By Marc Saltzman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Superb but gory gameplay in first-person shooter.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players are forced to make moral choices, such as whether or not to kill "Little Sisters" (needle-toting girls) to absorb their powers.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of shooting, gore, and blood, including the option to kill mutated little girls. You can use regular weapons including shotguns, machine guns, grenades, and crossbows; as well as special powers, thanks to Plasmids, including incineration, insect swarm, ice blast, lightning strike, and more. Some of the puzzle solving is about how to kill your enemy, such as giving enemies a fatal electric shock by using your lightning strike power on water they're standing on.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The game contains a strip club that is advertised throughout various levels. There is no sexual activity but at one point you will see the ghost of a brutally murdered stripper laying on a bed.
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Examples include "f--k," "s--t," "Goddammit," "hell," "bastard," "son of a bitch," and "piss."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
You can drink alcohol in the game, which affects your vision and performance, as well as shoot up with a needle to obtain special powers. There are also advertisements for smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game contains graphic violence and gore, and the controversial option to harvest "Little Sisters," mutated 10-year-old girls who extract a coveted fluid called "Adam" from dead people. The game presents you with a moral dilemma: Kill a girl for the most "Adam," or save her life for less. Choosing the latter yields payoffs including bonus items and support from other characters. This game is adult in nature across the board with some sexual overtones, foul language, and references to alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs.
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wow this game is amazing for 07
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Good Game Awesome For Mature Kids
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What’s It About?
2K Games' BIOSHOCK from 2K Games begins with you as a survivor of a plane crash in the North Atlantic. After swimming to shore through flaming debris, you find a lighthouse with an elevator that takes you on a one-way ride down into Rapture, a hidden underwater city that has been torn apart by civil war. Not only must you find a way out alive in this non-linear underwater world dominated by biologically mutated citizens, robotic enforcers, and little girls who steal life-giving fluid from the dead, but you have to solve the mystery of what happened here. You can biologically modify your body to create superhuman weapons, and dozens of unique plasmids and gene tonics (often found in vending machines throughout this world) must be consumed to enhance your abilities.
Is It Any Good?
BioShock is an exhilarating adventure that breaks new ground in interactive storytelling and digital art design. More so than any other game in recent memory, it is dripping with atmosphere and intrigue, and it's one of those rare titles where story, dialogue, and character development are just as important as the action sequences. Xbox 360 players who are 17 or older will not want to miss out on this extraordinary interactive adventure.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how the game introduces very mature themes. Could the game makers have delivered the same kind of visceral experience without pushing the mature envelope? And how about the moral decision to kill or save the "Little Sisters"? Do you become heartless when choosing to kill them or is this acceptable within a game setting, especially given its creepy sci-fi context?
- Platforms: Xbox 360, Windows
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: 2K Games
- Release date: August 20, 2007
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- ESRB rating: M for blood and gore, drug reference, intense violence, sexual themes, strong language
- Last updated: November 4, 2015
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