BioShock Review for PS3

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Spiritual successor to System Shock.

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9Out of 10
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BioShock should be snapped up by any self respecting PS3 gamer
BioShock should be snapped up by any self respecting PS3 gamer

BioShock should be snapped up by any self respecting PS3 gamer

BioShock on PS3 has caused quite a stir in the office. On the one hand we're delighted that 2K Games has brought the game, albeit a year late, to Sony's console. Everyone and their dog should play this wonderful, intelligent and atmospheric shooter. But on the other hand, we're a tad disappointed, because the all-star four-pronged developer assault on the PS3 port hasn't taken the opportunity to right the admittedly few wrongs that shipped with the original 360 and PC game and make it a true, definitive 'Director's Cut'.

For example, the last quarter or so of the game hasn't been touched. Now don't worry, we won't spoil it for you (if you're a PS3 owner who's managed to keep your head in the BioShock story-free sand for the last 12 months then you deserve a Blue Peter badge), but what we will say is that it falls away quite considerably after the brilliant plot twist (if you saw it coming, you're lying just to look clever in front of your friends). Might 2K Marin, 2K Australia, 2K Boston and Digital Extremes (Dark Sector) offered an alternative, less disappointing finale?

And what of the game's graphics? As we've been repeatedly told by 2K Games senior producer Melissa Miller, the goal wasn't to improve upon BioShock's already astounding graphics, but to get them on a par with the 360 version. To our eyes both versions look nigh on identical. There's the odd poor quality texture here, the odd texture pop-in, as there was in the 360 version, but nothing that's going to make the PS3 massive send poo through 2K's letter box. Should the development teams have taken the opportunity to improve the game's performance, and even surpass the graphics?

Are we being unreasonable? Are we demanding too much? Perhaps. But then look at the incredible work Eden Games is doing reworking the PS3 version of the flawed Alone in the Dark. And there was a hell of a lot more wrong with that game than there was with BioShock. Still, it's a testament to the quality of designer Ken Levine's game that we can only come up with a couple of tweaks that might have improved one of the best games of 2007. There's absolutely nothing else we can think of that's wrong with the game. Nothing.

It's dripping with atmosphere and style

It's dripping with atmosphere and style

It's much easier to talk about what's great about the game. So we will. It's got the best opening 20 minutes of any video game ever. You play Jack, a passenger on a plane that crashes somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean in 1960. You miraculously survive, and swim for a mysterious lighthouse that protrudes from the sea and towers into the night sky. Inside the lights turn on, revealing a bathysphere that takes you on a journey to the ocean floor. A video from business tycoon Andrew Ryan introduces you to the breathtaking underwater city of Rapture, a city he built some 14 years previous as a rejection of all things Democratic, Communist and religious. It was to be a Garden of Eden where man was able to evolve into something better than he was above water.

You find Rapture in tatters, a city overrun by a populace gone mad through genetic engineering. Ryan's not too happy at your appearance either - he believes you're a government agent of some sort sent to bring the curtain down on his failed paradise. He sends the Splicers - normal people deranged by their pursuit of ADAM, the genetically modifying juice that everyone's hooked on - to kill you. But you've also got to contend with the Big Daddies, too: huge diving suit-wearing 'things' so pumped full of ADAM that they've become something else. All they care about is protecting the Little Sisters: creepy little girls with red eyes that stick large syringes in dead bodies in order to harvest ADAM. The powerful Big Daddies will leave you alone if you leave the Little Sisters alone, which poses one hell of a conundrum: go through the game without ADAM, and the DNA-altering power it grants to aid your survival, or kill them, and the Big Daddies, in order to fuel your growing power? It's a hell of a beard-stroker.

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played and loved both versions of bioshock on the xbox 360 and ps3 plus overall i feel the ps3 version edges it,higher resolution textures in places and much better blurring effects if anything via hdmi the ps3 version looks more photo realistic.Ultimetly its about gameplay though and 2k gave it back to the people when they released this classic that will be talked about and played in years to come.
Posted 15:14 on 03 December 2008
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I loved this game! It's been a long time since I've played a game till I had circles under my eyes! After 6 hours of continuous play, one night, I felt like a splicer myself. It's too bad I had to wait a year to get it! Yes, I'm a Playstation fanboy...or actually fangirl. Sorry boys.
Posted 04:24 on 03 November 2008
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360 and PS3 were captured via HDMI at 720p.
Posted 09:29 on 20 October 2008
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I'm dying to know at what resolution the ps3 side of the Bioshock comparison video shot at. I'm furious with 2k for producing a half assed port given 14 months of extra development time. Your video as well as all the screenshots I have seen show that the ps3 version is inferior in the texture department. Now 2k fanboys are claiming in their forums that the comparison video you made doesn't count because it was shot using a 1080p feed for the ps3 side. I think they are just making that up, and would love to know the truth. Thank you in advance.
Posted 23:24 on 19 October 2008
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Fanboy's are booooooooring! PC wipes the console version's hands down :D The gameplay is easier than a controller, easier to select plasmids etc. 9 for consoles and 10 for PC, but that is due to sharper gfx on PC. But mainly the game play is better!
Posted 16:46 on 17 October 2008
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I'd have given it a point less too its a whole year on and games should advance and not stay stagnent. We have also had a load more games to compare this one too. Well done Wes on another Honest Review. And yes SteakPieHarry there seems to be a load of these fanboys stinking up the place. 9 is a great score!
Posted 16:26 on 17 October 2008
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More idiotic Sony fanboys stinking up the site. Take your bile elsewhere. It's getting boring.
Posted 15:52 on 17 October 2008
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avid reader

Nice to hear a PS3 Port that has been given some care and attention,
Posted 15:08 on 17 October 2008
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Putty Man

Good review, I'd day this game was morre a solid 8/10 for me (only played it on XBox). I can see why people give it a 9 tho as the atmosphere it creates is second to none.

Also +1 to Mike, no need to back yourself up against crazy fanboys. Tho they do provide a lot of clicks on a lot of video gaem websites throughout the world ;-).
Posted 12:50 on 17 October 2008
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No need to explain yourselfs to the fanboys they would moan even if it was a 10

At the end of the day it was released ages ago on the 360 and there has been loads of good games which have came out between then and now which have set the bar of what is considered a "10" game.
Posted 11:59 on 17 October 2008
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For me, BioShock is a 9/10 game. If I had reviewed the Xbox 360 version I would have given it 9/10 as well. The Xbox 360 version was reviewed by Greg, who no longer works for us. This review is entirely my own opinion.

Also, the PS3 version of GTA 4 got a 10/10, as it did on Xbox 360.
Posted 11:27 on 17 October 2008
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Mate its a PS3 game, they dont get 10's on this site! Get use to it :S
Posted 10:50 on 17 October 2008
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This is a joke, how can the same game be given a lower score, oh right it Wesley doin the review. As for it being the PS3 game of the year, how funny you forgot MGS4, I know you won't like it cause it's not on 360, or little big planet.
Posted 09:55 on 17 October 2008

Game Stats

Out of 10
  • Approach situations in different ways
  • Superb atmosphere
  • Just as good as it was
  • Changes are minimal
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Release Date: 17/10/2008
Platforms: PS3 , Xbox 360 , PC , iPhone
Developer: 2K Boston
Publisher: 2K Games
Genre: First Person Shooter
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 1,823 7
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