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									Game Evaluation Project
          CIS 487/587
           FALL 2007
      Dr. Bruce R. Maxim

          Written By
        Patrick Habib
      September 24, 2007

                   GAME INFORMATION
• BioShock is a first-person shooter role-playing survival horror

• Released for both the PC and Xbox 360 title

• Genre(s): FPS (First Person Shooter), Role-Playing, Action

• Players: 1

• 2K Boston/2K Australia (previously Irrational Games)

• Platform: Windows XP

• ESRB Rating: (M) Mature

• Release Date: August 21, 2007 (North America)m August 24,2007
  (Europe and Australia)

• Game Case Includes Manual which contains typical windows
  installation instructions, game overview, and game control
        System Requirements
•   Minimum Stated Hardware Required
           Operating Systems: Windows XP (with Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista
           CPU: Pentium 4 2.4GHz Single Core processor
           System RAM: 1GB
           Video Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 128MB RAM (NVIDIA
           6600 or better/ATI X1300 or better, excluding ATI X1550).
           Sound Card: 100% direct X 9.0c compatible sound card
           Hard disk space: 8GB free space

•   Recommended System Requirements:

           CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor
           System RAM: 2GB
           Video card:
           DX9: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce
           7900 GT or better)
           DX10: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 or better
           Sound Card: Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ series (Optimized for use with Creative
           Labs EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0 or EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 compatible sound

•   Game requires Internet connection for activation
SETTING   •   The game takes place during 1960 in Rapture, a
              fictional underwater city secretly built in 1946 on the
              mid-Atlantic seabed, entirely self-sufficient and
              powered by submarine volcanoes. Constructed by
              business magnate Andrew Ryan, Rapture was
              envisioned as the only place on Earth that could
              support individualism, and populated by those Ryan
              believed exemplified the best in humanity. During the
              early 1950s, this population peaked at several
              thousand, though ranks of elite emerged from the
              rest, discomforting many.

          •   The discovery of "ADAM," stem cells created from a
              species of sea slug, by Dr. Bridgette Tenenbaum
              further upset the social balance. ADAM's prevalence
              greatly accelerated genetic engineering research,
              creating a plasmid industry that sold everything from
              a cure for male pattern baldness to abilities like
              telekinesis, with active abilities like the latter requiring
              a serum, "EVE." In order to improve ADAM yields, the
              "Little Sisters" were created, young girls with the slug
              embedded in their bodies. Although initially just
              ADAM "factories," during the war (see below) they
              were repurposed via mental conditioning to extract
              ADAM from the dead, and process it within
              themselves. The "Big Daddies," armed and highly-
              enhanced humans in diving suits, were
              simultaneously created to defend the Little Sisters as
              they worked.
                         GAME SUMMARY
•   Overview
    BioShock lets you do the impossible as you explore a mysterious underwater city.
    When your plane crashes, you discover Rapture - an underwater Utopia torn apart by
    civil war. Caught between powerful forces and hunted down by genetically modified
    "splicers" and deadly security systems, you have to come to grips with a deadly,
    mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. Now
    you're trapped, caught in the middle of a genetic war that will challenge both your
    capacity to survive and your moral allegiance to your own humanity.

•   Player's role
    Set in 1960, the player assumes the role of a plane crash survivor named Jack, who
    must explore the underwater city of Rapture.

•   Story Line
    After your plane crashes into icy uncharted waters, you discover a rusted
    bathysphere and descend into Rapture, a city hidden beneath the sea. Constructed as
    an idealistic society for a hand picked group of scientists, artists and industrialists,
    the idealism is no more. Now the city is littered with corpses, wildly powerful
    guardians roam the corridors as little girls loot the dead, and genetically mutated
    citizens ambush you at every turn while surviving mechanical drones within. Make
    meaningful and mature decisions that culminate in the grand question - do you
    exploit the innocent survivors of Rapture to save yourself - or risk all to become their
                   USER INTERFACE

                          User can either choose to use an pc
                          enabled video game controller, an
                          XBOX 360 controller, or simply use a
                          combination of both the key board and
    Title Screen

Pause Screen       User Can customize controls anyway suitable
                   enough for game play as well as optimizing
                               graphic resolution
            Typical Key Board Configuration
         • W = Forward
         • S = Backward
         • A = Left
         • D = Right
         • E = Explore
•   Mouse movement will enable user to look in any
    direction without moving forward or backward
•   Left Mouse Button = Weapon/Plasmid Trigger
•   Right Mouse Button = Weapon/Plasmid Switch
•   Scroll Mouse Button = Weapon/Plasmid Choice
                  PLASMIDS OR WEAPONS


EQUIPPED                 YOU
• 3 Ways To Save
   •   Auto save – As you progress through the game, automatic saves will occur
   •   Manual Safe – Save at any time during any chapter and be able to reload it
   •   Quitting Save – Save prompt for whenever logging out of the game

