BioShock 2 - Xbox 360

  • Publisher: 2K
  • SKU: 9328809
  • Release Date: Not Yet Announced
  • 4.7 (60)
ESRB Rating: Mature
Blood, Intense violence, Sexual themes, Strong language
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Great Addition to Bioshock series Posted by: from: San Diego, CA on Bioshock 2 has improved the overall game-play from the original Bioshock. Dual-wielding with plasmids and weapons add a whole new element to the game. This makes it a whole lot easier and faster for the plasmid/weapon attack combo. 2k Sports has also changed the hacking system of machines. I felt that the way to hack machines in the original Bioshock was too time consuming that took away a bit from the game. They made the process a lot faster to hack. Also you can hack from a distance with the new hack dart tool. I feel that the story line lacks and strays away from the original Bioshock a bit. I knew that it wasn't going to be easy to add to an already great storyline from the original. Although I didn't find this as scary/shocking, they still found a way to keep it interesting. The addition of online play did nothing but help expand the game-play. You can now fight against others in different game modes. The more you play the higher rank you become. The higher rank that you become, the more abilities and upgrades you have available. This is a great shooter game which it sure to please.

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A game worth playing Posted by: from: Nashville, TN on A year has passed since I played the original Bioshock, and I've played many good, innovative games in the intervening time, so if I replayed Bioshock 1, my impressions of it may change; I will write a review, however, based on my memories of the first Bioshock. I bought Bioshock 2 not expecting to like it very much.The story in Bioshock 1 was well-done and complete. A sequel seemed unnecessary and an attempt to cash in on the critical success of the first Bioshock, albeit by a different developer. The gameplay was not changed much from the first, although there were a few innovations in guns and plasmids (or scientific spells). If you die, certain settings still allow re-animation with the Vita-Chambers, and enemies are still slicers and Big Daddies, although there are a few new slicers and one novel enemy. The story-telling was performed as in the first game, with tape recordings that your character finds laying around Rapture. The number of these tapes far surpasses what was found in the first game, almost ridiculously so. The first half of the game builds a mystery, and upon playthrough, although initially satisfactory, the storyline does not resolve the initial setup. Still, the gameplay is fun and where the story takes you is interesting and a nice juxtaposition of the political views examined in the first Bioshock.

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Why are people so disappointed? Posted by: from: San Diego, CA on I did not buy this game on the day of its release, as so many people were complaining Bioshock series lost its magic in Bioshock 2. The Rapture city doesn't feel as novel anymore. But now that I have played through with it TWICE, I have to say these folks were dead wrong. Yes, the city, some of the villians and gameplay are similar, but that is why this game is labeled Bioshock 2 and not a new IP. Either way below are the pros and cons for the Bioshock2 PROS: -CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES: One of the aspects, gamers loved about the original is how you have to make choices in terms of litter sister throughout the game and how it affects the ending. In this one, they have taken a step further and improved this choice system. Not only for little sisters, but also for some other things you will have to make choices. This choices will affect the story (dialogues, cut scenes and ending) to a great degree and add decent replayability to the single player mode. -MYSTERIOUS STORY: The story is suspenseful. It is not as good as the first one, but is still pretty good and will really drive you forward in the game. If you played Bioshock 1, it is certainly a plus; however, certainly not a requirement. Even if you did not play the original, you will be able to understand most of it. -AMAZING UNDERWATER VISUAL ANG GRAPHICS: The city looks as stunning if not better as Bioshock 1. Better yet in this one you get to play UNDERWATER. While it may not sound as thrilling it truly adds great deal of feeling to the gameplay experience. -PLAYING AS BIG DADDY: Initially you will be somewhat confused, but this gets to be real fun. You can still use plasmids as in the original, but you get access to heavy duty weapons as you are playing as big daddy. I won't spoil much for you but YOU WILL LOVE THE SPEAR GUN :) -NEW WEAPONS, PLASMIDS and TONICS: In this game, you get access to all the cool plasmids from the original, but you also get to use some new mysterious plasmids and tonics. Expecially, if you decide to go for good ending, you will get some really cool plasmids. As for weapons, you will just love the big guns. Trust me on it. -NEW ENEMIES and BOSSES: I don't want to spoil it so I will just say big sisters will make you wet your pants. -FOUR ALTERNATE ENDINGS: Again refer to choices section -EPIC MULTIPLAYER: This game offers a very unique multiplayer. It was a wonderful break from games like Modern Warfare 2. The modes such as capture the little sisters can be fun. Just wait till you play as a Big Daddy. The power you get will truly be intoxicating. Oh did I mention you can use very different plasmids than single player in multiplayer mode. My only complain for this one was instead of focusing on multiplayer, they should have just focused on single player and made it longer. Don't get me wrong , it will still take you a while to go through it (8-12hrs depending on how much you decide to collect). In summary, to me, Bioshock 2 lived up to the standards. It was enjoyable and has great replay value.

