It has been nine years since the release of 2K’s Bioshock. All things considering, the game has held up remarkably well. Known for its game design and story, it continues to be a fan favorite nearly a decade after its release.
Now, just around the corner, fans of the series are eagerly awaiting the release of Bioshock: The Collection. The Collection gives fans the biggest bang for their buck. This remastered version of the game will include the original Bioshock, as well as its direct sequel Bioshock 2, and Infinite. All three games are getting brought up to new console specs with a new coat of paint. The graphics have been redone in 1080 high definition and 60 fps. This is a big step up from the Xbox 360 and PS3 days.
The year is 1960, and deep beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean lays the city of Rapture. It was supposed to have been a paradise for the industrious businessmen and the innovators. Then a coup on New Year’s Eve turned everything on its head.
Bioshock is the spiritual successor to the System Shock series. It includes many of the features that made System Shock great, such as the audio diaries and the sense of isolation in paradise lost. Bioshock is considered one of the best examples of storytelling in video games.
The remastered collection will include the director’s commentary Imagining Bioshock. Players will also have access to the Museum of Orphaned Concepts, which is a virtual museum of all the concepts which did not make it into the final cut of the game. Some extra content is also included with The Challenge Rooms, which allow players to solve puzzles and complete challenges outside of the main game.
Set after the events of the first game, Bioshock 2 puts players in the diving suit of the biggest, baddest, enemy in the game. You are a Big Daddy, but not just any ol’ run of the mill Big Daddy. You are Subject Delta, one of the first Big Daddies. Players might feel indestructible inside an armored diving suit, but Rapture is a harsh place even for a drill-wielding monster.
Not only does the second game get a fresh coat of paint, but it also comes with all the DLC. Face off against the infamous Lancer Daddy in Minerva’s Den, and play as an Alpha Series Big Daddy in the Protector Trials.
Last but not least, this extensive collection includes the swashbuckling adventure, Bioshock Infinite. Infinite marks a major tonal and geographical shift in the Bioshock series.
Columbia is a city floating in the sky, ruled by the religious fanatic Father Comstock. Booker DeWitt is brought to the city to find Elizabeth; a girl with mysterious powers. Booker must “find the girl and wipe away the debt”. Unfortunately, Father Comstock is willing to do whatever it takes to keep the “false shepherd” from stealing Elizabeth away.
Use the Columbia’s Finest Pack to gain access to unique weapons such as Comstock’s Eagle Eye Sniper Rifle and Comstock’s China Broom Shotgun. They will come in handy when you take on the Clash in the Clouds challenges.
Continue Elizabeth’s story after the events of Infinite, and revisit the city of Rapture. Burial at Sea Part 1 & 2 is also available in this collection, and provides a much appreciated tie-in with the first two games.
Bioshock: The Collection includes three full games, plus all the DLC for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. The remastered games will be released on September 13th 2016 in North America, September 15th in Australia, and internationally on September 16th.
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