserved anticipation level for the title.

I could care less if you hated Bioshock because you want to regenerate like Halo. One of the things that made the first stand out was how they handle resources and death. I played through twice and loved every minute of it. The atmoshere..storyline..and twists engrossed made for a great gaming experience. Either way..don't like it don't buy it.

My gripe is people who add spoilers to their comments just because they probably are playing an illegal copy and want to spoil it for others.

I mentioned Uncharted 2 becuase it is another high profile sequel that added MP to add replay value for the consumer. Who cares if it was a third person title of not. Bioshock is a FPS why can't the developer add it's own unique approach to MP and not get slighted for doing it..when other don't. got an 'OUTSTANDING' review on IGN and I'm not brainwashed I buy play and decide for myself. I don't troll reviews of game sequels when I hated the original and don't plan on purchasing it. Nor do I resort to spoilers.

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vhero  +   2124d ago
When looking at preview videos I didn't expect this to do as good as the first and seems reviews are following that suit however reviews are meaningless these days actually playing the game will tell me all I need to know. The first game was great though played it on my PC when released and liked it I wouldn't say I loved it but it was definitely a 9/10 for me so I expect this to hist a bit lower like with most sequels outside the final fantasy factor.
Shepherd 214  +   2124d ago
Stan Lee
I think IGN is trying to be fair. Based on what ive read, they were less concerned about a "feel" like the first one had (which i may add is near impossible since the first game is the wow factor) and more concerned with the features and gameplay that 2K added. You cant score a game for everyone to read just because you dont think it has the same feel or not, because not everyone will feel the same way.

Since reviews are an opinion anyway, its a reviewers job to look at the facts and score them based on what was added or taken out, and how, in order to appeal to most people and help them decide to buy it. Some people may be absorbed into the atmosphere, while some may be unimpressed.

Its like star wars films. Some people walk out of the theaters wanting to be Jedi they were so into it, while some are walking out thinking it was nothing more than a sci fi movie and they dont think much about it.
KionicWarlord222  +   2125d ago

Oh yeah !
chak_  +   2125d ago
mine is on the way

I'm over skeptical, but who knows =)
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BeaArthur  +   2125d ago
Can't wait to pick it up Tuesday.
Chuck Norris KING  +   2125d ago
nice score
got the first game yesterday and i'm loving it
buying this next week ..
freshPiMP91  +   2125d ago
Good review.

I admit, once I heard they were adding multiplayer, I thought "why?...EVERY GAME DOES NOT NEED MULTIPLAYER!!" But hey, i guess it didnt turn out to be that bad. Waiting for my pre order from amazon. Bioshock 2 baby!
BeaArthur  +   2125d ago
No every game doesn't need multiplayer but as long as you don't sacrifice the single player to "slap on" multiplayer than I am fine with it. Who knows, maybe I'll love it, maybe I'll hate it but as far as I'm concerned it's just icing.
Cajun Chicken  +   2125d ago

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mt  +   2125d ago
that s funny
DanCrabtree  +   2125d ago
I just feel like the multi player, though it may be tacked on, can't detract from the rest of the game, since it is supposedly as lengthy and deep as the original. Can't go wrong there.
nygamer28  +   2125d ago
Bobbykotickrulesz  +   2124d ago
Would you all shut the f*ck up? You're not game critics, your opinion of the game is blindly made by following your peers.

The truth of the matter is, BioShock was a sleeper hit. Nobody thought it would explode into such an amazing experience. I think it's hilarious that you're all expecting BioShock 2 to be far worse than the first. Because when it blows you away, you'll be surprised just like you were when you played the first game.

You're setting yourselves up for a kick in the mouth from your own foot. BioShock 2 will be as good, or better than the first. I guarantee you that.
caffman  +   2124d ago
actually since my copy turned up this morning (thanks Tesco)
I base my opinion on the game itself!
nygamer28  +   2125d ago
i hope gamefly sends it to me right away
peeps  +   2125d ago
my main concern is the story, but pre-ordered on steam and looking frwd to it :D
Evocation  +   2125d ago
The only problem with bioshock is that if you haven't played systemshock2 is will be an amazing games. The same would happen i imagen with bioshock 2 if they tried anything to simular.
Still the direct they took this to imo is intrested and I elieve that i might find it better then the first as it will be alot less systemshock2 like.
Foxgod  +   2125d ago
I see your point, but do consider that system shock was a lot like a rpg, while bioshock is more of a shooter.
edoman20  +   2125d ago
I cant see this game with the same enthusiasm like bioshock 1

it seems like a simple sequel with tweaks but nothing more

but well...... xtards that have no games and no dlc have nothing more to buy so good for these poor and sad people
edoman20  +   2125d ago
I cant see myself hyped with the game even when the tipical ULTRA HYPE that press give to this games

