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BioShock 2

MobyRank MobyScore
Xbox 360
86
4.4
Windows
86
3.9
PlayStation 3
88
4.1

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Platform Votes Score
Macintosh 2 3.6
PlayStation 3 12 4.1
Windows 32 3.9
Xbox 360 13 4.4
Combined MobyScore 59 4.1


The Press Says

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Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
Bioshock 2 may look a lot like the original Bioshock, but with its improved pacing and streamlined controls, it's arguably a better game.
100
WindowsBrash Games
There is little, in my opinion, to hate about Bioshock 2. As it stands it’s a fabulous game, but it’s when you play the original, then Bioshock 2, that the real love for the game comes through. Thank you 2K Games, Bioshock 2 is an outstanding game that takes you on a emotionally exhausting ride.
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PlayStation 3Games Radar
The weapons are better. The plasmids are better. The enemies are better. At some points, even the storytelling is better. What’s most amazing and surprising about BioShock 2, however, is that by diving deeper into Rapture’s tortured history and exploring more of Rapture’s haunted world, it actually manages to make the original BioShock better, too.
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PlayStation 3Game Shark
What makes BioShock 2 truly special, however, has little to do with the individual elements I’ve praised here. What elevates it above the sum of its parts is the genuinely impactful narrative, something that parents, in particular, will appreciate. Both the first and second title offer scathing indictments of political extremism (capitalism/individualism in the first, communism/collectivism in the second), and the first game ultimately comments on the lack of free will. Here, you are given something more precious to shape – and the free will to do what you would with it. If BioShock 1 is ultimately about what it is to be a slave, the sequel shows – with a sophistication rarely seen in gaming – what it is to be a parent, with the power to love or to harm. It’s genuinely powerful stuff – and fascinating territory to explore within the context of a dystopian setting.
100
WindowsGames Radar
The weapons are better. The plasmids are better. The enemies are better. At some points, even the storytelling is better. What’s most amazing and surprising about BioShock 2, however, is that by diving deeper into Rapture’s tortured history and exploring more of Rapture’s haunted world, it actually manages to make the original BioShock better, too.
100
WindowsGame Shark
What makes BioShock 2 truly special, however, has little to do with the individual elements I’ve praised here. What elevates it above the sum of its parts is the genuinely impactful narrative, something that parents, in particular, will appreciate. Both the first and second title offer scathing indictments of political extremism (capitalism/individualism in the first, communism/collectivism in the second), and the first game ultimately comments on the lack of free will. Here, you are given something more precious to shape – and the free will to do what you would with it. If BioShock 1 is ultimately about what it is to be a slave, the sequel shows – with a sophistication rarely seen in gaming – what it is to be a parent, with the power to love or to harm.
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PlayStation 3Console Monster
Overall, Bioshock 2 is an all-inclusive game package that should not be missed out on. The thrilling single player lives up to the standards originally set by the predecessor and the addition of a very strong multiplayer takes Bioshock 2 to another level. It may be too soon to call Game of the Year, but Bioshock 2 is certainly a contender and a very strong one at that.
95
WindowsHardcore Gamer Magazine
The burning question you are probably asking right now is BioShock 2 better than the first? As far as single player goes, I think nothing will capture the initial highs you got from taking in Rapture for the first time, and the enormous twist the original delivered. However, the sequel’s story is just as intense and has its own narrative highs and a mean twist of its own, and I think the end payoff is a bit more impactful and sinks in better than the ending of the first BioShock. Throw in a surprisingly deep and addictive multiplayer component, and you have a must buy for fans of the first game and newcomers to the franchise.
94
PlayStation 3Game Over Online
Was the return to Rapture worth it? Absolutely. Although the odds seemed stacked against the developers, having to do without both Ryan and Levine, they have delivered a rich, awesome trip through one the most fantastic video game environments ever built. You should be able to find a copy easily in a local Circus Of Values machine... and you can hack it for a discounted price.
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WindowsGame Over Online
Was the return to Rapture worth it? Absolutely. Although the odds seemed stacked against the developers, having to do without both Ryan and Levine, they have delivered a rich, awesome trip through one the most fantastic video game environments ever built. You should be able to find a copy easily in a local Circus Of Values machine... and you can hack it for a discounted price.
93
PlayStation 3Gaming Target
Regardless, BioShock 2 is here and it's a great sequel that fixes the problems of the original and crafts another compelling tale within the walls of Rapture. Though a lot heavier on combat and full of intense battle sequences, it's still an adventure game at heart, with a great story told depending on your actions within this small slice of hell. It might seem like BioShock 1.5 in places, but since when is that a bad thing when the original was such a classic? If they keep chugging out sequels every year then we can talk about recycling the concepts... the first game is over two years old now, and this sequel was delayed to make it even better. The only question now is whether or not a BioShock 3 is possible. With the story of BioShock 2 lacking cliffhangers or open scenarios, a third game would be a whole new story with brand new characters. With Rapture being the true star, however, the possibilities are endless. Just look to BioShock 2 for the proof in that pudding.
93
PlayStation 3NZGamer
But come on. BioShock 2 is a game developed for all those square-eyed shooter fiends who wanted to explore the ocean floor, shoot-em-up with others online, and never play one of those annoying pipe-puzzlers again so long as they lived. I have heard firsthand that what the developers really wanted out of this game was something people would love to play, love to talk about and more than that, just out-and-out love.
92
Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
While this game may not be as strong as the original in terms of suspense or plot, it does make up for it with some neat innovations and a multiplayer mode that can be a lot of fun. For anyone in the mood for a good slice of storytelling then this is the game for them... and for those of you yearning for a return to Rapture, then this will be the perfect tonic.
92
Xbox 360411mania.com
Maybe the game doesn't live up to the promise fans had for it but it still produces one of the best shooters around. The twists on the first game's formuela are good, making some nice improvements and if it does feel a bit too familiar, you still get to use new weapons and powers and improved enemies for more challenges. In the end, just as with the first game, Bioshock 2 offers an utterly amazing trip through a fantastic cityscape that'll pull gamers in with ease and keep them coming back for more.
92
PlayStation 3Impulse Gamer
Bloody amazing! The original game went beyond those clichéd first person shooters and in creating a sequel, the developers have fleshed out the city of Rapture even more but more importantly, have streamlined the gameplay, making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Of course, without the detailed characters and story of BioShock 2, it would not have reached these levels and of course, the luscious graphics. Add in dozens of secrets, multiple endings and of course a very sturdy multiplayer engine and the developers have covered all facets in this extraordinary game. From the very first moments, BioShock 2 holds an iron grip over you throughout the entire experience as you're given a violent tour of the legacy of Andrew Ryan's Rapture and the repercussions of his troubled dream. Some may say, it's the same as the previous game but I digress, it's a whole new chapter to this amazing underwater universe and if you don't believe me, rent it first.
