In August of 2007, I wandered into our local Wal-Mart and took a stroll by the game cases. There, behind the fingerprint-smudged glass, I saw the game. It was a game I’d been hearing a lot about. A game that, somehow, had been released under my radar. Bioshock.
Hunting down one of the employees, I had him open the case and remove a copy. I paid, I left, I inserted the disc, I played. No, wait–I experienced.
Bioshock was something utterly new and utterly amazing. It was a shooter, but, at the same time, it was so much more. The world of Rapture was both awe-inspiring and completely chilling at the same time. The sounds of the disfigured Splicers, hooting and hollering, as they hunted for the Little Sisters and the Adam they carried; the thwomp thwomp of a Big Daddy (Mr. Bubbles!) as he roamed the passageways, his single, luminescent eye on the lookout for any sign of danger. The look, the sound, the feel, everything about it was nearing perfection.
Flash-forward 2 years and 2K Games is taking us back to Rapture with Bioshock 2. Set 10 years after the original, the underwater city still retains much of its “charm”, complete with crazed Splicers and creepy, needle-wielding Little Sisters. But they’re not the only ones lurking under the sea; Big Sister, a vicious, nimble version of the Big Daddy, is also on the prowl.
The stakes have been raised, but don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it may seem. This time, instead of arriving via crash-landing in the middle of the Ocean, you wake up as an inhabitant of the crumbling “utopia”, already decked out in your very own dive suit. That’s right, this time around, you’ll be playing as a Big Daddy. The original Big Daddy, in fact. Faster, stronger, and packing new and improved plasmids, you’ll be able to throw down with the best of ’em. Plus, being a Big Daddy gives you the option of protecting the Little Sisters and allowing them to continue harvesting Adam.
Add in a multi-player component that takes place a year before the original Bioshock (no DeLorean needed, mind you), and Bioshock 2 has the potential to be just as successful as its predecessor.
Bioshock 2 will be released on November 3rd for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
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