With a little less than four days left until 2K Games' highly anticipated BioShock 2 hits shelves, there is still time to experience the original adventure if you haven't yet. For that reason, today's cheap game is the original BioShock.
A spiritual successor to the System Shock series, the original BioShock follows the trend by delivering an engrossing narrative set in an incredibly detailed and bizarre world. Players are put in the role of Jack, a plane crash survivor, who manages to find his way into the underwater city of Rapture. Rapture, a once stunning utopia, has become little more than an aging, dystopian nightmare and it's up to Jack to discover what happened in Rapture so he can escape with his life. Along the way he'll have to make moral choices that will effect the ending of the game and the future of Rapture.
BioShock was unique when it was released in that the makers of the game promised a truly randomized experience in that there are no scripted events. Granted there are in fact scripted events in the game such as story elements, and when new enemies are introduced. But the rest of the game world does deliver on this promise. Players aren't guaranteed to run across the same enemy patrols whenever they replay the same segment of the game multiple times. This helps keep the game fresh as you can never predict where an enemy will come from.
Players gain access to an assortment of weapons which can be customized at "Power to the people" stations to improve performance and lethality. But there are better weapons to be found in rapture than simple guns. These come in the form of plasmids and gene tonics. With plasmids, the player alters their DNA to gain different abilities such as firing elemental attacks from their finger tips, or housing a swarm of bees in their arm which they can use to swarm their enemies. The gene tonics are used to provide passive abilities such as reducing damage taken from certain attacks, or increasing damage done with stealth attacks. Additional plasmids and gene tonics can be found throughout the game and can be altered at gene banks.
The game also features a hacking system in which the player can open different containers for loot as well as lowering the price at vending machines. Hacking can also be used to reprogram the various turrets and robotic sentries, making them attack your enemies. The hacking system however can be a minor turn off as it forces players to play a rather annoying "Pipe Dream" mini game. Thankfully this mini game can be avoided through the use of automatic hacking tools or made easier through the use of certain gene tonics.
Overall, BioShock was an still is an incredibly fun game with an interesting story, impressive visuals, and absolutely stunning setting. This game is worth a buy especially now that it can be found used for $17.99 or if you want it new, GameStop has it listed for $19.99. This game deserves to be on any gamer's shelf.
Three different stores that sell used games:
GameStop - Mall of Louisiana
6401 Blue Bonnet Blvd.
GameWare - Mall of Louisiana
6401 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Play N Trade
4410 Highland Road