Posted at 5:00 AM Feb 12, 2010By Kiala Kazebee
Because I am not technically a big shot gaming journo, I had to wait like the rest of you humans to get my Rapture on via my super-exclusive (snort) exalted Amazon Prime status. I LOVE YOU AMAZON PRIME. (Side note: I am considering ordering all household items with my Amazon Prime free shipping, one scrubby sponge at a time. I am that lazy.)
Thanks to Amazon, I received my game early on Tuesday and immediately ripped it open and shoved it into the XBox, Diet Coke in hand, ready for my return to Rapture. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Bioshock story, I direct you here, as it's a long, complex saga and absolutely worth the read whether you play games or not.)
I don't live in a cave or under a rock, so I was well aware I would be playing as a Big Daddy, which I find somewhat problematic. If you'll remember, towards the end of the original BSho, you play inside a Big Daddy suit and it is cumbersome--the helmet obscures vision, the suit is unwieldy and the noise from stomping around is unnerving. The same holds true for the sequel, although there is a "Sportsman" gene tonic available close to the beginning which speeds up the Big Daddy pace a bit.
Honestly, the suit is the only real problem I have with the game (well, that and the Big Sister scares the living shit out of me, especially while playing at two in the morning in an empty house). Returning to the dystopian, water logged, steampunk-y world of Rapture feels so god damn good. This and Fall Out 3 are my favorite games EVAR, and they share a similar 1950's Atomic Age Communist Brave New World sepia toned moody aesthetic. Plus, creme-filled snack foods!
And finally, I love, love, love protecting the little Eleanor clones from the splicers--setting traps and incinerating the bejeezus out of the crazies and, of course, I keep choosing to save the little girls rather than harvest them for ADAM. (The same decision I made in the first game, which led to me not finishing the final level due to a serious lack of ADAM, EVE and firepower.) I don't even like kids and I keep doing the correct moral thing. I kind of want to punch myself in the hair for this.
What about you guys? Impressions, thoughts, criticisms of BSho 2? How do you feel about the new, easier hacking system? Have any of you accidentally gotten drunk on Old Tom's Whiskey? Because I have, and there is nothing funnier than seeing your own blurry, stumbling Big Daddy/Mr. Bubbles shadow on the walls of Rapture. Er ... nothing scarier, I mean. I get those two mixed up constantly in this game.