Industry Gamers: 2K Games is ready to ship BioShock 2 on February 9, and the bulk of the games critics have already weighed in. Although BioShock 2's current Metacritic of 88 (based on 29 scores) may fluctuate slightly as a few more reviews roll in, it's looking unlikely that the game will be able to match or exceed the original BioShock's 96. The first game was 2007's Metacritic Game of the Year on Xbox 360.
As we noted in our in-depth interview with 2K Marin's Jordan Thomas, making a follow-up to one of the best 360 titles ever is certainly a huge challenge. To Thomas' credit, he didn't try to reinvent the wheel, but at the same time, the novelty of the concepts and environments that originated in BioShock has worn off for the sequel.