I Don’t Like BioShock

August 19, 2007

Before the title of this post generates a hailstorm of hate mail, let me clarify things. BioShock is an amazing game on all fronts, but I simply don’t like it. Our copy of the game showed up this weekend so before sending it on to the writer handling the review, I figured I’d give it a run and quite frankly it just doesn’t suit me.

That being said, let me repeat that BioShock is a simply amazing game. It has an incredible story that I honestly wish I could watch as a well produced movie. The gameplay concepts are fresh and new and bring a lot to the table in terms of changing things up for the shooter genre. What is turning me off is the setting of the game. I am not a fan of horror movies like Hostel, Saw, etc so I should have known that BioShock’s setting would turn me off, but I wanted to like it so I gave it a go. I also never got into Resident Evil because I don’t like my games to try and scare me. Call me a wuss, but I like to be entertained, not cowering in the corner afraid to get a glass of water in the middle of the night.

All things considered, BioShock is getting some amazing scores from other media outlets and I don’t foresee us straying too far from those marks, but I wanted to go on the record of saying that despite all the positive press out there, the game simply doesn’t appeal to me for various reasons. I’m sure I am not alone in this, but the negative press is largely being ldrowned out by the high scores that it is generating.

Our review will be up sometime this week and I will most definitely not be handling it.