Daily Archives: December 27, 2007

250 Word Review: Bioshock

Hmmm. “Game of the Year”? Can I have a “Game of the Year That Isn’t Halo” category?

For me, it has to be Bioshock for its glorious look and feel. Here is a FPS come RPG that sees you wandering around a submerged world built at the end of WWII as a home where scientists and artists wouldn’t be constrained by others. The trouble is, everyone’s gone a bit mad and you’re looking for a way out.

From the very first moment you set foot in the crumbling Rapture you are immersed in such a detailed and atmospheric world that you can only tip your hat at the developers for the sheer amount of effort that has gone into creating such unique environments.

Looks would be nothing without a game, though, and whilst it has average-at-best FPS mechanics your ability to mix and match Plasmids opens up combat massively. Whether you want to freeze an enemy, set them alight, throw a swarm of bees at them, the choice is yours and the freedom allows everyone to tailor their own gameplay experience.

Topping off this superb game is the narrative, which is second to none. I’m not going to give anything away but everyone who has played will know exactly which moment I am talking about when I say it caused me to take a step back in awe at how the player is woven into the storyline.

If only the final boss battle didn’t exist I would be truly happy.


House bound

I was supposed to be up in Scotland. I was supposed to be up in Scotland eating haggis and wishing Ali’s grandparents season’s greetings but instead I am house bound due to man-flu.

Rather than pass this wonderfully festive ailment of cold sweats, coughing fits and general shivering on, I decided to sit around in my dressing gown catching up on recorded TV and writing up some blog posts whilst feeling sorry for myself.

The theme of these posts are a brief roundups of all those games I’ve failed to speak about properly over the last few months. The twist is, rather than let myself ramble on forever I’ve restricted myself to 250 words on each… mainly because it hurts to stare at the monitor much longer than that.

First up, Bioshock…