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Bioshock is a game that is designed around the concept of changing the way stories in games are presented. While not ignoring gameplay, Bioshock creates a perfect blend of both story, gameplay and even being one of the first games to implement morality choices. It's no wonder why Bioshock is known as one of the best games of this generation.
The story in Bioshock is a major part of the game, managing to present themes of Ayn Rand's objectivism, for those who don't know about the concept of objectivism, it basically says that a perfect society can exist if all "inferior people" are removed from society, then society will not be held back and will reach perfection. As explained by the titular phrase "No Gods Or Kings, Only Man." This theme is presented exceptionally, and doesn't even encompass the entire story, many more things factor into the overall story such as the morality choices presented at multiple times throughout the game, or the enemies driven to insanity from overuse of Adam, which while at first appearing to be a substitute for XP or skill points; Manages to be a theme all on its own, stating about the negative impacts of drug use, and that greed and addiction will always hold society back. All of these points integrate perfectly to tell one of the greatest stories told so far in a game.
Of course what I have written so far about the story doesn't address one of the largest factors in any story, regardless of form, characters. The people you will contact throughout the game have superbly realistic personalities and the voice acting is some of the best I've ever heard, being on par with games like Mass Effect and Portal. While you never actually meet any of the major characters (except for bosses obviously) you contact them through radio and this doesn't hinder any of the characters whatsoever, the characters all have a major part in the larger story and are completely unforgettable. The most rememberable character is obviously the infamous Andrew Ryan, the founder of Rapture and the main antagonist, he is utterly amazing the way he openly expresses his beliefs of objectivism and even reveals the...well I won't go into that.
The amazing story and unique characters still wouldn't make for a great game however if the gameplay is broken, the gameplay is however, far from it. Shooting is refined and realistic while not being realistic to the point that it's frustrating. The guns are simple enough to understand, there's only basic weapons like machine guns, shotguns and pistols. Which I found to be far more enjoyable than a game which has 40 different kinds assault rifles. The EVE plasmids are as enjoyable as they sound, they don't feel gimmicky at all as they each have different uses, and are actually implemented incredibly well, making for a variety of strategies in combat. The gameplay while not as influential as the story is still some of the best I've seen in years.
Everything about Bioshock is combined in a way few other games can do, and make for one the best experiences available on modern consoles. Bioshock is one of those games that you have to play eventually, I strongly recommend you play Bioshock as soon as you can, or if you've already played it, give it another playthrough, it's worth it.
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