I got into gaming at a fairly young age when my friend brennan brought me over to try out his playstation. Now, I had heard of playstation before, but I didn't really know what it was all about until I picked up a magazine about it at a local grocery store. In that magazine I saw an ad for a game called medieval, and I though it looked like the kind of thing I might like. Needless to say I was excited to finally get to play a playstation, and so I went over to my buddy's house for what was sure to be a good time. We played a few of his favorites, and then I asked him a fateful question: do you have medieval? I know now that his mishearing me was pretty funny, but suffice it to say I was somewhat frightened when he booted up what I thought would be a fun adventure game, but turned out to be resident evil 2.
Now, I was six at the time, and just getting over my fear of the dark. This really, really did not help in that regard, and it would be years before I could sleep without a nightlight. But the game also intrigued me in a way nothing else had ever done, and when my friend offered to GIVE me his old playstation a few days later (it had some broken components, but basically ran fine) I jumped at the chance. The rest, as they say, is history, and because of that chain of events I am proud to say that I now have no life.
My current favorite games are Psychonauts, Steambot Chronicles, Jet Set Radio, Earthbound, and Megaman Legends. I could gush for hours about each, but I'll save that for the blog.
anyway, that's me in a nutshell. For those of you who are aware of the forums, more of my bio is over there.
I am totally and utterly bewildered as to why 2k would want to make a second Bioshock. The first game was near perfect, one of the best games ever made. The story was concluded masterfully, there were no loose ends, and there were some amazing underlying themes. Sure, the gameplay was a little shitty (more on that in a minute) but from a narrative perspective, Bioshock 1 is one of the highlights of the medium. Not only did it craft a compelling tale of a fallen underwater utopia, but it also was a sophisticated satirization of the very nature of video games.
Compare that to Bioshock 2, which basically says "hey, remember all that shit you did in the first game? None of it fucking mattered." and then goes on to basically ruin everything. Adam? It's fucking magic now. Big Daddies? Hulking monstrosities devoid of any humanity? Fuck no, they're fucking ninjas now. The retarded shit goes on and fucking on and fucking on.
I guess, if you were thick, you could argue that the gameplay improvements make it worthwhile. Problem is, Bioshock was never about the gameplay. If it was, the weapons would do much more damage and you'd get more ammo, instead of being in bullshit fights all the time where it's impossible to avoid getting hurt. I mean, talk about shitty game design. But like in survival horror games, shitty gameplay is sort of excusable. It's the atmosphere you're there for, and the shitty combat mechanics contribute to that, as do the monotonous hacking minigames. By trying to improve those things, 2k has ruined the atmosphere in bioshock 2, just like Capcom ruined Resident Evil when they made number 4.
All in all, I'd say Bioshock 2 is well on its way to being the worst game of the year. Pretty much everything they could have done wrong they did. Realy, there was no need to make the game at all. I'm insulted that they think I'm so stupid as to let them milk my hard earned money with this peace of shit sequel. Let's all agree to boycott the inevitable bioshock 3 and put an end to this fucking bullshit.
For serious, guys, this is a thing we need to do for the good of the industry. Originality is being drained from the medium with each passing year. Original, innovative games are almost impossible to find outside of the indy market. Letting 2k get away with this is just another step down a slippery slope to fucking shit like Uncharted becoming the standard. Stop this shit now, before it's too late.