Bioshock 2 (2010) is a horror shooting game. A sequel to the original Bioshock
, it's also set in the underwater city of Rapture. This time you play as a Big Daddy, the heavily armed bodyguard of zombified Little Sisters. It's another chance to spend time in the well realised world of the original, but with some game mechanic improvements that expand on the story behind the Little Sisters and their relationship the Big Daddies.
Bioshock 2 is played through the eyes of the protagonist with only your hands visible. Unlike Bioshock, you have a built-in weapon in one hand, and Plasmid super-powers in the other, allowing you to use both attack simultaneously. You use rivet guns, giant drills, and firearms to defend yourself against the horde of frenzied humanoids. Special powers such as telekinesis, electricity, and fire/freezing can also be used to kill the attacking populace.
Other features of the original persist, including murderous Splicers (the crazy inhabitants of Rapture), machine hacking, plasmid gathering, and of course the harvesting or saving of Little Sisters. As with the first game you have moral choices to make throughout, and these choices affect how you progress and how the game ends.
The games in the series are available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch either as original releases or in a variety of remastered packs:
Bioshock 2 (2010)
BioShock: Ultimate Rapture Edition (2012) BioShock and BioShock 2
Bioshock Infinite (2013)
BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea (2014)
BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition (2014) Main game and extra content.
BioShock: The Collection (2020) HD version of all games on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
It is recommended that you play Bioshock before tackling the sequel, as this is more of an expansion of the world it has created, and will make more sense if you have previous knowledge of Rapture and its inhabitants.
Our examiner, Andrea Walney
, first checked Bioshock 2 24 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson
and updated 4 months ago.