Submitted by BIoodmask 2000d ago | review

GameSpot: BioShock 2 Review

Rapture may not be as mysterious and intriguing this second time around, but it is nonetheless host to a powerful and moving tale that allows you to better realize--or pervert--Ryan's principles at your own discretion. Regardless of whether or not this is a return visit to paradise lost, there is plenty to be found here to make it a worthwhile, meaningful, and compelling one. (BioShock 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360) 8.5/10

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-Alpha  +   2000d ago
Good score, but I'm a little surprised because the hype was AAA.

Still, looks like an amazing game. I still have to buy #1
chaosatom  +   2000d ago
Well, I didn't hear too much hype.
It's a good score nonetheless.

I think it would be better if they just focused on single player than multiplayer.

The problem with a sequel is that it looks more of the same. I can't really get too excited. Other games like GT5, heavy rain, gow3 just look much more exciting.

But I will eventually rent/buy this when I get time.
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blitz0623  +   2000d ago
No, the hype wasn't AAA. If you're looking for that, look at FF13. Bioshock 2 didn't have that much hype into it. People just expect it to be a AAA game because of the first game. The first game set the bar too high so people expect the same reception on the 2nd one.

BS2 is still a good game, but people think it isn't that good because of the first one's 95 average.
zagibu  +   2000d ago
@chaosatom: "The problem with a sequel is that it looks more of the same...Other games like GT5...GOW3".
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TukkerIntensity  +   2000d ago
Do you mention AAA in every post
lol every time you post it is about some game in relation to "AAA"...you need some new material.
SL1M DADDY  +   2000d ago
The one thing missing from Bioshock 2 is...
Something that made Bioshock one so great. Bioshock 2 lacks the input of Ken Levine. He was a crucial team member in the creation of Bioshock and his input made the game feel right. Anybody that knows what happens to a sequel when he is not present knows what I mean. This game will be good but it won't be what it could have been had he stood at the forefront of the development team.
Lifendz  +   2000d ago
I think the game is scoring great
especially for a game most said wasn't necessary. I thought the critics would give the game must lower scores than this. Kudos to 2K. I'm actually planning on picking it up now.
mega BIG time  +   2000d ago
it's sad that they just couldnt leave bioshock alone. It couldve reached legendary status. I really hope 2K marin doesnt milk it and destroy the bioshock name.. I just love me new ip's.
bacon13  +   2000d ago
Lol, I love how people think that getting high 80's and mainly 90's as a score is worthless. Sorry guys and girls, some of your video game standards are out of wack. BS2 looks like its going to be a great gameplay experience, can't wait to pick it up after work. Only question that remains is whether to purchase the PS3 or 360 version. Any thoughts from competent non-fanboys?
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Megaton  +   2000d ago
There really wasn't much of any hype, which I've been kinda surprised about. The first game is a classic. You'd think the sequel would be getting more attention than it has been.
RustedMan  +   2000d ago
I'm rather disappointed by this.
Not by the sequel, but my the looks of the game.
I remember seeing some random guy draw up his own inspired artwork for what a sequel could look like,
his idea and my idea were the same: put the game much further in the past, before everything went to hell.
See happy people doing things, and near the end of the game, hint at the city's flaws, obviously creating that sense of irony for the original.

I would of LOVED that idea.
unfortunately, this game looks nearly the same as the last one, which isn't a bad thing at all, but considering the fact the original had so much going for it, not to mention drive, ambition and Ken Levine's sense of vision of how EXACTLY he wanted to present such a unique world.

Something, for me, was lost in the details.
Shepherd 214  +   2000d ago
A game doesnt break 9.0, so according to N4G logic, its not "AAA". Do any of you know what "AAA" really means?

What exactly is "AAA" material? What criteria must a game meet to be considered "AAA"?? Please someone tell me, the past few weeks havent treated me well and i need a good laugh.
xionpunk  +   2000d ago
You know, the term AAA just refers to the priority a publisher places on a title, it has nothing to do with the score it gets from websites.