92
PlayStation 3Extreme Gamer
Before heading into Bioshock 2, you had to wonder if a sequel was necessary. The original Bioshock was so perfect that fans couldn’t even imagine how '2K Games' would approach a sequel. Well, 2K and its collaborating studios have pulled off a brilliant sequel that holds up to the critical acclaim of the first game. Exploring Rapture for the second time might not hold the same feeling of wonder, but wandering around the halls as a spine-chilling ‘Big Daddy’ does. Bioshock 2 has enough improvements, character depth, and momentum to make it a must have for any gamer who enjoys narrative driven shooters.
92
WindowsImpulse Gamer
Bloody amazing! The original game went beyond those clichéd first person shooters and in creating a sequel, the developers have fleshed out the city of Rapture even more but more importantly, have streamlined the gameplay, making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Of course, without the detailed characters and story of BioShock 2, it would not have reached these levels and of course, the luscious graphics. Add in dozens of secrets, multiple endings and of course a very sturdy multiplayer engine and the developers have covered all facets in this extraordinary game.
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Xbox 360IGN
It's going to be a familiar experience for anyone that played the original, but BioShock 2's improvements to gameplay and its more focused storyline make for a game that's more playable and easier to digest. Some of the sense of awe and mystery is lost in transition, but the strength of the setting and more interesting implementation of moral choice make for an experience that's more consistent and rewarding. Anyone looking for a first-person shooter that offers more than flat, stereotypical characters and copy-and-paste supersoldier plots, one that attempts to establish a sense of right and wrong and loops you into the decision making process, and one that's set in one of the most vividly realized settings around should pick up BioShock 2. It's a game in which story, setting, and gameplay are expertly blended to create an experience that's as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.
91
PlayStation 3Game Revolution
Don't misunderstand me, now. This here adventure might sound like Rapture has become the go-see destination for another money-grubbin’ franchise hawkin' fantastic cruises an' wondrous sights. No worries there, though. Up yonder is a city where the great chain o' progress will always be twisted, an' where hell has put on the ritz. No place for a vacation unless you're fixin' to find the great hereafter. But if you're lookin' for a show and you're stuck here anyways, Rapture is gooder'n grits.
91
PlayStation 3Gaming Age
BioShock 2 is a unique FPS and it definitely still stands out from most of its peers. The fantastic setting and light RPG elements really pull you in, and the customizations, challenging game play and new online multiplayer modes will keep you coming back for more. It's definitely worth it to book a trip back to Rapture.
91
PlayStation 3IGN Australia
In raw gameplay terms, BioShock 2 improves on the original in everyway, with a deeper combat system, a broader set of enemy types and the addition of a fully-featured multiplayer mode. It’s an undeniably enjoyable and slickly polished shooter from start to finish, jam-packed with secrets off the beaten path and hidden references to the first game that Rapture cultists will delight in seeking out. The fact that its plot is merely almost as good as one of the most memorable gaming plots of all time shouldn’t be taken as a slight against its creators, as it’s still a narrative that’s better scripted and more expertly delivered than the bulk of the games released in the years since the original game. The underwater city of Rapture might not have quite the same impact this time, but it still deserves to make a splash.
91
PlayStation 3IGN
It's going to be a familiar experience for anyone that played the original, but BioShock 2's improvements to gameplay and its more focused storyline make for a game that's more playable and easier to digest. Some of the sense of awe and mystery is lost in transition, but the strength of the setting and more interesting implementation of moral choice make for an experience that's more consistent and rewarding. Anyone looking for a first-person shooter that offers more than flat, stereotypical characters and copy-and-paste supersoldier plots, one that attempts to establish a sense of right and wrong and loops you into the decision making process, and one that's set in one of the most vividly realized settings around should pick up BioShock 2. It's a game in which story, setting, and gameplay are expertly blended to create an experience that's as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.
91
WindowsGame Revolution
Don't misunderstand me, now. This here adventure might sound like Rapture has become the go-see destination for another money-grubbin’ franchise hawkin' fantastic cruises an' wondrous sights. No worries there, though. Up yonder is a city where the great chain o' progress will always be twisted, an' where hell has put on the ritz. No place for a vacation unless you're fixin' to find the great hereafter. But if you're lookin' for a show and you're stuck here anyways, Rapture is gooder'n grits.
91
WindowsIGN
It's going to be a familiar experience for anyone that played the original, but BioShock 2's improvements to gameplay and its more focused storyline make for a game that's more playable and easier to digest. Some of the sense of awe and mystery is lost in transition, but the strength of the setting and more interesting implementation of moral choice make for an experience that's more consistent and rewarding. Anyone looking for a first-person shooter that offers more than flat, stereotypical characters and copy-and-paste supersoldier plots, one that attempts to establish a sense of right and wrong and loops you into the decision making process, and one that's set in one of the most vividly realized settings around should pick up BioShock 2. It's a game in which story, setting, and gameplay are expertly blended to create an experience that's as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.
91
Windows3D Juegos
Bioshock 2 supone el regreso de Rapture y su Gran Cadena, y con ésta una nueva inmersión en las profundas aguas que envuelven a Rapture, y por ende, también en lo más oscuro del ser humano. Algo falta del espíritu único del original, aunque para ser honestos aquello era poco menos que irrepetible, pero eso no debe ser óbice para considerar a este videojuego un sobresaliente manifiesto del estado de madurez que el First Person Shooter ha alcanzado en esta generación.
90
WindowsCheat Happens
Bioshock 2 isn’t the game its predecessor was, but it does a damn good job trying to be. 2K Marin does a great job trying to replicate the feeling of the original with only a few missteps. It’s not going to replace anyone’s love for the original but it will be considered as one of the year’s best. Welcome back Rapture. You’ve been missed.
90
Xbox 360True Game Headz
Overall, “BioShock 2″ is a great sequel that doesn’t overstep its bounds. It offers enough fresh mechanics to make the game feel new, without destroying the essence of the original by attempting to create something entirely different. Hopefully fans of the first one will be happy with everything this has to offer, and newcomers to the series (if there are any left) will be satisfied, perhaps enough so to go back and play the original. This isn’t a game that should be written off as a quick grab for more money, because it’s not, and that becomes evident the first time a Big Sister appears, and you have to face her with depleted life and ammo. Even the bad things in this game are done pretty well, and it’s worth heading back underwater; Rapture’s a hell of a place to spend some time.
90
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
Bioshock 2 has been faced with adversity since its conception and come out on top. The story feels disconnected and isn’t as strong as its predecessor but the gameplay has been improved upon for a much more enjoyable and fluid combat system. The art of protecting the Little Sister’s is a fantastic new element that encourages tactics and experimentation, and Rapture is just as fun to explore as before. There’s a sense of déjà vu despite the all new environments, and it doesn’t have the same variety the luscious greens of the Botanical Gardens or the dizzying lights of Fort Frolic had, but Rapture is still a beauty to behold despite its rigorous destruction over the past ten years. If you wanted more Bioshock then Bioshock 2 delivers with aplomb. You just might not realise how much you missed it until you go back.
