BioShock: The Collection Review

BioShock: The Collection Review Darryl Linington
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8.5
It's time to return to Rapture.
User Rating: 8.3 (2 votes)

BioShock: The Collection, which has been developed by Blind Squirrel Games and published by 2K Games, has finally arrived on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One… however, is it worthwhile venturing back into the cities of Rapture and Columbia in order to experience the BioShock franchise once again? Well, the answer to that question is… yes, yes it is.

BioShock: The Collection has essentially been remastered in 1080p/60FPS and includes all the titles in the BioShock video game series: BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite. The collection also comes packed with all the DLC packs, which include: BioShock’s Museum of Orphaned Concepts as well as the Challenge Rooms; BioShock 2’s Minerva’s Den and Protector Trails are also present; and finally BioShock Infinite’s Clash in the Clouds, Burial at Sea 1&2, and Columbia’s Finest DLC packs are available at the click of your controller.

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When taking a look at the collection itself, it is truly something that any fan of the series should experience. To add to this, it also welcomes newcomers to the franchise with open arms by offering up the above-mentioned DLC packages on disk. Returning to the strange and unique world of BioShock has never looked and played better. Running into your first Little Sister and taking on your first Big Daddy in BioShock is a great trip down memory lane… So is stepping back into the shoes of a Big Daddy and ripping your way through enemies while at the same time taking in the sights of the decrepit, yet beautiful, fallen city of Rapture in BioShock 2. Another major highlight is stepping back in the shoes of Booker Dewitt and hearing those famous words: “Bring us the girl, wipe away the debt.”

When loading up each title, you will notice that all the games in the collection run rather smoothly… This is especially noticeable in BioShock Infinite, where it looks as though the screen tearing issue from the days of the Xbox 360 has been fixed. As visuals are the highlight here, BioShock: The Collection even goes as far as to outshine some titles that were originally released, and not even remastered, on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – which means that the visual potentials of BioShock 4, if and when it gets announced, could possibly be out of this world… especially with consoles now having the ability to deliver HDR content.

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To add to the features, BioShock: The Collection also includes some rather excellent Director’s Commentary from Ken Levine and Shawn Robertson, which highlights everything in-game from concept to creation. It’s little touches like this that make replaying each title a worthwhile experience.

Moving back to graphics, the developers have improved the visuals across all three titles. The most noticeable improvements are the improved textures, lighting, and higher graphical resolution.

Conclusion:
BioShock: The Collection offers up three of gaming’s greatest titles in one fantastic package. Gameplay is essentially snappier than before. To add to the highlights, the screen tearing issue in BioShock Infinite has been fixed and so has the lack of Dual-Wielding in BioShock 2… On the downside, however, BioShock 2 does not include any option for multiplayer… which is a bit of a pity. It is also a pity that the developers did not remaster the original BioShock in such a way that it too could include Dual-Wielding. Apart from these little niggles, BioShock: The Collection is a must have in any gaming library.

BioShock: The Collection was reviewed by Darryl Linington

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