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BioShock (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Would you kindly play Bioshock? Oleg Roschin (164812) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Who is John Galt? -- A question without an answer. St. Martyne (3562) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
It's not System Shock 3, but damn is this game still amazing Matt Neuteboom (941) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Prepare to be BioShocked *Katakis* (37493) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
Welcome to Rapture NeoJ (428) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
An Artful Spiritual Successor To System Shock 2 Steelysama (106) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A very big disappointment dorian grey (245) 0.71 Stars0.71 Stars0.71 Stars0.71 Stars0.71 Stars
This isn’t a game review; this is a review of game reviewing lasttoblame (393) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
BioShock is a memorable trip into the bizarre and the surreal. Kadath Bird (619) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Yes, it's another somewhat negative review of BioShock. hydra9 (3853) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.1
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (166 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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Gaming since 198x
Grandiose, épique, magistral, Bioshock est plus qu'un jeu, c'est une expérience hors du commun. Lorsqu'un titre atteint un tel niveau de quasi-perfection, on ne peut que s'incliner tant les superlatifs paraissent bien incapables de décrire ce que l'on ressent. Chapeau bas.
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Factornews
Le monde des jeux vidéo est rempli de suites faciles, de jeux sans âme exploitant toujours les mêmes univers aux couleurs marrons-gris et utilisant les mêmes mécanismes de gameplay. Quand Bioshock sort, on ne peut qu’applaudir. Irrational Games a développé un jeu bourré de bonnes idées, dans un monde fascinant, original et malsain, avec un bon scénario et une narration intelligente, un gameplay très riche et des graphismes somptueux. La perfection n’est pas de ce monde mais avec Bioshock on s’en approche beaucoup. Alors il faut saluer l’effort car un titre de cette trempe, on n’en reverra pas avant un bon bout de temps. C’est une expérience unique et émotionnellement très forte.
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Game Revolution
Bioshock is that rare game where the plot, environment, and combat are all steps above the normal video game experience. Games at their very best, like this one, can create amazing alternative worlds for us to inhabit, doing those things we can't do in real life. This is one product the free market should be very happy to have.
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Game Shark
System Shock and its sequel are both regarded as two of the best and most influential games ever made. They also were duds in terms of sales. BioShock needs to sell well. It really does. It needs to restore my faith in the consumer, because if a game like this doesn’t sell—and if BioShock ends up being yet another critically acclaimed game that the general public ignores then we’re all wasting our time writing reviews in the first place. Folks, this is just about as good as it gets.
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videogamer.com
To put it simply, BioShock is a brilliant game; one that sets the proverbial benchmark not only for first-person adventure titles, but also for all future games to come. And this is no flashing visit, with your stay in Rapture easily reaching 20+ hours if you don't rush through. But it's not just the fact that BioShock is a real looker, or the fact that as a first-person shooter alone it stands up to all of its competitors; it's the thought and craftsmanship that went into realising Rapture, its emotionally-jarring denizens and its compelling and seamless narrative that pushes you willingly forward from chapter-to-chapter.
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Game industry News (GiN)
A lot of critics are hailing Bioshock as a possible Game of the Year, and I am one of them. The former Irrational Games is back and better than ever. I’m just curious how life will be after Rapture.
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UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
These minor complaints mean very little in the end. There's nothing which will make you ever want to stop playing; you'll simply curse under your breath and get on with killing Splicers and hunting Little Sisters. There's also a core story which this review hasn't even touched on, and with good cause. 2K Games has remained notoriously tight-lipped on plot details and we'll do the same. But just what do those ghosts and surreal images which keep popping up mean? And what are those odd, chain-shaped tattoos on our protagonist's wrists? Could there be some deeper connection between the main character and Rapture than we are first led to believe? You'll have to discover these answers for yourself as you make your way through the murky depths and face the untold horrors of Rapture's darkest corners.
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G4 TV: X-Play
The gameplay itself should be enough to sell you on this game. If you were a fan of the original System Shock, or you really dug Deus Ex, then you should get a huge kick out of this game. But there’s so much else to admire. The art direction is outstanding; mixing art deco architecture, classic 1950’s graphic design and tons of great old music from the early jazz era that adds a musty creepiness to the overall atmosphere of the game. It’s definitely not your typical Space Marine fare, and that’s a very good thing. So if you really do believe in what the best games have to offer, then would you kindly play BioShock?
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GamerDad
Despite the 5-star score, Bioshock is not a perfect game. There are annoyances in the interface and problems with antivirus compatibility and installation activation woes, as well as a few weak moments in the narrative. But in terms of the actual gameplay these are very minor and do little to detract from an otherwise excellent experience. It is brutal, but not very hard as shooters go, so you don't even have to worry if your twitch gamer skills are up to snuff. Many people are calling this the best shooter since Half-Life 2 and comparins and contrasting the two. I think that is an excellent comparison because neither are particularly innovative in large terms but each delivers compelling narrative that is extremely polished and well done and changes the way you look at other games.
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1UP
So I have to admit: I got a little teary at the ending. I'm not telling you this to show you how deep I am or so that you can call me a sissy; I'm telling you simply 'cuz that's what happened. After turning me into a living arsenal for 20 hours, BioShock took about 15 seconds to utterly disarm me.
