Bioshock (Series) Review

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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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.

Follow up games in the series develop this idea in the same and different settings:
  • Bioshock is on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC.
  • Bioshock 2 is on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC.
  • Bioshock Infinite is on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
  • BioShock: Ultimate Rapture Edition includes Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and all extra content on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
  • BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition includes Bioshock Infinite and all extra content on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4.
  • BioShock: The Collection includes BioShock, BioShock 2, BioShock Infinite, and all related content remastered for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 21/08/2007, updated in 2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 13 hours and 20 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game. The different Bioshock games vary in length to some degree, although you can finish most of them in under 20 hours.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.

Bioshock offers purchasable packs such as "Plasmid" and "Challenge Rooms". Bioshock 2 also offered similar items including "The Protector Trials", "Minerva's Den", "Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack" and so on. Bioshock Infinite offers two additional adventures, Burial at Sea - Episode 1 and Burial at Sea - Episode 2. There is also minor content available to purchase individually or via the Season Pass.

This game is free with PlayStation Now.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game is rated PEGI 18 which restricts availability to ADULTS ONLY and is not suitable for anyone below this age. This rating has been given due to frequent strong violence towards human characters, including vulnerable and defenceless people, strong language and gambling. Not suitable for persons under 18 years of age. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: The games are set in historical dystopias, which mimic radical American politics from the 20th century. As a result, there are parts of Bioshock and its DLCs which include offensive and discriminatory language.

There are also occasional instances of swear words such as: *!@?*, damn, hell, whore, ass, *!@?*, goddamn, Jesus, and *!@?*. The player has no control over what lines are spoken in specific instances.

This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Assistance With Direction: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trail and the like.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.

Controls

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.

Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.

Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons not required or can be turned off or switched to toggling the action on and off.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Image

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 for visibility.

Visual Distractions

No Flashes: No flashing strobe effects or you can disable them.

No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or this can be disabled.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Adjustable Audio

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

System Settings

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.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @uncannyvivek


 




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