BioShock For iPad: Five Reasons To Replay Rapture
BioShock has been confirmed for iOS devices but is it worth replaying? YES, YES, YES, YES AND YES!
BioShock threw bucket loads of players down into the deep and the dystopian Rapture way back in 2007. The original PC and Xbox 360 version were so successful it made the public clamour for a PlayStation 3 port and it went on to spawn two just as successful sequels.
Now mobile gaming has begun to catch up with the graphical capabilities of the latter, at least at the start of their lifecycle, and numerous re-releases are beginning to make their way to tablets and phones.
2K China has announced it will be making a port version of the original BioShock for iPad and iPhone. It’s been reasonably well received but it’s also annoyed some that it wont be coming to PS Vita first.
But rejoice! BioShock is going to find an entirely new audience with the install base of iOS devices. So whether you’ve played it before or have never heard of Rapture, why do you need to replay BioShock on the iPad?
1. To Scare Yourself
Anyone who told you they got through BioShock without the hair standing up on the back of their necks or letting out a little scream is lying. BioShock, even though it’s pigeon holed as a first-person shooter, has a lot of horror elements and there’s nothing creepier than those Little Sisters.
2. The Atmosphere Of Rapture
BioShock’s Rapture is an underwater city overrun by those terrifying Big Daddies and Little Sisters. It was originally intended to be an isolated utopia created by business magnate Andrew Ryan. Even though everything in Rapture has gone a little bit Pete Tong, you can still discover what Ryan was attempting to create through documents hidden around the world. It makes for a fascinating backstory and a fully immersive world with a lot more - excuse me - depth than your average first-person shooter.
3. To Get Into The Sequels
BioShock Infinte was a fantastic success in 2013, it brought together Brooker and Elizabeth in a successful version of Ryan’s vision but set in the sky instead. You could argue it’d be easy to just jump right in without knowing anything from the previous BioShock titles but for more context you’ll certainly appreciate the world Infinite is set in.
Plus the game was an enormous success, meaning more is bound to come. Why not start at the beginning and work your way through ready for BioShock 4. You wouldn't watch Alien Resurrection first if you hadn't seen any of that quadrology, after all
If you’ve played the game before then you’ll know whether you love or hate BioShock. If you felt the former you should pick up BioShock on iPad just for the nostalgia value. Playing your way back through BioShock will bring back some good old fashion memories, especially if you played the game back when it came out in 2007 – over seven years ago!
5. Then There’s That Ending
No spoilers, promise! BioShock games are well known for doing a little bit of an M. Night Shyamalan at the end. The original BioShock kicked all that off and it’s worth your time just to experience how it all began.
12:10, 5 Aug 2014