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Gaming – Bioshock

A little over 15 years ago, game company 2K Boston released a game called “Bioshock” . It was originally released for PC and Xbox 360 in August 2007, but in October 2008 a port for the PS3 came out.

Back then, I wasn’t into gaming too much. I did have a Wii, a PS3 and PS2, I also got a PSP and GameBoy Advance (SP and normal). So I did enjoy gaming, but I didn’t follow all the popular releases. I was very busy back then with work, love, life and gaming was just a way to spend some time.

So when in 2016 I saw a digital sale for the PS3 of the 3 Bioshock games, I gave it a go! It was (I believe) only €9 for the three games so I felt I could not get harmed by getting this sale. And am I glad I got it!

BioShock: The Collection

Shortly after getting and enjoying it on PS3, there came an upgraded PS4 collection edition, so I got that one. My ex and I played it in turns while on a wet vacation and I loved it. Even just watching her play gave me loads of joy, as the story was really good. It had some good scares, some scenes where your adrenaline started pumping because of the good editing and right music… I have only finished Bioshock 1 once, I some day hope to go back into it, enjoy all 3 of the games and maybe get a few more trophies.

Rapture - John Shirley

I also got the book “Rapture”, telling us the story of how the world of Bioshock came to be. I loved that book! I read it during my divorce and it helped me to lose my thoughts at times, to feel like I was in a different world with all sorts of worries but my own. If you really enjoy the Bioshock game(s), I really think you may also enjoy the book Rapture by John Shirley.

BioShock: The Collection

One very important phrase that will haunt you by the end of the game is “Would you kindly?”. I won’t say anything more on that topic as I don’t want to spoil anything… But would you kindly keep reading my post? 😉 The images I use here I made during my play of the first of the three games. No copyright © infringement meant, it’s all made by 2K games! I’m merely using my images to promote the game, so I hope they’re OK with that. 😊

BioShock: The Collection

Within the game are some mini games as well. Some are easily done and some may get on your nerves and make you happy that you just saved the game, just in case anything goes wrong… OK let me share a little about the game itself here with you all.

The game is set in 1960, and follows Jack who discovers the underwater city of Rapture. Built by business magnate Andrew Ryan to be an isolated utopia, the discovery of ADAM, a genetic material which grants superhuman powers, initiated the city’s turbulent decline. Jack attempts to escape, fighting ADAM-obsessed enemies and Big Daddies, while engaging with the few sane humans that remain and learning of Rapture’s past. The player, as Jack, can defeat foes in several ways by using weapons, utilizing plasmids that give unique powers, and by turning Rapture’s defenses against them.

BioShock: The Collection

Bioshock’s concept was developed by Irrational’s creative lead, Ken Levine, and incorporates ideas by 20th century dystopian and utopian thinkers such as Ayn Rand, George Orwell, and Aldous Huxley, as well as historical figures such as John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and Walt Disney. The game includes elements of role-playing games, giving the player different approaches in engaging enemies such as by stealth, as well as moral choices of saving or killing characters. Additionally, the game and its biopunk theme borrow concepts from the survival horror genre, notably the Resident Evil series. Bioshock is considered a spiritual successor to the System Shock series, on which many of Irrational’s team, including Levine, had worked previously.

BioShock: The Collection

BioShock takes place in Rapture, a large underwater city planned and constructed in the 1940s by individualist business magnate Andrew Ryan, who wanted to create a utopia for society’s elite to flourish outside of government control and “petty morality”. This philosophy resulted in remarkable advances in the arts and sciences, which included the discovery of “ADAM”: a potent gene-altering substance which is created by a species of sea slug on the ocean floor. ADAM soon led to the creation of “Plasmids”, mutagenic serums that grant users super-human powers like telekinesis and pyrokinesis. To protect and isolate Rapture, Ryan outlawed any contact with the surface world.

As Rapture flourished, wealth disparities also grew, and conman/businessman Frank Fontaine used his influence over the disenfranchised working class to establish illegal enterprises and attain power—enough to rival even Ryan himself. Together with doctors Brigid Tenenbaum and Yi Suchong, Fontaine would create his own company dedicated towards researching plasmids and gene tonics. As ADAM became addictive and demand skyrocketed, Fontaine would secretly mass-produce ADAM through slugs implanted in the stomachs of orphaned girls, nicknamed “Little Sisters”. Fontaine was then killed in a shootout with police, and Ryan took the opportunity to seize his assets, including control of the Little Sisters.