Anyways, 8.5 is a good score, though I never even played the first game. Maybe I will check it out.
Sevir04  +   2000d ago
lol!!! it just makes me laugh how people confuse and use the term AAA out of context and turn it into something else
AAA is not a status given to a game because it has a meta score of 90% or higher... LOL!!! contrary to what fanboys would have you believe, AAA is a term used to signifiy the properties BUDGET!, thats right, The Development BUDGET of a product determines if a product, IE: a Movie or a video game or a an electronic device, dictates if that said product is AAA status.

Most Games that have a budget Higher than $10 million like Uncharted, Gran Turismo, Resistance, Grand Theft Auto, Mario, LBP, Devil May Cry, Final Fantasy, HALO, MASS EFFECT, are all AAA Status because of the Money going into it and marketing funds going into it. Not the review score.

It is why You'll always have Movies and games with Super huge budgets tank in critcal acclaim, but are still none the less AAA status. You fankids need to stop throwing the term around so loosely. AAA=$20m+ budget, not 90-100% meta score. How the hell can hype be considered AAA?!
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mastershredder  +   2000d ago
AAA does not = perfect or almost perfect score
Apparently some folks here do not know what a AAA title means or what the qualifiers for a title to be considered one are. Look it up. Any person that finished work on Bioshock 2 will sure as heck list this a AAA delivery in regards to work experience.
maniacmayhem  +   2000d ago
@ Sevir04
Thank you for actually telling people what AAA means.

I face palm myself every time I read a post that states scores make a AAA game.

Edit: @ xionpunk - you too
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-Alpha  +   2000d ago
@mastershredder and guys above
I didn't say Bioshock 2 wasn't AAA, just that it was getting AAA hype and Gamespot gave it 8.5

The game looks great and I'm not saying the game is bad, just that Gamespot giving it an 8.5 is surprising.
DaTruth  +   1999d ago
Somebody please make an article about AAA... And let it not be biased and pretend only one console fanboy says it!
frankymv  +   2000d ago
Yep.....Bioshock 2 has dropped the ball
Its the Resident Evil 5 of 2010
LordMarius  +   2000d ago
my thoughts exactly
good for a rent I suppose
Elven6  +   2000d ago
You guys must have insanely high stands if games hovering near 90 on MetaCritic, N4G, etc are simply disappointing rents.

Doesn't seem to be as good as the original but from the reviews still an amazing experience.
Anorexorcist  +   2000d ago
Oh shut up with that already!
RE5 was a good game. I would even say better than RE4 in certain areas. If you think you could have made a better sequel, pitch the ideas and changes that you would have incorporated and let everyone else decide whether you would have done better or not.

On topic, so far Bioshock 2 has been getting somewhat underwhelming scores. I was expecting nothing but GOTY-calibur reviews just like the original earned.
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xabmol  +   2000d ago
RE5 was crap.

My idea for a better sequel?

Less bag headed chainsaw dude, more lake monster. In other words make it a SURVIVAL HORROR GAME!!
BlackAvenger7  +   2000d ago
No, it's more like AC2 than RE5!
And I think the single player will be good, but my only problem:
"The bad: A bit too familiar for fans of its precursor"
that is the same thing I felt when playing AC2.. It was a great game but I felt that I've done everything before! so I think newcomers will like it a bit more...
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Sarcasm  +   2000d ago
Nah, RE5 was a disappointment but Bioshock 2 still looks pretty good to me.
solidjun5  +   2000d ago
RE5 was a huge dissapointment. Borderline crap IMO
Bioshock 2 looks good. I might be in the minority but I think the first Bioshock was overrated. Extremely overrated. However, I did enjoy it and I thought it was a good game. I'm still going to get part 2 because the great thing about Bioshock 1 was the atmosphere and the story and I love story. So this game is still a buy for me.
BlackTar187  +   2000d ago
To Me
RE5 wasnt crap as a stand alone it was utter garage compared to other RE's .