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CanardPC
Au bout de six pages, je n’ai qu’une seule et unique chose à vous dire : achetez BioShock, même si vous ne disposez pas encore d’un PC suffisamment puissant, même si vous êtes à 30 euros près et que vous préféreriez le choper plus tard en gamme budget. Le seul moyen d’avoir d’autres titres de cette qualité, laissant loin derrière toute concurrence, c’est de montrer aux décideurs, aux commerciaux dans les bureaux que l’audace, la qualité et l’intelligence payent. Alors, faites un effort qui fait plaisir.
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Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
With Bioshock, Irrational Games sat down, considered its work in System Shock 2, and essentially reproduced that game, removing the few flaws and adding about a cup and a half of awesome. As outstanding as System Shock 2 was, it occasionally failed to omit unnecessary words, while Bioshock is a study in elegance. Because of this, I’m being much harder on it; the better a game gets, the more harshly it must be judged. And since Bioshock is a really, really good game, it ought to go through the wringer.
100
Game Chronicles
Whether you purchase the PC version or the Xbox 360 game you will be in for a treat for all the senses. BioShock is on the same par as those great classic films that have won awards for years and this one will for the video game industry. The combination of a great story and fantastic gameplay with wonderful scenery has been so well created into an all around well crafted game that it would be a shame to miss out on playing it.
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Gameguru Mania
Overall, BioShock is one of the best games ever made. Turn off the lights, crank up the volume, take your time and enjoy it. It's about the experience not the high score! I can easily say BioShock delivers the most rewarding and adrenaline-filled experience I have ever had with any action game!
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GameSpy
Those few PC quibbles aside, BioShock is a triumph, an absolute masterpiece that needs to be played by anyone with the slightest interest in gaming. It's a high-water mark not just for the FPS genre, but for the hobby in general. Since it's set at the bottom of the sea, it's perhaps ironic to say that it's the kind of game you want to soak in from start to finish and then play all over again. In the world of videogames, there's nothing to be more proud of.
100
Bit-Tech
Important, gorgeous, dramatic? BioShock redefines what these words mean in the games industry, leaving past peaks like Half-Life 2 by the wayside. BioShock is quite simply a triumph that we cannot gush enough praise for. BioShock is, without exaggeration, the best experience I have ever had with a computer since I first got into games all those years ago with The Secret of Monkey Island. It is my new favourite game and the benchmark for all future titles.
100
Gamer 2.0
What is BioShock, then? It will challenge you, it will move you, and it will force you to make hard decisions. It is unbelievably immersive and tenaciously inventive. It is a game that sets the bar high for others to follow—for its art direction, narrative, and gameplay. It may very well be one of the best games to come out this year, and will surely be mentioned for a while to come. If you had doubts about how this game would deliver on its hype, you may now set yourself at ease. Irrational Games has delivered and then some. And you’d be a fool not to get your hands on this now.
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Jolt (UK)
Yet, that fear of an impending death never fades. The feeling of being watched, of being used, of being nothing but a pawn, balances perfectly with the game’s no-holds-barred approach to combat. It’s this mixture of ambience, emotion and plain old fun that sets BioShock apart from the scores of FPSes hitting the shelves this year. It’s neither perfect nor as revolutionary as some might make out, but it is one of the most progressive, gripping and downright fun games to hit the market in the last decade.
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Video Game Generation
From Plasmids to Tonics to weapon customization to researching enemies, BioShock’s grandeur is most apparent in the little things. Each game element and every level displays an inhuman amount of attention and detail, and I can imagine the sleepless nights the developers spent slaving away at their desks with only a dim light and caffeinated beverage keeping them company. Everything about BioShock speaks to its quality. In short, Bioshock takes players and makes them feel they are really in Rapture. The visuals, ambient noises, voices and story form a rusty hook that players will just love to run through their cheek.
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GamingExcellence
Stellar gameplay, graphics, audio, and cinematic narrative advance video game storytelling to a level you've never seen; moral choices have a huge impact on how the game is played; outstanding level design; incredible replay value; scary as hell; a deep upgrade system allows for RPG style character development within shooter-style gameplay; as much fun to watch as it is to play.
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VGcore
So what constitutes art? Well, no one can really answer that question. It is just one of those opinions that differ from person to person until a general consensus says that it is okay to define something as art. Sometimes it takes years for it to happen; sometimes a work will never be respected. All the elements are there in BioShock, and simply needs to be played and experienced to be truly appreciated. Arguments about art aside, it is one of the greatest shooters of all time, and a glimpse of just how far video games have come, if not where they are going to go.
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Giery.eu
Muszę przyznać, że nie grałem w tak wyśmienitą grę od czasów pierwszego Half-Life. Bioshock powala, miażdży, zgniata i zabija wszystkie inne produkcje kilku ostatnich miesięcy. Klimat jest wspaniały, grafika piękna a dźwięki to uczta dla uszu. Jeśli nie macie zbyt mocnego sprzętu żeby uciągnąć Bioshocka, to on sam jest pretekstem do zakupienia nowego komputera. Tego nie wolno przegapić! To trzeba przeżyć! Jeśli nie zagrasz w tę produkcję, drogi czytelniku, uwierz mi, wiele stracisz. Bioshock jest genialny!