In the months that followed, a man amongst the poor named Atlas rose up and began a violent revolution against Ryan, with both sides using plasmid-enhanced humans (known as “Splicers”) to wage war on one another. To protect the Little Sisters, Ryan created the “Big Daddies”: genetically-enhanced humans surgically grafted into gigantic lumbering diving suits, designed to escort the sisters as they scavenged ADAM from dead bodies. Tensions came to a head on New Year’s Eve of 1958, when Atlas ordered an all-out assault on Ryan and his supporters. The conflict turns Rapture into a war-torn crumbling dystopia, resulting in societal collapse, countless deaths, many Splicers becoming disfigured and insane from ADAM abuse, and the few sane survivors barricading themselves away from the chaos.

BioShock: The Collection

If you don’t want to spoil the game, don’t read on!!! The next bit will tell more about the game and what Jack has to do… Even though the game has been out for 15 years, if you don’t want any spoilers playing it for the first time, stop reading!

In 1960, the protagonist, Jack, is a passenger on a plane that crashes in the Atlantic Ocean. As the only survivor, Jack makes his way to a nearby lighthouse that houses a bathysphere terminal, which takes him to Rapture. Jack is contacted by Atlas via radio, and is guided to confront the perils of the ruined city.

Atlas requests Jack’s help in stopping Ryan, directing him to a docked bathysphere where he says Ryan has trapped his family. When Jack first encounters the Little Sisters, Atlas urges him to kill them to harvest their ADAM, but Dr. Tenenbaum intervenes and insists Jack should spare them, providing him with a plasmid that can remove the sea slug from their bodies and free them of their brainwashing. Jack eventually works his way to the bathysphere, but Ryan destroys it before Jack can reach it. Infuriated, Atlas has Jack fight his way through various districts towards Ryan’s lair, forcing Jack to contend with Rapture’s deranged citizens along the way: such as the mad surgical doctor J.S. Steinman, and insane artist and musician Sander Cohen.

Eventually, Jack enters Ryan’s office, where Ryan is casually playing golf and explains Jack’s true origins. Through his dialogue and the evidence gathered up to this point, it is revealed that Jack is actually Ryan’s illegitimate son, sold by Ryan’s mistress as an embryo to Fontaine, who then had Tenenbaum and Suchong rapidly age Jack into adulthood and turned into an obedient assassin, capable of accessing any of Rapture’s systems locked to Ryan’s genetic code and thus ensure Fontaine’s victory in the war. Jack was then smuggled to the surface with false memories of a normal life, waiting to be called back to Rapture when needed. Ryan suddenly takes control of Jack’s actions by asking “Would you kindly?”; Jack realizes this phrase has preceded many of Atlas’ commands as a hypnotic trigger, forcing him to follow any orders without question. Jack also realizes he was responsible for the plane crash, having read a letter onboard containing the same trigger phrase.

Ryan chooses to die by his own will, and compels Jack to beat him to death with a golf club. Atlas then reveals himself to be Fontaine, having faked his death and used “Atlas” as an alias to hide his identity, while providing a heroic figure for the poor people to rally behind for his own ends. With Ryan finally dead, Fontaine takes control of Ryan’s systems and leaves Jack to be killed by hostile security drones. Jack is saved by Dr. Tenenbaum and the Little Sisters that had been cured, and is helped to remove Fontaine’s mental conditioning, including one that would have stopped Jack’s heart. Jack pursues Fontaine to his lair, where he transforms himself into a blue-skinned humanoid creature by injecting himself with a large supply of ADAM. The Little Sisters aid Jack in draining the ADAM from Fontaine’s body, and eventually kill him.

The ending depends on how the player interacted with the Little Sisters…

BioShock: The Collection

I got myself a game guide of the three Bioshock games when I first started playing it on PS3. The guide is made by Prima Games and it’s really been a great help to my ex and me while we were exploring the city of Rapture.

Getting this now can be quite expensive. I’m glad I have the old guide cheap (for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC). Though this guide got updated, nothing changed too drastically.

So maybe sol, I’ll dive back into Rapture and finish the game. I thought I finished th first one, but I came close. I saw my ex finish it and I got my facts confused… It’s really worth it to dive back in as it’s a great game. Just hope my hands will allow me to play on. Whil I’ve heard that the first game is still the best, many say Bioshock 2 and 3 (Infinite) are also worth a play… 😊

BioShock: The Collection

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    1. I wish I could watch and hear the video but it’s blocked at my location. Will try to find the song on Spotify!
      I really never imagined I’d love Bioshock as I did. The book was even better than the game, in my opinion. 😊 It’s really a great story setting with some good twists in the plot.

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