90
PlayStation 3IGN UK
If it wasn't for that expanded, heightened, desperate combat, and how neatly that sidesteps into a surprisingly characterful multiplayer mode, this would be a lacklustre sequel. It's redeemed by the surfeit of combinations, upgrades and gene tonics which allow you to truly specialise, creating a psychedelic, explosive fighting style all of your own. If there's a third game (of course there bloody will be), it cannot be set in Rapture again. We've seen enough of it now. This second tour of duty with far superior toys is everything it needs to be, though. Familiarity breeds a little contempt, but as, simply, a game in which you shoot monsters in city under the sea, it's better in every respect.
90
PlayStation 33D Juegos
Bioshock 2 supone el regreso de Rapture y su Gran Cadena, y con ésta una nueva inmersión en las profundas aguas que envuelven a Rapture, y por ende, también en lo más oscuro del ser humano. Algo falta del espíritu único del original, aunque para ser honestos aquello era poco menos que irrepetible, pero eso no debe ser óbice para considerar a este videojuego un sobresaliente manifiesto del estado de madurez que el First Person Shooter ha alcanzado en esta generación.
90
PlayStation 3videogamer.com
Combat is better, thanks to the dual wielding, better enemy variety and larger scale encounters; hacking has been simplified, now making use of a timing-based button pressing mechanic that fits far better than the tubes seen in the previous game; and replay value has been enhanced by the sheer number of ways you can customise your character through use of Adam and upgrade stations. The game's finale appears to have benefited from the criticism levelled at the first game, and there's even a far better than expected multiplayer mode; one that is more likely to keep you away from Modern Warfare 2 than almost every other multiplayer FPS released in the last six months, simply because it's something a bit different. If 2K had managed to tell a story that equalled or bettered that found in the original, we'd have been left with an unquestionably better experience, rather than just a more exciting, smarter shooter.
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PlayStation 3PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Being a sequel to one of the biggest games of this generation so far meant that Bioshock 2 had a lot to live up to. Critically and commercially acclaimed, there were some pretty big shoes to fill, and we're happy to say that Bioshock 2 improves on the original in almost every way. The gameplay is better, the visuals are tighter and the entire project at many times can be compared to a fine artwork when it comes to the amount of mystique and sheer nervous excitement that oozes out of Rapture on a regular basis. Whether it's the strange messages found on the audio tapes littered throughout the game or the over-the-top ramblings of Sofia Lamb repeatedly being preached, or even just the amount of time you can spend experimenting with the multiple plasmids and weapons that are, quite simply, pure and utter fun; Bioshock 2 is a must-play game, and a very worthy sequel.
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PlayStation 3Gamer.nl
Bioshock 2 is een sterk vervolg op een fantastische game. Het is ontzettend knap dat ontwikkelaar 2K Games wederom zo’n meeslepende spelervaring af heeft weten te leveren. Bioshock 2 speelt heerlijk, is ontzettend sfeervol en kent een ijzersterk plot. Dit is hoe een verhalende game moet zijn. Het is dan ook nu al een van de toptitels van 2010.
90
PlayStation 3Cynamite
BioShock 2 fesselt weniger als der Vorgänger, dafür gibt’s einige Szenen, bei denen einem der Mund offen stehen bleibt!
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PlayStation 3Playstation Universe
Creating a sequel to one of the most critically successful, surprise gaming experiences is not an easy task. 2K Games looks to take BioShock to a new level, with multiplayer, a new storyline, and placing you in the shoes of a Big Daddy. Everything works well in BioShock 2, but doesn't quite live up to the high standards of the first game. If you were intrigued by the mystery of Rapture, you'll likely salivate when you step back in the watery city. The storytelling in BioShock 2 is as much apart of the gameplay experience as the combat. You'll find audio diaries, spray painted messages, and radio messages from allies and foes. As the story unfolds and the mysteries of your presence in Rapture, and why you are a Big Daddy are revealed, you will quickly find that you cannot put your controller down. When everything is done and dusted, you'll find yourself obsessed and ready for the next installment.
90
PlayStation 3GameFocus
Three years and a few delays later, the four-studio collaborative effort (2K Marin, 2K Australia, 2K China and Digital Extremes) that is Bioshock 2 is a great gaming experience. By relying, and cashing in on, what made the Bioshock so great, 2K has made a worthy sequel. However, they did so without surpassing the original. Everyone knew the challenge 2K Games had before them since the day a sequel was announced. I mean, how could you outdo an all-time classic? By adding multiplayer? Not really, despite Digital Extremes making it a truly competent element. That being said, Bioshock 2 isn’t exactly what its predecessor was in terms of novelty but remains a great game that every gamer should check out, whether you’ve played the first outing or not.
90
PlayStation 3Middle East Gamers (MEgamers)
Overall, BioShock 2 is a much more involving experience than its predecessor. The world of Rapture is as scenic as ever and playing Big Daddy is a memorable experience. Hollywood please take note – this is how good sequels are made.
90
PlayStation 3TheSixthAxis
Overall, BioShock 2 is a fantastic game and although the progression may be similar to the first, the action feels a lot fresher. This is a must have for fans of the first game. Although it may be missing some of the charm in the characters that made its predecessor so brilliant it still delivers one of the best-scripted narratives of recent times. With the multiplayer proving a hit and being a good change from the single player mode’s slow paced and immersive gameplay, this game will not disappoint fans of BioShock. However, newcomers should probably play the first game beforehand to be able to put the pieces of the big puzzle that is Rapture together.
90
PlayStation 3PSFocus
Natuurlijk ontbreekt bij deze game het verrassingselement dat in het eerste deel zo’n overdonderende indruk wist achter te laten. Bovendien heeft 2K Marin zich vooral toegespitst op het aanpassen van de gameplay, waardoor er niet echt veel vernieuwing te vinden is. Fans en veteranen zullen zich hierdoor natuurlijk sneller thuis voelen en ook nieuwkomers zullen zich niet vervelen. Daar komt nog bij dat de aanpassingen die 2K Marin doorvoerde de gameplay verbeteren, wat de actie zeker ten goede komt. Reken hier nog eens een ijzersterk verhaal met levensechte personages, ingesproken door meer dan bekwame stemacteurs bij en je weet dat BioShock 2 beter is dan we hadden durven hopen. Op een grafische teleurstelling na, weet 2K Marin namelijk te doen wat niemand voor mogelijk had kunnen houden: de eerste BioShock evenaren en de speler opnieuw een topavontuur voor te schotelen.
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PlayStation 3Play.tm
Much like the heavyweight sequels surrounding it, BioShock 2 more than deserves your time. It may lack the narrative impact of its predecessor - BioShock's jaw-loosening plot twist is one of gaming's finest - and the art deco wonder of Rapture may have lost some of its artistic wow factor, but there's still plenty to applaud here. Instilled with the same graphical beauty, eerie atmosphere and depth of character that made the first visit to Rapture such a discomforting yet immersive pleasure, it's the fluid dual-wielding gameplay, tense tactical set-piece battles, and the truly terrifying shriek of the Big Sisters that convincingly propel BioShock 2 towards greatness.
