Tuesday, April 08, 2008


Buying an Xbox 360 gave me a chance to play Bioshock. Bioshock is a first person shooter, set in a rather gorgeous location- under the sea, in a place called Rapture.

Created by a rather fundementalist libertarian named Andrew Ryan, Rapture was created as a place to enforce his ideals. The game is set in the 50s, and as such the environments have a gorgeous art deco look, which makes the game look thoroughly great. Clearly something has gone wrong with Ryan's vision, as the world you descend into after your plane crashes is in chaos. The only friendly voice you hear explains how things have gone, along with various audio diaries you discover along the way. It seems that, with no restrictions of morality on science, genetic modification became the norm in rapture, until it has been torn apart with people desperate for more of the genetic currency called adam, to make their bodies even more powerful.

It's a good game, but i think it suffers from a rather odd flaw- too much action. The landscape is so interesting, I actually want more time to explore the locations, but because of the large proportion of enemies that attack you (and irritatingly often respawn in areas that were previously safe), it is difficult to do so. As such much of the beauty of the world the developers have created is missed, which is a shame.

Still, it's a lot of fun. I have yet to complete it yet.. I shall see how it goes



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