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If you're the kind of player who just wants yet another action-packed shooter, BioShock probably isn't for you. Its weak link is its unsatisfying no-skill-required combat, which might aim this one just over the head of the average Halo fan. But if you want to get a little fancy, there's a lot of fun to be had with some of the game's more indirect fighting methods. It builds an amazing atmosphere by using terrific graphics and sound to set a creepy mood. But BioShock's real strengths are as a compelling work of interactive fiction, and as a unique ride through a warped world with some great payoff built into its mysterious plot. If that description has you even the least bit interested, you'll definitely find BioShock worth playing--but you still might want to hold off for a patch or two, just in case.
The second is at MSNBC with no overall score:
Besides being a Game of the Year contender, "BioShock" goes a long way in establishing video games as a viable form of art. By the time you finish the game, you'll see games and gaming differently. "BioShock" shows how good games can be, from how a great story can unfold to how games can inspire genuine emotion. You owe it yourself to play this game.
So, what are you waiting for?
The third is at Extreme Gamer with an overall score of 9.5/10:
If you're on the fence about Bioshock being "just another shooter" put those worries aside and jump off the fence. Bioshock delivers an outstanding adventure deep into a psychotic world filled with wonder and interesting plot developments and characters. The level of polish in the entire project is on the top of its game with some of the best graphics and audio to date. If you every wanted a little more out of your standard FPS affairs then Bioshock will satisfy your needs and give you a few moments of pure gaming bliss. Bioshock is the next-generation of shooters that will no doubt be placed along side the other greats that I mentioned in this review like System Shock 2 and the original Half-Life. Dive in.
The fourth is at PlayReaction with an overall score of 9.8/10:
It is immensely satisfying to see a game reach the pinnacle after being hyped, over hyped and then hyped some more. BioShock delivered, above and beyond your utmost imagination. Drop what you are playing, install it and watch as the work of art unfolds at your fingertips. or gun barrel whichever you fancy. There's perfection in the cogwheels here, and it shows. BioShock is the combination of what makes a game THE game. Do you remember the feeling you felt when you played the first Half Life? We have surpassed that at last this is entertaining, fun, and sinister, with a complete story. You have PC gaming right here, serve yourself. This is why I have a been a PC gamer for 14 years and wear the tag proudly I am part of the PC gaming platform and BioShock with its Big Daddy stomps over all the rest.
And the fifth is at IC-Games with an overall score of 97%:
When summing up, especially with a game so highly praised, it's very hard to convince the more cynical gamer that us journalists were not promised unimagined wealth for our recommendations. With a game like BioShock however it's easy; the game simply sells itself regardless of what anyone says. Without doubt, BioShock is truly a next-gen masterpiece, more than worthy of your attention. It simply blows everything comparable out of the water and for now we challenge you to find otherwise.