90
Xbox 360Lens of Truth
Thankfully, I don’t really associate the Bioshock series with multiplayer. The single player game is again excellent, giving us a psychological trip through a devastated utopian society that would mesmerize even the likes of Rod Serling. I just can’t help but wonder how amazing this game would have been if the time spent on the multiplayer was delegated to the single player game.
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Xbox 360Gamestyle
So how to grade the game? BioShock was critically acclaimed and received many perfect scores. BioShock 2 continues the story and plays really well. The story is fantastic, the gameplay is spot on, visuals and sound are perfect, multiplayer is fine. It is however a lot more of the same, it doesn't really improve overall on the original. It is far from a bad game but it isn't perfect. If you pick it up you won't be disappointed, you will in-fact be treated to a sequel of real quality. More that can be said for many movie sequels.
90
WindowsGamer Limit
Overall While it doesn't quite have the same penetrating, vivid experience as the original, BioShock 2 spins a thrilling tale of Sofia Lamb, "The Family," and their maniacal ideals of Utopian society. Multiplayer does have its' high points, but pales in comparison to the finely crafted single player.
90
Windowsvideogamer.com
Combat is better, thanks to the dual wielding, better enemy variety and larger scale encounters; hacking has been simplified, now making use of a timing-based button pressing mechanic that fits far better than the tubes seen in the previous game; and replay value has been enhanced by the sheer number of ways you can customise your character through use of Adam and upgrade stations. The game's finale appears to have benefited from the criticism levelled at the first game, and there's even a far better than expected multiplayer mode; one that is more likely to keep you away from Modern Warfare 2 than almost every other multiplayer FPS released in the last six months, simply because it's something a bit different. If 2K had managed to tell a story that equalled or bettered that found in the original, we'd have been left with an unquestionably better experience, rather than just a more exciting, smarter shooter.
90
WindowsGameZone
Bioshock 2 is an atmospheric, immersive game that does more than just hold a candle to its beloved predecessor. The campaign is engaging, the multiplayer is great, and the new gameplay elements are excellent. Don’t miss out on this one.
90
WindowsCynamite
BioShock 2 fesselt weniger als der Vorgänger, dafür gibt’s einige Szenen, bei denen einem der Mund offen stehen bleibt! Neben umfangreichen Tests findet ihr auch interessante Specials in der neuen Games Aktuell.
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WindowsInsideGamer
BioShock 2 biedt dik tien uur aan mooie gamemomenten die een glimlach op je gezicht zullen toveren. Het verkennen van ruimtes is vermakelijk, het verhaal wordt op sublieme wijze aan de speler overgebracht en de door jou gemaakte keuzes hebben aan het eind van het spel een opvallend gevolg. Het déjà vu-gehalte is misschien wat aan de hoge kant, maar op geen enkel moment had ik het gevoel dat ik met de game wilde stoppen. Sterker nog, ik ga de game dit weekend voor een tweede keer uitspelen en eens kijken wat er gebeurt als ik compleet andere keuzes maak!
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WindowsAtomic Gamer
But shiny water effects simply don't fix the game's meandering, rambling plot, and while that's not as big a deal in a game that's focused almost solely on the action, you should be trying to understand what's going on to get the most out of BioShock 2 - and the developers didn't make that terribly easy. The "wow" factor of seeing Rapture for the first time is gone as well, killing off some of the novelty and the spectacle of an underwater city dystopia full of drug-addled crazies. Sure, it's all here, but we've seen it before. BioShock 2 manages to pull through with superior action, though, and despite its problems, it still makes for a damn great game.
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PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
La méfiance vis-à-vis de cette suite qui pour beaucoup, ne s'imposait pas, vole en éclats rapidement au contact d'un gameplay plus riche et plus intense que jamais. Bioshock 2, tout en se tournant plus volontiers vers l'action, parvient à retrouver l'essence de son prédécesseur et sans la trahir, nous offre une aventure grandiose. Beau, dérangé et terriblement cohérent, le bébé de 2K Marin et de ses pairs est un jeu à ne manquer sous aucun prétexte.
90
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
La méfiance vis-à-vis de cette suite qui pour beaucoup, ne s'imposait pas, vole en éclats rapidement au contact d'un gameplay plus riche et plus intense que jamais. Bioshock 2, tout en se tournant plus volontiers vers l'action, parvient à retrouver l'essence de son prédécesseur et sans la trahir, nous offre une aventure grandiose. Beau, dérangé et terriblement cohérent, le bébé de 2K Marin et de ses pairs est un jeu à ne manquer sous aucun prétexte.
90
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
La méfiance vis-à-vis de cette suite qui pour beaucoup, ne s'imposait pas, vole en éclats rapidement au contact d'un gameplay plus riche et plus intense que jamais. Bioshock 2, tout en se tournant plus volontiers vers l'action, parvient à retrouver l'essence de son prédécesseur et sans la trahir, nous offre une aventure grandiose. Beau, dérangé et terriblement cohérent, le bébé de 2K Marin et de ses pairs est un jeu à ne manquer sous aucun prétexte.
89
PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
Bioshock 2 won't win any awards for its visuals, and maybe the sequel's story isn't as captivating as the first game. But for the most part, the sequel lives up to the original and fans of the original will still love every ounce of what this game has to offer. Audio is superb, as is the art direction, and the overall atmosphere. The game's 'good' ending is a decent one, and even Ben said he was moved by it. But we personally think that the game endings could've been longer. Perhaps sacrifice the numerous ending variations for just two nice and long endings; give the gamer a bit more reward than a 60 second finale - makes us feel a bit cheated.
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WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Bioshock 2 muss sich nur an einem messen lassen: seinem Vorgänger. Große Fußstapfen, aber Bioshock 2 schlägt sich wacker – sehr wacker sogar, wenn auch nicht „Hey, das ist ja noch besser als Teil 1!“-wacker. Dafür überzeugt mich die Story zu wenig – sie ist einfach zu weit von Teil 1 entfernt, zu sehr dazugedichtet und zu unausgewogen im Erzähltempo. Dafür hat sich die Serie aus Sicht eines Ego-Shooter-Fans ordentlich weiterentwickelt, auch wenn die Gegner-KI noch immer zu wünschen übrig lässt. Nach dem ausgiebigen Konsum vieler Vorschau- und Testversionen auf unterschiedlichsten Plattformen kristallisiert sich für mich außerdem eine Eigenheit der PC-Variante heraus: Sie ist besser. Das mag merkwürdig klingen, wo doch alle Fassungen eigentlich identisch sind, jedoch lebt eine Serie wie Bioshock von Atmosphäre, Stimmung und Grafik.