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IC-Games
When summing up, especially with a game so highly praised, it’s very hard to convince the more cynical gamer that us journalists were not promised unimagined wealth for our recommendations. With a game like BioShock however it’s easy; the game simply sells itself regardless of what anyone says. Without doubt, BioShock is truly a next-gen masterpiece, more than worthy of your attention. It simply blows everything comparable out of the water and for now we challenge you to find otherwise.
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Netjak
Overall, BioShock is definitely worth a purchase. There simply isn’t a better experience to be had on the PC. Even if you don’t have a PC that can run BioShock, consider picking up the Xbox 360 version. But don’t fool yourself; BioShock isn’t the greatest shooter of all time. Go in knowing that and you’ll absolutely love it. BioShock still has its flaws, but they pale in comparison to the entire package.
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GameAlmighty.com
Bioshock has got everything that a great triple-A title needs, and it’s got it in spades. Intense combat, amazing and deep story, beautiful graphics, awesome sound – yes please. Add to that the level of customization and the multiple endings, and you’ve got something worth talking about. Is it a 10? Not quite, but it’s more than deserving of its spot as one of the highest scoring games at Game Almighty.
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Game Freaks 365
With so many things to do in Bioshock, it's a shame it is only 20 hours long. A game like this should be much longer, but you will immediately want to play the game over again to try and find everything. Bioshock could challenge every competitor this year for Game of the Year. With that being said, go out and buy this game, "Would you kindly?"
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Chief
BioShock is geen shooter, noch rollenspel of survival-horrorgame: het is alledrie en veel, veel meer.
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IGN
BioShock is Irrational's finest offering to date, as well as the swan song for the Irrational brand in a way, since they recently relinquished their longstanding and well-established studio name for the more corporate, faceless tag of 2K Boston and 2K Australia. BioShock is a first-person shooter set in the fantastically unsettling city of Rapture, a metropolis built under the sea by the megalomaniacal Andrew Ryan. Throughout your lengthy stay, you'll find options for combat as intricate and enjoyable as the story and characters are to interpretation, something that only a handful of games can ever claim to offer.
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Fragland.net
There you have it. Bioshock is without a doubt the most immersive FPS currently available and the only slightly negative comments we can give are things that we won’t see in games for many years to come.
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Computer and Video Games (CVG)
BioShock is an expertly crafted game in every respect, a truly worthy successor to what's considered one of the PC's greatest games, and a game that, we feel, will be a milestone in PC gaming. Never has the medium been used as a storytelling device in such a beautiful and engaging way, and never have we been drawn so deeply into a game world.
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PC Zone
BioShock is an expertly crafted game in every respect, a truly worthy successor to what's considered one of the PC's greatest games, and a game that, we feel, will be a milestone in PC gaming. Never has the medium been used as a storytelling device in such a beautiful and engaging way, and never have we been drawn so deeply into a game world. Long live Rapture.
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Cheat Code Central
Ultimately, Bioshock is a blast and probably the best game I've played this year. Some of Bioshock's storytelling techniques are unprecedented and will perhaps set a new standard for storytelling excellence in gaming. It doesn't hurt that Bioshock's great story is framed by incredible visuals and solid controls as well. Overall, Bioshock is a game that you don't want to miss out on unless you're easily spooked.
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GamesCollection
Se possedete un pc "bello potente", potrete godervi un bellissimo gioco che vi regalerà ore di divertimento senza mai annoiarvi. Assolutamente da acquistare! Per i possessori di Xbox 360 questo problema per fortuna non si pone, regalando emozioni senza limiti, seppur con alcuni compromessi grafici rispetto alla controparte PC di fascia alta.
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AusGamers
This "intricate" story, ultimately, becomes the driving force behind moving through the game, which given how much there is to do within Rapture outside of the narrative, is an unbelievable feat. BioShock, for the sum of its parts, is easily the game of the year thus far and there seems to be very little - in my opinion - on the horizon as poignant as this to derail it from that perch. Beyond 2007, I can't foresee a gameplay experience as rich, balanced and robust as this. BioShock really is the game "that keeps on giving" thanks largely to the fully realised game-world and the incredible marriage between interacting with it, its denizens and your accrued weapons and abilities, but beyond all of this, the experience is so much more worth it for the incredible narrative, story and pacing. An absolutely masterful piece of game design and a title that further proves games are fast becoming art and not just a pastime for kids or so called nerds or geeks.
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YouGamers
Bioshock is nothing if not entirely engrossing. An example of perfect narrative pacing, the game has intense combat with a unique weapon system. The story pulls you in and doesn't let go, and user choices help to drive the plot. No detail was left untouched in making the game a cohesive and polished finished product. While it's not a genre-busting pioneer, the gameplay in BioShock won't disappoint.
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Gamernode
BioShock is all about placing yourself in a wonderful, heavily detailed environment filled with memorable characters, cool enemies, and creepy atmospheres reminiscent of an HP Lovecraft tale. If you're looking for another run 'n gun game to play while you chug down a few Cokes, you'll probably be better off not picking BioShock up. If you want a good game you can play in the dark, immerse yourself in, and love well-crafted plots and great writing, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't go get BioShock tomorrow morning. (Unless you don't have the money - that's a good reason). It's exactly what we all said it would be, and that's a very rare feat to accomplish.
