Revisiting Rapture: A Review of “BioShock”

This post focuses solely on the original BioShock, recently remastered for PS4.

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It’s been nearly a decade since BioShock was initially released, simultaneously garnering vast critical acclaim and considerable fandom, as well as becoming a landmark of video game storytelling, atmosphere, and art design. Of course with its success came sequels, and so BioShock eventually grew to be a three-game series with BioShock 2 following in 2010 and BioShock Infinite in 2013. 2K Games has recently re-released the series in one complete package with updated graphics for PS4, Xbox One, and PC — but is it worth revisiting Rapture?

BioShock is a First-Person Shooter (FPS) from 2007, and until a couple weeks ago when I played through it again, I fondly remembered it as being one of my all-time favorite video games. I hadn’t touched it since its initial release, though, and while I still find many things to love about it, it’s in its gameplay that that old age really begins to show. BioShock’s gameplay didn’t blow people away back in ‘07, and it definitely won’t be turning any heads now.

But no one ever praised BioShock based on its gameplay, and that’s not the reason it’s so well-regarded. The setting; the characters; the story — that’s why people love BioShock. All of these aspects hold up just as well today as they had nine years ago.

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Books on Screen: Adaptations That Need to Happen

There are always those books, games or musicals that we wish would be made into stellar movies.  Here’s a few on my list of adaptations that need to happen.

BioShock

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Courtesy of bioshock.wikia.com

I talked a lot about this game in Fictional Friday, so I won’t delve into the story too much.  But this game leaves a lot of opportunities for movie adaptation.  Just imagine, seeing the Big Daddies and Little Sisters brought to life.  A fan can only hope that they aren’t CGI’d beyond belief.  Who should be the main character?  Well, I feel like a lesser known name might actually be helpful in this case.  It’d have to be someone that could be in the 2 related stories, but it’d also have to be someone who has a sense of humor and action at the same time.  Get someone like Joss Whedon or Christopher Nolan to direct it and bam, it’ll be all good.  If they were to get Michael Bay, or James Cameron, I’m pretty sure there’d be a riot, not to mention a severe debt and many Transformer references.  So BioShock.  Do it right.

Wicked

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Courtesy of gemm.com

The book by Gregory Maguire was made into a famous Broadway musical that has swept the nation.  With the recent re-imagining of Oz: The Great and Powerful, it’s only right to have Wicked made into a movie.  I honestly wasn’t all that impressed with Oz, but I think that Wicked could be made into a great movie, especially with the resurgence of musicals.  As far as who to cast, I think going with people that can actually sing is the best way to go.  Lea Michele has played the witch in the musical, so maybe casting her in the role would make sense.  For Glinda, I’m not really sure who I’d choose.  I think a new face or someone from the musical would be good to have in the cast.  I think there are so many amazing things that they can do with the movie in order to integrate the book and the musical better, and I hope that this will happen soon.

Batman: Arkham series

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Courtesy of fanpop.com

One of the most iconic superheroes of all time currently holds two of the best trilogies in two separate platforms.  Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Series put a new light on the hero and was a great achievement for fans everywhere.  The Arkham video game series holds a similar notoriety in its own right.  The Arkham Asylum and Arkham City games have already gained so much of a following and there is a lot of hype for the third installment of the series.  If a movie were to be made of this, it would be amazing.  Get Christopher Nolan or Joss Whedon or maybe even Spielberg to direct it and it would be great.  I’d also say to keep Michael Caine as Alfred, but recast pretty much everyone else. Seriously though, it would be an amazing addition and it could lead to some potential Justice League action.

What are some adaptations you’d like to see?  Let us know in the comments!

-Lauren Pirc, Assistant Blog Editor

Fictional Friday: BioShock

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Courtesy of gametrailers.com

With the recent release of BioShock Infinite, let’s take a journey back to where it all started: BioShock.  Now, I know that this isn’t a book by any means, but this game definitely has a great story amidst all of the action. 

BioShock is a first person shooter video game where you take the role of Jack.  Jack’s plane crashes in the ocean near a bathysphere terminal that leads to the underwater city of Rapture.  The city was intended to be an isolated utopia but the discovery of ADAM, a DNA that grants superhuman powers, the city soon falls into decline.  Jack is contacted by Atlas, who guides the player to different objectives in order to survive the city of Rapture.  I don’t want to get too much more into what happens, as you should really find that out for yourself.

The city of Rapture is huge.  There are so many areas to explore and things to collect that it’s part adventure game, while also being the survival game that it’s meant to be.  The player is pursued by some pretty interesting enemies including Big Daddies and the Little Sisters.  When engaging the Little Sisters, the player always has a moral choice of whether to spare them or to kill them; sparing them ultimately leads to a better ending.  The graphics in this game are also really good.  There are so many textures and really cool images in this game that it’s easy to forget that you’re supposed to be scared of this place. 

BioShock is a uniquely good game that not only gives players the fight that they want but an amazing story as well.  From what I’ve seen of the new BioShock Infinite game, players that enjoy the franchise will not be disappointed and I can’t wait to play it for myself.

-Lauren Pirc, Assistant Blog Editor