Bioshock (Series) Review

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Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Rich Adams.

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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18+

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @GhostStoryGames

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

Bioshock usually costs £11.99 to £49.99.
 

Bioshock

Bioshock 2

Xbox One £14.99

Bioshock 2 Complete Pack

PS3 £24.99

Bioshock 2 Remastered

Xbox One £15.99
PS4 £15.99
Switch £15.99

Bioshock Infinite

Xbox One £19.99
PS3 £24.99

Bioshock Infinite: Complete Edition

PS3 £44.99

Bioshock Infinite: The Complete Edition

Xbox One £15.99
PS4 £15.99
Switch £15.99

Bioshock Remastered

Xbox One £15.99
PS4 £15.99
Switch £15.99

Bioshock Trilogy Pack

PS3 £49.99

Bioshock: The Collection

Xbox One £39.99
PS4 £44.99
Switch £39.99
 
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.

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+.


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