   If at any point during the game the player shall die, the player restarts the
       game from a vita chamber (checkpoints) throughout the level which revives
       that players health and enables them not to start over from the beginning
             Game Play - Plasmids

                             Plasmids are used by centering the
                             target on your enemy and triggering
                             your weapon. Plasmids can be used
                             Electrocuting your enemy
                             Burning (incinerating) your enemy
                             Freezing your enemy
                             Telekinesis – Throwing your enemy
Different Plasmids are attained throughout the course of the game
•   Many vending like machines will be seen throughout the game which enable
    the user to upgrade their health power, plasmid power, or to gain other unique

        Weapon/Health Upgrades                     Plasmid Control

           Power Upgrades                          Skill/Tools Control
                  Special Features
• Biologically mod your body with plasmids - genetic
  augmentations that empower you with dozens of fantastic

• Take control of your world by hacking devices and

• Upgrade your weapons at Fire-For-Effect stations located
  through Rapture

• Pick up materials in the city to modify them at U-Invent

• Explore an incredible and unique art deco world hidden
  deep under the ocean, vividly illustrated with realistic
  water effects
•   Collecting Eve Hypos
        Eve’s are responsible for regenerating your power for your plasmids. They
        are used by directly injecting a needle into your arm. Game includes a very
        graphic approach for this event.
•   Collecting Cash
        Cash is collected in various places in the game such as cash registers,
        crates, dead bodies, combination lock safes, and lying in various places.
        Cash can be used throughout the whole game to purchase health, weapon
        upgrades, and other various tools.
•   Collecting Adam
        Adam is earned by defeating the bouncer (refer to game cover) who protects
        the little girls. These points are used to buy crucial items such as other
        plasmids, life extenders, and other unique powers and upgrades.
•   Collecting Miscellaneous Items
        Many items in the game can be collected to improve the health and
        endurance of your character. These items include but are not limited to:
        Wine Bottles                 First-Aid Kits             Liquor Bottles
        Potato Chips                 Candy Bars
                    GAME PLAY - WEAPONS
• Weapons are collected throughout the game and stored in inventory
  when not used
• Different Weapons use customizable ammo
• Weapons include:
   Wrench                        Pistol                       Shotgun
   Machine Gun                   Grenade Launcher             And Many More
   Camera – To study the enemy and learn what's the easiest way to kill them
Weapons/Plasmids Inventory
Weapons and various ammunition

      Equipped Plasmids
             SOUND AND MUSIC

• Generally, the music for this game is eerie
  and scary since the genre of the game is a
  survival horror.

• This game’s sound and music definitely
  enhance the game’s feel and involvement
  of the player inside the game.
•    Hacking is used to help your character in many aspects of the game. Hacking
     is done by solving these various types of puzzles as shown below. It begins
     with most squares are covered. After clicking them to uncover them, you must
     reroute the water to the correct ending position. If you fail, you lose a
     significant amount of life or lose your chance to achieve something for good.

    Hacking can be used to
     • Get Cheaper Health
     • Make Items Cheaper and Reveal New Item For Sale
     • Program Drone Machines to aid you with unwanted enemies
     • Open Safes Full of weapons and money
•   Game Review
                                   GAME REVIEW
    •   Bioshock is probably one of the best pc games I have ever played. The story line draws in
        the user to play more and more. Throughout the game, diaries can be found and listened to
        reveal more about Rapture City’s and it’s incidents. Since this game is the latest and
        greatest of it’s kind, it offers great graphics. The realistic water effects implemented in the
        game really enhance the feel of the player’s setting. The incorporation of plasmid secondary
        weapons is an added bonus to the game and makes game play really fun.

