BioShock 2 - Standard Edition
- Online and offline multiplayer modes including: Free-For-All, and Team Death Match and more.
- Return to the underwater city of Rapture where now the 'The Big Sister' is the toughest creature around.
- 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.
- New game environments including Fontaine Futuristics, headquarters of Fontaine's business empire and the Kashmir Restaurant.
- Platform: Windows Vista / XP
- ESRB Rating: Mature
- Media: DVD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
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If you're going to play this game, play it on consoles, or face the frustration and disappointment.
Now, I want to make it clear from the start that this is primarily a Warning Review, focusing on little or non advertised facts on BIOSHOCK 2. Nevertheless, my points on the game design and gameplay follow. But first things first:
FACT 1 (UNDISCLOSED):
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).
FACT 2 (LITTLE ADVERTISED):
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.
FACT 3 (UNDISCLOSED):
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.Read more ›
However, upon my initial attempt to enjoy my promising purchase, I was prompted to 'SIGN IN TO YOUR WINDOWS - LIVE ACCOUNT' which caught me unawares. Apparently, in order to even play the single player mode (which, I'm guessing, is why most people actually bought the game), I still had to log in to Windows Live, whatever that is... after a minor tantrum brought on my the simple urge to have immediate satisfaction, I begrudgingly complied to sign up for Windows Live. To my astonishment, it seemed I already had an account, though I couldn't understand how that could be, until I realized that Windows Live and the antiquated Windows Messenger were actually related; the account was basically my MSN password along with my email adress. Neat.
After spending admittedly very little time finding a username that didn't exist, which I was forced into doing even though I didn't care, I was finally able to make one and continue on through the laborious process which I loathed so. My behavior had by now deteriorated rapidly into a screaming mad state, pounding my fists upon my arm rests and swearing loudly at my screen, as if to rationalize with the soulless entity that is Microsoft, exclaiming "I only want to play the ****ing game!"
Now, here's the real juicy bit... after finalizing the obscenely unacceptable process, I was finally able to play the game, which was quite fun (especially as the game went on).Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I was intrigued with this game since BioShock 2's release back in Feb/10.I always wait(and wait and wait)until the price reaches a reasonable level before I buy my vid games and... Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2011 by Robert Badgley
Other reviewers have discussed the issues with the game's DRM system and its dependence on Games for Windows Live. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2010 by Daniel Murphy
Windows Live is a real drag on this otherwise awesome game. It's like wearing a rock around your neck.Published on Sept. 3 2010 by Anthony the Great
It's a good game, far from BioShock 1, but a good game anyway. But the protection mechanism ... it's just a pain ! Really.Published on March 21 2010 by Nobody