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January 24 2010
Bioshock 2 - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
9/2/20102K Games2K Games2K Marin / 2K Australia
Digital Extremes
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
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Bioshock 2 is looking fantastic.
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Fires look fantasic in Bioshock 2.

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The Little Sisters return for Bioshock 2.
A couple of years ago 2K released a game called Bioshock. The company, 2K Games, certainly hoped the title would do well, and early previews had been positive. When the game was released the reviews were overwhelmingly positive, and the game flew off the shelves. In fact, to date, the game has shifted over 2.5 million copies on XBox 360 and PS3, with at least one million more shifted on PC up until June 2008 as well. It is now two years since the original game was released (except the PS3 port which hit shelves in October 2008) and the sequel, which will simply be called Bioshock 2, is almost upon us. Fortunately the game will be hitting the three main platforms (PS3, XBox 360 and PC) simultaneously.

To be honest we don't know a massive amount about the storyline as yet. What we do know is that the game takes a bit of a twist in so far as this time you're playing as a Big Daddy. FOrtunately this isn't you run-of-the-mill kind of Big Daddy as you have the ability to upgrade the Plasmids (which give you powers such as incinerate and electricity) as well as the weapons. Of course being a Big Daddy also allows you to be trusted by the Little Sister's which can be used to your advantage.

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A Bioshock 2 in-game screens with HUD.
Potentially one of the coolest aspects of being a Big Daddy is that you can now explore the seas outside Rapture. This will allow you to revisit some of the now-flooded areas which you explored in the first game! As the developers have stated this essentially gives the player some 'down time' from the relentless action in other sections of the game.

As one could expect, with the passing of 10 years the city of Rapture is now in even more disrepair then in the first game. Sections are flooded, there's more deteoriation of the environments and, more importantly, the enemies have mutated. Of course it's not just the old areas you'll see and be revisiting, but a multitude of new areas throughout the city.

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Walking around in the ocean around Rapture.
The multi-player component of this game is being developed by Digital Extremes who previously worked on Dark Sector as well as the PS3 port of Bioshock and have a strong online history after creating the Unreal titles. The multi-player, of which we don't have too many details such as player numbers or specific game modes as yet, actually takes place prior to the events of the first game, and will continue to flesh out the back story including the fall of rapture. In the multi-player modes you assume the role of a Plasmid test subject for Sinclair Solutions, a premier provider of Plasmids and Tonics in the underwater city of Rapture.

It will be possible to earn experience points during gameplay to earn access to new Weapons, Plasmids and Tonics that can be used to create hundreds of different combinations, allowing players to develop a unique character that caters to their playing style. Locations from the first game will be used in the multi-player mode including Kashmir Restaurant and Mercury Suites among others. Each of these locations have been reworked to provide a fresh, and still clean, look.

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Enemies don't just battle you...
Visually Bioshock 2 looks quite impressive. Rapture is as lifelike and realistic as ever with some wonderful characters - friend and foe - evident throughout. We expect plenty of visual effects such as fire, electricity and water to be in abundance.

Bioshock is one of the greatest games of all time, no doubt about it, and there is a lot of expectation that this sequel will also impress. But can the developers stand the pressure and deliver something as unique and groundbreaking as the original in Bioshock 2? We think so, but we'll only know for sure when the game hits shelves a little later then the original October 30 2009 date. In fact the game is now due out worldwide on February 9 2010 after a short delay to ensure the game meets expectations.