Review of the BioShock Collection

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Review of the BioShock Collection

Rapture and Columbia are now open, waiting for visitors new and old alike. 2K Games releases their critically acclaimed first-person-shooter series “BioShock:The Collection,”

The collection is the ultimate re-telling of the BioShock world with extra features that will please fans while creating new ones in the process.

The compilation features all three games of the series, “BioShock,” “BioShock 2” and “BioShock Infinite,” all of which are available now for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The first-person-shooter series has you exploring the underwater city of Rapture and the floating city of Columbia, and in the vast worlds, not everything is as it seems. Forced to make your way out with a gun in one hand and shooting lightning with the other, the story slowly reveals deeper secrets as it unravels further and faster.

It tells the tales of three protagonists that shape Rapture and Columbia depending on how you play the game. Good and bad endings depend on your choices in the game.

Those who have played the “BioShock” series on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 will notice some subtle changes. The gameplay and controls flow the same as their original console versions, but with slightly sharper camera turns and greater controller sensitivity, which keeps you on edge, wondering if a Big Daddy or a Splicer are right behind you.

The biggest feature that came with this remaster was the visual upgrades implemented with each game in this collection. With each game getting a massive visual overhaul making everything look sharper, the greater detail beats out previous console versions.

The use of color adds to a greater atmosphere for each game and their settings. The underwater utopia of Rapture becomes darker and colder, building the claustrophobic tension of a city and showing the cracks of its self-destruction. The floating metropolis of Columbia may seem calm on the surface, being more bright and colorful, but one can sense something darker on the inside.

The collection doesn’t stop there. It’s loaded with extra content that will have you playing well past the story campaigns. The collection features all single player downloadable content that includes challenge rooms in “Bioshock,” protector trials from “Bioshock 2,” the “Burial at Sea” story packs from “Bioshock Infinite” and many more. The collection also includes audio commentary from series creator Ken Levine who give an in-depth look at the inception of the series.

Since we live in an age of gaming it seems every classic game gets a remake or rerelease, but this collection stands out above all the rest. This collection takes you back to the first time you played; getting lost in new world. The extra features keep the game fresh and will have you playing for hours on end, faster than you can say “Would you kindly?”