Richard Cobbett on BioShock

I think he likes it

In a nutshell, if Bioshock isn’t Game of the Year, odds are good that we atheists are going to look a little silly at having to explain God showing up to make a new Monkey Island. It’s the best FPS since Half-Life 2. It’s the closest thing to System Shock 2 since Shock 2.
And if there’s any justice in the world, everyone responsible for the miserable pile of arse that was Doom 3 is out there right now, slashing their wrists with the retail CDs and sobbing to sleep on unsold expansion packs.

But while it’s great, it’s flawed (I’m still in the early stages, but his criticisms of the stuff I’ve played so far are bang on): Beware the plot twist!

Out of the blue, Irrational suddenly feels the urge to pull down its pants and start mooning you through the screen with a bit of bizarre meta-gaming nonsense. And I’m not sure why.





0 responses to “Richard Cobbett on BioShock”

  1. Gary

    Finally finished it and re-read the review. Agree with all of it. Best thing on Xbox 360 ever, but deeply flawed and in some cases really rather annoying.

    Er, that’s it.

  2. mupwangle

    MIne still hasn’t come from Play. Bought it in Asda.

  3. mupwangle

    I have to admit to being a bit disappointed with Bioshock. I think the main thing is the death thing. If you die you are sent back with all your eve and health packs intact. Why bother even using health packs when you are just inconvienienced a little by dying?

    I do think, however, that the level design is really good at giving you a feeling of claustrophobia and that there have been a couple of instances where I’ve crapped myself when having a splicer sneak up on me. I’m only as far as getting the camera though. I have had an annoying disappearance of a little sister though. (Killed the Big Daddy but there was no little sister)

  4. Gary

    If there was an LS when the fight started, she’ll have buggered off. But a lot of the daddies are on their lonesome.

    You’re right about the death thing.

  5. mupwangle

    Yeah, I’ve ran into solo rosies all over the place now.

  6. mupwangle

    Ok. Finshed it. Slightly surprised (after reading all the reviews) that I don’t now look at games in a completely new light.

    Good points – Graphics are very pretty.
    Level design is better than average.
    Story a bit more thought out that average.

    Bad Points.

    Serious frame-rate issues in the last 2 levels.
    The Re-spawn system makes a mockery of the entire game (why use health packs when you regenerate with 70% health and no other penalty)

    Overall it is a really good game but a real disappointment as it could have been a fantastic game. Out of all the similar FPS-type games – the original System Shock 2 and Deus Ex 1 were better.

    I still haven’t received my copy from play though.

  7. Gary

    I think I’ll play it again and pay more attention to the story – there’s lots of stuff in audio recordings and the like if you can be bothered looking.

    Agree with you on respawning and that DX1 was better. I loved that game.