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Scheduled release date:

February 9, 2010

Publisher:

2K Games

Developer:

2K Marin

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

FPS

Release Date:

February 9, 2010

The original BioShock was a huge success for 2K Games, and perhaps one of this generation's biggest sleeper hits, as far as commercial success goes. I mean sure, many of us expected the game to turn out great, simply because it was the soul successor to System Shock, but the incredible sales of the game caught many off guard. Well, as is the rule with the industry, sales equate to sequels, and BioShock is no exception. It's sequel was announced in the PlayStation 3 version, and it'll be here in less than three months. So what's to expect?

Well, for starters, the game takes place 10 years after the events of the first one, and you are still in Rapture. But, things are pretty different this time around as you now control a Big Daddy. In fact, you're taking the reigns of the first Big Daddy ever made, a prototype that comes complete with free will, great speed, superb intelligence, and you have complete control over his abilities, including plasmids and that drill, simultaneously. You'll be able to upgrade the Big Daddy's plasmids, but you'll need to extract ADAM and use it as an upgrade source. And one way you can extract ADAM from dead creatures is by adopting a Little Sister.

Once partnered with a Little Sister, she will lead you to ADAM locations, and when you find them, you can put her down and have her harvest the ADAM out of the corpses. But, harvesting is a process and you're likely to encounter enemies, so you must protect your Little Sister from harm. Alternately, when you rescue or encounter a Little Sister you can choose to harvest her, instead of adopting her. Harvesting will also draw ADAM, but 2K says there are distinctions between where and how you acquire ADAM, moral distinctions and gameplay.

I saw a 10 minute demo of the game play out (and perhaps others have seen it, too), and I was impressed. This time around you get to explore a lot more, as you can wander outside of Rapture and into the Ocean. Instead of Big Daddies serving as your main opponents, this time it's Big Sisters, the all-seeing Sister-Daddy hybrids that keep a watchful eye on the Little Sisters. These Big Sisters are built to be faster and more powerful than a Big Daddy, so they are designed to pose a challenge to the gamer.

Now here's where things get crazier. We all remember BioShock as a single-player game. But the sequel has a multiplayer component, and not just any multiplayer, this has a fleshed out back story. It is one year before the events of the original BioShock, and you step foot into the shoes of a Rapture civilian and endure the Civil War that destroyed the city. You will get to witness the city in its original glory, before it was taken by the ocean, and fight in various iconic environments from the original game before they were turned to ruin.

As a citizen of Rapture, you're sponsored by plasmid maker Sinclair Solutions. So you will have access to a plethora of weapons, plasmids, and tonics, in addition to a slew of unlockable upgrades. Interestingly enough, 2K has even worked in character deformation into the multiplayer by enabling DNA splicing through the use of plasmids. Allow me to explain: in the BioShock world, as plasmids take over your body, you begin to deform more and more and your DNA goes through a splicing process. Likewise, in the multiplayer of Bioshock 2, as your character grows stronger, he will endure that same affect, because ultimately, that is what occurred to the citizens of Rapture (they became "splicers"), as we find out in the first game.

I'm sure everyone reading this is probably just as excited about this sequel as I am, because the first BioShock was a truly exceptional gem. BioShock 2 is scheduled for a February 9th release date, and that isn't very far away.

12/17/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (26 posts)

Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:30:50 PM
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Speaking of 360 FPS's made with Unreal! Ha!

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coverton341
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:50:30 PM

You cheeky bastard :)

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:59:22 PM

=P

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:55:39 PM

Quiet. Bioshock rules.

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 3:17:20 PM

Haha nothing against Bioshock itself. I'm just equally tired of FPS's and games made with Unreal 3.

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coverton341
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 4:02:05 PM

I agree Bioshock was the bee's knees and I am equally excited for this game. This time around I can buy it on PS3 when it comes out instead of on PC then longing for it on PS3.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 8:06:27 PM

Jawknee, I know Unreal and its plastic looks, but Bioshock's graphics was so adorable

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 10:11:13 PM

I think the design makes it adorable. Unreal hold its back.

