With the FPS (First Person Shooter) world being overwhelmed with war games based in the past, modern, future, space, sci-fi, etcetera it’s no wonder it’s hard for games to break out from the crowd and seem genuinely original with not only it’s gameplay but with its story as well. Luckily for us a certain game developer decided toshatter the mold and create what some say was a damn near perfect game. That game is…
2K Games released this prized jewel in late 2007 and it quickly became a fan and critic favourite. Getting high ratings from gamespot(9.0/10), X-play (5/5), Metascore(96/100) and many other high recognitions. Why was this game such a success? Might have something to do with the following.
The story of this game really makes you want to sit down and play throughout the entire thing in one sitting. Set in 1960, you play as Jack, a survivor of a plane crash in the middle of the ocean. He finds a mysterious lighthouse and a bathysphere that takes him into the underwater rundown city of Rapture. Upon arriving you’re greeted with psyched out civilians of this once great city. You soon find out that these splicers (people who use a strange drug and have gone mad) are using a genetic enhancing drug called plasmids and that they’re attack was not random. They were sent by the former ruler of Rapture a mad man named Andrew Ryan.
Not to spoil anything in the game but to be able to obtain your own plasmids you need to start collecting ADAM. Think of ADAM as the currency needed to obtain more special abilities. The only way to get this bloody “cash” is to get it from a harmless little girl. Not bad right? Oh and this guy is protecting her. –>
The gameplay is simply awesome. The crazed out Splicers know when to take cover when beingattacked and will even search for health if they are near death. The immensely fun mini boss battles you have with the Big Daddies adds a whole new level of conservation when it comes to health packs. Add the almost endless ways you can use your plasmid which range from your standard lightning attack to hypnotizing a Big Daddy to some your dirty work. 2K also through a moral system in there to mess with your fun. You can either kill the little sister to obtain an abundant amount of ADAM or cure the young lass and go the route of the good guy. Both have different endings. Oh did I mention you can hack security systems? Yeah that’s right. Use the environment as your weapon.
I could go on forever about how excellent this game is…Or tell you to go find it and buy it. The game has been out for three years now, so you can easily get it for 20-30$ new or cheaper if used. Whichever way you get it is fine with me. As long as you get it.