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From sea to shining sky to sea…again all in one collection.

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    BioShock: The Collection

    Rating: 4.0 – Great

    From sea to shining sky to sea…again all in one collection.

    Bioshock…the name says it all. The series draws everything from massive praise from fans to shrugs from its detractors who wonder to this day what all the fuss is about. Its a series that is beloved for its deep themed stories while others call the most overrated series in a decade. Whether you like the series or not, there is no denying Bioshock has made its mark in gaming. Ken Levine created a franchise that still wows and delights gamers even 10 years since its first entry. Now the entire series has been put together in one collection for the PS4 and today we will see if the series and this collection holds up under the microscope. This collection contains 1,2, and Infinite as well as all the DLC for each game, with some extras. For the record, I have played the first Bioshock many times, the second for the first time on this collection, and Infinite once before I played this collection. Ill spend a bit on each game before discussing the collection itself if you use to skip ahead.

    A Man Chooses, A Slave Obeys-Andrew Ryan

    The original Bioshock had the misfortune of being released in 2007, mostly due to the fact that it was completely overshadowed by three other massive shooters. The Orange Box, which compiled the entire Half Life 2 series, Team Fortress 2, and Portal which became the big ticket for Valve superfans and hardcore gamers. The other two games were Call of Duty 4 and Halo 3 which finally made online console gaming into the massive mainstream phenomenon that shaped gaming for the next decade. Even though it was completely overshadowed by other shooters, Bioshock still became a big hit and quickly gained a following in the gaming community. The game takes place in 1960, where you end up in an underwater city called Rapture. Rapture was an undersea free market utopia created by Andrew Ryan, a fanatical devotee to free market enterprise. The whole city had been ravished by a civil war between Ryan and Frank Fontaine, a criminal who tricked the poor into fighting for him. Thanks to scientific breakthroughs, citizens could use powers called plasmids to make their lives easier, until it lead to mass addiction and madness. The city of Rapture is still eerie and haunting after all these years and its a blast to return to this entry. The remastering makes Rapture look like it was released a few years ago instead of 2007. Of the 3 games here, this is the one that got most of the focus in terms of remastering. The only new content of this collection is 10 Director Commentaries sprinkled though the game to collect. Collecting one will unlock a new interview with Ken Levine conducted by the most respected journalist in gaming today, Geoff Keighley (yes that was sarcasm). The Bioshock games are awash in atmosphere and really do a great job of drawing you into its world much better than most games. Choosing to harvest or saving Little Sisters was one of the first times in gaming where the choice was binary but placed you in a moral quandary. Do you save the girl but have a tougher time, or harvest them for to become powerful? Not to mention you got to get past their guardians, the hulking Big Daddies first. This is the best game in the collection, and worth playing by itself. The only real flaw is the last third is weak as the game peaked too early in terms of payoff. Still, this game is fantastic and is highly recommended.

    Please understand that like all I have done, this is an act of love-Sofia Lamb

    Bioshock 2 is the odd entry of the collection. In this game, you are a Big Daddy named Delta that must rescue his little sister he was supposed to protect. The game takes place in 1970, and Rapture is barely hanging on by a thread. Most of Rapture is now under the control of Sofia Lamb, a formal intellectual rival of Andrew Ryan, and a master manipulator and genius psychiatrist. 2 was not done by Levine and it shows as the game lacks the atmosphere of the original. Therein lies the big flaw of Bioshock 2, its just another one. The game has the best gameplay of the series, but the story is really on the bland side. The other real problem is the pacing. You have to protect Little Sisters who gather ADAM (the main fuel for plasmids), with causes splicers (ADAM addicts) to go after them. If you want the best ending, you have to protect them and this is very tedious. Not to mention, there are usually at least three little sisters per stage and since their are fewer stages than in the first game, its looks like a case of padding the length of the game. The only real enemy of note here is the Big Sister, a cross between the little sister and a big daddy.There was a multiplayer element in 2 but it was removed from this collection as it was nowhere well received as intended. The only returning characters are Brigid Tennenbaum, Andrew Ryan, and Frank Fontaine (in audio recordings). While not a horrible game, 2 is one those games you beat once, and you’ll never want to play it again. On the other hand, the Minervas Den DLC is included. Here you play as Sigma, a big daddy who is tasked to help a scientist named Charles Milton Porter. The campaign is much less tedious and moves at a welcome quick pace. The story is also a little bland but the ending is very good and delivers a strong emotional punch not seen in the base game. Minerva Den is definitely the highlight of 2 in this collection.

    The Lord forgives everyone but I’m just a prophet. So I don’t have to. Amen- Zachary Hale Comstock

    The last game in the collection is Bioshock Infinite, and this game is way different from the first two. Infinite takes place in 1912, in the floating city of Columbia. You are Booker Dewitt, a man tasked with retrieving a woman named Elizabeth who is held in Columbia. Columbia, is a city in the sky strewn with old timey American Regalia, and Christian traditions and values. Think off an 1890s 4th of July parade mixed with steampunk elements and you have Columbia. Columbia is led by Comstock, a so-called prophet who preaches Christian scripture and American exceptionalism but hides a dark secret. The game dumbs down its gunplay to limit you to only two weapons, and you have fewer plasmids (called vigors this go around). That said where Rapture was creepy and dark, Columbia is disturbing in own ways with old time religion public law, 19th century American values (the whites mans law if you will) entrenched, and wholesomeness so overwhelming its somewhat unnerving. There is a civil war going on between Comstocks forces, the founders, and the Vox Populai, a militant communist sect led by a former slave named Daisy Fitzroy.The game does what the first did so well and that is pull you into the world of Columbia, and keeps you going unlike the slog 2 was at points. Infinite also had the same major flaw 1 had in its story. While 1 was a anticlimactic ending to a point, Infinite’s problem is different, The plot twist that was built up all this time is very weak, and the story gets way too pretentious with alternate dimensions and realties shoehorned in to explain plot points. While it doesn’t ruin the game, the out of left field twist breaks the immersion that you had in the first half of the game, and it really over complicates the plot and turns the story from fun to convoluted. Still the base game is an interesting experience and worth a playthrough. The burial at sea DLC is here too and connects Infinite to Bioshock 1. Episode 1 is more less Infinite but in Rapture and its really unremarkable. Episode 2 goes for a stealth focus and is much more interesting. You play as Elizabeth, and your trying to rescue a girl until you run into the splicers led by Atlas,the face behind the Rapture uprising. Episode 2 does a decent job off of tying the world of Columbia and Rapture together. All in all infinite is not as good as 1 but its easily worth a playthrough. One more addition is all the season pass and pre-order exclusive gear powerups are available to use in Infinite as well which is nice.

    Welcome to the Circus of Values

    The collection has some problems itself as well, namely technical issues. I had at least 2 hard crashes in Bioshock 1. I had a bug in 2 where none of the button commands would work. Clash in the Clouds (infinites challenge mode) is notorious for crashing, and I had a sound bug in Burial episode 1. This is not gonna be patched so beware, its not Bethesda or Obsidian levels but its still annoying the amount of tech problems in this collection. Also, Infinite has no real new content and was not remastered at all since it was already up to par graphically wise. Lastly, the collection is broken up into two parts. 1 and 2 are in one while Infinite was its own download slot. Its not an all in one package so if that’s annoys you just download the one you want to play first and go to town.

    Conclusion:

    Despite some tech problems, this is a great value for fans and newcomers to the Bioshock franchise. This collection is usually on sale, so for under 20 bucks this is a steal, If you want to play a shooter that makes you think, or if you just a different take on FPS games look no further than here.

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