Welcome to Rapture
Warning: This post contains absolutely no references to WoW (except for said disclaimer).
Our household recently obtained an Xbox 360. I had my reservations about crossing over into next-gen console land but the Xbox 360 experience is quite refreshing. Their interface is slick, their library of both full-sized games and bite-sized Live Arcade morsels are plentiful, and their genius achievement system is like crack for gamers.
Now I’m no stranger to console gamery, but when it comes to FPS games, I’m a PC purist. Nothing beats a good keyboard and mouse combo when it comes to twitchy fragtastic gameplay. Right? Well, I’m here to say that I’m now a controller-toting console-FPS-playing convert, and I have BioShock to thank for it.
The game is set in an alternate 1960s where you’re a plane-crash survivor trying to make your way through the disturbed remains of the dystopian underwater city of Rapture. You’re met with plenty of opposition from its inhabitants in a game that takes the FPS formula and adds some elements of rpg, survival horror, and even casual puzzle-gaming with its hacking mini-games.
We’re only about halfway through the game (please no spoilers in the comments for those of you that have had the pleasure of experiencing this game already in its entirety), but the gameplay so far is engaging enough to keep both of us coming back to play it on an almost nightly basis. The Ayn Rand-inspired story is primarily revealed through found audio recordings, so even though the game is fairly linear, it does encourage a fair bit of exploration. Last but not least, the grimy art deco style is a pleasure to experience and really brings the game to an entirely new level of awesomeness.
I highly recommend making some time to experience this game if you haven’t already. I downloaded the demo for my PC, but unfortunately my system couldn’t keep up, and playing through this masterpiece with a single digit framerate would have probably tainted the experience. Playing from the couch also has its advantages.