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BioShock 2: Special Edition

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP
Rated: Mature
3 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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  • Play as the original the Big Daddy as you harness raw strength to battle Rapture¿s most feared denizens as you battle powerful new enemies.
  • New game mechanics including the ability to wield plasmids and weapons simultaneously; flashback missions detailing how you became the Big Daddy; the ability to walk outside the airlocks of Rapture to discover new play areas, and many more.
  • Collector Quality Box Packaging w/ Vinyl 180 LP w/ BioShock 1
  • Audio CD w/ Bioshock 2
  • 3 vintage Rapture Advertisements and a BioShock 2 Art Book (164 pages and hardcover)
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / XP
  • ESRB Rating: Mature Mature
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

Platform for Display: PC | Edition: Special
  • ASIN: B002I0HGKW
  • Release Date: Feb. 9 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,240 in Computer and Video Games (See Top 100 in Computer and Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

Platform for display:PC  |  Edition:Special

Return to the underwater city of Rapture where now the 'The Big Sister' is the toughest creature around.

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Platform for Display: PCEdition: Special
I absolutely loved the first Bioshock game on PC. If I need to tell you why then you need to skip this review (and product) and go buy Bioshock 1 right now. Moving on then... So, like other Bioshock zealots I pre-ordered the SE (PC) to go with my original Bioshock 1 SE.

The Good
The actual Special Edition part is top notch. I mean the book, LP, posters, CD and case are splendid and of high quality. There is no denying 2K paid attention to details in the enclosed goods and didn't skimp. Anyone that likes SE games will truly feel like it was money well spent compared to some of the cheap plastic disasters of recent past *cough* Batman *cough*.

The Bad
The actual game is rather meh. Here is where it is apparent that 2K did the skimping. If a sequel is tainted with the exact same bugs as the version 1 release of the original game (that caused all kinds of a commotion over the interwebz and were eventually patched) you got to wonder WTH was going through the developers heads?

The Game
The story is very straight forward (no twists or upsets here). The SP game play is kind of fun with the new weapons and abilities. Dual wielding plasmids and guns leads to some great battles. However it all starts to feel like an endless grind of the same mission over and over and over, well basically because it is the same mission over and over and over.

Some of the environments feel like they took it right out of Bioshock 1, moved a set of stairs from here to there kind of stuff, reskinned it and called it a day. There are no graphical improvements, not that I feel like there needs to be but if you were hoping for something to take advantage of latest hardware, look elsewhere.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ff3c9b4) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
HASH(0x9ff761bc) out of 5 stars FIFTEEN BOTTLES OF ADAM ON THE WALL... Feb. 9 2010
By NeuroSplicer - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: PCEdition: Special
(I think I am having a very strong instance of deja-vu...We have we been here before, haven't we?)

Now, I want to make it clear from the start that this is not just a Warning Review, focusing on little or non advertised facts on BIOSHOCK 2. My points on the game design and gameplay follow. But first things first:

The game requires Internet Connection to install and play because it HAS TO BE ACTIVATED. This is nowhere to be found in the Amazon product description so be warned, you will not be able to install and play this game on a PC that cannot access the internet. This is more serious than it seems (please read on).

BIOSHOCK 2 requires you to setup an OnLine WindowsLIVE Account in order to save the game, claim achievements and auto-update. However, similarly to Fallout 3, it is also possible to create and use an OffLine WindowLIVE account. So, this is not a major worry - unless achievements is important for your enjoyment of course. In that case, you will have to be OnLine to play even a Single-Player session.

This game comes with an INSTALLATION LIMIT. Some would argue that a limit of fifteen installations is large enough for anyone. I, on the other hand, would argue that the length of the chain is of little importance, as long it stays attached to one's leg. Any limit on the number of installations makes BIOSHOCK 2 a rent-a-game. For good reason.

The ACTIVATION REQUIREMENT together with the LIMITED INSTALLATIONS mean that the copy of this game that you paid full price for, well,...never actually becomes yours. The possibility of you replaying the game in the future depends on both the survival of the publisher and its willingness to allow you to so some years down the road (both major uncertainties). And, no, I very much doubt that failing corporations will have the decency and the resources - not to mention the legal rights - to develop and release an Activation-Requirement-Removal patch. The usual practice is to pull the plug and disappear into the night.

The really insulting part is that all this is done for no reason whatsoever! If "more installations are available upon request" what is exactly their purpose in the first place? Why pay for the activation servers and the phone service to give out activations upon request for ever - when you could have had a game with no Activation Limits to begin with?
And the first person who tries to answer that by using the phrase "to fight-piracy", first get me a tissue because I am laughing to tears and, secondly, please simply google to find out how that fight is going.

Most game developers/publishers (from THQ and KALYPSO to UBISOFT and EA) have realized that asking your customers to jump through hoops only for the privilege of ...buying and using your product is not the way to earn neither their trust nor their hard-earned money. Especially during a recession.
So what they did was scale back on any intrusive, draconian and (possibly) illegal forms of DRM. All except 2K GAMES and some former soviet game developers that is. Protecting one's investment and labor is only fair. Insulting your customers and stealing back the product you just sold to them in not.

Now, if anyone still cares: I tried the game on a friend's computer and it is ...not very good either.

Apparently the graphics have been left to age on their own - and have done so ungracefully. Max out the details and see the...pixels upclose and personal staring back at you! (Before anyone asks: WinXP on INTEL i7 920, nVIDIA GTX260 and 3GB of RAM).
The water/dry-land transitions have been hastily slapped together (swirling bubbles but no changing level of water in my faceplate?).
The guns are slow, hold annoyingly little ammo and are either too powerful or too hard to aim. And that is not the worst part either.

The worst part is that playing Big Daddy is a cumbersome chore! You move like crusted molasses, jump (and land) like a pig that ate too many beans and have the faceplate almost constantly obscuring your view.
If venturing into the ocean floor impressed you, well, think again: you can be directed to walk around but you cannot shoot while outside Rapture.

All in all, a mediocre game that is definitely NOT worth its DRM trouble!

My advice: wait until the price matches the product.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By mef73 - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: PCEdition: Special Verified Purchase
This wonderful game and excellent equipment for it. I played спервой part, and was, of course, a big fan. The second part of the a little worse than the first, but the set of all balances. All fans - be sure to buy.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Gavin Waugh - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: PCEdition: Special Verified Purchase
Great came promptly within the time estimated, it was just as described.If you have never played bioshock this is still a great game.
By Colin - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: PCEdition: Special Verified Purchase
Awesome collectors edition. Bioshock is an amazing series, and this edition of Bioshock 2 is a must have for any fan or collector!
HASH(0x9ff76f6c) out of 5 stars this package is fantastic, IMO it's better than Infinite's Aug. 9 2014
By Chris Rios - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: PCEdition: Special Verified Purchase
Aside from the DRM, this package is fantastic, IMO it's better than Infinite's.

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