okay i lied RE5 was really only that much fun in coop. if you try to speed run thru that game you actually are saddened by how little content and area there is in the game i mean hell there is like 15x were you run thru a ally with nothing in it just to get to a new load sceen. Complete worthless but fun coop.
catguykyou  +   2000d ago
They have high standards because their parents will only buy them one or two games a year. Thus they have to wait for that perfect must have game of the year or all their friends will think they are lame.
corneliuscrust  +   2000d ago
How about: they have OPINIONS
They are allowed to think whatever they want about a game.

IMO the shooting and much of the gameplay in Bioshock was bad. The game played out like Clive Barker's Undying back in the day. The STORY was what sold the game. Had tons of potential until just under half way through, then plateaued. The story couldnt save it after that.

I WAS hoping that Bioshock 2 would be what I wanted in the first game. Looks like the gameplay has been tightened up a bit, but the story took a big hit. I do like that you can explore outside Rapture though, there are definitely some good ideas in this game.

Would have LOVED it if (as one poster stated above) they went back before Rapture went to hell and you got to witness things falling apart...woulda been sweeeet
KionicWarlord222  +   2000d ago
Good score .

Im looking forward to playing it today .
kingdavid  +   2000d ago
I dunno how anyone couldve thought it was gonna be as good as the 1st bioshock. This is a good score given its context. Couldve been way worse imo.
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darkequitus  +   2000d ago
Only an 8.5? /s

Will play mine tomorrow (a brief rest from ME2), As I still got Heavy Rain do deal with on the 23rd
KionicWarlord222  +   2000d ago
Yeah .

I like the way the combat mechanics work . Dual wielding both the weapon and the plasmids were a great idea .
kingdavid  +   2000d ago
I played it for a good hour just then.

After a slow start, Im starting to like it. Its different to the first but familiar at the same time. No complaints from me.
Michael-Jackson  +   2000d ago
This score was predictable, I said to myself 8,5 and there it is because sequels like Tekken 6 and Ratchet got the same score - new story and plays the same with minor improvements.
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PS360PCROCKS  +   2000d ago
Lame "more of the same" that's what I wanted!
FwanK  +   2000d ago
It looks more like Bioshock 1.5
slugboss  +   2000d ago
Game developers need to take a note from Rockstar with their sequals, GTA3 and than spinoffs of it using the same engine until nextgen. Makes more sense. *watches GTAV get announced*
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blu_yu_away  +   2000d ago
Is it just me or did anyone else find that reviewer incredibly boring to listen to? The "atmosphere" Gamespot tried to include didn't help things either.
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Blow Out Your Brains  +   2000d ago
Played it for over two hours, amazing atmospheric game. Hopefully Fallout New Vegas will follow suit and do Fallout 3 justice just like this sequel did for the original.
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AliTheBrit19  +   2000d ago
Sweet can't wait to try this, although I still feel it never needed a sequel to begin with.
PeptoBismol  +   2000d ago
borgome  +   2000d ago
Suffer being to cheap to play this gem of a game.
Tr10wn  +   1999d ago
FLOP? wtf
smithdown  +   2000d ago
Played about 4 hours so far
...and I'm really enjoying it. The first game felt a little loose and over-long to me. The story was convoluted and drawn out. So far, Bioshock 2 feels a much tighter experience. The gunplay is better too, though still very different to your average 'war' FPS. Rapture is still an enthralling place, though so far it feels a bit smaller. Still lots of nice attention to detail thoigh.

Overall, I'm pleased, and I think all you fickle gamers should give it a go. Reviewers are only marking this down because it has lost some of the 'wow' factor that the first one had, but that is only because the first game exists! Judged on its own merits, this is still a jaw-dropping example of gaming.