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GameZone
BioShock is one of those games that truly make a strong case for video games as a proper art form. The world is as robust and detailed as anything you’ll see in a movie (if not more so), and the sense of suspense never wears out, keeping you on board for a thrill ride from beginning to end. No gamer should miss out on this one.
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VicioJuegos.com
No importa que haya sufrido una serie de retrasos. Tampoco importa que salga al mercado a un precio ligeramente superior a otros juegos de PC (pero más barato que la versión de Xbox 360, para aquellos que posean ambos sistemas). Ni siquiera que sólo ofrezca un trabajado modo historia. Bioshock es un juego innovador, inteligente y trascendental, que promueve la creatividad del jugador para enfrentarse a los habitantes de Rapture y con una de las mejores ambientaciones jamás experimentadas. Un juego llamado a convertirse en una nueva referencia en el género y nuevo modelo a seguir. Ya todos los seguidores de los shooters anhelamos con ansias una expansión del mismo o el anuncio de una posible secuela, aunque por el momento tendremos que esperar.
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TTGamer
The atmosphere, the story, the unique execution of the gameplay, the fact it never feels like a console port; everything on offer here is top notch 'PC Game of the Year' grade stuff that, like the System Shock series before it, should be in every PC gamer's collection. The difference this time around, however, is that thanks to the efforts of 2KGames and the more pre-release aware gaming world we live in, BioShock has a real chance of actually achieving this. If there is a game out there seeing release in 2007 across any genre that can top this truly spectacular unique experience, then we may have the best year ever for PC gaming on our hands, because BioShock is really just that good. There is some room for improvement for any future sequel to make this series truly epic, but make no mistake, you must go and get BioShock, even if it means a stop by the PC store for an upgrade first.
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2404.org PC Gaming
BioShock is the game we've been waiting for years for and, for System Shock fans, about a decade. BioShock shows how far this industry has gotten and reconfirms videogames as the best form of entertainment out there.
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Hry Sme
Neviem, ako to vyjadriť nepatetickejšie – Bioshock disponuje aj napriek zvrátenosti a brutálnosti svojho konceptu vnútornou krásou, dušou a charizmou, ktorá je v hernom priemysle v takomto rozsahu vzácna. A to i napriek tomu, že ide o „prachobyčajnú“ FPS-ku. Prejsť ju by sa malo stať povinnosťou každého hráča, ktorý svoj vzťah k interaktívnej zábave zakladá na pôžitku z atmosféry. Bioshock snúbi dizajnérske umenie, top technické spracovanie, neuveriteľný cit pre detail a emocionálne prežívanie s hŕbou ďalších superlatívov (viac než) dostatočne ospevovaných vyššie. Zostáva len želať si, aby sa herný priemysel čoraz častejšie uchyľoval k tvorbe obdobných produktov.
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Vgames

וואו. טירוף. לעזאזל. אלוהים ישמור. וואו. ביושוק הוא אמנם לא משחק חסר בעיות, אך האווירה הנהדרת והסיפור המורכב מפצים עליהן - ובגדול. המשחק שומר על רמה גבוהה לאורך כל אורכו - העיר מפתיעה ומרשימה מחדש בכל שלב ושלב, ואין חדר אחד שנראה כמו קודמו. תוסיפו את כל זה לסיפור מורכב ומעורר מחשב וקיבלתם מתכון מוצלח למרק דגים. אההה, התכוונתי מתכון מוצלח למשחק השנה.

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PC Gamer UK
Regardless, BioShock is a dark and astonishing masterpiece. It might not be as flawless as Half-Life 2, but it bites off so much more and accomplishes it all magnificently. Even if you've soaked up every preview and trailer with relish, you haven't scratched the surface of how deep this unsettling meditation on hubris and insanity actually goes.
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Jeuxvideo.com
De manière générale, Bioshock profite de l'une des meilleures bandes-son qu'on ait entendue depuis des lustres. Entre vieux jazz crachoté sur d'antiques haut-parleurs et thèmes symphoniques, se glissent les chuchotements ou les hurlements des chrosomes et le son de l'eau, omniprésente dans le jeu. De plus, si on aurait tendance à penser qu'une cité sous-marine manque de variété architecturale, on se trompe, du coeur énergétique de la ville à son marché en passant par une forêt l'alimentant en oxygène ou encore son quartier de loisirs, Rapture est vaste et riche. C'est déjà un petit bonheur d'explorer pour admirer, mais chacun y trouvera son compte. En farfouillant, vous tomberez sur quantité de journaux enregistrés, de comptes-rendus et autres mines d'informations sur le monde de Rapture, souvent en rapport avec sa déchéance racontée par des hommes et des femmes aux rêves brisés.
