Parents' Guide to

BioShock 2

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Philosophical shooter brims with mature ideas -- and content

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (23 ):
Kids say (55 ):

Like its predecessor, BioShock 2 delivers a surprisingly brainy narrative. Its exploration of what happens when political ideologies are taken to extremes, commentary on consumerism (the citizens of Rapture literally drove themselves mad with greed), and simple yet surprisingly moving examination of a Big Daddy’s fatherly affection for a Little Sister -- is it real? Artificial? Does it really matter? -- are the sort of subjects traditionally better tackled in movies and books than games.

This brain food comes even as the game sates our animal sides. The visceral combat, which includes new and improved “plasmid” abilities, intense siege scenarios during which we protect adopted Little Sisters, and challenging boss battles against a fast-moving new enemy dubbed Big Sister, stands toe-to-toe with that of any other adult-oriented shooter. Extreme violence and intellectual thought may seem like strange bedfellows, but 2K has proven that the two can fit snugly and satisfyingly together.

Online interaction: This game features online multiplayer with open voice chat, which means players could be exposed to verbal attacks and profanity and share personal information. Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for pre-teens.

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