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.

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-Alpha3666d 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

chaosatom3665d ago (Edited 3665d ago )

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.

blitz06233665d 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.

zagibu3665d ago (Edited 3665d ago )

@chaosatom: "The problem with a sequel is that it looks more of the same...Other games like GT5...GOW3".

TukkerIntensity3665d ago

lol every time you post it is about some game in relation to "AAA" need some new material.

SL1M DADDY3665d ago

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.

Lifendz3665d ago

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 time3665d 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.

bacon133665d ago (Edited 3665d 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?

Megaton3665d 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.

OhMyGandhi3665d 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 2143665d 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.

xionpunk3665d 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.

Sevir043665d ago (Edited 3665d ago )

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?!

mastershredder3665d ago

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.

maniacmayhem3665d ago (Edited 3665d ago )

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

-Alpha3665d ago

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.

DaTruth3665d ago

Somebody please make an article about AAA... And let it not be biased and pretend only one console fanboy says it!

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frankymv3666d ago

Its the Resident Evil 5 of 2010

LordMarius3666d ago

my thoughts exactly
good for a rent I suppose

Elven63665d 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.

Anorexorcist3665d ago (Edited 3665d ago )

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.

xabmol3665d 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!!

BlackAvenger73665d ago (Edited 3665d ago )

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...

Sarcasm3665d ago

Nah, RE5 was a disappointment but Bioshock 2 still looks pretty good to me.

solidjun53665d ago

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.

BlackTar1873665d ago

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.

catguykyou3665d 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.

corneliuscrust3665d ago

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

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KionicWarlord2223665d ago

Good score .

Im looking forward to playing it today .

kingdavid3665d ago (Edited 3665d 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.

darkequitus3665d 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

KionicWarlord2223665d ago

Yeah .

I like the way the combat mechanics work . Dual wielding both the weapon and the plasmids were a great idea .

kingdavid3665d 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.

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Michael-Jackson3665d ago (Edited 3665d 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.

PS360PCROCKS3665d ago

Lame "more of the same" that's what I wanted!

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