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WindowsHooked Gamers
The single player story is left at a point where there is room left for a third installment, possibly in the role as a Big Sister – who knows. Either way, I for one, will be looking forward to it. In the meantime, I will just have to play through BioShock 2 a few more times.
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PlayStation 3GamingXP
Einige Neuerungen und eine tolle Geschichte machen „BioShock 2“ zu einem mehr als ebenbürtigen Nachfolger. Schade, dass es nur wenige Szenen gibt, die wirklich unter Wasser spielen, den durch diese wird dem Spieler erst richtig bewusst, dass er einen Big Daddy verkörpert. Der Multiplayer-Modus macht jede Menge Laune und besticht vor allem durch die Sammelwut, sowie den „diesen-Rang-schaffe-ich-noch-Faktor“. Shooter-Herz, was willst du mehr?
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PlayStation 3Spazio Games
Bioshock 2 è un'opera sviluppata con molta maestria ed oculatezza, ma manca del coraggio necessario per fare in modo che il gioco venga ricordato al pari del predecessore. La modalità storia infatti ripercorre dal punto di vista narrativo, da quello emozionale e da quello ludico quanto visto due anni fa, evitando, per paura di scontentare i fan, sia di modificare la formula creata sia di integrarla con nuovi elementi. Ne risulta un prodotto divertente e godibile, ma che fallisce proprio nel punto di forza della serie, ovvero nella freschezza dell'ambientazione e nel raccontare la storia. Una campagna da meno di dieci ore ed un multiplayer poco più che accessorio rendono Bioshock 2 un titolo da consigliare ad occhi chiusi agli amanti del primo capitolo, ma non un capolavoro memorabile.
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PlayStation 3Gamervision
BioShock 2 had a huge mountain of unrealistic expectations to overcome the moment it was announced. Even though it’s not quite as excellent as the first game was, BioShock 2 is one of the most enjoyable games I’ve played in a long time. BioShock 2 may not be BioShock, but it doesn’t have to be. The world of Rapture is one I could revisit again and again, as long as there is some new wrinkle to the story to uncover. I’m not sure where 2K’s going to take the franchise from here, but I’ll certainly be along for the ride.
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WindowsComputerGames.ro
Although I understand why BioShock 2 was made, I appreciate some ideas the designers had and acknowledge that it improves certain areas, I can’t help but feel that some of the magic was lost along the way. The single-player hiccups brutally pull you out of what otherwise is a captivating world you can explore to discover its secrets, and on the long run, the multiplayer won’t be anything more than a cute break between two Bad Company / Modern Warfare 2 matches, despite the rewards given for your loyalty.
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PlayStation 3Vandal Online
Pero ahí están, y parece que puede convertirse en la marca de la casa en cuanto a esta saga. El juego nos propone una buena historia, y un modo para un jugador cohesionado, bueno, pero continuista en exceso, pese a depurar múltiples aspectos. Resulta demasiado familiar al llevarnos de vuelta a Rapture, de vuelta al pellejo de un Big Daddy, de vuelta a decisiones morales -con un trasfondo simplista a no poder más- y de vuelta a muchas más cosas; los cambios y novedades muestran que se ha hecho un buen trabajo para mejorar la experiencia de juego en la escafandra, algo que ocupaba relativamente poco espacio de su primera parte, y que -por supuesto- necesitaba muchísima depuración para funcionar como el elemento jugable principal de esta entrega. En cuanto al multijugador, cumple con lo esperable, pero desde luego no es el punto más importante del título, aunque sí se trata de un añadido bien trabajado y capaz de dar muchas horas de juego adicional.
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WindowsVandal Online
BioShock 2 esconde algunas sorpresas en su desarrollo, sorpresas jugables muy interesantes, que, sin embargo, no resultan tan impactantes como en la primera parte, ni tampoco tan sustanciales. Pero ahí están, y parece que puede convertirse en la marca de la casa en cuanto a esta saga. El juego nos propone una buena historia, y un modo para un jugador cohesionado, bueno, pero continuista en exceso, pese a depurar múltiples aspectos. Resulta demasiado familiar al llevarnos de vuelta a Rapture, de vuelta al pellejo de un Big Daddy, de vuelta a decisiones morales -con un trasfondo simplista a no poder más- y de vuelta a muchas más cosas; los cambios y novedades muestran que se ha hecho un buen trabajo para mejorar la experiencia de juego en la escafandra, algo que ocupaba relativamente poco espacio de su primera parte, y que -por supuesto- necesitaba muchísima depuración para funcionar como el elemento jugable principal de esta entrega.
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MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
For just $35 you get a deep, gorgeous game filled with a lot of atmosphere, ideas, and tense and intense combat. Bioshock 2's greatest achievement perhaps is delving into the depths of not only the realm of Rapture, but the players themselves and how affecting the choices they make to survive can be. I found myself contemplating and reflecting on the game long after I turned it off. That is perhaps the best thing you can say about any game. Check out Bioshock 2, you won't be disappointed.
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Xbox 360GamersHell.com
Objectively speaking, BioShock 2's graphics, sound, and gameplay are all first-rate, and how can one complain about a perfectly competent product?. What BioShock 2 lacks—not surprisingly—is that feeling of richness, imagination, originality and wonder that so infused BioShock. In the end, BioShock 2 is a product more corporate than passionate.
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PlayStation 3Gamernode
When it comes down to it, BioShock 2 really can't compare to the excellence that was the original BioShock. But that isn't so much a detriment to BioShock 2 as it is a compliment to BioShock. The game tells its own new story in Rapture that adds to the lore and history of the game universe, and is very entertaining. Rapture has lost its scare factor, but still keeps its creepiness. A good multiplayer is hurt due to technical faults, but good graphics, another quality soundtrack, and upgraded gameplay all make this a solid entry in what will hopefully be a continued BioShock series. Fans of the original would be wise to pick the game up. Anyone else looking for a quality title to enjoy should definitely consider taking a plunge into Rapture.
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PlayStation 3XGN
Als je de sfeer in het eerste deel al fantastisch vond, kun je je absoluut vinden in BioShock 2. De sfeer van een gevallen Utopia straalt namelijk van je scherm af en is overal in terug te zien. Ook leer je nu weer meer over de achtergrond van Rapture, en daarnaast geven de nieuwe wapens en krachten je nog wat meer mogelijkheden om het spel op verschillende manieren te spelen. Helaas kent de game wel een minpunt, want echte vernieuwing is er niet te vinden. Het baanbrekende aspect van het eerste deel, is in dit vervolg dan ook niet terug te vinden. Ondanks dat is BioShock 2 toch een game die voor iedereen aan te raden is.
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PlayStation 3GamingExcellence
BioShock was so ahead of its time when it first came out, that its sequel can be forgiven for simply following in the same path and hitting the same notes. Is it a revelation that will change the face of gaming forever? No. Is it game of the year material? Sadly, it's not that either. BioShock 2 is however, is a great gaming experience that still feels fresh and unique enough to make you glad you purchased and played it all the way through. Rapture lives on, and it's easy to recommend that you dive right into this underwater dystopia once again.
