Bioshock Looks Awesome

by Ed Lau on February 28, 2007


For those of you old school enough, you might remember a game called System Shock as well as the sequel System Shock 2. Despite being a good eight years old, the second System Shock game remains one of the best I’ve ever played and easily the scariest. While it does use some of the Resident Evil formula of having stuff jump out at you when you least suspect, most of System Shock 2 scare comes from the feeling of being totally alone on the massive Von Braun ship after much of the crew has either been killed, committed suicide or turned into weird shambling zombies. That moment where you find the bloody corpse of the crew member that hung himself and left a bloody message on the wall…I shudder when I think of it.

I should also mention there’s a serious lack of ammo, especially at the beginning and the sounds…oh my god, the sounds…are just scary in that everything is very subtle and you wonder if you seriously heard that or not. All the screaming and the weird gurgling noises…still scares me to this day.

While System Shock 2 was never a commercial success, critics everywhere loved the series, praising the intricate gameplay and well-written storyline, something that was rather unique for first-person shooters at the time. While we were never given a System Shock 3 sequel, the same team was responsible for the excellent Thief series. Sadly, Looking Glass has since been liquidated but the good news is that EA has picked up the rights to the name.

Talks emerged early last year that a true System Shock 3 was being developed but that speculation was rather unfounded. However, we had been also hearing buzz about something called Bioshock at the same time, which was hailed as the spiritual successor to the System Shock series. While System Shock takes place in space, Bioshock would be set underwater and I must be honest, the screens and initial trailers looks incredible.

Bioshock doesn’t look like it will give the same isolated, survival horror scare that its predecessor did since the world seems to be well populated but it makes up for it with all kinds of strange, biohazard-like mutations and general “Ewww…” factor. The upgrade system called “plasmids” will probably work similar to the nanites from System Shock and the effects are impressive. The trailer shows the main character getting drilled through his hand, wacking the tank-like “Big Daddy” with a wrench and then sending an army of bees that came out of his left hand after he injected it with green goo at the enemy. Anything where you can make bees shoot out of your hand has to be rather awesome.

Slated for this Summer, Bioshock has all the makings to be the next big game for the 360 as well as PC, but of course it looks like you’ll have to have some serious hardware to run it since the graphics are quite impressive. Personally, I can’t wait to play anything that even resembles System Shock. I mean, even though there have been some great games (heck, even the best games like Half-Life 2) in the past few years, nothing has ever scared me like System Shock 2. If you can somehow find a copy, give it a whirl. It’s not as advanced as games today but the storytelling and genuine shock (no pun intended…) value make it worthwhile.

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Leo March 1, 2007 at 1:23 pm

From what I gather of the new games coming out for the 360, and Gears of War 2 in the works, I think I chose the winner with the 360. I’m still unimpressed with the PS3.


Ed March 1, 2007 at 4:26 pm

It’s quite true. No matter how you look at it right now, the PS3 is losing the console wars. The 360 sold the most during the holiday season and has easily the best library. The Wii is still so hot that four months after release, you STILL can’t find one on store shelves whereas the PS3 is outlandishly expensive and ridiculous with no real must-have games.


Gugeet March 1, 2007 at 3:24 pm

In India, playing video games will not get you a woman.


Leo March 1, 2007 at 5:48 pm

In Asia, the women in video games are more responsive than real life women.


Michael Kwan March 1, 2007 at 4:21 pm

The 360 is KILLING the PS3.


Leo March 1, 2007 at 5:49 pm

The Wii is in a whole different class really, and not much of a real competition. At 1/3 the price of the 360 (with HD-DVD) and PS3, it is easily attainable as a back-up console.


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