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frylock25
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:59:49 PM
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my bday is the 6th, im callin this game my bday present to myself. i can not wait for this game. the first one was amazing. glad its on ps3. one of the few multi platform games i get excited about.

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JackieBoy
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:06:53 PM
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Hell, I'm getting this on day 1. The first one freaked me out, was very innvotive and had excellent atmosphere...

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JPBooch
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:07:54 PM
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Hands down, one of the best games this generation was Bioshock 1.

Just one of those games that immersed you into it's world and didn't let you put it down.

That multiplayer sounds very cool, I was hoping we could see Rapture in it's original glory...great idea!

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NeoHumpty
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:09:54 PM
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Penis driver snuffle garden. Must have.

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556pineapple
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:25:54 PM
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Just picked up the first one for $20 new. Haven't played it yet, been busy with finals and the GoW collection, which I picked up at the same time. I was impressed with the demo and rest assured, I'll be playing it over my three-week break. Anyway, I'll probably have to get the 2nd one when it comes out.

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dart_driver
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 7:02:30 PM

Iv had the first one for around 8 months and have only put a couple hours into it

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Kr3sn1k
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 3:14:41 PM
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My b day is the exact day this comes out =)

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coverton341
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 4:03:56 PM
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I'll throw my hat in the pile with my birthday being the 5th of February so this is going to be a great birthday present to me from me.

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SnipeySnake
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 5:18:04 PM
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I like FPS's like this. And i'll like it infinity times more if its 2 player (splitscreen) co-op.

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sunspider13
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 5:57:02 PM
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I was taken aback when I heard that BS2 was going to have multiplayer, but after reading what they are planning to with it I'm a little bit more on board with this. I will take a wait and see stance and see what the reviews say. Good God too much stuff coming in 2010. Head...going...to...explode.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 8:05:38 PM
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Yea I love Bioshock, I'll go back to play it again.

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Beamboom
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 9:36:57 PM
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BioShock was one of my greatest gaming experiences so far this decade, if not THE greatest. I'm worried the sequel will be a disappointment simply because the first one was so incredibly good! Rapture was unknown ground to explore back then - can a return to Rapture possibly be as exciting? I sure hope so!

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___________
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 12:17:33 AM
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im still on the fence with this.
i mean bioshock was my favorite game on the 360.
best game on the 360, well besides GOW 2.
but playing as a big daddy?
i dunno, looks really slow and boring to me.
ill certainly be buying it on day one, since if i dont like it i can get my money back within 7 days.
developers should be kissing EBs toes right now, if it was not for that i would not of bought 1/5th of the games i have.

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just2skillf00l
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 12:19:09 AM
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Loved the game to death! However, on my PS3 version there were so many glitches I couldn't help but stop playing it. I'm not the kind of guy to bash a game without any experience with it either. The graphics were great, the environment was awesome, but the glitches in the game squashed everything good about it to me. Glitches like me killing a big daddy, only to find that it reappears in a similar location. And yes I'm sure it was the same one because after I killed it, I checked the name and every time I did, it was named Bertha! Sometimes, even the little sisters responded with it too, which wasn't so bad but WTF!

From looking at the second one, it looks great so far. I don't think I will get it though. I just had too many problems with the first one.

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Geobaldi
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 2:17:05 AM
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Own the first one on PC and PS3. Was a great game while it lasted. Will be buying the sequel as well. I'll never touch the multiplayer portion of it though.

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Andysw
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 4:19:29 AM

Why not? The multiplayer is essentially a prequal to the first bioshock. Don't you want to know what rapture was like before it fell apart?

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Andysw
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 4:21:43 AM
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The playstation 3 version supports true 1080p. I doubt this one will have true 1080p as well. Since all versions will have a simultaneous release.

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Robochic
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 8:22:46 AM
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I can not wait for this game!!! I've seen the vids on this and man it's looking really good.

Sorry for the typing been up for 14 hours.

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