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BioShock Infinite Reviews Soar

The unfortunate inequitable review embargo for BioShock Infinite has expired, and viewpoints on Irrational Games' shooter prequel can now compete with each other for supremacy, just as Andrew Ryan would have wanted. Metacritic currently shows the game with 31 positive critic's reviews and a 95 metascore, which is in the rarified air of the best reviewed games of all time, including the original BioShock, which is one of seven PC games with a metascore of 96. As of now there are no user reviews, as the game is not due until tomorrow.

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11. Re: BioShock Infinite Reviews Soar Mar 25, 2013, 12:58 Flatline
Prez wrote on Mar 25, 2013, 12:31:
If Bioshock is a '96%' then what would System Shock be? 110%? Don't get me wrong, Bioshock was a great game, but System Shock was a good deal better. Shodan was so much better of a villain, and the RPG aspects of System Shock were superior to that of Bioshock.

I'm replaying SS2 right now. Enemies that respawn in your field of view, dated graphics engine even at it's release date (mods help this A LOT), a clunky interface, weapons that are unrealistically fragile like toilet paper (A conscious design decision granted), a *terrible* ending after one of the most awesome final levels of all time (and if you're not a hacker, I hope you saved 3 ICE picks, or the game is impossible to finish)...

SS2 is one of my favorite games of all-time, but technically it was a mess. The gameplay isn't particularly smooth or constant, level design was pretty utilitarian, intentionally, and the Body of the Many was a total stumble, even when the game came out. It's got some wrinkles and warts on it.

Compared to Bioshock, it's does less of what it wants to achieve than Bioshock did, although they oddly enough suffered from bad pacing and story for the last 1/4 of the game. Go figure. I don't suggest System Shock 2 universally- I know there's people that absolutely will not like it. Bioshock is a far easier suggestion however for most gamers.
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