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PlayStation 3TotalPlayStation
The context of BioShock 2 is fundamentally different than the original game and this fact makes it stand out of it's predecessor's shadow. Sophia Lamb insists that you are a monster, not a man like before. But you aren't a monster, nor a slave, but a man who wants to rescue his Little Sister. He will stop at nothing until she is safe, and the “parent”-child relationship is much more prominent than any other game I've played. In Bioshock 2, nothing is more disgusting than harvesting a Little Sister, and even if you decide to never hurt one of those tiny fragile beings again, the Little Sisters will never forget what you did. Bioshock 2 seemed doomed to go under in the almighty shadow of its predecessor, but this second voyage through the seas of Rapture ends on solid ground.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
Andrew Ryan dreamt of a world where his fellow man could endlessly pursue self-happiness and self-fulfillment, so he chose the impossible--a city beneath the oceans. When given the opportunity, the citizens of Rapture chose self-destruction in their selfish and twisted pursuits of his ideals. Precisely what you choose to do when you are beholden only to yourself and your own moral constraints is the backbone of BioShock 2. Rapture may not be as mysterious and intriguing this second time around, but it is nonetheless host to a powerful and moving tale that allows you to better realize--or pervert--Ryan's principles at your own discretion. Regardless of whether or not this is a return visit to paradise lost, there is plenty to be found here to make it a worthwhile, meaningful, and compelling one.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot
Andrew Ryan dreamt of a world where his fellow man could endlessly pursue self-happiness and self-fulfillment, so he chose the impossible--a city beneath the oceans. When given the opportunity, the citizens of Rapture chose self-destruction in their selfish and twisted pursuits of his ideals. Precisely what you choose to do when you are beholden only to yourself and your own moral constraints is the backbone of BioShock 2. Rapture may not be as mysterious and intriguing this second time around, but it is nonetheless host to a powerful and moving tale that allows you to better realize--or pervert--Ryan's principles at your own discretion. Regardless of whether or not this is a return visit to paradise lost, there is plenty to be found here to make it a worthwhile, meaningful, and compelling one.
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WindowsGamernode
When it comes down to it, BioShock 2 really can't compare to the excellence that was the original BioShock. But that isn't so much a detriment to BioShock 2 as it is a compliment to BioShock. The game tells its own new story in Rapture that adds to the lore and history of the game universe, and is very entertaining. Rapture has lost its scare factor, but still keeps its creepiness. A good multiplayer is hurt due to technical faults, but good graphics, another quality soundtrack, and upgraded gameplay all make this a solid entry in what will hopefully be a continued BioShock series. Fans of the original would be wise to pick the game up. Anyone else looking for a quality title to enjoy should definitely consider taking a plunge into Rapture.
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WindowsEveryeye.it
Bioshock 2 si configura come seguito naturale di uno dei giochi più singolari e stupefacenti, appartenente ad un genere ancora non standardizzato, ma bellissimo nella sua ibridata realtà. Sfortunatamente le poche novità non bastano a distogliere la memoria del videogiocatore dalla storia affascinante del capitolo precedente, lasciando tutti troppo consapevoli di come affrontare i nemici e come procedere nei livelli. In definitiva se Rapture era riuscita, nel 2007, a catturare la nostra attenzione sarà divertente intraprendere le gesta di un enorme Big Daddy, se invece è la prima volta che sentiamo il nome di Andrew Ryan sarebbe meglio procedere per gradi e acquistare, risparmiando anche qualche euro, il primo strabiliante capitolo della saga.
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WindowsWorth Playing
BioShock 2 is still worth the price of admission to Rapture. Although it feels far more action-packed and is more of a linear submarine ride into the deep blue than the original title, what it does exceptionally well is bringing even more of Rapture's storied existence to the surface for some closure. The familiar gameplay doesn't veer too far from the original, which is both good and bad. It's good because it's familiar, but it's also worrisome considering that it occasionally felt more like an expansion pack. BioShock 2 is a unique story that pleasantly adds to the existing mythos instead of upending what came before "just because." By the time I came up for air at the end, I still wanted to keep diving back for more.
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WindowsGamingExcellence
BioShock was so ahead of its time when it first came out, that its sequel can be forgiven for simply following in the same path and hitting the same notes. Is it a revelation that will change the face of gaming forever? No. Is it game of the year material? Sadly, it’s not that either. BioShock 2 is however, is a great gaming experience that still feels fresh and unique enough to make you glad you purchased and played it all the way through. Rapture lives on, and it’s easy to recommend that you dive right into this underwater dystopia once again.
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WindowsRealGamer
Whilst Bioshock 2 may feel very similar to the original game, it does expand on the characters and story that were introduced in the original game and once again allows you to create a very customisable playing experience through the use of Plasmids and Tonics. The constant references to the original game may make it slightly inaccessible to new players, but fans of the first game will once again be hooked until the end.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Ja, Bioshock 2 ist wie der der erste Teil. Und dann auch wieder nicht. Denn der philosophische Unterbau, der uns im Vorgänger noch faszinierte (oder wahlweise nervte), fehlt. Ebenso fehlen die wirklichen Schockmomente, das Grauen, das Bioshock über weite Strecken ausgemacht hat. Mich stört’s nicht, im Gegenteil. Denn mir war von vornherein klar, dass Bioshock 2 nicht noch mal das gleiche Maß an Verzauberung bewerkstelligen konnte, dafür hätte man ein anderes, ein ganz neues Spiel mit neuen Eindrücken machen müssen. Weil’s die nicht gibt, genieße ich das, was das Spiel mir bietet: nämlich launige und dank der Waffenvielfalt abwechslungsreiche Kämpfe in nach wie vor toller Umgebung - diesmal sogar, ohne dass ich mir dabei die Finger verknote. Ein Hoch auf den gleichzeitigen Einsatz von Waffen und Plasmiden!
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Xbox 360GamersGlobal
Bioshock 2 kann die durch den Vorgänger sehr hoch gesteckten Erwartungen nicht ganz erfüllen. Zu zahlreich sind die Standardkämpfe, zu oft gleicht sich der Spielablauf. Dennoch ist die Geschichte spannend erzählt und bietet viele Einblicke in die Geschichte von Rapture und der Big Daddies. Dazu kommen spannende Bosskämpfe in einzigartigen Umgebungen und eine Vielzahl an Plasmiden und Toniken, die zum Experimentieren einladen. Actionspieler und Fans des ersten Teils gleichermaßen sollten mehr als nur einen Blick riskieren.
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PlayStation 3GamersGlobal
Bioshock 2 kann die durch den Vorgänger sehr hoch gesteckten Erwartungen nicht ganz erfüllen. Zu zahlreich sind die Standardkämpfe, zu oft gleicht sich der Spielablauf. Dennoch ist die Geschichte spannend erzählt und bietet viele Einblicke in die Geschichte von Rapture und der Big Daddies. Dazu kommen spannende Bosskämpfe in einzigartigen Umgebungen und eine Vielzahl an Plasmiden und Toniken, die zum Experimentieren einladen. Actionspieler und Fans des ersten Teils gleichermaßen sollten mehr als nur einen Blick riskieren.
