Eh, it's okay. I personally like BioShock 2 better, though I guess I'm in a minority on that. 1 had more memorable moments, but 2's gameplay felt much better with a better feel to the weapons, and I like the more consistent personal story. Also hacking wasn't a annoying pain in the ass.
BioShock. Free. Downloaded it.
I played BioShock once back in 2007 when it first came out. I enjoyed the premise, the setting and the first two acts of the story VERY much. I didn't enjoy the braindead AI or the third act of the game, but it was unique in that it tried something very different from most other shooters of the time.
Right now, you can download it for free. If you already own it, whatever. But if you haven't played it, all you need to do is sign up for GameFly's online client. Yes, this is a cheap attempt by GameFly to get you to use their client. I also don't care. A free game is a free game. I'll use the client to play this game. Steam is my go-to for clients. It's convenient, has the best library and the best prices (in general). But I need Origin for EA's games (well, Mass Effect, actually). GameFly's client serves little purpose unless they get some boss discounts or something. GFWL is a joke. But I need it for Dark Souls, so whatever.
But yeah, sign up, get a free copy of BioShock. It's interesting enough to play at least once, and I daresay it's interesting enough to revisit after five years. For all I know it might just grow on me. My tastes now are significantly different from 2007. Hell, Mass Effect 2 has grown on me significantly in this replay. It still drags a little, but when you've put over 32 hours into a game and are still completing loyalty missions (granted I have DLC, so that's boosted playtime by like 6 or 7 hours) you're in for the long haul. But it's grown on me significantly. I'm appreciating the faster-paced action and streamlining over Mass Effect's openness and overt focus on RPG elements.
I also revisited Quake 4 this year, and found it to be largely the same as when I played it in 2005 so that wasn't worth it. But hey, BioShock at least has ambition as a shooter. It gets too much praise for things it doesn't deserve, but it's worth playing just to see a unique take on the genre. I have no issue with using this client just for this game. I'll return to it later though as right now I have me some Mass Effect 2 to play and to be followed up with BioWare's beastly sequel.
GameSpy's Article: How to Get BioShock for Free
Blah. Not downloading GameFly client for BioShock. Also,it's "Not Available for my region"
Battlefield 1942 was available for free to but no way am I downloading Origin on my PC again after the lame experience I had with it before.
I liked BioShock. Yes, it had its flaws and it probably disappointed me more since I had lofty expectations from Irrational, but in retrospect an ambitious shooter isn't commonplace nowadays.
I think Neon has entered the "moderation phase" now. You tend to feel about something very strongly and rave/rant about it, only to realize it wasn't as good/bad as you had said it shortly followed by the appropriate score change. Oblivion,Gears 1,BioShock,ME2, I can go on the whole night with that list. :P
Gamefly is complete trash, and sure, Bioshock might be free but you still have to input your credit card details on checkout. Did I forget to also mention it's impossible for you to remove your payment options without emailing them? Awful. Hell, they don't even have Paypal support.
"Yes, this is a cheap attempt by GameFly to get you to use their client. I also don't care. A free game is a free game..."
Origin is giving away Battlefield 1942 for free, so enjoy that if you haven't already.
I hope it's not too late.
Yeah, I already got that one too. I don't even know if I'll play it, but I got it while it's free.
I'm just going to say: the people that are reading this and don't have BioShock should definitely download it. Your passion for Mass Effect is similar to mine for BioShock. It's great fun and making your own fun while messing around with Splicers is just as enjoyable.