Bioshock (Series) Accessibility Report
Bioshock offers 18 accessibility features in the Difficulty, Reading, Navigation, Controls, Visual and Audio areas to aid enjoyment of the game for different players. This report is created with input from accessibility experts and the player community to help people find games that have the accessibility features they require. Once you have found potential games on the database, there are excellent specialist accessibility sites that offer in-depth reviews to guide your purchasing decisions.Bioshock is a first-person shooting game set in a fantastical underwater city. A dark story unfolds about the misuse of surgery and gene therapy. Players must make a decision about whether to save the children they find or harvest their energy for the greater good.
Rating: PEGI 18+
Release Date: 21/08/2007, updated in 2016
Price: 60% off
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Accessibility: 18 features
Players: This is a single player game
Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases
Bioshock has 4 accessibility features for Difficulty which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.
Select Difficulty: Select the level of difficulty from a range of presets. This not only offers a way to adjust the challenge of a game but enables you to do so without dealing with individual criteria.
Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress. This avoids being forced back to the start of a level, or checkpoint when you fail a particular challenge.
View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play. This clearly displays the mappings of actions to buttons/keys/mouse/keyboard without having to leave the game.
Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips. Information is provided in a timely manner, with appropriate levels of detail. Ideally, this includes ongoing tips that relate to contexts in the game where the player is failing.
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Bioshock has 4 accessibility features for Reading which deal with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose.
Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a younger child could understand.
Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear or can be adjusted to be. The general text used throughout the game in menus, instructions and other information is at least 1/6 the height of the screen.
Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be. Considered separately from the general text of the game, the subtitles are large, clear and of good contrast.
All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced, or there is no speech in the game. This means there is no requirement to read the dialogue and narrative text to play the game.
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Bioshock has 1 accessibility feature for Navigation which deals with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds and spaces.
Head-Up Display Navigation: Indication of where to go next with arrows, minimaps and cookie trails. This provides clear ongoing guidance about where you are and where you need to go.
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Bioshock has 4 accessibility features for Controls which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.
Can customise the controls for the game as follows:
Invert X/Y Axis: Can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming. This enables you to match your instinctive orientation when looking.
Specific button operation required to play
Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons for prolonged periods is not required or can be switched to toggling the action on and off. This is in addition to the direction stick which is not considered a hold for this purpose.
Rapid Repeated Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing is not required, can be skipped or switched to holding a button to trigger a repeated action.
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Bioshock has 3 accessibility features for Visual which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined or highlighted for visibility. This can be with a large border around the character or a special visual mode that adjust the colour to make characters more visible.
No Flashes: No flashing strobe effects or you can disable them. This includes the absence of flashing from dramatic visual effects, explosions or weather effects like lightning.
No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or it is included but it can be disabled. This includes the absence of screen shake for dramatic effect as well as to indicate hits on a target.
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Bioshock has 2 accessibility features for Audio which deal with how you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.
Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately. This enables you to select your preference as well as ensure critical game sounds aren't obscured by other audio.
Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game. This enables you to tailor the most important sound levels to ensure you can hear them.
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System Accessibility Settings
In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:
Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.
Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators.
PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping).
Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games.
Read more about system accessibility settings.
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