Reader Review: BioShock 2

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This review was submitted by Steven Bogos. If you’ve played BioShock 2, or just want to ask Steven more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

BioShock 2 (PC)

BioShock 2 is... well, most of you already know what it is. The sequel to BioShock, the winner of many of 2007’s game of the year awards, and considered by many to be one of the greatest computer games of all time, can BioShock 2 stand up to the enormous expectation set by its predecessor?

Loved

Re-Raptured: The developers behind BioShock 2 know what made the original BioShock so great: the setting. BioShock 2 gives us enough of the same to make us feel right at home, but enough variety to avoid the ‘BioShock 1 with new guns’ feeling. Many familiar settings and characters have been tinkered with slightly, as well as new elements added to the mix, such as the Theme Park level and the Brute splicer. Take everything you liked about BioShock, and improve on it just enough to make it exciting again, but not so much as loose the feeling of the game and you have BioShock 2.

Daddy’s Home: Playing as the Big Daddy, both in multiplayer and single player, is easily the highlight of the game. In single player it may seem a bit underwhelming when you first start out but as soon as you get the drill dash upgrade, you feel like you are indestructible. The same feeling is conveyed in the multiplayer, more often than not people can come from last place to first just by donning the Big Daddy suit and racking up a killstreak.

Hated

A Match Made In Heaven This Ain’t: Being a predominantly PC gamer, and one of five gamers that boycotted MW2 and actually stuck to my boycott, I had yet to encounter the joys of matchmaking. It is regrettable that the otherwise-perfect BioShock 2 is my first experience. Finding a game for survival of the fittest (deathmatch) usually takes an ‘acceptable’ time (10-15 minutes) and you’ll probably have fun despite the lag, provided the game doesn’t put an entire team full of Aussies with an American host. If you want to play any other game mode, forget it. I stood in the ‘Capture the Sister’ lobby for almost a half hour, during which a grand total of four players joined the game.

BioShock 2 is a sequel worthy of the BioShock title, and I highly recommended any Rapture fans pick it up. It’s also good for anyone who is sick of this recent over-abundance of ‘open-world-third-person-sandbox games’, and a lack of point A to point B shooters. When did linear become a dirty word?

Reviewed by Steven Bogos

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Comments

    I cannot stress the SEETHING HATRED i have towards matchmaking.

    A single dedicated server for the ENTIRETY of australia, would probably do a much better job than their terrible system.

    Is it so hard for them to sort by region? *sigh*

    Welcome to the future.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the multiplayer. Even though it does get laggy quite often, it is still very fun to play.

    I found a few tricks with the matchmaking in multiplayer.

    Most of the time, apart from the Last Splicer Standing rooms, there's usually one game being played of each type.

    For some reason, GFWL doesn't seem to match up with a game on your first try (majority of the time, it creates a room where you're hosting), but if you exit and try again, it should eventually find a room.

    As for the CtS, Turf War, Civil War, Team ADAM Grab, most of them usually have at least one active room, the matchmaking system usually just doesn't send you to it on the first go.

    I was thinking of typing up a review for BS2+Multi, but still not sure whether or not.

    Also, if you're playing multiplayer and for some godforsaken reason it's jumpy (as in you move through a doorway, but a second later you're up against the wall on the wrong side) then Alt-tab'ing out then in seems to work.

    dude get a ps3 or xbox 360 to play this game on. Never have to wait longer than 5 seconds to play any of the multi player modes. No lag, no freezing, never had a problem yet and i'm level 24. The multiplayer is highly addicting and I cannot get enough. Sorry you had to play it on PC, and I can't stress this enough to anyone on the fence about buying this game for Ps3 or Xbox 360, the multiplayer works GREAT!

      No thanks. I prefer to play PC Games (FPS, RTS) on PC

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