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BioShock 2 Multiplayer Review – Spliced up fun

I cannot hide, the evidence shows I actually play BioShock 2 multiplayer

What a shock. BioShock 2 multiplayer is actually good fun. I normally wouldn’t even try the multiplayer on a title so ground in single player roots, but as I’m an achievement whore the lure of some quick gamerscore quickly drew me in.

After finishing the brief single player game, which is nothing to write home about, I quickly scanned the achievement list and realised a good chunk are gained from racking up some easy multiplayer time. I remember reading reviews thinking who will play that, BioShock multiplayer, bah! Hours later, I’ve managed to reach Rank 10, and play a match on EVERY map. Sad, no, because BioShock 2 multiplayer is actually great. Ok it is laggy as hell, the frame rate seems to be low no matter what graphic settings you choose (despite the single player running perfectly smooth) and the fov feels like 75? But despite this, I kept at it and I must admit I’m slightly addicted (spliced up?).

I think its the Call of Duty style killstreak, trials and loadout array that keeps me playing, or maybe the games for windows live achievements? Heck I’m trying to find an excuse but the truth is freezing enemies with one hand whilst you line up some headshots with your pistol on the other hand is just pure entertainment.

And then there’s the big daddy mode. The big daddy suit makes Quad Damage feel like bringing a knife to a gun fight. Randomly a big daddy suit will appear in the battlefield with a player wide notification, this is when you search like mad and find the glowing gold goodness. Once suited up, you gain all the benefits of the big daddy, lots and lots of armour and a really powerful rivet gun, with a secondary grenade launcher. You can walk around stomping the ground (just press jump to take out splicers nearby) or fire the rapid and powerful rivet gun at swarms of splicers racking up huge killstreaks. Everyone does seem to want to take you down when your the big daddy (I wonder why?) but for the minute or so you wear this suit its a great experience.

My favourite mode though is Capture the Sister, your basic Capture the flag style game mode but with a twist, a lovable little sister has to be protected or captured. This results in hilarious sprints across the weird and wonderful world of Rapture with a little sister hoisted on your back, whilst being attacked by strangely outfitted, pyjama clad and lunatic spliced up men and women shouting outrageous swear words whilst simultaneously photographing dead bodies for research bonus mid fight. Something you cannot resist stopping to do despite knowing someone is bound to attack you from around the next corner.

BioShock 2 single player was a bit of a let down, it felt like BioShock but with very little change. The first BioShock was award winning when it first came out, but in 2010 it just feels like the same game. But this time around you have this witty multiplayer mode to keep you occupied and exploring Rapture for a while longer. Will it revolutionize professional multiplayer gaming? No, but it will make you smile, and that is what makes BioShock 2 multiplayer worthy of your time.

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BioShock 2 Pre Order & PC Requirements

BioShock 2 and Games For Windows Live

So BioShock 2 is up for pre-order on Steam at the discounted price tag of £26.99, which also gets you a free copy of the original BioShock. Not bad, but what convinced me to part with my GBP was the PC requirements revealing something more than a dual core CPU. That’s right, a Games for Windows LIVE login, is a MUST, unless you do not want to save your game progress? A harsh way to force PC gamers to use this service, but Valve enforced the installation of a little program called Steam with Half Life 2 many years ago, and it worked for them. Microsoft are learning from the best, hoping to take back some of that market share that Steam have cornered.

The more people forced into using Games for Windows LIVE the better, yes it is another piece of software running in the background hogging your gigabytes of RAM, but it builds communities, and that is what keeps us happy and playing, and of course, keeps us increasing our gamerscore. Bring on Windows Mobile 7 with LIVE & gamerscore intergration!

BioShock 2 PC Requirements

Recommended:

■Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Dual Core 2.60Ghz, Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Dual Core 2.13Ghz

■Memory: 3GB

■Graphics: NVIDIA 8800GT 512MB graphics card or better, ATI Radeon HD4830 512MB graphics card or better

Other Requirements:

■Initial installation requires one-time internet connection.

■Ability to save game, earn achievements, receive title updates and online play requires log-in to Games for Windows LIVE.

■Software installations required including Microsoft Visual C++2008 Runtime Libraries, Games for Windows LIVE client, Games for Windows LIVE Client Patch, Sony DADC SecuROM, Microsoft DirectX.

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