Posted: January 24
I thouroughly enjoyed this game, however I cannot in good conciousness recommend it to other people, as I really do not think they will enjoy it for the same reasons I did.
Now to explain my reasons for the lack of a recommendation. Anyone looking for a solid fps experience probably shouldn't look for it here, this game sadly suffers from the same mediocre fps mechanics of the first two Bioshock games, but that isn't what Bioshock fans will want this game for. After all Bioshock is all about the story and atmosphere right? I have to say I feel that they did a great job on the atmosphere in the game, the general aesthetic of the city of Columbia is fantastic and it's a pleasure to just wander around doing the very limited amount of exploring the game allows you to do.
As for the games story it starts off fairly slow with you being given one set objective to follow, it soon picks up pace and rapidly starts heading into uncharted territory which after a certain point just becomes very convoluted but not impossible to follow, anyone looking for a story that rivals the origional Bioshock and to a lesser extent Bioshock 2 will not find it here, although you could do much worse than this game if you are looking for competent storytelling. At least untill you get near the end, when the whole thing really starts to come apart and I found myself giggling at the absurdity of it all, I spent the final 5 minutes of the games with tears of laughter in my eyes at the ridiculous scenario I found myself in.
This brings me onto one of the main reasons why I am not recommending the game. For some reason the game seems to belive that everyone playing it is some form of idiot and consistently spells everything out for you in a very obvious and irritating way, usually through Booker or Elizabeth just flat out saying what you need to be doing now when it is perfectly obvious, I appriciate this may just be a small ♥♥♥♥le for some people but it really impaired my enjoyment of the game whenever i'm trying to do what little exploration the linear level design allows for and Booker or Elizabeth insist on trying to stop me by telling me 'we need to go find/do X'
On the topic of characters, I do feel that Elizabeth is well written and has a good VA, but the game doesn't really make much use of her outside of cutscenes other than a glorified slot machine that will throw money, health, ammo or salts at you, that or picking locks which you'd think you could probably just burn off with the Devils Kiss vigor. Now on the topic of Booker, to me Booker was an enjoyable character, mostly because I thought he was just a complete ♥♥♥♥ which makes a change from the usual protagonist being wonderful and always trying to do the right thing.
And now the main issue as to why I enjoyed the game but cannot recommend it. The whole racism theme. The first incident of racism in the game was a big shock to me as it's something i've not really seen portrayed as strongly in a videogame before, but after the shock from that first incident wore off, the game then decides to really hammer the point home that this city and everyone in it are evil racists and you, the player should hate them for it. And that would be fine, IF they had handled the whole matter in a more subtle way, the game throws the issue in there with all the subtlety of a brick through your livingroom window, to the point where the 'evil racism' completely lost any shock value for me and just seemed more like a cartoon villain being evil just for the sake of evil. I actually found a great deal of humor in most of the things i'm sure the game wanted me to find shocking, purely because of how poorly it's implementation was handled.
To sum everything up, the game has decidedly mediocre fps mechanics, a creative if somewhat strange tale that unravels halfway through being spun, cartoonishly evil villains and a city of the early 1900's America floating in the clouds, along with a very handholdy and linear level design.
If all that sounds like your cup of tea then you may wish to check this game out, otherwise i'd steer clear of this one.