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Spoilers for BioShock; Semi-Spoilers for BioShock Infinite.
In my opinion, there is no other game today that rivals the Original BioShock and no other game has revolutionized modern gaming like the way BioShock did, to an extent Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare revolutionized FPS’s but BioShock changed the way, games tell stories and changed single-player only games forever. Even today, we still feel the effects of the Original BioShock in today’s gaming world.
BioShock will turn 9 this year come August, in 2017, BioShock will turn a decade year old. Gaming has come a far way since we first dove head first into the murky waters of the Atlantic to the submerged wonder that is Rapture.
BioShock is truly cinematic, the twist in the middle of the story is genius. No-one saw it coming, it sort of happened in the moment. When you stepped into Hephaestus Core, you had no idea the twist would come and then you would be shocked at what would occur and then still, you wouldn’t know what was going on around you until the beginning of Olympus Heights but still you were in that trance of “What the fuck just happened?”
That piece of writing and BioShock’s overall narrative transcends the medium, it’s a terrific piece of fiction and a terrific narrative. BioShock Infinite’s narrative and writing could possibly overpass BioShock because of that “what the fuck just happened” emotional resonance and confusion at the end of Infinite. BioShock Infinite’s ending gives you a one-two punch and another punch square in the face for that confusion at the end of the game. BioShock Infinite tells you to turn a cheek until the end, there’s alot of going on in the Alternate Timelines of BioShock Infinite, it’s a good plot point.
When I think of the Original BioShock, I think of that piece of writing and that plot twist and of course the Original BioShock transcends the medium: Not just for the story but also for the world-building and the sense of being in that destroyed utopia. I believe two of the greatest moments in the Original BioShock is when you descend into Rapture and Andrew Ryan is telling you, his now deceased vision of Rapture and the plot twist in the middle of the game.
BioShock is a game that transcends the medium of the gaming space, now and in the late ‘2000s and when I first think of BioShock; I think of that brilliant good writing and that moment in the Bathysphere. In my opinion, BioShock gave gaming it’s turning point and it’s turning around moment that games can be art.