This Physics Fix Makes The Original BioShock Playable Again

BioShock hasn't aged too badly... if you can ignore the locked framerate of the physics engine. Locked? Really? Yeah, I didn't notice it the first time I played in 2007 either. Firing it up a recently however, well, it was kind of unplayable. Thank your deity of choice's nipples that a fix is available.

Unplayable may be too strong a word, but I found it distracting enough that I had to have a lie down. At the time, a solution wasn't apparent, which surprised me for a game that had been about for almost a decade.

This all changed late last year, when a saviour stepped up in the form of "TurtleHX" and his BioShock Physics Unlocker. It's a simple program that patches the hard-coded physics framerate in the game's executable to whatever value you want (60 is recommended if you're unsure).

Watch the video above to see the physics lock in action, as well as the effect the patch has.

According to the unlocker's description, it should work fine with the Steam and Humble Bundle versions of the game. If you've sourced your copy elsewhere, your mileage may vary.

Bioshock Physics Unlocker [GitHub]


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    I didnt notice back in 2007 either, but now that you mention it it was pretty horrid. Thank you for the tip, venerable journalism man!

    Back in 2007 you couldn't run games as beautiful as Bioshock at 9000fps like you can now, so yea.. it's not a big deal that it was locked

      That's exactly it. I had a rather cruddy GPU back then so you simply couldn't see it.

    The low frame rate for physics is one thing that gave the world of Rapture that unique feeling I love. Otherwise it just feels like a Half-Life 2 mod.

    Unplayable? Really? Are you sure you aren't being a bit melodramatic?

    Last edited 25/06/16 8:34 pm

      These days games feel broken to me if they can only manage 30FPS.

      Once you get used to something going back is very jarring and can ruin your enjoyment.

        Really? I can quite comfortably jump between my gaming PC and Xbone without feeling out of place on any framerate. Yes you can notice it sometimes, mostly in games that cant keep a constant 30fps, but its not as bad as everyone makes out.

        Really? I can quite comfortably jump between my gaming PC and Xbone without feeling out of place on any framerate. Yes you can notice it sometimes, mostly in games that cant keep a constant 30fps, but its not as bad as everyone makes out.

        I know those feels - GTA Vice City is a bit wonko with the old frame limiter too, but it's still hella fun if you use a similar utility that lets you bump it to 60fps (apart from a couple of odd physics glitches which it can sometimes trigger temporarily)

      I have a lot more trouble playing older 3D games these days. 2D however always ages well.

      I feel like I'm the only person who hasn't had a family member mauled to death by a video card, the way people carry on about frame rates and graphics sometimes.

    Are they realeasing a remastered version of the original game? I can't remember if I read it somewhere or it was just in a dream I had!

    I have this on steam and its the only game I have that crashes so I am unable to complete it. Could never work out why.

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