In 1960, a man named Jack came down to Rapture and did things that would change the city forever. He killed the founder of Rapture, Andrew Ryan, took away the precious ADAM supply by taking the Little Sisters out of the system and then left the city to die. No leadership, no ADAM -- just an ocean of misery.
Before getting to play, we were given a little taste of the overall story of BioShock 2. With Andrew Ryan gone, Rapture was left like a chicken with its head cut off. The city wasn’t going to survive without some kind of leadership and soon enough, Dr. Sofia Lamb rose to power and now controls the city. Lamb is an idealist and an old political rival of Ryan. Whereas Ryan believed people should strive for themselves, Sofia believes that everyone has an obligation to the world.
As the Little Sister is harvesting this Angel, you get to go toe-to-toe with a brand new Splicer. His name is the Brute, and he’s been Splicing himself up stronger and stronger ever since the events from the first game. The Brute is the strongest of all the Splicers and sits atop of the ADAM food chain in Rapture. The Brute also likes to use the environment to its advantage and will throw whatever isn’t nailed down at you.
There have been a lot of improvements when it comes to keeping players engrossed in the experience, too. For example, there’s no longer the Pipe Dream hacking game. In place of that is a meter with a needle that moves left to right. You need to stop the needle on the green spots three times to take over whatever you’re hacking. This is happening in real time, so you can actively be engaging enemies while hacking.
You can't enter Ryan Amusements until you get a ticket. I had to explore the surrounding area first, where I encountered plenty of Splicers that I took out with ease. The combination of the Plasmids with the powerful weapons of the Big Daddy makes things ridiculously easy, as they should be. You are a Big Daddy, after all. After grabbing the ticket, I made my way back to the entrance where I picked up a chain gun and then entered the park.
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