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Reviews: BioShock 2 Video Review

The Big Daddies are drillin', while Rapture is chillin', under the sea.

Giant Bomb delivers the final word on video games in podcast form.

Feb. 9 2010

Cast: Jeff

Posted by: Vinny

In This Episode:

BioShock 2

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Sweet!

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this game creeps me out

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Glad to see Bioshock has gone the funky trip hop route with the sequel. Why is there a backing track to the review is what i is saying.

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I love watching the Bioshock 2 ad while waiting for my Bioshock 2 video review to load so I can see how good Bioshock 2 is, Bioshock 2.

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might grab this.

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Edited By NeutralNature

"Bioshock II is a successful package", says the website with a promotion deal.

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I think I'm going to wait until the summer to play BioShock 2.
 
There are too many games in the next few months and this just seems so contrived.

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@NeutralNature said:
" "Bioshock II is a successful package", says the website with a promotion deal. "
I just want to make sure I understand: You're actually trying to call Jeff out on being influenced by an advertisement deal?
 
I just
 
I just want to make sure we all understand what you're trying to say
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Edited By df

great, been waiting for this!

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@NeutralNature said:

" "Bioshock II is a successful package", says the website with a promotion deal. "

Congrats on successfully being an ass. 
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Edited By Reverseface

THE SPLICERS ARE SCARED OF AUDIO DEVICES AND THEY ARE ALSO T-TOTAL THAT EXSPLAINS IT!

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@NeutralNature: Major comment fail, dude.
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Edited By MetalGearSunny

Sold.

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Wait, are there Bioshock 2 ads? I havn't seen any. 
 
Also glad to see it's a good game.
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Edited By RocketCoinT

good review jeff. although even watching all these clips of the game and good reviews...i still dont want to play bioshock 2. cant put my finger on it

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@sirchode said:
" @NeutralNature said:
" "Bioshock II is a successful package", says the website with a promotion deal. "
I just want to make sure I understand: You're actually trying to call Jeff out on being influenced by an advertisement deal? I just  I just want to make sure we all understand what you're trying to say "
Looks like this person may not be aware of Jeff's, and this site's,  history.
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Edited By SonicBoyster
@NeutralNature: You clearly have no idea who is reviewing this game.  You might want to go ahead and punch Jeff Gerstmann into Wikipedia or Google and see what comes up.
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Edited By Guexx

damn good review

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Edited By K_PhaNTOM

Definitely getting this one. My surround sounds is gonna get the neighbors pissed, and me wetting my pants.

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Edited By alConn

Good video review, enjoyed the in-depth look at both the campaign and MP.

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Good Review!

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Edited By jacksukeru

My only problem with Bioshock 2 so far is the thing where you have to protect the little sister from an onslaught of enemies, I hated that part in the first game. 
 
Then again, if she's still a little sister she should be invincible so maybe that's not as bad.

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Jeff says Sophia lamb doesn't show up at all in Bioshock 1.  I seem to remember a whole subplot involving her and her creation and care taking of the little sisters.  Am I confused?  I could swear that there was a whole couple of missions around her.

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@NeutralNature said:
" "Bioshock II is a successful package", says the website with a promotion deal. "

1. He is Jeff Gerstmann. Google him and then you'll realise how dumb your post was.

2. Obviously, the game is bad if it needs to promote itself. Only Dragon Age got a full 5 from those that were promoted with a banner here.

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@donaldkhogan said:
" Jeff says Sophia lamb doesn't show up at all in Bioshock 1.  I seem to remember a whole subplot involving her and her creation and care taking of the little sisters.  Am I confused?  I could swear that there was a whole couple of missions around her. "
You're thinking of Dr. Tenenbaum. 
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@Ghostiet said:
"@NeutralNature said:
" "Bioshock II is a successful package", says the website with a promotion deal. "

1. He is Jeff Gerstmann. Google him and then you'll realise how dumb your post was.

2. Obviously, the game is bad if it needs to promote itself. Only Dragon Age got a full 5 from those that were promoted with a banner here.

"

Just so u know the shoe is on the other foot.  Where as when he was with ummm "another site" he did not own it, where as now he does so having ads and making good reviews would be benifical to the company and him self.  I for one dont think he did this, I REPETE I DONT THINK HE DID.   
    I just wanted to clear that up that he is in a different postion here compared to back then.  Where u made it sound as if it was the same senario.  Which it is not, as jeff would have a personal benifit of running ads and putting up a good review for a site sponsor.  I REPETE AGAIN I DO NOT THINK HE DID THAT but wanted to clear up what u said.
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@NeutralNature: Wow /facepalm 
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@ Everybody who responded to NeutralNature
 
I love Giantbomb so much. You guys are the greatest.