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WindowsGamersGlobal
Bioshock 2 kann die durch den Vorgänger sehr hoch gesteckten Erwartungen nicht ganz erfüllen. Zu zahlreich sind die Standardkämpfe, zu oft gleicht sich der Spielablauf. Dennoch ist die Geschichte spannend erzählt und bietet viele Einblicke in die Geschichte von Rapture und der Big Daddies. Dazu kommen spannende Bosskämpfe in einzigartigen Umgebungen und eine Vielzahl an Plasmiden und Toniken, die zum Experimentieren einladen. Actionspieler und Fans des ersten Teils gleichermaßen sollten mehr als nur einen Blick riskieren.
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PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
BioShock 2 is a great game that I thoroughly enjoyed playing. Unfortunately, the experience wasn't as fresh as I'd have liked. It seems like the dev teams didn't take enough chances for fear of alienating the rabid fan base. Still, despite the overwhelming familiarity of the title, there's a load of quality gaming to be found here. It's definitely worth suiting up and heading back into Rapture.
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WindowsCheat Code Central
BioShock 2 is a great game that I thoroughly enjoyed playing. Unfortunately, the experience wasn't as fresh as I'd have liked. It seems like the dev teams didn't take enough chances for fear of alienating the rabid fan base. Still, despite the overwhelming familiarity of the title, there's a load of quality gaming to be found here. It's definitely worth suiting up and heading back into Rapture.
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PlayStation 31UP
If you were hoping for another chance to jump in and explore Rapture, BioShock 2 probably won't disappoint you, but you're not getting the same caliber of twisted, engaging story this time around. It's a standard, straightforward tale, with a few too many holes to be called truly "great," but it's still a fun ride.
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Xbox 360Just Adventure
It’s unfortunate that the exact same voices (with little variety) from the first game were utilized, and I can’t tell you enough how tired I got hearing the virtually identical little sisters whimper, “Hurry, Mr. Bubbles, we’ll miss the angels dancing!” or “I’m ready for dreamtime, Mr. B.” The first couple of times were cute, but not eight levels in. There’s so much more I can say, but it’s better if you stop reading and get to playing. While some may say developer 2K Marin has let Bioshock 2 fall into the dreaded sophomore slump, I don’t necessarily think that’s true. It had to be unnerving to try to top such a runaway bestseller of a new property. Let’s see what the future brings; I seriously doubt with a capital D that after reaching the surface a second time (again, there are several endings depending how much of a maniac you were) this is where the story ends.
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PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
If your interest lies solely with the single-player experience – and let’s be frank, this is why we counted down the days until BioShock 2’s release – I walked away from it pleased, but also unfulfilled. BioShock 2 eventually becomes the sequel I hoped for, but spends too much time getting there.
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PlayStation 3Digital Chumps
I'm impressed that a game company identified a working formula and went with it. Bioshock 2 works because Bioshock worked. It's nice to see 2K Games got the story right, as it works well with the ending of the first Bioshock. As for the gameplay, it's essentially the same, but improvements with weapons and plasmids makes it a little deeper. The addition of multiplayer just ices this cake and gives you a little more reason to add Bioshock 2 to your library.
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WindowsGamingTrend
Overall, Bioshock 2 is a good game. Not stupendous like the first one, but then again, it doesn't have a lackluster ending like the first one did. Luckily, this seems to close the book of Rapture as I cannot see another return trip to the city under the sea. I can wholeheartedly recommend the game if you enjoyed the first one, though. There is one small issue that did crop up after the release of the game that dealt with the DLC. Looks like the DLC was already contained within the release candidate and 2K games only sold unlock codes. I will not take points off for this, but I do believe a person purchasing the game should know this. Other than that, enjoy the game and welcome to Rapture…again!
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Xbox 360GameSpy
I had my doubts as to how a different studio would handle a sequel to one of the best games of this generation, but 2K Marin (which took the baton from original BioShock developer Irrational Games) has proven that Rapture's still ripe for storytelling. Sure, the wonder of experiencing Rapture for the first time is gone, and yes, the engine is really starting to show its age, but the most important element -- BioShock 2's narrative -- lives up to its heritage. That said, I can't emphasize enough how badly I want the next BioShock to leave the sea behind for good. The first time was rapture, the second time's been solid, but a third visit to the depths would make me wonder if creativity's been lost to the abyss.
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MacintoshMacworld
Fans of non-stop shoot-'em-up games might find Bioshock 2 a little bit too leisurely for their tastes, but if you like the idea of exploring a weirdly imaginative setting and storyline then Rapture will be your kind of town.
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MacintoshMacLife
Provided your machine has the specs to power this beast, BioShock 2 serves up a great first-person shooter experience on the Mac, even if it’s not quite as brilliant as the original.
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WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Bioshock 2 is a very good addition to anyone’s game collection. The single-player campaign is substantial in length, and the multiplayer mode extends the value even further. Plus, the developers are planning some DLC, mostly for the multiplayer modes.
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Xbox 360newbreview.com
While the story is a lot more conventional and straight forward than the original, it is consistent with the Bioshock universe, and truth be told a lot more even. Playing as the Big Daddy adds a new level of strategy to the game, and the Multiplayer should keep people coming back for a good while to come.
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PlayStation 3Strategy Informer
Bioshock 2 is an admirable experience, one that doesn't compare to the narrative of its predecessor, but carries forth the fun gameplay that was originally inspired some two years ago. The addition of multiplayer gives us all the more reason to keep playing after completing the 13-15 hour campaign, though conflicting design choices keep Bioshock 2 from succeeding and ultimately stepping out of the shadow of the original.
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PlayStation 3Darkstation
As many of you may have expected, it doesn’t fully live up to the pedigree of the first title. It does not completely ruin its good name, and definitely adds some cool new features to the title including an ambitious yet buggy online aspect. It definitely could have been a bigger departure from the first, but given that they game is still quite a good game, it deserves to be praised and played. If you enjoyed the first game, you will most likely enjoy this game because it’s very similar.
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PlayStation 3Gamereactor (Sweden)
Rapture är kanske inte lika hemlighetsfullt längre och tekniken bakom grafiken känns inte helt pinfärsk. Men det är fortfarande en helt unik spelvärld, fylld med så mycket hemskheter att man inte annat än kan älska den. Rapture förfaller sakteliga där nere på havets botten, men inuti pågår sällsamma maktkamper om de återstående ruinerna. Jag är glad att återigen ha fått äventyra under ytan och även om det inte riktigt lever upp till originalet är Bioshock 2 ändå en värdig uppföljare till ett av 2007 års allra bästa spel.
