It is, perhaps, the irony of Bioshock 2, that its greatest difference from its predecessor comes from just how similar they both seem. Bioshock captured our imagination with Rapture, a ruined dream that took shape in a set of truly singular ideals of Andrew Ryan. What made Rapture such a runaway success with gamers was its mystique and unfamiliarity.
To put it simply, Bioshock 2 fails to make a great first impression, and it does so by trying too hard to emulate its predecessor. Fortunately though, it's not the last you will take away from the game.