If you are looking for an in-depth analysis of the story and gameplay, we suggest you take a look at our review of the games when they were launched. Just like The Last of Us, God of War 3, Halo: The Master Chief collection and more, BioShock: The Collection is a remaster of the original trilogy for the PS4 and Xbox One. If you buy the game on a disc, you will get BioShock 1 and 2 on one disc, while the second disc has BioShock Infinite (personally my favourite of the three). All the three games come with the complete DLC content. Sadly, the multiplayer from BioShock 2 is absent from this collection.
Getting the worst out of the way, if you own the games for PC, you will get the updated visuals as an upgrade to the game. However, if you own the game for the PS3 or the Xbox 360, you will have to purchase it again to enjoy them on the PS4 or Xbox One which is a bummer. As far as the graphical fidelity of the three games is concerned, BioShock 1 and 2 are remastered visually. For BioShock Infinite, console gamers essentially get the PC version of the game and that isn’t a bad thing.
If you haven’t played any of the BioShock games and are looking for an epic story in a first person shooter game, then by all means play the BioShock trilogy. The shooting mechanics hold up even today and the grand scale of BioShock Infinite is still breathtaking.
BioShock 1, the game that started it all, is set in the underwater city of rapture. Dilapidated and destroyed. As you navigate through the environments, you are treated to a visually stunning game and the game is still quite impressive, despite being nearly a decade old. Sure, some of the games art and style may not appeal to new FPS fans, but if you enjoy shooting games and don’t mind some retro, then this is definitely a good one.
|Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Price: PS4 and Xbox One: 2499, PC: Rs. 1745
Reviewed on: PS4
Developers: Irrational Games, 2K Australia, 2K Marin
Publishers: 2K Games
Moving on to BioShock 2, this time you don the role of Big Daddy. Once again, the game maintains the visual style of the first, but the overall impact is reduced slightly. Personally, this is the weakest game in the trilogy for me.
When it comes to BioShock Infinite, the game feels visually fresh when compared to the first two games. The story of Infinite is also my favourite of the trilogy.
Coming back to the graphics, the game tries to achieve 1080p 60fps on the consoles. There are times when it struggles to maintain the 60fps mark and there are times when the drop is quite noticeable. If you are looking for the best platform to play the game, I’d say you need to stick to the PC. On the consoles, the games have been remastered and look great but the PC version is still the best.
Who is Bioshock: The collection for and who should consider purchasing it?
Well, if like me you are a fan of the franchise, then yes, it is a worthy addition to your collection irrespective of the platform. Overall the game looks good and is still fun to play. On the other hand, if you are new to the franchise, then you need to ask yourself how important is the story in a game for you. If you like running and gunning with some “abilities” thrown into the mix, then yes you may enjoy this one, but the driving force of the trilogy is the story. Not to mention that the voice acting is top notch to keep you hooked throughout the narrative. On the other hand, if you prefer the chaotic gameplay of Call of Duty, Battlefield and Halo, then this may not be up your alley.
|Three games for the price of one||Inconsistent frame rate|
|PC gamers receive the update for BioShock 1 and 2 for free if they own the game on Steam|
Sameer "Psycho Mantis" Mitha
I live for gaming and technology is my muse. When I am not busy playing with gadgets or video games I delve into the world of fantasy novels.