I only picked it up because the Rapture Edition was cheap on Zavvi, and I'm really glad I did.

Plus - since when was 8.5 a bad score?? That's a great score!
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dkgshiz  +   2000d ago
I didn't see much hype for this game.
I barely even knew it was coming out today until last week. Either way I'm just going to rent it.
artsaber  +   2000d ago
Surprised I didn't hear more about Bioshock2
I figured a few more User reviews woulda been out since the torrents for X360 and PC have been available.
mt  +   2000d ago
ppl always want 9+ for reviews
8.5 is a good score . really good score . besides if you are a fan of the game buy it .
Son_Lee  +   2000d ago
Eventually I'll play this, but I didn't even enjoy the first BioShock. I love the atmosphere of it, but it really had nothing else going for it in my opinion.
cmrbe  +   2000d ago
Its a great score no doubt but
i expected more. Just another case of exclusive gone multi and then suffers. I will always advocate exclusives. Its the reason why there would be multi-consoles.
Tron_Rocks  +   2000d ago
Petty Morals
What a dumb thing to say...
finbars75  +   2000d ago
Im playing this game as we speak and its awsome.I love the story so far and the multiplayer is fun as hell.Trust me guys and girls you going to love this game.From what I have played its as good as the first.Being the Big Daddy is crazy.It has its advantages but disadvantages as well.So if you like the first one just go and get it you will be surprised how good it really is.Dont listen to reviews because the expactations are way to high and never really give games a chance in hell.Its your opinion of the game that matters not someone elses.
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Ravenger  +   2000d ago
Pretty good score, remember people its a sequel its supposed to be more of the same with some "improvements".
SephireX  +   2000d ago
8.5 is a great score. Mass Effect 1 got 8.5 from gamespot if anyone hadn't noticed and the first Uncharted game only got an 8. This is a must-buy for fans of the first one imo.
skottey  +   1999d ago

8 is a point too high for Uncharted in my opinion. I have not played the second but I was disappointed in Drake's Fortune. ESPECIALLY the jet ski level. That was horrible. I'd give the first Uncharted a 7 personally.

8.5 is about what I would expect from Bioshock 2. No higher.
maniacmayhem  +   2000d ago
I'm really hesitant about this games story considering how fantastic part one was.

Ah hell, i'm still going to get it.
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clarkdef  +   2000d ago
Everything about the game has been improved, I really liked the first game, I think this one is pretty much the same apart from the user enhancements. Overall I rate it higher than the first because of the online play which is pretty good
VanHalen  +   2000d ago
cant understand 8.5 when every military fps keeps hitting 9 and up!!!
i thought the first one was a masterpiece and it was something different rather than all the same military based fps that keeps getting recycled. cant figure out how every damn modern warfare call of duty medal of honour recycled sequel keep getting high scores. they are always the same damn game!!! where as something different and miles better gets judged so critical. the hell with these reviewers. 8.5 is a great score, but comon 9 and ups all the time for military fps just doesnt make any sense. they just cant go wrong i guess!
R4mpage  +   2000d ago
I only buy games that score 90+ on metacritic, I was looking forward to this, Hopefully it'll drop price soon. (the reason I do this, is because Im on a budget)
KYU2130  +   1999d ago
RE5 was a great game by itself, if you line it up with the rest of the franchise not so much. So leave it out of the discussion. The question is does Bioshock 2 deserve the score and reviews is getting. That remains to be seen. Let the gamers decide. While i do on occasion look into reviews of games to get an idea of if i will purchase it or not, its not the only factor. if you bash games based on what reviewers are saying the day the game comes out how will you know if you haven't played it. I do understand that $60 is alot to invest in bad games. but basing it on reviewers only recommendations and standards will eventually shrink the pool of available games to play.. i don't care what platform you are using.
Nikuma  +   1999d ago
They should of just stopped with the first Bioshock.

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