Have you already claimed the free BioShock collection on Epic Games? If you haven’t done it yet; would you kindly go, open your Epic Games launcher, and claim the game? You have until June 2th to claim this thriller. Thank you, sweetie. Now, we; the BioShock fans, want to thank Epic Games for making this possible (Epic Games is not paying for this, but they should), but please, fix the launcher, it is so heavy that it makes any pc sweat the hell out of it. Going back to the game, I love BioShock, but I was able to only finish the first BioShock, and now with this gift, I am able to play the another two and finish them… And now I am able to completely blow my mind with the plot twists and that kind of stuff.
It is a nice way to revive the horrors, the surprises, the thrilling atmosphere that surrounds both Columbia and Rapture; two dystopian worlds created by Kev Levine. Or, in case you haven’t played any of the BioShock games, it is a nice way to begin this unique adventure because BioShock is one of those modern classics that everybody loves, and you surely will love this saga.
BioShock: The Collection is a compilation of the three BioShock games (BioShock; released in 2007, BioShock 2; released in 2010, and BioShock Infinite; released in 2013) but with new textures, slightly better graphics, and support for higher resolution displays and better framerates. This collection was released in September 2016 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows with versions for macOS and Nintendo Switch were released respectively in August 2017 and May 2020.
Back in 2015, there were a lot of rumors about a remaster of the BioShock series, everybody was crazy about it back in the day because there was no sight of a new BioShock in the future. The release of BioShock: The Collection was like a ray of light for the BioShock’s die-hard fans. They appreciated this; being able to replay the three BioShock games with better graphics and better framerates is a dream come true.
Each BioShock game brings a unique adventure despite the first two being set in the underwater metropolis called Rapture. Visiting Rapture for the first time is something that will be tattooed in your mind forever. Here you will find a lot of people, a lot of enemies, and the Big Daddy, your biggest fear in this place. Killing your first Big Daddy is an experience you will never forget. Here I am talking about the first BioShock, but what about BioShock 2?
BioShock 2 is the most underrated of the three, but despite that, it’s not worst than the others, BioShock 2 is a really good game. It puts you in the shoes of a Big Daddy which changes a lot of elements when playing, not only because of the variations of the buttons (some say it is confusing at first, I don’t know) but for having a GIANT DRILL AS A RIGHT HAND in combination with other plasmids (a plasmid is a serum that gives you powers). In this case, we are like a father to the Little Sisters so we have to rescue them. There are a lot of surprises here in BioShock 2, a much faster and lethal new nemesis and more secrets about the city of Rapture.
The trilogy came to an end in the skies of Columbia, in BioShock Infinite. A totally different atmosphere compared to Rapture, Infinite is a prequel to the first BioShock; Infinite is set in 1912 while the first BioShock is set in 1960. With a more steampunk ambient and a less darkened atmosphere. Infinite was something different for everybody. No more plasmids for our protagonist, Booker DeWitt, but energizers, which did a similar function, and just like the other two games; the plot was mesmerizing along with the plot twists. The three games, and the three stories are unforgettable.
Also, I almost forgot, the DLC from BioShock 2 called Minerva’s Den and the one from BioShock Infinite called Burial at Sea are included in the collection, but the multiplayer component of BioShock 2 is not included. Both BioShock and BioShock 2 were remastered and a director’s commentary called “Imagining BioShock” is also included in the collection.
BioShock: The Collection received good reviews from critics. Metacritic gave it scores between 80 and 84 out of 100. The collection received praise focusing on the appeal for new players of the franchise, better graphics, and the value of the collection but it also received complaints about the lack of updates and technical performance. Despite the complaints, the game was a best seller in both the United Kingdom and the United States in its initial months of release.
This critically acclaimed trilogy is a masterpiece. I don’t know anyone who played the BioShock saga and said it is a bad game. If you haven’t played this gem, go and download it; play it, enjoy it, it is a ride that you will never forget. Trust me.