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4Players.de
BioShock ist ein Meisterwerk. Es ist nicht die Revolution der Ego-Shooter; es hat kleine inszenatorische sowie technische Schwächen und es stellt in Anbetracht Levines früherer Werke nicht einmal eine Erweiterung seiner warnenden Vision dar. Aber es befreit ein Genre, das sich oft den Vorwurf der Gewaltverherrlichung gefallen lassen musste, von dem Vorurteil, diese zum Selbstzweck zu erheben. BioShock gelingt die Gratwanderung, Ausbrüche von Gewalt ebenso unausweichlich wie moralisch verwerflich darzustellen - sowohl spielerisch als auch erzählerisch. Dabei schafft es Irrational, dem Spieler mit wenigen Knopfdrücken eine endlose Anzahl an Möglichkeiten beim Erforschen der Welt und beim Erledigen seines Auftrags in die Hände zu legen.
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The Games Machine (Italy)
Bioshock è un manifesto artistico vibrante, a volte commovente e in estrema sintesi poetico: la vicenda emozionale, studiata in maniera magistrale, va a braccetto con una magnificenza estetica talmente apprezzabile che sarebbe un peccato non ricorrere a qualche upgrade del proprio PC. Tecnica e sostanza si mescolano in un cocktail da brivido destinato a palati fini, che nessuno, prima d’oggi, aveva saputo sintetizzare con tanta capacità. Trascurabili le piccole sbavature di game design: l’eccellenza assoluta è a un passo e nessun altro FPS potrà evitare di fare i conti con la creatura di Irrational. La nota finale di merito va alla localizzazione, davvero eccellente: il doppiaggio, in particolare, presenta voci note facili a riconoscersi, ma ancor più ad essere apprezzate.
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ComputerGames.ro
Whatever the reason though, this adventure at the bottom of the sea is one of the most extraordinary experiences you will ever come across. And for those who will think that the fate of one of the main characters is disappointing or downright stupid, consider this: „A man chooses. A slave obeys.”
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GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
We could carry on writing this review for ever, such is the richness of this game, the sheer amount of stuff to see, the hacking of security systems, the touching interplay between Big Daddies and Little Sisters, the list just goes on. No, instead imagine a game with the wit and believable characters of Half Life 2, the moral choices and weapon/skill pallet of Deus Ex and the unique and complete universe of STALKER. Imagine a game that is greater than the sum of all those parts, and you have Bioshock!
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FiringSquad
Yes folks, we have played BioShock and we loved it. The minor flaws in the game's design didn't keep us from having an all night session to get to the end and we think that will be your conclusion as well. It's still mid August but it's going to be tough to find a game that will match BioShock for fun, originality and visual style in 2007. We will be waiting to see if any other game released this year will come close to it.
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Just RPG
Without a doubt, BioShock is a shoe-in for hordes of Game of the Year nominations. It’s certainly among my favorite titles of the year, and I highly recommend it to all gamers, whether you’ve got an Xbox 360 or a gaming PC. If you haven’t played it yet, then I suggest you at least go out and give the demo a try.
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PC Games (Germany)
Bioshock ist beängstigend gut, perfektionistisch durchgestylt und kühn in Set und Setting. Welches andere Spiel traut sich als Umgebung eine Unterwasser-Stadt im 50er-Jahre-Ambiente zu? Hoffentlich achtet das Publikum diesen Einfallsreichtum. Ich befürchte, dass sich nicht jeder von der Thematik angezogen fühlt. Wer Bioshock auslässt, verpasst jedenfalls großes Entertainment. Die Grafik rangiert am Anschlag des derzeit Machbaren, der Spielablauf ist mit Überraschungen am laufenden Band gespickt, und die Story regt mit ihren gesellschaftskritischen Ansätzen zum Nachdenken an. So sehr ich auch suche, mir will nichts Schlechtes auffallen. Dass das Hacken von elektronischen Geräten zum No-Brainer wird und sich das Spielkonzept zum Ende hin abnutzt – alles zu vernachlässigende Negativgrößen.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Je zal je onderzeese avontuur in Rapture, mede door de aparte sfeer en de geniale gameplay, niet licht vergeten. Klasse!
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Wie niet te beroerd is om een confrontatie op een andere manier dan met brute vuurkracht op te lossen, zin heeft in een dijk van een verhaal en niet bang is van een onwaarschijnlijk beklemmend verhaal met morele keuzes en tonnen sfeer, zal aan BioShock - wat de pc-versie betreft zeker na een patch of twee – een instant-klassieker binnenhalen.
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FOK!games
Zelden heb ik de laatste jaren een game gespeeld waarbij ik vanaf het begin tot het einde geboeid zat te spelen. Dit spel doet dingen met je, het raakt je. Het verhaal raakt je, de sfeer raakt je, zelfs een Little Sister doden raakt je. Als we puur kijken naar de vormgeving en de artisitieke hand van BioShock, dan zitten we toch heel dicht tegen perfectie aan. De manier waarop 2K Boston de onderwaterstad Rapture tot leven heeft gebracht is werkelijk abnormaal goed te noemen. De Art Deco-stijl, gecombineerd met de geheel in jaren '50 stijl geluid en muziek en je almaar boeiende ontdekkingsreis door Rapture geeft je een wervelende speelervaring.
