Review: Bioshock 2 Remastered

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Developer: 2K Marin
Publisher: 2K Games
Release Date: February 9, 2010 | September 13, 2016 (Remastered)
Played Platform: PC
Buy: Original / Remastered

 

Read my review of Bioshock (Remastered) if you have not yet.

The sequel of the game takes place in Rapture as well. This time, Sophia Lamb takes place as the leader of Rapture after the events of the first game. You take control of Subject Delta, a Big Daddy, that “killed himself” because his little sister is Eleanor Lamb and Sophia wanted her daughter back to normal. Sophia separates them, but Eleanor is attached to you and decides to bring you back to life using the vita-chamber. Your goal in this game is to find Eleanor that is locked away due to her mom so that you guys can be together once again.

This game has a lot of things that I like compared to the first one, but also there are a lot of things that I did not like. The one thing that I hated in the first one was the hacking. However, the hacking in this game is greatly improved compared to the first one. All you need to do is to place the marker on the green or blue section to hack it. You will get shocked if you land it on the red or colorless. You could also remote hack from a distance by using the hack tool.

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For some odd reason 2K got rid of refilling your EVE manually if you are low, so the only way to refill it is to spam the plasmid until it goes down to zero. A problem that I had with the first one was the maximum amount of cash you can hold. In this game, they only increased it by $100 (from $500 to $600), so I was constantly spending my money to get first aids, eve’s, and ammos.

Lastly, I believe this one is game-breaking, the remastered version of the game constantly keeps crashing. I looked online for solutions, but never found one that worked, so I had to quick save every minute or so just to make sure I do not have to do it all over again. The reason why I decided to play the remastered was that I did not have any problems with the first one while others in the Steam community had it. Additionally, I was in about an hour into the game when I first encountered my first crash and did not felt playing the whole hour again on the original version. I doubt 2K will ever fix this issue any time soon, so if you decide to play this, play the original version.

Review: Bioshock Remastered

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Developer: 2K Boston / 2K Australia
Publisher: 2K Games
Release Date: August 21, 2007 (NA) | September 13, 2016 (Remastered)
Played Platform: PC
Buy: Original / Remastered

A lot of websites highly praised this game with high scores and is even some people’s favorite game. However, I thought otherwise.

I played this game for a few hours awhile back and decided to come back and finish it. Had to start from the beginning because I forgot the story. At first, my memory was coming back to what the story and the setting was like and it slowly hooked me in. You are a survivor in a plane crash and finds a device next to the lighthouse that leads to a city underwater. After arriving, you realize that the city is running havoc and someone named Atlas decides to help you to survive in the city.

I was expecting this game to be similar to Borderlands because of similar mechanics of upgrading your weapons or acquiring different superpowers called plasmids.

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(list of some of the plasmids)

However, as I got deeper into the story, I was slowly losing interest and decided to change the difficulty to easy due to people on the Bioshock subreddit telling others to finish the game for the story. I like the fact that I could kill enemies either by guns or using plasmids like electricity or freeze them with ice. Also, able to hack machines to work for you.

However, the thing that slowly lost my interest was the constant hacking that I was doing by connecting the pipes from beginning to end. The part that frustrated me the most was when I reached a point of no return due to obstacles that are on the way or when the liquid is too quick that you had to give up and try again.

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If you decide to spend in-game cash, you can buy autohack kit to hack without connecting the pipes; by the middle to end of the story, you start earning a lot of money, but they cap it to $500. I hoped that they could have put a variety of mini games to hack a machine and higher the cap to $999. I believe that the hacking just took the enjoyment of my experience with the game.

Additionally, I was surprised that this game was not a horror or a suspense game because throughout the game, I was constantly getting goosebumps because enemies kept appearing out of nowhere behind you with zero noise. Also, the music in this game played a huge part making the game more suspenseful than it should have been.

Lastly, Steam users were bashing on the Remastered version because it kept crashing, but I had no problem. If you happen to pick up the Remastered version, it comes with additional content such as Director’s Commentary that you need to find throughout the different levels. Also, there is a section in the main menu named additional content that you can play which I decided to skip and there is also a museum level that shows the different sketches that the 2K team went through while building the game if you are interested in.