I sometimes wonder if I blog too much about my progression through games, whether all of you are just like, God, would she shut up already? Regardless, it is my blog, and off we go!
So far, Bioshock 2 has been both frustrating and fascinating at times, almost in equal measure. The first time I adopted a little sister and the splicers came to call, I had to load from a way back save just to get back on track. Those trip mines are fantastic. I don't want to get ahead of myself. Bioshock 2 does not start off where Bioshock ends, mostly because, it can't, I won't say why, I don't want to spoil the first game if you haven't played it. In this sequel, you play as a decommissioned Big Daddy who has a connexion with a little sister. The person who decommissioned you basically tried to kill you and continues to do so as the game progresses.
Unlike the first game, you can both hold a weapon and use a special power, the controls are the same, but you can hit both trigger buttons almost simultaneously. While you'd think this would help, the number of attackers seems to have increased and in addition to the splicers (the normal bad guys), you also have Brutes (revved up versions of splicers), other Big Daddies and Big Sisters, who are bent upon killing you.
I loved the first game, I love the charm of Rapture, the secrets it holds, the way the environments are rendered is just stunning. Visually, it is an amazing game. The sound is also top notch. When you match this with intuitive controls and a moderately entertaining story, you get a game you almost feel you can't put down. I find myself thinking, after I die, one more try, and usually that's followed by an hour or so of play. If you haven't played any of the Bioshock games, shame on you. Whatever you're playing, stop, put it down, get one of the them and give it a go. Neither are terribly long, though, the way I play, they can be.
I will admit that I wasn't a big fan of Bioshock 2. It wasn't a bad game at all in my opinion, but it wasn't a great game either. While neither game was intended as a 'true' horror expierience, the eerie astmostpheree found in the first game was created partly as a result of the fact that the player character was going up against opponents who had a clear advantage over him in that their bodies were physically better-suited to combat than his was. Bioshock 2 puts you into the boots of a BIg Daddy, a hulking creature that towers over most the other denizens of Rapture and could easily tear almost any one of them in half. That lack of vulnerability hurt the game's feel in my opinion.
@Alchemist3001 that is something I wonder about as I play, I mean, as a Big Daddy, I should be able to slice and dice the splicers as the other Big Daddys do!
And you really owe it to yourself to spend the six or eight hours it takes to play Vanquish in the near future. Hell, I'll buy you a copy and stash it in a bush by the Capitol if that's what it would take. Spy stuff like that is appropriate for D.C. : ). It's really that good.
@BravoOneActual you know my new rule, no new 'old' games unless they are priced under $9.99. Let me tell you, it's driving me nuts. My amazon list has great games for $14, but I'm not buying 'em! and yes, hidden packages around the Capital, should end well :p
I haven't played the game, but by way of it's reviews and reputation, I gather BS2:
- Was inevitable
- Was a fan service for those who simply couldn't get enough of Rapture the first time.
- Was a smart business decision to cash in on preexisting engine.
- Failed to deliver on the badassery that it meant to be a big daddy by making enemies stronger.
- Was one of the first games to have the dreaded, forced and unnecessary multiplayer syndrome and suffered "gamer wrath" as a result.
- Is worth the $4.99 to $9.99 it'll cost to pick it up.
You know, I actually hated Bioshock at first and didn't touch it for about a year. After thinking about it, I turned off the cheap vita chambers and direction arrow, restarted and fell in love. A boss fight with a certain Vincent Price-like artsy-fart -- and really every part of the game involving him or his minions -- stand as one of my favorite gaming experiences of all time.
@BravoOneActual I am with you on the last bullet, I think I paid, maybe $15 for it, still worth it though!
I actually like the game play more in this one, but that might be due to my understanding what I'm doing more...the powers and tonics were foreign in the first game!
The first Bioshock is definitely a master piece... the second was good but fell a little short to me compared to the first. It was still a great game though. I can't wait to see what Bioshock Infinite will be like.
I finished episode one of the Walking Dead game... it's awesome! It's like your in the tv show, playing out your own story. Definitely unique. :)
@theslimdavylp I'm really enjoying Bioshock, to the point that I'm not getting much else done while home...that's the sign of a good game, if you ask me ;)
I'm curious to see if you'll still love it as you move through. It lost it's lustre for me after the 4th ep...mostly because I knew how it would sort of end...
i love bioshock 2, the endings is Heart Warming even its the wrost ending, maybe bioshock 2 is not as revolutonary as the first bioshock but still awesome :)
I actually like BioShock 2 better than the first. Ken Levine's narrative design on the first BioShock reminded me of a Steven Spielberg movie; the game was chock-full of interesting, potentially profound ideas, but heavy-handed, manipulative storytelling squandered all of its potential impact. BioShock 2 is comparatively laid back, and never dares to confront players with ill-conceived plot devices. In fact, its themes of parenthood have a much more immediately affecting quality to them than the original's poorly constructed critique of Randian Objectivism.
And its gameplay is better. Because it also happens to be a game.
@WTA2k5 interesting take on it, very fairly argued. I've done my best to stay open minded with this sequel!
sequels should have a similarity but if they are fun to play that is all the matters :wink:
actually if you go too long without blogging I wonder if something is wrong.
and I always enjoy reading what you write
I played a few levels of Bioshock 2 and everything just felt lackluster compared to the original. It felt too familiar, too overdone. Never bothered to finish it.
I played the first two hours of it, then shelved it due to the Jak & Daxter collection. Never played it since, been meaning to though. Exploring Rapture and using the special powers with guns is awesome.
The Story took a real hit in BioShock 2. I kinda wished they left it as one game. I cannot wait for BioShock Infinite to come out though.
@Minishdriveby that would have been a curious twist, but I'm excited for 3 for sure!
I think i'm in the minority of people who prefer Bioshock 2 over the first one. I love both, but Bioshock 2's gameplay trumps the first game, and while Rapture doesn't quite have the same effect as it did the first time round B2 still found ways to make it wonderful and interesting.
@Katzenbalger huh, I'm going to have to gauge that comparison as I move on. Right now, I'm frustrated with the fact that despite the fact that I am a Big Daddy, I'm still weak against those stupid splicers!
I haven't played the original, but i played Bioshock 2 extensively and it really is a great title everyone should at least try.
Bioshock is a fantastic series, the first is better but the second is still great i can't wait for Infinite!