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Absolute Games (AG.ru)
В одном из интервью Левайн рассказывал о том, как обивал пороги ведущих издательств, предлагая им BioShock. "Типичный шутер для РС, он разойдется тиражом в 250 тысяч копий", — говорили ему важные боссы и указывали на дверь. Кусайте локти, недальновидные господа, — вы проворонили кандидата на "Game of the Year".
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Worth Playing
While not exactly perfect, Bioshock is not to be missed. From the superb visual design to the enchanting audio soundtrack, this futuristic period piece is a delight to play and accomplishes a rare feat for a video game: It leaves you with plenty of weighty existential questions to think about.
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Game Captain
BioShock ist der erwartete Kracher und hat mit dem Big Daddy und der Little Sister zwei unvergessliche Charaktere geschaffen. Optisch und akustisch ist das Spiel eine Wucht. Wassereffekte waren bisher nie so schick in Szene gesetzt und Musik wurde selten so passend zur Stimmung eingesetzt. Mit den vielen unterschiedlichen Plasmiden und Tonika ergeben sich etliche Möglichkeiten einen Kampf anzugehen. Wer statt dessen auf knallharte Action steht, der greift zu den aufrüstbaren Bleispritzen, muss dafür jedoch viel Geld in Munition investieren und mit härteren Gefechten rechnen. Doch bekanntlich ist kein Spiel perfekt. Die Wechsel zwischen Plasmid und Waffe ist etwas fummelig, das Minispiel nicht ganz ausgereift und eine größere Gegnervielfalt hätte der Abwechslung gut getan. Nichtsdestotrotz ist BioShock ein grandioser Shooter, zwar keine Revolution im Genre, aber dennoch ein Spiel, dass jeder gespielt haben sollte und mein persönlicher Anwärter auf das Spiel des Jahres ist.
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Game Over Online
Fortunately, all these flaws do is put a minor blemish on a well-formed diamond. This metaphor is a bit more meaningful than usual. BioShock is one of the best games of 2007 for any platform, not so much because it offers new wonders - there are a few - but as a result of meeting high standards, as any diamond should. For its price of admission, BioShock will definitely please you.
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Gamezoom
Der Hype um Doom 3 war gigantisch, doch schlussendlich konnte der Horror-Shooter nur bedingt überzeugen. Bei Bioshock sieht es da ganz anders aus, denn in diesem Game erwartet dem Spieler nicht nur eine dichte Atmosphäre und gut erzähle Storylinie, sondern auch eine bombastische Grafik gepaart mit einer hervorragenden Soundkulisse. Über die kleinen Macken wie das öde Hackfeature oder die weniger abwechslungsreichen Gegnerklassen kann man getrost hinwegsehen. Nach Half Life 2 und Far Cry ist der neue Shooter aus dem Hause Take 2 eine weitere „Genreperle“, welche in keinem Spieleregel fehlen sollte.
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Atomic Gamer
It's here and in stores! BioShock, the first big game of the second half of 2007, is here on Xbox 360 and PC. I've already reviewed the Xbox 360 version of the game, and from a non-technical standpoint all the great music, action, and RPG choices to make are here here. Unfortunately, so are all the problems that you see in many major PC game releases including crashes, copy protection issues for legitimate buyers, and performance iffiness for computers closer to the minimum spec.
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GamingXP
2K Games erschuf mit diesem Titel ein Abenteuer, dass andere Titel dieses Genres eiskalt ausbremst. Die tolle Grafik, die super Sounds und die verrückte Geschichte gepaart mit der beklemmenden Atmosphäre machen „BioShock“ zu einem Erlebnis das kein Action-Fan verpassen sollte.
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Gamezone (Germany)
Peter Grubmair´s Fazit:Was Irrational Games hier mit BioShock auf die Beine gestellt hat darf man ungestraft als Kunstwerk bezeichnen. Rapture erwacht in diesem Spiel zu virtuellem Leben, welches uns innerhalb kürzester Zeit in seinen Bann zieht. Und dabei stellt es uns eine moralische Frage nach der anderen, lässt uns ständig grübeln ob wir auch richtig handeln und nicht zuletzt bleibt der Zweifel ob wir nicht selbst genau so verabscheuungswürdig sind wie die Adam abhängigen Bewohner von Rapture oder dessen größenwahnsinnig gewordenen Führer. Denn wir bekämpfen Feuer mit Feuer, und wissen doch so wenig über die wahren Hintergründe der Verantwortlichen. BioShock stellt ein herrliches Stück Unterhaltungssoftware für erwachsene Spieler dar, welche nicht nur mit der Technik klotzt, sondern auch alle psychischen Register zieht und deswegen mehr Eindruck hinterlässt als ein Spielfilm.
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Level
Dacă v-ați săturat să alergați după teroriști și să respingeți invazii extraterestre, vă recomand să trăiți experiența unuia dintre cele mai atmsoferice, mai originale și mai bune FPS-uri de la The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay încoace.