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@NeutralNature said:
" "Bioshock II is a successful package", says the website with a promotion deal. "
If that was the case, the game would have gotten a 5/5 not 4/5.
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Edited By ecofriend

Wow, I really enjoyed this video review. Well done!
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That train stuff sounds super lame.

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Why am I seeing an ad for this game before its video review?

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Edited By Moth_Pope

Nice use of the word 'factoid' in this review.
 
I really liked the setting and surroundings of Bioshock 1. Probably one of the best game settings there is... but I just hated playing it. I didn't really like how it controlled or even how enemies looked and animated. I was only about 3 chapters in before I stopped completely.
 
A few of my friends really liked it and recommended I finish it, but I don't get on with it. Sadly that gives me zero interest in Bioshock 2 - despite how cool the surroundings are (although, like Milkman said, the train stuff sounds really weak).

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fantastic review
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@RockSteady said:
"fantastic review "
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Whereas Ryan and Brad tend to write/review in an almost academic fashion, Jeff never fails to actually get the message across. 
Don't get me wrong, it's still  well-written/presented, but in a way so that i truly understand what's the deal. 
Again, i don't want to utter unjust words about Ryan and Brad's scholastic style. 
It's what makes them unique individuals.
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Man the only thing I remember from Bioshock 1 is the Andrew Ryan a man chooses bit.

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@Milkman said:
" That train stuff sounds super lame. "
But, but...kids love trains! 
 
It sounds like everything that made the first game great tried to be duplicated here, which doesn't work when most of that stuff is story and setting.  
 
Great review, Jeff.
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@GunnBjorn said:
" Whereas Ryan and Brad tend to write/review in an almost academic fashion, Jeff never fails to actually get the message across. Don't get me wrong, it's still  well-written/presented, but in a way so that i truly understand what's the deal. Again, i don't want to utter unjust words about Ryan and Brad's scholastic style. It's what makes them unique individuals. "
 
just say what you meant plainly:
"Jeff is cool. Brad and Ryan are geek-nerds."
you wouldnt be wrong. Jeff knows Ice Cube lyrics and makes his own music i hear.
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Excellent review, Jeff.
 
I hope the PC version's graphics textures look better than what we see here.

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Edited By goulash_enjoyer

I'm glad I got lucky with Gamefly on this one.  This does not look like a buy.  I should have only rented the first one, as well.

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A man chooses, but a slave obeys. Now would you kindly purchase 10 copies of bioshock 2.

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@Shadow said:
" Why am I seeing an ad for this game before its video review? "
I don't see any ads. 
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@Ubiquitous said:
"

A man chooses, but a slave obeys. Now would you kindly purchase 10 copies of bioshock 2.

"

That Pavlovian conditiong trick will not work on me, pall.
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@wickedsc3 said:
" @Ghostiet said:
"@NeutralNature said:
" "Bioshock II is a successful package", says the website with a promotion deal. "

1. He is Jeff Gerstmann. Google him and then you'll realise how dumb your post was.

2. Obviously, the game is bad if it needs to promote itself. Only Dragon Age got a full 5 from those that were promoted with a banner here.

"
Just so u know the shoe is on the other foot.  Where as when he was with ummm "another site" he did not own it, where as now he does so having ads and making good reviews would be benifical to the company and him self.  I for one dont think he did this, I REPETE I DONT THINK HE DID.       I just wanted to clear that up that he is in a different postion here compared to back then.  Where u made it sound as if it was the same senario.  Which it is not, as jeff would have a personal benifit of running ads and putting up a good review for a site sponsor.  I REPETE AGAIN I DO NOT THINK HE DID THAT but wanted to clear up what u said. "
Keep in mind, they only tend to accept adds of games that they themselves are interested in. Thus ensuring that most every game they review, they liked. At least, that's what was said on the podcast.
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Edited By JoelTGM

Sounds like the story isn't so good, and story is all I played Bioshock for.  I don't care if they improved the gameplay of Bioshock 2 if the story is just forced.

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Edited By Egge

A very meaty, substantial video review which gave me all the info I needed about the game. Great work, Jeff!

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@Meatsim said:
" Man the only thing I remember from Bioshock 1 is the Andrew Ryan a man chooses bit. "
Why does everyone seem to remember that bit but not the other awesome RyanRants?
 
For example, ahem...
Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?  NO says the man in Washington, in belongs to the poor.  NO says the man in the Vatican, it belongs to God.  NO says the man in the Kremlin, it belongs to everyone.
 
Also...
So, which one of the bitches sent you?
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Edited By haggis

I thought the written review was a little disconnected from the score (the review seemed to make the negatives more blatant then they were). But the video review is much better.