              My Overall Rating 9.5/10
•   Other people who have reviewed BIOSHOCK
        BioShock has received "universal acclaim" from critics and has been reviewed very highly. It
        is described by the developers as a "spiritual successor" to their previous title System
        Shock 2.. At Game Rankings, BioShock holds an average review score of 96% for the Xbox
        360, making it the highest rated Xbox 360 game released to date and the 7th highest rated
        game of all time, and 96% for the PC, making it the highest rated PC game released to date
        and the 8th highest ranked game of all time. The game has been cited as having an
        "inescapable atmosphere,“ "inconceivably great plot" and "stunning soundtrack and audio
        effects." The game play and combat system have been praised for being smooth and open-
•   What is the appropriate audience for this game?
        This game definitely requires a mature audience over the age of 18 due to the graphic nature
        of the game and violent dialogue.
What is good (fun) about the game? Why?
•   Looting
        You can explore your whole environment by looting corpses and various objects for money and other crucial items for survival
        such as eve’s to replenish your plasmids or first aid kids for health. You can even loot enemies that you just kill.
•   Using plasmids
        Plasmids are fun to use. This is the first first person shooter I have played with weapons such as plasmids. These plasmids
        include electrocution, incineration, freezing, and telekinesis.
•   Realistic Water Effects
        This game not like any other game has amazing water effects which enhance the game play since the setting is an under
        water city called Rapture
•   New Guns and Different Ammo
        Although this game is like most other games when the further you progress the better guns you gain, you can also
        find or buy ammo that provide different purposes. These ammos included electrocuting rounds, body piercing
        rounds, and exploding rounds.
•   Comical
        The Game is a survival horror but can make you laugh from time to time. The dialogue in the game can seem pretty comical
        from time to time because game play can get real serious. Typical situations would be a wife and husband arguing
        senselessly, then trying to kill each other even though there kind of already dead.
•   Enemies talk to each other and kill each other
        Enemies within the game provide different types of dialogue. Some dialogue may be funny and others may be serious using
        swearing and other verbal abuse.
•   Hacking Enemy Robots to assist you killing your enemies
        Enemy robots that try to kill you can also be hacked to follow you and assist you killing other enemies. The most popular hack
        is the flying robot which uses a machine gun. Other type of situations include cameras you can hack to make your
        environment safer and protect you.
•   Game AI is pretty advanced
        Zombies don’t just stand there or slowly drag there feet towards you, your enemies run at you wildly swinging furiously making
        your enemies really unpredictable.
•   Game play gets to be pretty real
        When your character gets hurt, he provides a excruciating cry along with many other noises to make the game play real
                          TYPICAL SENARIO
•   As you play, you will creep around corners while eerie music plays and
    approach an old lady attending to what appears to be a baby inside a strolling
    crib when really there's nothing in the crib, the lady hears you, turns around
    revealing her disfigured face trying to kill you as she becomes ragingly mad.
    What is bad (not fun) about the game?
•   Repetitive Puzzle Hacking
       Hacking different things throughout the game is pretty useful but get very repetitive. The same
       puzzle is offered at every station making this very redundant. Even though some puzzles are
       more difficult or larger, it gets pretty tedious doing the same thing over and over again.
•   Sometime Too Difficult To Kill Enemies
       Some enemies in the game are given way to much health to defeat. Those enemies include the
       bouncers that protect the little girls. Other enemies included final bosses which take a long
       time to defeat.
•   When Cameras Are Tripped
       Certain areas are surveyed by cameras that when spot you call upon drones for a time period
       of one minute to come to that area and keep attacking you. When you defeat one, another one
       follows directly behind it making it hard to survive.
•   Too Many Enemies At Once Sometimes
       When game play gets pretty intense, sometimes there are more enemies than needed making it
       really hard to survive. In a typical scenario you might be trying to defeat a really hard enemy
       while other small enemies are attacking.
•   Not Too Much Of A Challenge
       When the player dies, he is revitalized at a vita chamber with almost approximate full health.
       Each level contains at least 4 or 5 Vita chambers
    How does it compare to similar games in
                the same genre?
     Why is it better or worse than similar
•   Bioshock compares to games in the same genre such as RESIDENT EVIL,
    F.E.A.R., and DOOM were the character defeats the enemy for one common
    goal, to finish the level and progress to the next until the game is finished.
•   Bioshock is not necessarily better or worse than other games because it
    offers something new. And because it is a new game, it offers enhanced
•   The story line is brand new and intriguing and offers the new idea of using
    different unique plasmids as a secondary weapon.
•   Bioshock succeeds by combing three different genres together cohesively

     (First Person Shooter + Survival Horror + Action) = BIOSHOCK
• Bioshock offers players a lot more than shot em’ up style
  game play. BIOSHOCK is a successful game by
  incorporating role playing, horror, and unique abilities all
  in one action packed game.

• The game is fun because it requires the player to
  strategically maneuver certain obstacles without being
  detected which also helps the player take down his/her
  enemy more efficiently.

• Gameplay is fun because the story line draws the player
  in entirely. As the game progresses, it reveals more and
  more to the story of Rapture and it’s victimized citizens.
           STRENGTHS AND
Strengths                    Weaknesses
Story Line                   Repetitiveness
Plasmids                     Levels Too Long
Graphics                     Hard To Find Enemies In The Dark
Realistic Water Effects      Same Enemies Over And Over Again
Music For Setting The Mood
Sound Effects

How could it be improved?
   • Remove Repetitive Puzzles
   • Make it More Challenging To Real PC Gamers
   • Make it Easier To Carry More Plasmids
        Design Mistakes Or Bugs

• There doesn’t seem to be any major
  design mistakes or Bugs to report about
  BIOSHOCK at this time.
Is the game worth purchasing?


•   www.wikipedia.org
•   www.ign.com
•   www.gametrailers.com
•   www.amazon.com
•   http://www.metacritic.com/games/pla

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