Bioshock is everything it is cracked to be....bought it via Steam the other day...it is so amazing. The gameplay combines the free-roamingness and intuitiveness of RPG's with the brutality and intensity of FPS's, all while having incredible graphics and a lightweight interface. BTW...for the dude who was running it on all low settings with dual x1300's, I have a pretty bad computer myself (single core P4 2.53mhz 533mhz fsb, 1.53gb ram, and a geforce 6200 tc 512mb), but even I was getting 25 fps
on the gunfights. Anyway, more on gameplay. The whole "adam" thing is ridiculous to anyone who has taken high school bio, but it looks so freakin awesome at the same time, you just don't care. Anyway, (lol) the point. Ok, so you're this dude who's plane crashes into cold atlantic waters, and you're the only survivor. You swim through the wreckage of your plane in the water, flames dancing all around, and go up these steps to a big@$$ lighthouse in the middle of nowhere. You walk in, and the door shuts behind you. (of course) Lights snap on. Big statue staring at you, freaky banner. Walk down stairs to a lil metal ball submarine (bathysphere) which you go into and pul a lever. Door shuts. Bathysphere starts descending. You see a movie pop up. It explains about Rapture, and then you see Rapture, drift into the docking station. A bad dude (a splicer, genetically mutated dude) owns a guy in fron of you and then this random person on the radio tells you to step out and not be afraid of the thing that just impaled someone with metal hooks in front of you. OK. So you do, and find a wrench and smash thru to the other room. After that, you beat up your first baddie. You guessed it--beating them repeatedly with that selfsame wrench. But no more wrenches for long! Uuuup the stairs. Find a creepy vending machine that has a stange hypodermic needle filled ith glowing pink fluids....what does your guy do? Shoves it in his arm. Cooool. You generally go crazy and fall off the balcony onto the lower story again. But when you wake up, you can blast things with lightning. The mana in this game is called Eve, and the way you replenish it is by sticking a needle in your arm. (weird) So you short circuit the lock leading out, and the door opens. You toddle your way across the level until you reach an elevator. Press button. Go up. Then you find your first gun, which is great. OK, now that I've given you a basic tour of the start of the game, here is an overview of the plot. A guy named Andrew Ryan created an underwater city called Rapture, a haven for free thinkers under the sea. One day, one of the scientists discovered that a dock worker who had been unable to move his fingers for years after an injury was able to move them again after being bitten by a strange sea slug. The scientists investigated the slug, and they found that it was able to resurrect dead cells in the body. They called this new lifegiver "Adam." They used other properties of the Adam to modify the body's genes and give humans new superhuman powers. However, the people who had been modified by the Adam, or "spliced", could not take the incredible strain these new powers put on their minds and bodies. They all went insane. You come in after all of this happens. But you have to play the gmae to find out more! One extra cookie: The strange little girls with orange eyes (Little Sisters) carry Adam inside them, and the guys in diving suits "Big Daddies" protect them. Also, the Big Daddies are not as hard to beat as the videos tell you. A full clip in the head with a shotgun easily kills them, and like only an incinerate plasmid and two electric shotgun blasts can dispatch em.