Exploring the Briny Below | Bioshock The Collection Review Part 1

Bioshock was originally released back in 2007 and it was considered one of, if not the best, first person shooters on the market. This was largely due to its fantastic story, atmospheric setting, and fun gameplay.

The story follows a silent protagonist whose plane crashes in the middle of the ocean and the only way of survival is to enter a lighthouse that takes him to Rapture, an underwater city. Rapture was conceived and built by Andrew Ryan. He wanted to have a place without rules where everyone lived in “paradise”. He had all the most brilliant minds join him in living in Rapture. But without spoiling too much (for those who haven’t played it yet) things don’t go as planned. Most of the game is told through recordings found throughout the city. I looked in every possible area to try to find all the audio recordings. They give an insight to the city before and after everything starting falling apart. The player encounters many strange and mentally insane characters like a an actor that only seeks perfection (by any means necessary) and a doctor that believes everyone is ugly and wants to fix that through gruesome surgery. After almost nine years the story is still great and even though I’ve played this game many times before it is still enjoyable as it was when I played it for the first time.

Rapture is falling apart. The citizens are killing each other and the hallways are filled with corpses. That’s the atmosphere here. Even though the game is a first person shooter it’s also a survival horror game. Believe me when I say that this game is creepy as hell. You’re walking down a hallway and suddenly you hear someone whispering to themselves and when they spot you they start yelling and trying to attack you.  This sense of dread is further intensified by the fact that you are limited on ammunition and health for about three-fourths of the game. The game gives you just enough resources to make it through each fight. But near the end of the game ammo and health become plentiful and the game becomes less scary but still maintaining its atmosphere. 

The gameplay here is similar to other first person shooter except that you can use Plasmids. Plasmids are like spells that you can use like lightning, fire, telekinesis, and many others. These are great for weakening enemies and being able to defeat more than a few enemies at a time. There are also a wide variety of weapons to use and different ammo types or each weapon. There are a lot combinations here so players can pick and choose which Plasmids and weapons suit them. Players can also upgrade the Plasmids and the weapons.

Even nine years later the game still looks and sounds fantastic. And with this collection the textures have been smoothed out and the game runs at 60 frames per second. While this game doesn’t look as good as the games being released today, it still holds up. There are no new additions to the game except for a documentary that the player has to find hidden around Rapture. It gives an insight into how the game was made and what the thought process was behind making it.

Verdict

This game is still great. After so many years and many great games being released, this is still an incredible journey that people that never had the opportunity to play it, should.  Even if you have the halls of Rapture memorized, it is still fun to revisit the city. Bioshock remains one of the best games ever made.

9.5/10