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BIOSHOCK: THE COLLECTION & STRATEGY GUIDE

By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on September 22, 2016

Before I start, I have a confession to make. When I played the original Bioshock, I only played for like 10 minutes. It didn't quite do it for me, plus, I wasn't that good with FPS games at the time. This year, I played Bioshock Infinite and I immediately fell in love with it. And now, there's Bioshock: The Collection, an awesome package that contains HD remastered versions of Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite, including all the games' DLC! So, with the release of Bioshock: The Collection, it was time for me to gather all my courage and play the entire series from the beginning.

During Gamescom, Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams and I already tried out this collection for a bit at the 2K booth. Ferry did actually play all three releases in the Bioshock series when they were originally released, so he was absolutely stoked when he got his hands on the remastered versions of these games, even if it was just for a short time. I, on the other hand, thought of my past experiences with the original Bioshock game back then and I was a bit skeptical. I started playing the remastered version of the very first Bioshock game and was more than pleasantly surprised. As one might expect from a decent HD remaster, the graphics were amazing, as was the overall gameplay. It just all seemed to work that much better and I loved it!


On the PS4 or Xbox One, the graphics are just as good as when you would play Bioshock Infinite at the time of its release on PC on ultra settings. Now, that is what I would definitely call an improvement! But, as I've already mentioned, the graphics are not the only thing that seemed to have been upgraded. What surprised me the most, is how well the games played. Why didn't I like it the first I played it? (note to self: must stop drinking) Now, in the comfort of my own house and couch, including my pillow fortress for when things get really scary, it was time for me to start playing Bioshock in all its glory and splendor (which it has quite a lot of, believe you me. Man, I was totally ready for this epic adventure!

What I already liked when I first played Bioshock, and still like today is the underwater world of Rapture. It looked already amazing back then, but now I think breathtaking is the more appropriate word. The overall feel of darkness, mixed with vibrant colors and the way the light shines on the metal. Everything looks way more polished and more beautiful than ever! And all the characters and enemies are so cool, especially Big Daddy and Little Sister. But be honest: how often did you set Little Sister free and how often did you harvest the poor thing so you could have more Adam points? And although most of you will have noticed this when playing this game, I still think it's pretty clever, having the player collecting Adam and Eve points. Very cleverly thought of by the developers, if you ask me.


Okay, so for most players out there Bioshock: The Collection will be a feast for the eyes. Playing the game you love in better quality is always a good way to spend your precious game time. But I think it can also be an opportunity for people who didn't play the series before, to get to know what it's all about. And you'll get all three games and every bit of DLC the Bioshock series has to offer at once, so no waiting for the next part to be released. To be honest, I did play the games with a little bit of help, by using the Prima Games' strategy guide of Bioshock: The Collection.

To complete your Bioshock collection, it's a good idea to get the Strategy Guide as well. It tells you all there is to know about the three games and its DLC. It's no secret I like to have a Strategy Guide while playing a game, to check if I'm using the right approach when battling a particularly nasty enemy for example. I don't mind trying to kill an enemy a hundred times, but I like to know that I'm going about it the right way and am not using the wrong weapon or something. What I especially like about this one was that it suggested a difficulty check. If you struggle at some point in the game, you should check your difficulty, because the games will only get harder from this point on and the Guide will remind you of this. I also use it to learn more about the many Vending machines in the Bioshock universe and how to make the most of using them. And a Strategy Guide is really handy, because it tells you what's coming next, which helps you decide what Plasmid abilities to equip.


To conclude this review, I just have to say that I'm a complete Bioshock fan now. I can't get enough of it! Bioshock: The Collection is the best way to get your hands on the complete series and all of its DLC and offers you hours and hours of gameplay and fun. The Strategy Guide completes the package and if you like to make the most of your game you should really get this one as well. So, I'm signing off now, because I desperately want to get back to Rapture and Columbia!


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BIOSHOCK: THE COLLECTION
2K
September 13, 2016 (NA)
September 15, 2016 (WW)


BIOSHOCK: THE COLLECTION STRATEGY GUIDE
Prima Games
September 13, 2016