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Sequel to one of the best games ever Posted by: from: Boston, MA on If you are reading this and haven't played the original Bioshock, go do it NOW. It is a great game, the voice acting is superb, the characters will draw you into the game, and the excellent audio immerses you in the spooky and detailed fallen metropolis of Rapture. This is the sequel to what would have been game of the year for 2007, had Call of Duty: Modern Warfare not been released. This sequel takes place after the events of the original Bioshock, and you play the role of a Big Daddy, a creature who, without spoiling the storyline, takes care of The Little Sisters. In this game you are given the choice to protect the Little Sisters, or harvest them for personal gain. I do not know much about the story as of yet, but the aspects I am most looking forward to are: the ability to explore the ocean surrounding Rapture, which you couldn't do in the first game. I am also looking forward to using the Big Daddy's Rivet Gun, another feature the first game lacked. In conclusion, GET THIS GAME!!! You will not be disappointed.

1 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Not as great a return trip Posted by: from: on Rapture seems a little worse for the wear the second time through. It's still a joy to navigate everything and collect all the journal entries and eat everything you see without regard to what it is. The narrative is still top notch though the story this time seems quite weak and the main antagonist grinds on and on about how worthless you are; she begins repeating herself in so many different ways by the end that you just want to turn off all forms of outward communication so you don't have to hear it. I enjoyed myself for the most part, but this addition did only a few things new this time around and stayed in completely comfortable ground gameplay-wise. The story lacked the punch and shock from the original and rapture seems rather drab from the first visit. It's much like going to disneyworld for the second time in your life only a few years after your first visit: there's still some magic and some new stuff there, but it can never shine as much as the first time you saw it.

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Excellent Story, Beautiful World Posted by: from: on From the very beginning, the game's story is compelling. Although gameplay itself usually consists of finding items, reaching checkpoints, and killing frenetic enemies, the constantly unraveling mystery in the storyline keeps you addicted. Like your character, you're trying to figure out what happened to your underwater world and navigate the ruins to find answers, among other things. The level-up system in this game is fantastic, allowing you to tailor your abilities (physical and psychic) to how you prefer to play, leveling up only the abilities you choose. The variety in abilities and weapons also keeps the game interesting and fresh. Even though this game is older, the graphics still hold up and offer a mix of beauty and darkness. As for audio, the various voice acting you come across is distinct and convincing. Overall, this is a very good game in all aspects. The game can be changed in difficulty and has plenty of replay value.

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Bioshock 2!!!! Posted by: from: Hesperia, CA on Bioshock was an excellent game. it is definetly your moneys worth with just the campaign and you will end up playing it 2+ times if u want the 2 endings. It also won many awards. including game of the year!! So Bioshock 2. you return to Rapture! :) and you will have a chance to play as a Big Daddy! how awsome is that!! using that drill to protect or get your little sister! there is also a new big sister character! and as i mentioned before, you will have your little sisters to take care of and fight for. and in the campaign before you were under sea but didn't get a chance to go and explore in the water. but this time you will be able to swim and find different locations. and hidden spots. Also there will be a new online multiplayer of versus which i am soo looking forward to!! it will have your plasmas, so you can combine them with your environment to defeat your opponents. like fire with oil. water with electricity. etc etc. that includes the weapons as well :) this is just all too awsome! great game! release date 02/09/2010!! ya baby! I hope this information helps youI :)

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

my new favorite game Posted by: from: chicago il on i bought this game because i kept seeing it on the shelf but was never really interested. i had to get a new xbox because my old one broke and i said, "what the heck." boy, was a surprised. as soon as i started playing it, i was blown away and ran out to get bioshock 1 just to know what the full story was. that game is equally amazing, though bioshock 2 is a lot harder. everything about the game is good.

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Best game I've ever bought Posted by: from: on I was skeptical at first because Bioshock 2 is made by a different company than Bioshock 1, but since I loved the first one so much i decided to take the risk. It was the best decision ever. I've already played through the campaign twice, it always keeps my heart racing, it's amazing. Theres new enemies and the storyline is so easy to get into. So the single player is awesome, but how about the multiplayer? I never really imagined a game like Bioshock to have a multiplayer that would run smoothly, but they pulled it off. Except for the occasional lag, the multiplayer is great. There's leaderboard's which most shooters have which is good, so you can compare your stats to your friends and so on. The max level is 40, and as you rank up you unlock new weapons such as the nail gun which is amazing. In addition to that, the multiplayer still includes hacking and abilities that the single player has. The multiplayer is overall great, and make sure to explore all the gametype's such as civil war and capture the sister. This game is by far the best game I've ever bought and I recommend it to everyone!

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Return to Rapture Posted by: from: Orange County, California on As a huge and avid fan of the first Bioshock title I eagerly anticipated the release of it's sequel. As with any other sequel that follows an favorite title of mine, I had high hopes. From the start of the first climatic cutscene I was ensnared into the story and the origins of Delta Series Big Daddy. The story is still just as compelling with the ambigous origins that was notorious in the first title. The action is on a whole nother level. With you playing as a more powerful character, the action is kicked up a notch. The introduction to duel wielding both a firearm and plasmid is just flat out awesome. Ensnaring a foe in lightning and shooting them from across the room with a steel bolt never gets old as you watch them get impaled into a nearby wall. With the whole new feature or a somewhat laggy but nonetheless intense multiplayer this game is a must have for any avid gamer.

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

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