Biosohck didnt need a sequel

Have better alternatives (MAG, Heavy rain) to spend my money so maybe when its cheaper i will get it
Sevir04  +   2125d ago
Yeah I agree, I never really got the hype surrounding Bioshock, played it on the PS3 when it hit in 2008
Didn't really like it and couldn't get into it. i found the story way too inconsistent and far to convoluted for my liking, So the announcment of Bioshock 2 was just a Meh for me, I'm all gamed out on games for a while anyways so I i prolly will never pick this up.
Rowsdower  +   2125d ago
i really loved the 1st one, it was the kind of game that people who dont play games enjoyed watching me play.
theEnemy  +   2125d ago
Great score.
IGN still sucks though.
Fairchild Channel F  +   2125d ago
Enjoyed the first. I'm sure I will enjoy the second. See you all in Rapture.
Alcohog  +   2125d ago
Might buy on Steam someday when its $5.
smooch_357  +   2125d ago
@ Stan Lee 1.5
In one of your previous comments you said that you if you were in charge of making the game, you wouldn't have chosen the same direction that 2k did to make your game. Well I couldn't agree with you more, when 2k first released information on this game I was so hyped for it because the direction that I thought that they were trying to take it in at the time was very very appealing to me...I thought that either you were going to play as a detective or the father of one of the little girls that got kidnapped and smuggled into Rapture, and that you would be going in there to reuse her. However, when I found out that you were going to be playing as Big Daddy...I was like F***, who's idea was it to make the game like that.

Anyway, I guess I was just disappointed that they were making this game more like a shooter this time around, and less like an adventure game. While I agree that going the shooter route can lead to a more action packed game in some respects, it also "waters the game down too". When I think of Bioshock, I think of the spooky and mysterious atmosphere that Rapture creates,and I just don't think that you can fully take advantage of that atmosphere when you create the game as a FPS. I mean, seriously, how scary can you make the game when your already one of the most powerful creatures in the game, with the arsenal of a 1 man army? And instead of exploring and puzzle solving, your too busy trying to shoot and kill everything that moves you know?
Socomer 1979  +   2125d ago
My girlfriend really wants bioshock 2.
Were getting it for ps3 but I gotta say... Not interested.
I'm just gonna help out & get this game out the door.
I feel there was no need for a sequel. The multiplayer?
Alvadr  +   2125d ago
Hmmm, downside "Very familiar"

Think il pass on this one, it just looks like Bioshock 1 which I wasnt a fan of.
tiamat5  +   2125d ago
I agree with the IGN sucks statement. After the whole ME2 is better than UC2 BS, IGN has lost all credibility in my eyes. But my instinct tells me its worth picking up, and trusting my instinct usually gets me the most satisfying games rather then listening to hype and exaggeration.
HappyTrigger  +   2125d ago
What if it was the other way around and it was "Uncharted 2 is better than Mass Effect 2"... Would IGN still lose credibility?
KidMakeshift  +   2125d ago
I'm surprised it got a 9 for graphics

It's not a graphically impressive game by today's standards. I love 1940's art deco environments, but up close everything is muddy and have a weird laminated look
Blow Out Your Brains  +   2125d ago
wow, i got deleted from the open zone, did I say something that offensive? Mods are losers here...
Letros  +   2125d ago
I loved the audio logs from the first one, good to see their back.

Multiplayer might be decent, it's handled by unreal tournament people.
sullenger  +   2125d ago
I HERE gameinformer gave it an 8.25
GiantEnemyCrab  +   2125d ago
Well it's gone even further through the multiplatform meat grinder and the shoe-horned multiplayer just didn't seem like a good idea..

Sounds like the single player story suffered and it just went off my buy list.. Good score but the words in the review don't match up..
Gimped Hardware  +   2125d ago
awesome game - 360 version is the best too!!!!!
the reason why the PS3 version is inferior is probably due to a number of issues such as;

Lack of shareable ram
underpowered graphics chip
bottleneck problems
the Cell not actually being as good as people think

so to sum up then

360 version = win
PS3 version = fail
Nikobaxton  +   2124d ago
The height of your idiocy is mind blowing!
PLAYstar  +   2124d ago
There was a time the xbots says there will never be a PS3 version.
The Iron Sheik  +   2124d ago
Somebody's still butthurt this isn't a 360 exclusive anymore.
jalen247  +   2124d ago
Great score. Its good to see that they didn't mess up the Bioshock franchise.

I was a bit worried with all the delays and the multitude of developers working on the game.
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