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POSTED 7/4/10


BIOSHOCK 2

2K Games
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, PC)

When we first clapped eyes on the original Bioshock – and that’s a collective ‘we’ as in everybody, everywhere, not the writing thing of not saying ‘I’ ’cos it’s frowned upon by English geeks – we were gobsmacked by the simply amazing retro-futuristic underwater world of Rapture. Oh, and the game that surrounded it didn’t particularly suck, either.

Yeah, but it’s a couple of years on. Now that Bioshock’s new car smell has wafted away to wherever smells go to die (we have an inkling that it’s our next door neighbour’s wheelie bin), does Rapture still have the ability to, erm, enrapture?

Simple answer? Hell yeah!

Taking a trip into this other world is as immersive (pun not intended, for once) as ever. But that’s nothing. 2K have gone to great lengths to improve the whole shebang, with tweaks to the gameplay depth and even the addition of multiplayer challenges. Oh, and of course there’s new weaponry, devices and plasmids to play with as well.

However, the biggest difference is that you’re now playing a Big Daddy playing protector to your former Little Sister, Eleanor. Which, as well as offering a chance to throw your weight around, brings up moral dilemmas involving other Little Sisters – for example, harvest or adopt? Then there’s the addition of Big Sisters to contend with – no, not kindly purveyors of tasty Christmas puds, rather bigger and badder bads than even your Big Daddy self. Fun!

If the first Bioshock did it for you, then Bioshock 2’s gonna do it for you one more time.

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