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Gamesmania
Ja, auch Bioshock hat seine Mängel und das Überspiel ist es letztlich auch nicht geworden, dazu hängt das Spiel nach den ersten imposanten Stunden ein wenig zu oft durch. Dennoch hat mich seit Half-Life 2 kein Shooter mehr derart in seinen Bann gezogen. Grafik, Sound und das Setting sind einfach top und erzeugen gemeinsam die wohl beste Atmosphäre, die es in einem Videospiel je gab. Ich persönlich hätte mich zwar über ein etwas eigenwilligeres Gameplay gefreut, doch für die Verkaufszahlen ist der traditionelle Shooterpart vermutlich die bessere Wahl gewesen. An ein Half-Life 2 kommt Bioshock aber ohnehin nicht ganz heran, Valves Meisterwerk bietet auf Dauer mehr Abwechslung und die spannendere Story.
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GameCell UK
Ultimately, BioShock takes us on a ride full of varied and physical combat, well-handled plot exposition, and absolutely excellent graphics and setting, gives us a weak final section and then leaves us. Whilst there may be no multiplayer, and that final section is irritating, BioShock nevertheless makes quick work of 2007's weaker shooters like STALKER and provides one of this year's best experiences on any platform.
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Boomtown
Regardless of these flaws, large or small, Bioshock remains a wonderful game in so many ways. The graphics and art direction, the slow unveiling of the story of Rapture’s fall, the sheer creepiness of it all, and the gameplay which, quite often, makes almost every shooter until now seem rather dull in comparison.
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Daily Game
The atmosphere, high-level concept, graphics and audio are all phenomenal, and they more than make up for occasionally repetitive gameplay. You owe it to yourself to experience BioShock, by far one of the most compelling games of 2007
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HonestGamers
Minor flaws - so long as you treat them as such. BioShock could be bigger, it could be more exhaustive and it could be more varied. But it isn't, nor does it try to be. BioShock is a sublimely crafted, beautifully written and staggeringly enjoyable action game that, aside from a few small blips, stands head and shoulders above the majority of its peers. It's a resounding statement of what the medium is capable of, and - outside the world of Gordon Freeman, at least - you'd be hard-pressed to find much better.
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GamesWEB
Slovami Sandera Cohena: „Niektorí žiaria ako galaxia, iní zhoria ako moľa v plameni.“ Osobne som v prípade Bioshocku za tú galaxiu, konečne po dlhej dobe jeden must-have titul aj pre pc hráčov bez rodielu pohlavia, veku (no je to 18+) rasy a obľúbeného žánru. Dvere su dokorán, batysféra čaká.
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Gamer.co.il

כפי שכבר בוודאי הבנתם, ביושוק הוא משחק מיוחד באמת. הכותר הזה ידרוש מכם חשיבה יצירתית, על רקע עלילה מרגשת ומעוררת מחשבה. מזה זמן רב לא ראינו על מסך המחשב עולם חי ואמין כל כך, וסיפור כה מרתק. הוויכוחים בנוגע לעלילה שלו, למעלותיו וחסרונותיו, למסרים שהוא משדר, ימשכו עוד שנים רבות. שלא יהיה לכם ספק: ביושוק עוד יירשם בספרי ההיסטוריה כאחד המשחקים הקלאסיים והבולטים בתולדות תעשיית משחקי המחשב. במוקדם או במאוחר, אין ספק שתשחקו בו – אז למה לחכות?

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UOL Jogos
Para quem aprecia a diversão eletrônica, "Bioshock" é daqueles títulos que precisa ser conhecido. No meio de tantas seqüências - algumas memoráveis como "Half-Life 2" e a série "Metal Gear Solid" - algo totalmente novo já é gratificante. No entanto, ver uma franquia nova que consegue cativar através da narrativa e experiência é uma dádiva. Não é livre de defeitos. Quem procura um autêntico FPS (First Person Shooter) talvez torça o nariz pela dificuldade amena e pela complexidade do sistema de armas, que garante variedade, mas não necessariamente privilegia reflexos. Aliás, "Bioshock" nem deve ser comparado a outros jogos do gênero. A visão em primeira pessoa atua como recurso extra para aumentar ainda mais a imersão. Rapture é um fantástico universo e merece ser visto com os próprios olhos, mesmo que virtuais. Não pense duas vezes em mergulhar de cabeça.
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TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Trying to usurp System Shock II in the scary stakes is no easy feat, and whilst Bioshock doesn't quite manage to replicate the fear I remember in 1999, it does have its moments. Plenty of times I found myself eager to progress, but at the same time, terrified to take a step further in fear of what lay ahead. Bioshock does deranged very well, from start-to-finish it's a veritable freak-fest, yet deals with sensitive subjects such as the deluded Adam addiction that Rapture has fallen into, the concepts of greed and corruption even in a utopian society.
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Gamigo
Dass Bioshock trotzdem eine knappe 90er Wertung einheimst, liegt hauptsächlich an der Atmosphäre. Besonders die ersten Spielstunden vergehen beim Rundgang durch Rapture wie im Fluge, überall findet man interessante Details. Die herausragende Technik tut ihr Übriges dafür, dass Bioshock ein erstklassiger Ego-Shooter mit kleinem Rollenspielpart geworden ist. Ob das letztlich zum Titel Spiel des Jahres reicht, wage ich aber zu bezweifeln, da mit Crysis das spielerisch vermutlich etwas gehaltvollere Spiel noch in den Startlöchern steht. Dennoch sollte jeder Zocker Bioshock gespielt haben.
