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Video Game Spotlight | Bioshock Series

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Video games are one of my favourite things, I've loved gaming since I was a little kid and would spend hours playing Spyro or Sonic. It's something that has stuck with me and I always love meeting new people who are also in to gaming and just rambling about it in general! I thought I'd start a new feature on my blog where I introduce you to some of my favourite video games and hopefully encourage some of you to have a go at them or get more in to gaming as it's not just 'for boys'. Let me know if you're in to games too down in the comments, I would love to have some of you do guest posts about your favourite games in the future if this all ges down well!

I thought I'd start off by showcasing one of my favourite game series', Bioshock. Ever since I first played Bioshock I've been in love with the world and story that these games created as well as the combat and gameplay style. I think the series has an amazing story to it, one of the best in the video game industry and the worlds that they created in it are breathtaking which has made the series one of my favourites to play. There are currently three games in the series, Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite. The first two are set in the underwater city of Rapture, the last in a floating city in the sky, Columbia.


"No Gods or Kings. Only Man."
Welcome to Rapture
"Bioshock lets you do the impossible as you explore a mysterious underwater city. When your plane crashes, you discover Rapture - an underwater Utopia torn apart by civil war. Caught between powerful forces and hunted down by genetically modified "splicers" and deadly security systems, you have to come to grips with a deadly, mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. As little girls loot the dead, and biologically mutated citizens ambush you at every turn. Now you`re trapped, caught in the middle of a genetic war that will challenge both your capacity to survive and your moral allegiance to your own humanity. Make meaningful and mature decisions that culminate in the grand question - do you exploit the innocent survivors of Rapture to save yourself - or risk all to become their saviour?" 


Bioshock 2
"Love is just a chemical. We give it meaning by choice."
"The game is set in the fictional underwater dystopia of Rapture. The game opens with a cutscene set in 1958 then jumps 10 years to when Delta wakes up in 1968, eight years after the events of the first Bioshock. The protagonist and player-controlled character is an Alpha series of Big Daddy, a human being that has been mentally conditioned to protect Little Sisters which is amongst the first of its kind. The player-controlled character Big Daddy, named Subject Delta who was previously paired with a single Little Sister, reactivates with no recollection of the past decade's events and scours the city in an attempt to relocate the Little Sister that he was paired with. Fearing this reunion will ruin her plans for the city, Sofia Lamb, the antagonist, sends out her spliced up followers that she calls "The Rapture Family" and new Big Sisters in an attempt to deter Delta."


Bioshock Infinite
"Booker... are you afraid of God?" "No, but I'm afraid of you."
"What is Columbia, if not another Ark for another time?"

"Indebted to the wrong people, with his life on the line, veteran of the U.S. Cavalry and now hired gun, Booker De-Witt has only one opportunity to wipe his slate clean. He must rescue Elizabeth, a mysterious girl imprisoned since childhood and locked up in the flying city of Columbia. Forced to trust one another, Booker and Elizabeth form a powerful bond during their daring escape. Together, they learn to harness an expanding arsenal of weapons and abilities, as they fight on zeppelins in the clouds, along high-speed Sky-Lines, and down in the streets of Columbia, all while surviving the threats of the air-city and uncovering its dark secret."

"Songbird, Songbird see him fly, drop the children from the sky, when the young ones misbehave, escorts children to their grave."

The two cities that feature in the games, Rapture and Columbia, are polar opposites yet similar in so many ways. One is built underwater, the other floating with the clouds, but the way that the developers managed to tie the two worlds together at the end of Bioshock Infinite is one of the sole reasons why I encourage you to play this series if you haven't already! The mix of amazing surroundings and well written story that completely absorbs you and leaves you wanting more is probably why these games are so addictive and why I constantly go back to playing them over and over again.
What I also love about these games is that there's always something to find, like food to get your health up, money to purchase upgrades, or items such a cigarettes and alcohol which actually decrease your heath and other things. It's such a simple and well used factor in gaming but the way they did it, with so much detail added weirdly makes it fun to hunt around looking for things or upgrade your weapons and buy new ammo.

One of my favourite things about the story is that you can collect objects called Plasmids (Bioshock 1 & 2) or Vigors (Bioshock Infinite) as you progress which are special abilities that you can use to aid you or attack your enemies. For example, one of the Plasmids is called 'Winter Blast' and when used it automatically freezes your target. I think these are a great addition  to the game as they swap up the combat style and make it more exciting and experimental rather than just endlessly shooting a gun and hoping you kill someone. 

I don't want to give away too much of the story in case any of you decide to try it out, but I will say that if you play all three then you're in for a huge twist at the end of Infinite which also leaves so many questions and possibilities for more games! Overall I think the Bioshock games are great for anyone, a veteran gamer or someone who's just starting out and doesn't know that to have a go at first. The games are fun to play, the story is captivating, and the locations that you get to explore are unique but beautifully done. I strongly recommend these, they're absolute classics, and on the plus side they're now super cheap on amazon! 

"There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city."



  1. Bioshock is one of my favourite game series! If I ever need to prove to someone that games are capable of carrying important messages I point them in the direction of this series. They're fun, beautiful, thought-provoking, and so much more than just video games. After Infinite I even got a tattoo inspired by it as I was completely blown away :)

    Whimsical Wolf

  2. This is way too complicated for me but it looks very cool. I like the concept.


  3. Oooh, Bioshock! I don't really play games but my BF told me aaaall about this game and I loved the story so much, I really want to read the book it was inspired by ... And play it someday too. :) x

    Živa | Nothin' Fancy. Really.


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