A.V. Club writes: "BioShock 2 is like a BioShock tribute band. It hits the same notes, it's steeped in the same lore, and it often delivers the same pangs of delight as the original. But don't expect to hear anything new. Once again, you're fighting your way through the underwater city Rapture in the midst of societal collapse. With the Objectivist vision of ex-kingpin Andrew Ryan in tatters, the new megalomaniac in town is psychologist Dr. Sofia Lamb, who's genetically engineering an extreme socialist cult. Spoiler alert: That doesn't work out so well, either."