Cary recently posted a blog proclaiming that Silent Hill 2 is a "game that [she] consider[s] to be the greatest video game of all time" so I guess it's my turn to share. And this is not the easiest declaration to make with all the choices out there, but I think it boils down to what a video game says to a person, specifically. It's all about timing.
So let's talk Bioshock.
When this game was first being reviewed, Andrew Reiner (of Game Informer) gave Bioshock an emphatic 10/10 and summed up the game better than I ever could: "ingenious, enthralling, and a masterpiece of the most epic proportions."
I went into this game knowing about its rave reviews but, honestly, I had no idea what to expect. Needless to say, from the very beginning, as soon as I found myself swimming through fire-drenched water as I watched the plane in which I had just been sinking right before my eyes, I knew this game was going to be a whole new experience for me.
Throughout the game your senses are constantly bombarded. Walking through a tunnel surrounded by water, enjoying the gorgeous view, you suddenly see something fast approaching and before you can make out what it is, a large piece of the aforementioned airplane comes crashing into the tunnel and a large flow of water comes coursing your way. Voices can be heard from all around, someone singing an eerie hymn or maybe an enemy Splicer telling you: "I'll wrap you in a sheet!" And if it ever gets quiet, there are audio diaries along the way so don't think this game is going to let up, because it doesn't and, deep down, you don't really want it to.
Same goes for plot. I won't give anything away but just know that the world can be quite tricky and people are not always what they seem. Or are they?
I think Cary's got the right idea. This game isn't perfect. Is any game perfect? The ability for this game to envelope you is remarkable and you truly become part of the story, which is the part of the game that truly captivates. I think this goes to show that you can have great game mechanics and awesome graphics (which, seriously, Bioshock has) but the story is what people remember.
Bioshock 2 is set for a November 3, 2009 release date and I can't imagine the follow-up will be a disappointment. So, if Bioshock is new to you, would you kindly head to your nearest video game store and pick up the first game of the series before November?