I am not a hardcore gamer. I don’t follow gaming that closely, and honestly, I don’t make a lot of time in my day for playing video games. Still, I am a fan of video games, and I enjoy playing both my Xbox 360 and my Wii. Neither of these systems, however, has had a game on it yet that made me giddy. Gears of War was close – and I own Gears of War – but there hasn’t been a single game I’ve rented or played that made me feel like I HAD to own it RIGHT THEN.
Until I played Bioshock.
I downloaded the demo on my Xbox 360 last night, after reading a post by Drew here, about how great it was. I set it up to download and didn’t pay that much attention to it. Usually playing the demos of these games are enough for me – that’s how casual a gamer I am.
I also didn’t know thing ONE about Bioshock. The only image I’d seen from it was the one in Drew’s post. I had no idea what to expect, beyond the fact that it was a first person “shooter”.
So the game loads up, and a brief cinematic plays – then BOOM – I find myself drowning after a plane crash, and floating in the water. I have no idea what I’m doing or where I’m going. I swim around for a bit and find some stairs. For a moment, I’m instantly reminded of Myst, and I think – could this really be an ACTION version of Myst?
I walking into a dark and creepy – but incredibly beautiful house and make my way down stairs. Ultimately I walk into a sort of scuba helmet looking pod and flick a switch. I had no idea what I was going to see when it started moving…but I have to say, I did not expect a beautiful 1950s decor city under the ocean to appear. I sat there with my jaw open, amazed at the beauty of the design, and watching a whale swim through the streets. It was an amazing, and beautiful looking world…
…then it got nasty…very, very nasty.
This game is fantastic. The controls work smoothly and fluidly. They feel right, and take almost no time to learn – even for someone who doesn’t play much, like myself. The atmosphere of the game is incredibly creepy – on par with the way I felt about the original Silent Hill (which scared the hell out of me).
The story is engaging, and the visuals are stunning. There is even a great “pipes” mini-game where you can hack robots in this world that is great fun. It is literately a Myst-like action/horror title that you absolutely HAVE to play.
You can download the demo now, and the game has a street date of August 21st, 2007.
Find it. Play it.