Believe it or not, the original BioShock turned 15 this past weekend! Irrational's seminal shooter continues to be one of the very best story-driven FPS titles ever made, and one we still think about often, even 15 years on.
However, we've also been reminiscing about the series as a whole, including the hugely-underrated BioShock 2 (along with its brilliant expansion), and the more divisive but equally entertaining BioShock Infinite.
The underwater city of Rapture is such an iconic setting in gaming, and honestly, it always felt like the series was going to struggle to move away from that location. Still, Infinite's Columbia is a fascinating place to explore, even if the game's focus on all-out action detracted a little bit from the satisfying gameplay loop established in the first two games.
With that in mind, which is your favourite BioShock game? Is it the original with the introduction of its unique location and its shockingly surprising plot twist? Is it BioShock 2 with it's more refined combat mechanics and the ability to utilise the 'Big Daddy' suit? Or finally, is it BioShock Infinite, where the series headed for the clouds in an alternate take on 1900's America?
Vote in the poll, and let us know why in the comments!
I love the original but Bioshock 2 has become my favourite over time. Story is very good not quite up to BS1 but still great stuff, it's great exploring more of Rapture and the controls are so much better dual welding a plasmid & drill is always fun.
Never played any of these. This, and I think it's called "Fear" (black haired evil looking brat on the cover art) just passed me by. These worthwhile?
Never forgot the first experience of B1, bought B2 SE with the record score & cd score + art book in the butterfly box
1 is an undisputed classic, 2 is an underrated gem, and infinite has to be - in my opinion - one of the biggest disappointments in gaming 🙂
Infinite without a doubt, played through all of them over the last few years and the original 2 are quite outdated by now. Couldn't help but think at the time that they were a discount Dishonored tbf. Infinite holds up really well however. Might be quite a hot take though
Infinite for me is a good game. It is a bit of a departure from the first two titles though.
Easily the first bioshock. Game of the 360 gen for me. Atmosphere was just spot on.
The original is not only the best by far but also one of the best game ever made
@Kaloudz definitely worth it, you can get the 3 games in sale at the moment as well for £8
I played Infinite this year and it was… okay. Really did not like the DLC.
The original is still the best, by far.
I love Bioshock infinite its my favourite
@Kaloudz These are some of the best story-driven shooters ever made!
Thanks a bunch Decoy and Kez. I'll have to take up that deal and see what I've missed out on.
There has never been a better time to play them, the first and think the second run at a silky smooth 60fps on Series X.
Enjoyed Infinite, but can't beat the absolute marvel that was the original at the time. I remember inviting people over to play the demo and we'd just be blown away by it. Great times
I'm not the biggest shooter fan, but this series is so great. One of the best story driven shooters ever.
Loved the original. I was in awe while playing for the first time and I replayed it last year. Still holds up. Infinite is really good as well. Bioshock 2 didn't do it for me. It lost the sense of wonder which made the original so great. Also, I wish I could play System Shock 2 on Xbox. I refuse to play anything on PC anymore.
This is such a tough one for me. The story of the original is incredible, but the gameplay of Infinite blows it away, and the Burial at Sea DLC is the best piece of DLC I’ve ever played. I voted for the original for the story, atmosphere and Rapture, but I was quite torn.
Hard to say. One was original and fun and nerve wracking. The second let you play as a big daddy and go outside rapture. The third was a new environment.
The original BioShock is still the greatest and perhaps one of the greatest games released during the Xbox 360 era. Its not just the game-play or its 'iconic' setting, but the narrative and underlying message throughout was and had a major impact on gaming.
The second never had the same impact and I actually felt it was quite a step down from the first - that its single player suffered as they, like MANY others also did at the time, shoehorned in some competitive MP modes. I liked aspects of the 2nd, but it was much shorter and the MP was awful.
I never liked the 3rd, the whole atmosphere and vibe was transformed by a change in setting. I never actually completed the game because I just couldn't get into it. I loved the 'undersea' setting, claustrophobic and dark/moody, versus airy, open and bright/vibrant.
There is a reason that everyone thinks of Rapture and Big Daddies when discussing BioShock so 'Would you Kindly' vote for the first...
The original is the best, but I love all three for different reasons.
Bioshock - 10/10
Bioshock 2 - 9/10 (still, my favorite to play)
Bioshock Infinite - 6/10
Also I just started Prey (2017) recently and didn't realize it's basically Bioshock in space.
@UnusedBabyWipes I was honestly tempted to make it its own option 😅
Infinite for me!
Would you kindly do the right thing and vote Bioshock. A man chooses, a slave obeys.
One of the best games ever made. It’s a masterpiece and it should be in art museums. I still loved the sequels but you’ll never forget the first time you stepped foot in Rapture
@ironcrow86 I concur.
@Kaloudz definitely. All three of them. You can usually get the collection for cheap. I replayed them a few years back and they hold up really well, actually they still do many things better than most modern games.
@Nf157 l do see them on sale a lot, you're right. I've just grabbed them so I'll add them to the old backlog and make sure I play them.
I couldn't get into the Bioshock games, Just not my cup of tea..
Bioshock infinite for me. I purchased the remastered trilogy realiser this year and wow bioshock 1 is just soooo good. B2 is good but infinite l comes behind the other 2.
@Kaloudz Good choice! Hope you enjoy. You can't get much better than the bioshock games.
I'm not a big fan of Bioshock. In my opinion it's just a corridor shooter with good story and atmosphere but boring enemies and combat.
@Kaloudz Absolutely. The three-game collection (including the DLC's) also goes on sale for a pittance fairly regularly on Xbox.
The original game is the best
@Fenbops I thought the dlc was awesome I loved how they made infinite a prequel to bioshock 1
Bioshock 1. never played 2 and couldnt get into infinite. loved it so much i 100% it. got the brass balls achievement before they even put it into the game, all i had to do was load the game and it popped up.
Played all three on the PS4. Out of the three, the first one is the best, then Infinite close behind. That Elizabeth character was great.
1 all day, every day.
It's just better as a piece of art taken holistically compared to 2, even if 2 has the upper hand mechanically (and an absolutely fantastic expansion in Minerva's Den).
The less said about the catastrophic mess that is Infinite (and its DLC), the better.
@Kaloudz the original Bioshock HAS to be played; it's atmospheric, has a great story, has crazy weapons and modifications...and the twist ending is INSANE.
I've wanted to play Fear, but had to play other games before it to prepare myself. I'd definitely be up for it NOW!
Thanks guys! I'll definitely get round to it (probably after TemTem) and see what it's like
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