Great game, inferior collection
Avaliado nos Estados Unidos em 2 de outubro de 2016
Bioshock has long been one of my favorite series and because of this, I held off on writing this review until I had played through, and beaten, all three games that come in the collection. I am glad that I did because while the games are still just as good, poor optimization and lazy work on the part of the developers who ported the collection mar what should be an amazing experience. In all three games I experienced glitches, technical issues, and actual game crashes. I own all three games for the 360 and I can assure you NONE of the problems I experienced on this "next gen" version were present in the initial releases.
Missing dialogue, mandatory auto aim, game crashes, terrible hit detection, the music and sound effects drowning out the all important dialogue; these are just a few of the problems I encountered all throughout my playthroughs. If I had so much trouble though, why is my rating so high you may ask? Well, the fact of the matter is, while the problems I've mentioned are unfortunate, at best, they are mildly irritating. None of these hiccups change the fact that all three of these games are some of the best released for the previous console generations and all of them, save for the first game mechanically, hold up today.
That last note I made about the first game in the series may upset long time fans but facts are facts. The first Bioshock, while a technical achievement and a masterclass example in storytelling, just isn't fun to play anymore. Having to switch between weapons and plasmids constantly is awkward and unnecessary. Reloading, for both the weapons and the special abilities, takes far too long, and all because the developers insist on you seeing every shell be loaded and every drop refill your bar. Bioshock 2 is the first games better, mechanically, in every single category, and Infinite, wisely, copies 2's innovations. I actually wish Infinite would have taken more. Regenerating health and limiting you to two weapons was unnecessary for a Bioshock game, but Infinite is so easy, it never really becomes a problem.
Odd design choices and glitches aside, these are still some of the greatest games ever made and the fact that they have been collected here, including their many expensive DLC packs, makes this collection too good to pass up. On that note, be sure to check out Bioshock 2's DLC "Minerva's Den". It is so good it has been haled by many as the best stand alone DLC pack EVER, and I am inclined to agree. In my humble opinion, it is the best, most streamlined example of what makes the series great, marrying amazing storytelling, complete with satisfying twist, rewarding, challenging gameplay, and a lean run time, clocking in at between 4-5 hours. All in all this is a great game, despite its warts. Most certainly worth playing. I rate it a buy.
(Update) After playing through everything, twice, I am sad to report that the numerous bugs and glitches are serious enough that they do indeed effect gameplay. Oddly enough, the newest games, Infinite, fares the worst in this department. In the main game, on several occasions, Handymen, IE the hardest enemies in the game, would skip idle animations and cut straight to attacking me. Even worse, two different times, with two seperate handymen, they would completely disappear from wherever they were, only to reappear, directly in front of me, already well into their attack animation, making their strikes completely unavoidable.
Even worse, in Burial at sea episode 1, doors that were supposed to open never did, meaning that I was trapped in the room, with no recourse. I had to reload my file, losing twenty minutes of gameplay. Also, the background noise of whale cries, half way through part 1 become so loud they actually drown out every other sound. Music, sound steps, attacks, enemies, even dialogue, are all drowned out. There was no rush for this collection. No one was beating down 2K's door for it to be released. There is no excuse for these types of glitches, bugs, and crashes, ESPECIALLY now that the original games are backwards compatible with the Xbox One anyway. For the best experience possible, I recommend picking up the original versions of the game on the cheap here on Amazon, or elsewhere. The Collection is too buggy to be worth your time, DLC value be damned.
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