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BIOSHOCK 2: Bioshock is one of my favorite games of all time. It was the first game I bought for my 360 and I will never forget sitting in the dark, with my LCD, 5.1 audio, and watching as I entered Rapture for the first time. It was one of the first games where I thought that games can be works of art. Of course I knew Bioshock 2 wasn't going to be the same way, but I still had very high hopes for it. Were they met? Let's find out as we dive in...he he...to Bioshock 2!!! STORY: Ok I'm not going to spoil anything from this game. Nor am I going to spoil anything from the first one (but if you haven't played it by now YOU HAVE TO PLAY it...IT IS AMAZING). What I will say is you play as the prototype Big Daddy. You are "reactivated" about 10 years after the first game. Your mission is to find your little sister who you believe to be your real daughter. Along the way you will have to face the main antagonist, who is Lamb, and many splicers. Plus you have to deal with those nasty Big Sisters. As for the rest of the story it is solid. Now it doesn't have as many twist and turns as the first but it still shows that the series knows how to tell a great story. The only downside, like the first, is that the ending seems just...average. Both games endings are good, but they just seem...well...a tiny little bitty bit of a letdown. Still they are both well worth playing to the end, but they just don't have that extra little "umf". (STORY: 8.5/10) GAMEPLAY: This was the biggest improvement from the first. Not only can you duel wield plasmids and guns, but you also have a rivet gun and that beastly drill. Your plasmids can be upgraded to awesomeness and the game offers some pretty exciting new weapons. Also hacking a machine no longer means playing a pipe mini game. It is done in real time with a gauge system and makes for a quicker (and deadlier) experience. You can also choose to harvest or adopt a little sister. If you adopt her, you can take her to dead bodies (angels) to get more Adam. But while she does this, you have to make sure that the waves of enemies do no harm to her or yourself. This offers many intense battles and is one of the main highlights of the game. It's a great risk/reward system. Or you can be a nasty son of a biscuit eater and just harvest them all (but fair warning, there are a few achievements you won't be able to get by doing this). All in all A+ job on the gameplay. (GAMEPLAY: 10/10) GRAPHICS: This is kind of a tricky one. At some points of the game, the graphics are jaw dropping. But at other points, they can't stop popping in and out (and no, I was not playing with the higher framerate turned on). There really is no "oh my lord" moments like the first game. But the game nowhere near looks bad as most games on the market. It's still above the rest, but not always on par as the first. (GRAPHICS: 8.5/10) SOUND/MUSIC: It's fantastic. Playing with 5.1 is a MUST!!! PERIOD!!! (SOUND/MUSIC: 10/10) REPLAY VALUE: Now I know this is the part many people are going to disagree with. I LIKE THE MULTIPLAYER!!! No it is not as deep and complex as the C.O.D. series or even Bad Company 2, but it is still fun. There are only five different game types (I think) and I have a good time playing all of them. It can be laggy and the graphics pop more than ever, but I find it to be very enjoyable experience. You can choose your character, customize them and their weapons, and have different Load Outs (similar to C.O.D. Classes). Of course the single player does offer replay value with multiple decisions and endings. One thing that does seem to be a recent issue is the first DLC. I myself was curious why the DLC was so small in size (as in file size) and I do agree that it was kind of shady on the developers’ part. In case you don't know, the Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack DLC is already on the disc. When you purchase the DLC from Xbox Live, you simply unlock it from your disc. I sort of understand why they did this (they said they did this so players who did not buy the DLC could still play with players who did buy it), but the plain fact is they wanted to make money. Whoo...I really got sidetracked. I just had to give my two cents on that subject. They have also released a single player DLC (well worth it) as well as The Protector Trials (see my Bioshock 2: The Protector Trials DLC review for more info). Anyways, there is a ton of replay value and you could easily hold off on the DLC for a good while. (REPLAY VALUE: 9/10) PRICE VALUE: Now I originally wrote this review when this game was brand new, but that was a few years ago. The game is now dirt cheap with a new copy going for about $15-$20 and a used one for about $9. So is it worth it? YES!!! Even if you don't touch the multiplayer, the single player will keep you busy for a long time. The gameplay is better than the first, it has more frantic and epic battles, it solved the minor problems of the first, and it has a good story (which is left wide open for part 3). I hardly ever buy a game for $60, but this one was well worth it. (PRICE VALUE: 10/10) (OVERALL: 9/10) Bioshock 2 keeps the series alive with fantastic gameplay, beautiful graphics, and a good story. Like all games, there are some flaws, but they can be easily overlooked. This is a game worth buying and keeping. Stay tuned for more quick reviews here at TrueAchievements.com. If you liked this review check out my other ones: Resident Evil 5, Grand Theft Auto 4, Dante’s Inferno, Mega Man 10, Bionic Commando, Wanted: Weapons of Fate, Terminator: Salvation, Shellshock 2: Blood Trails, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, Call of Duty 3, and The Walking Dead.

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