X – Bioshock 2
Granted, Bioshock 2 is most definitely not the most horrifying game out on the streets, but let’s face it. I have to ease into this genre, as I’ve always been avoiding this by many miles. Dead Space has been sitting on my shelf for quite a few months now, starring at me with its sharp teethes and slimy fingers.
When I received my copy of Mafia II, the distributor enclosed a copy of Bioshock 2 as a bonus. As a thank you note to them, I will tell you guys how the evening went.
I am not that far into the game, but I’ve got the feel of it. It’s somewhat intense, and I can understand why so many people love the games. More than once I felt the anxiety creeping in on me – the longer without enemies, anxiety took over, you know, the silence before the storm – quickly followed by terror, when the splicers suddenly appeared, banging different stuff on my suit in an attempt to get rid of the big metal man.
While playing, I discovered that I felt a bit claustrophobic, and that is where this game is making its brilliance. THIS feeling. Many other games have been good at making you feel anxious, scared and terrified. But very few games make you feel that you actually are in a big, closed metal suit. It’s the way the camera moves, how fast you can go and maybe a few other minor things too. While underwater, you might feel a bit of aqua phobic too, especially while crawling under collapsed buildings.
My fear of being killed from the back is also very well confirmed here. That is why I like 2D platform shooters way more than a 3D, that this game is. I won’t call it a shooter per se, but there is definitely a shooter element no doubt about that.
Alright, this game is very good, but it isn’t on my top ten list, but this is due to the taste in games I have, not the product. I can see why there is a great a loyal fan base, and why there will be a third title. The story is well developed – since I haven’t played the first game I am really not into the story and I did made a quick search and read about the games story on Wikipedia, and was a bit stunned over the scale the story has. I still enjoy playing the game!