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Bioshock: The Collection Review


Bioshock: The Collection has arrived for PS4 and Xbox One, bringing with it the three fantastic games from the series. While I was a big fan of Bioshock and Bioshock 2, to an extent, it was Bioshock Infinite which was always the real star of the show for me. Still, I was curious to see how the oldest of these titles held up and given that it’s always best to play games in order, that’s where I started.

Looking at gameplay from the entire collection, it’s clear that a lot work has gone into bringing BioShock 1 up to scratch, although all three games now offer a 1080p resolution and run at up to 60 fps. The frame rate isn’t always stable mind you, but overall the developer seems to have done a good job. Bioshock 1 seems to have had the most work done to it, which you might expect since it is the oldest game. I was expecting the original to look a little worn and I have to admit to being worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I did first time around, due to the fact that it probably hadn’t aged well, but it honestly looks as good as I remember.

As you move on through the collection, it appears that the games get less of a touch up, with BioShock 2 being slightly overhauled and Infinite, the youngest of the three, not having too many changes to its looks at all. As mentioned, the developer has put a lot of work into trying to bring all three games up to speed and in most instances this seems to have worked a charm, although there is the occasional glitch here and there, which in a package as great value as this can probably be forgiven.



Of course what’s fantastic about The BioShock Collection is that it includes all of the DLC too. Of course Bioshock 1 didn’t really have any DLC, however we do get the delights of “Imagining Bioshock,” a Director’s Commentary featuring words from creators Ken Levine and Shawn Robertson. Bioshock 2 meanwhile, includes a few story DLC packs, while Infinite offers up “Clash in the Clouds,” “Burial at Sea - Episodes 1&2” and also the “Columba’s Finest” pack, which gives you all manner of boosts and gear.

Not everyone may have played Bioshock or Bioshock 2 or even Infinite, so if not, you really are in for a treat, whether you are exploring the twisted world of Rapture, which introduces you to the lore of this underwater city or are heading back again, via Bioshock 2, which in all honesty is not a big step away from the original game. What is a big step away is Infinite, which instead heads to the clouds, high above the sky to Columbia. It’s a much more colourful and pleasing to the eye game and is without doubt my favourite of the three.

What’s good about Infinite is that it has finally been brought up to PC standards. At the time of playing on PS3, you could certainly see the signs of an ageing console. There was no doubt that it looked absolutely fantastic, however some of the textures and the occasional pause in the action told me that the PS3 was struggling a little to keep up. Thankfully this seems to have been amended for the PS4 version.

While I loved my time with all the Bioshock games over the years, I still find that thanks to the brilliant storytelling, the outstanding performance of the cast and the simply wonderful design, Bioshock Infinite is still my must play title of the three. That’s not to take away from any of the games included in this fantastic package though, because they’ll all provide you with an experience well worth playing, either for the first time or just to relive your memories of what it was like to visit Rapture and Columbia.

Words by Joe Anderson
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/XBLA: wotta

(Version Tested: PS4)

Pros

+ Three wonderful games from start to finish
+ Look fantastic
+ Smooth framerate

Cons

- Bioshock 2 hasn't had as much work (though still looks great)

Edited On 16 Sep, 2016

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Turniplord 3 months ago
Can't wait to get home and play through these. Not played the first one in years.
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Joe2120 3 months ago
It looks great. Runs really well too.
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Turniplord 3 months ago
Just got home!!! I got the version with a steelbook so moved infinite into its new house - wasn't expecting 2 actual cases though, thought all 3 would be in 1 case :/ I can see second hand places selling these seperatly soon like bayonetta
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Fear Sinséir1612 3 months ago
I don't actually need this as I own the Infinite one + ALL DLC and can run it on an MSI GTX 960 OC SteamMachine. Did you know?! Steam Machines are friggin' MARVELLOUS ^0^ ^0^!! CAN HARDLY wait to purchase Shadow Warrior 2 for mine as soon as it's confirmed for Valve's SteamOS o_0 ^0^ ^0^!!
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Fear Sinséir1612 3 months ago
I Sssssssoooooooooo wish they would release a tangible, collector's edition, SteamOS version of ShadowWarrior 2; I'd pre-order it in a heartbeat!!
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DEBORAH 3 months ago
I find it freezes every time you get a trophy. Not as smooth as it could be. But still great to play it after all this time..
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Turniplord 3 months ago
@deborah, can't say I've had any freezes or pauses :/ I've played bioshock 1 for a few hits and infinite for about 30 mins. They are so different. The first one still creepy me out, expecially with my headphones one, yet the third is a decent 1st person shooter with puzzles but no 'creepy' factor. @fear - did you buy that steam box you linked to the other day :/ aren't steam boxes pretty much done now? Devs don't seem to want to support Linux as not many of the devices were sold, you would be best to see if you can stick Windows on it and just load up steam in big picture mode. Plus buying a PC/steambox hoping for physical copies of games is a bit silly these days, some do but most don't as all the disk is good for is the code and maybe 20% of the code with the rest downloaded once you start installing
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Fear Sinséir1612 3 months ago
They might have to commence to support Linux as I ain't purchasing games for any other OS!!
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DEBORAH 2 months ago
@Turnip I play it on ps4, it's happened 3 times to me so far.. Annoying but hasn't put me off playing it..
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Yasin 2 months ago
Almost Got the Platinum trophy. Just need to finish 1999 mode
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Turniplord 2 months ago
It seems like Steam gave up on the steam boxes tbh, there no news or announcements about them anymore - even the steamlinks supposedly had lag issues that weren't addressed - maybe you should email or tweet the devs of the games you want fear, see if they will port to Linux? I've not had issues with the Bioshocks, but i've not played a lot this weekend, but I've seen videos online from DF showing the stuttering and frame drops (in both systems) - supposedly its something to do with porting unreal engine from last gen to current hen and it affects all ports so far :/ - At least it isn't as bad as DeadPool!

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