When it comes to to games that define the genre, few are as influential as the original bioshock, which celebrates its fifteenth birthday this month. Sourced from Irrational Games and 2K Marin, bioshock It first came to PC and Xbox 360 on August 21, 2007 and forever revolutionized first-person shooter games.
But why is this game so important? Is it top-notch gameplay or a surprising twist ending? Or maybe it has to do with the way he handles his fascinating philosophical topics. While all of these things contribute to bioshock importance, it is the atmosphere of the game that has stuck with me all these years later.
Arriving for the first time in the underwater city of Rapture, bioshock iconic setting, the game grabs you right away. Its Atlantis-esque presentation, with its retro-futuristic flair, gives the game a unique identity that remains unmatched to this day.
There’s a moment at the beginning of the game where you take a bathysphere ride through the city and it’s absolutely stunning. The lights, the stunning view of the city skyline, the music, and the speech delivered by antagonist Andrew Ryan evoke a sense of mystery and wonder, making the next sequence even more terrifying.
As soon as you arrive at your destination, the lights go out and two people start to approach the boat you’re on. One of the figures approaches the other threateningly, while the other steps back, fearing for her life. The only source of light comes from lightning outside, giving you a brief glimpse of the attacker murdering his victim right in front of you. She’s not human, at least, not anymore. She walks up to you and then lets out a horrible scream before disappearing from sight. And then, the door to the bathysphere opens…
This is how the game begins. In five minutes bioshock it manages to do more than most first-person shooters do in their entirety.
It’s a gut-wrenching intro sequence that’s equal parts haunting, horrifying, and mysterious, keeping you on the edge of your seat at all times. The game never gives up, and part of its appeal has to do with the way every inch of the environment is experienced, making you wonder if you’re alone.
The way the lighting and music work in conjunction with your environment makes the entire game so captivating that it’s hard to put it down. All around you are little bits of trash, mounds of debris, and the eerily merry, carnival sounds of vending machines. Even as perplexing as it all is, you can’t help but keep exploring.
Shortly after the intro sequence, you discover that Rapture is swarming with Big Daddies, large, deadly creatures who wear heavy, steampunk-inspired diving suits. These enemies roam the city and can appear anywhere, adding to the overall tension. They are not invincible, but you must go into each battle prepared with as much gear as possible to ensure survival. That’s why it’s so nerve-wracking to hear their thunderous stomps in the distance. Boom. Boom. Boom.
If you stop at any random place throughout the game and just look around, you’ll no doubt have a lot to take in. Whether it be the sound of trickling water, the faint outline of a deadly Splicer in the distance, or maybe a dim light. area where the only thing you can see is a fire in the far corner – everything in this game is masterfully crafted, begging you to explore every nook and cranny it has to offer.
is a testimony of bioshock brilliance that many games have tried to replicate its sense of atmosphere to no avail. Some have come close, like the one in 2017. Preybut even 15 years later, bioshock it somehow feels like a once-in-a-lifetime gaming experience.
bioshock is available for PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch as part of Bioshock: The Collection.