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PlayStation 3GameSpy
I had my doubts as to how a different studio would handle a sequel to one of the best games of this generation, but 2K Marin (which took the baton from original BioShock developer Irrational Games) has proven that Rapture's still ripe for storytelling. Sure, the wonder of experiencing Rapture for the first time is gone, and yes, the engine is really starting to show its age, but the most important element -- BioShock 2's narrative -- lives up to its heritage. That said, I can't emphasize enough how badly I want the next BioShock to leave the sea behind for good. The first time was rapture, the second time's been solid, but a third visit to the depths would make me wonder if creativity's been lost to the abyss.
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PlayStation 3Giant Bomb
It's hard to make too many direct comparisons to the first BioShock when talking about this sequel, because such a big part of the first game was seeing Rapture for the first time and experiencing a real sense of discovery as you went deeper and deeper into its fiction. Returning to Rapture--even a different part of the city--is naturally going to be less impressive. But the smart additions on the gameplay side make BioShock 2 rewarding in a different way, while those who want to know more about Andrew Ryan's underwater city will find just enough to make the return trip worthwhile.
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PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain
Bioshock 2 is an incredibly solid game. Getting to go back to the amusement park that is Rapture was more than worth the entry fee just for the single player alone. If you liked the first game and thought Rapture was a cool place that you would like to learn more about, the sequel won't let you down. The ending is satisfying and fun unlike the last game and the story ends up being interesting and very well told. While I did have some problems with the multiplayer lag I would recommend Bioshock 2 to anyone who is a fan of great worlds, amazing atmosphere, cool characters, and fun action without hesitation.
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PlayStation 3D+PAD Magazine
The game is unmistakeably more focused on combat than its predecessor, whose shadow it fails to step away from due to lack of atmosphere courtesy of a removed sense of isolation. Thankfully, the weapons have never been more thrilling to wield, the powers never more necessary and the enemies never more challenging. Taking arms against a Big Sister complete with telekinesis and fire abilities has to be seen to be believed and even though the graphics as a whole have taken a hit, the game redeems itself with an affecting storyline that triumphantly overcomes the disconnect between player and protagonist. True enough, the multiplayer suffers from the ‘me too’ syndrome but it’s unlikely that people will be picking this up for its online capabilities. BioShock 2 expands the world, evolves the series and proves itself an excellent purchase for anyone looking to journey to a world beneath the waves.
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WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Bioshock 2 laat iets te veel steken vallen om een waardige opvolger van het klassieke origineel te zijn.
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WindowsAceGamez
Bioshock 2 is a fun game. Maybe I should have mentioned that at the very beginning but I feel it’s an honest and accurate way to wrap it up. There’s nothing here that’s groundbreaking, and if you’ve played the original you’ll fit back into the sequel like a comfy pair of slippers. Even though there will be many disappointed with the lack of innovation, 2K have ensured genuine entertainment mixed with a few nice touches to draw the player in emotionally a little more than in the original. Fanboys can breathe a sigh of relief and newcomers can enjoy a solid gaming experience—a universal appeal that not many games are able to achieve.
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WindowsGameSpy
I had my doubts as to how a different studio would handle a sequel to one of the best games of this generation, but 2K Marin (which took the baton from original BioShock developer Irrational Games) has proven that Rapture's still ripe for storytelling. Sure, the wonder of experiencing Rapture for the first time is gone, and yes, the engine is really starting to show its age, but the most important element -- BioShock 2's narrative -- lives up to its heritage. That said, I can't emphasize enough how badly I want the next BioShock to leave the sea behind for good. The first time was rapture, the second time's been solid, but a third visit to the depths would make me wonder if creativity's been lost to the abyss.
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WindowsCPU Gamer
BioShock 2’s final hours proved there’s some life left in Rapture, but whether or not the developers can channel that kind of energy for BioShock 3 is up in the air. The series is already at a point of diminishing returns and its getting dangerously close to becoming creatively stagnant.
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Windows2404.org PC Gaming
Once you reach the final hours of this 10-12 hour game, the developers really find their own unique voice for BioShock 2. Instead of feeling like it’s aping everything its predecessor did, it steps in, and presents its own ideas and its own ambitions. It’s just, by that point, all the previous hours were filled with tedium and with such an overwhelming sense of familiarity, that it started to become I game I simply played because it was a sequel to BioShock. BioShock 2’s final hours proved there’s some life left in Rapture, but whether or not the developers can channel that kind of energy for BioShock 3 is up in the air. The series is already at a point of diminishing returns and its getting dangerously close to becoming creatively stagnant.
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Xbox 360AusGamers
The hurdle here was always going to be asking players of the first game to leave their investment with Jack and offer it to someone new, and a Big Daddy, no less. But their ambition is clear, and it's a well-crafted experience. It just lacks the punch and innovation of the first game, presenting itself more as a tangent than a true sequel. But if you liked the setting of the first and need more Rapture love, BioShock 2 will sate - just don't go in expecting to be wowed in the same way you were the first time.
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WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
Мультиплеер вызывает другое чувство — злость. Гражданская война в Rapture — идеальный период для сетевых баталий, а сверхспособности и «перки», открываемые с ростом опыта, неплохо дополняют классическое оружие. Увы, программные ошибки, чудовищные «лаги», куцый предматчевый интерфейс и контуженная система подбора игроков ставят крест на будущем многопользовательской части. Хотя светлым его при всем желании не назвать: уж больно стандартны режимы и непритязателен облик.
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Xbox 360Sci-Fi Online (The Sci-Fi Channel)
As I mentioned earlier, this game feels like a reworked version of the first installment. However, if you enjoyed the first game, this does add plenty of additional information to your understanding of Rapture. I just can't help thinking that quite a few people are going to feel a little short changed.
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WindowsFactornews
C'est quand même con d'écrire une page pour résumer ce qui tient en quelques mots. Oui, Bioshock 2 n'est pas aussi réussi que le premier. Néanmoins ce serait encore plus con de passer à côté si vous avez adoré le premier. Rapture est toujours aussi magnifique, on s'amuse toujours autant et l'ambiance fonctionne toujours aussi bien. Les jeux avec un univers aussi original sont tellement rares qu'il serait dommage de passer à côté. Pour ceux qui s'ennuient, il y a même un mode multi mais je n'ai pas eu le temps de creuser la question.
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PlayStation 3Thunderbolt Games
BioShock 2, despite its problems, is as good of a sequel as one could hope for. When the game takes chances and tweaks things it usually works out for the best. But any time it tries to replicate the elements that made the original unique, it fails. The surprises aren’t there and neither is the awe one feels the first time they booted-up their copy of BioShock and laid eyes on Rapture.
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WindowsGaming since 198x
Malheur ! Rapture a vieilli, et les belles balades inondées sont moins sexy quand on ne court pas après Andrew Ryan, ce jeu console est mal porté et cher sur PC, dépassé par son premier épisode à tous les niveaux, et malgré quelques détails qui auraient pû le sauver, il n'en est pas moins un bide qui fait mal au coeur, snif.