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GameSpot
While on the surface it might look like little more than a very pretty first-person shooter, BioShock is much, much more than that. Sure, the action is fine, but its primary focus is its story, a sci-fi mystery that manages to feel retro and futuristic at the same time, and its characters, who convey most of the story via radio transmissions and audio logs that you're constantly stumbling upon as you wander around. All of it blends together to form a rich, interesting world that sucks you in right away and won't let go until you've figured out what, exactly, is going on in the undersea city of Rapture.
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PC Powerplay
Statt Bioshock hätten die Entwickler das Ding einfach "Atmospähre" nennen sollen. Einfach Wahnsinn, wie es von seiner morbiden Grundstimmung lebt, in Szene gesetzt von ästhetisch überragender Grafik und gruseligem Sound. Hier ist kein einziger Gang einfach nur eine schnell zu durchhetzende Verbindung zur nächsten Feindeshorde. Stattdessen befällt mich alle fünf Meter die Paranoia, wenn Schreie, Gejammer und Gemurmel aus nicht einsehbaren Ecken an mein Ohr dringen. So perfekt Bioshock auch in Szene gesetzt ist: Spielerisch kann es keine neuen Maßstäbe setzen. Mir persönlich macht das aber gar nichts, der starke Action-Adventure-Einschlag entspricht genau meinen Wünschen. Sozusagen der perfekte Shooter für all diejenigen, die eigentlich keine Shooter mögen.
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GameStar (Germany)
Schade, dass wir Ihnen als Fazit aus unserem Test nicht ein "Dies ist das beste Spiel des Jahres" mit auf den Weg geben können. Der brillante Stil, die tollen Ideen, die unglaubliche Welt - die Zutaten sind da, aber das Gesamterlebnis von Bioshock lässt dann doch zu viele Wünsche offen. Dennoch: ein gutes Spiel, ein richtungsweisendes Spiel, ein Spiel, das seinen Kaufpreis wert ist.
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Computer Bild Spiele
Einzigartig, gruselig, spannend, grafisch und spielerisch eine Offenbarung. Und doch können all diese Adjektive nicht vollständig die Faszination dieses Spiels beschreiben. Von der ersten Sekunde zieht Bioshock den Spieler in seinen Bann und lässt ihn für viele Stunden bis zum unerwarteten grandiosen Finale nicht mehr los. Das Ende wird Sie mit einer überraschenden Wendung beeindrucken. Bis dahin erleben Sie mindestens 20 Stunden Spannung und reichlich Action beim Aufdecken des Rätsels um die Stadt Rapture.
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Mygamer.com
Overall we were deeply impressed with Bioshock for the PC, but do wish that the developers had made available the toolkit used in its construction - I shiver contemplating what the fan community could make from its art and building resources. Unfortunately, like many PC/Game System hybrids, such extensibility is sorely limited, and hurts the game's replay value. Still, we think that fans of the FPS genre who crave a good dose of story and fear will enjoy Bioshock, at least for the first play-through.
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The Review Busters
Even with its lack in enemy variety and weak difficulty, Bioshock makes for a must play single player adventure. The story is just too damn intriguing to pass up. It doesn’t matter if the battles start to feel redundant, because you will be too compelled to find out what is happening in this lost city of Rapture. And if the difficulty bothers you that much, there have been mods created that enhance the difficulty greatly, making it a very difficult game indeed. Let’s just hope that an expansion will allow for a multiplayer mode. How fun would it be to freeze your friends and send a Big Daddy after them?
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JeuxVideoPC.com
Bioshock est un jeu qui fera date, par sa réalisation un cran au dessus de tout ce qui existe, mais aussi par son ambiance malsaine servie par un scénario dense refusant fondamentalement les lieux communs. Le titre marquera au fer rouge chacun d’entre nous malgré l’écueil d’un portage PC. L’équilibrage du gameplay initialement prévu pour la console facilite outrageusement la progression des joueurs.
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Edge
BioShock offers a lot of quality beyond the problems that exist within it. But its a game of if only. If only the mechanics matched the atmosphere. If only Rapture was a less linear world to move through. If only BioShock was the wholly brilliant experience you know, from your moments within it, it could have been.
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Game Critics
The entire game even carries with it a none-too-subtle critique on Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy—Ryan's staunch adherence to individualism and rationality is both the genius of Rapture and its ultimate downfall. But regardless of whether players agree with—or even pay attention to—the game's philosophical underpinnings, there's still a great deal of humanity in the storyline with well-developed characters and clever plot twists. It's unfortunate that much of it is merely wrapping though; the combat, the role-playing, and the morality all could have been much better fleshed out to create a truly inspired work of art, but ultimately they feel incomplete. But while BioShock's gameplay may not be as evolutionary as Andrew Ryan would have made it, its dramatic storytelling and imaginative vision still elevate it above its more primitive peers.
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Christ Centered Game Reviews
This is a very fun game and has a great story behind it. It’s definitely not for kids or the faint of heart. I wish there was an option for enabling swear and gore filters. I also wasn’t too comfortable dealing with the little girls in this game, which might be compounded by having two young girls of my own. The multiple endings and various difficulty levels add to the game play since there is no multiplayer. The pretty visuals make me look forward to other games using Unreal Engine 3 coming out soon.