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Common Sense Media says

Philosophical shooter brims with mature ideas -- and content

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Parent of a 13 year old Written bytrustedreviewman February 9, 2010

NO KIDS? Why does i say that above?

This game is alot less worse than the first one. It says "blood gushes from wounds," the blood is so mild that the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) didn't even bother to put "and gore" on the rating. Language got you iffy, while in the game if you pause it go down to Voice Volume and set it to 0. Sexual themes shouldn't even be a descriptor, it's so mild that even the Legend of Zelda has some of these "Sexual Themes."
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Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom June 8, 2010

A very frightening and violent game.

Bioshock is a really popular game. But its not for kids. The violence is extreme, With lots of blood and drilling. Not for the faint hearted. Its one of the most violent first person shooters that exist, Its around about the Dead space level, Its too violent for most immature people. Sexual content is only suggestive, and you won't notice much. Language has a certain amount but not severe. Drugs are terrible in this. Lots of injections. Its mature
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Adult Written bymirandaclara.s October 17, 2010

Better for high school kids, not so much for children.

Although there is a wonderful story line, the violence in this game prevents me from putting this as an 'on'. Some parts can be a tad bit frightening thus I'd recommended it for teenagers and older.
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Teen, 15 years old Written byNicoDeJaVu March 25, 2011

Such a good game

I find when playing this game the act of "Fatherly Love" subject Delta has is very heart felt and saving little sisters is very refreshing. After saving them you feel good, like going through all the mess to get there (ex: killing splicers) was worth it just to free the poor baby girl. Though my stance may be like this because my little sister is the same age. This game offers a bit less fear than the first game, probably considering you are now a giant, powerful big daddy.
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Too much swearing
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written bymaniacalmayhem September 28, 2010

Good for older teens, but younger children may find it too dark and intense.

This game is great, really fun to play. Although it can be rather bloody (albeit mostly just the Drill weapon), it isn't the worst I've seen. There is a lot of swearing. Lots of drinking and some smoking, and you can become drunk from drinking too fast. Biggest thing for younger people is that it can be rather scary at times, and may give them nightmares, and seeing little girls drink blood from corpses can be rather disturbing. Not much in the way of sex besides dialogue and some posters in the brothel area. Surprisingly philosophical in its messages, especially with all the talk from the antagonist of coming together and ridding oneself of the individual.
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Teen, 16 years old Written byxXPark3rXx February 13, 2010

Would you kindly?

Bioshock was mostly story driven and this one is no different. You will become emotionally attached to the characters in this game unless you are heartless. This game is not meant for kids at all. There isn't gore, but there is blood. And lots of it. You can drill enemies with a metal drill ( In reality this would rip a person into pieces) but only blood is visible and the character you drill is still in one piece. Like I said, not for kids. This one isn't as disturbing as the last and there are no major plot twists like W.Y.K. (Would you kindly?) If you have played the first one you must play the second.
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Too much violence
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Educational value
Great messages
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Teen, 13 years old Written byHeresWhatIThink June 11, 2010

Your kid, your call

This is a work of art. BioShock 2 is an outstanding game with an incredible storyline, great message, and intuitive gameplay. That being said, it is definitely NOT appropriate for younger children. The language can be an issue if you are against cursing. I found it terrifying to play near my parents as I was constantly afraid a curse would blare out of the speakers. They can be avoided by turning off the dialogue, but then you miss some of the deep storyline. The violence is also brutal, but to be expected in an FPS. As for whether or not it's appropriate for your child, that really is up to you. I find the reviewers here are far too conservative, and the "Not for Kids" rating this game received is much too harsh. The sexual content is almost non-existent, and the cursing mainly comes from the enemies that angrily barrel at you. This is not to say the language isn't all over, it's just not as bad as many think it to be. The game teaches moral values and the importance of family and love, and the player influences the ending in a big way, depending on his or her actions. Unfortunately, many children will not be able to experience this amazing title due to the massive amounts of violence and cursing. In the end, it all depends on your child's maturity level. Talk to them about it, and make your own decision. They are, after all, your kids. I feel you know them better than I do.
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Too much violence
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Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written bySaad1Khan November 17, 2014

Fine is Ok

Lot more violent than Bioshock Infinite.
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Kid, 11 years old December 14, 2013

I LIKE IT.

Just by looking at the pictures give you chills this game is really creepy so have a hard stomach against ugly blood covered eneimes too and also a like the design for the main charater
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Too much violence
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Teen, 13 years old Written byCWG1 March 31, 2013

A scary and violent game.... but not a problem if your kid can handle violence.

A game that likes to scare you while still lure you in. The game has a great story with characters and monsters that are interesting and scare you. This game has some mild language and not really much sexual themes it did not really have much of anything to worry about at all. You are also able to pick up alcohol and drink to the point where your screen is tipsy, but not really a problem. The violence is the only thing I see being a problem with some parents this game contains strong instances of horror violence that might scare kids. You have the ability to Freeze, burn, shock, use a massive drill, shoot rivets, spears and many other ways to kill your opponent. The violence though should not be a problem if your kid can handle it My 9 year old sister plays this and does not get scared or bother her. If this were rated as movies are rate it would be R : Strong Horror Violence and Gore, use of drugs and alcohol. some disturbing images, and language.
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Great messages
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Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byMavrah333 August 9, 2015

This sequel is more of everything. More big daddy, more lore, more thoughts, and more gore.

Arguably better than the original, BioShock 2 is a slightly more thought provoking entry in the series. With more challenge, more characters, and more weapons, BioShock 2 is, I feel, a great sequel. While not as great as some FPS classics such as Half Life 2, BioShock 2 is the game that makes you think, more so than its predecessor.
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Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much sex
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Teen, 15 years old Written bykyleReeselives June 7, 2015

better be good

Now granted, this is a very violent game. You are required to kill people known as splicers who have gone insane, who are ultra-violent. However, it's only ever out of self defense unlike most games. There are little girls named little sisters in this game, who have been corrupted by the drug that has been created by the splicers. Whenever you get a little sister, you can choose to rescue or harvest her. Harvesting will kill them while rescuing them will make them become human again. If you harvest them, then peoples already hateful view on you will worsen and you'll get no reward, also, in the end, you get a bad ending, so there's consequences for doing the wrong thing. If you instead rescue them, they will reward you with valuables and peoples view on you will change for the better, and in the end, you'll get a good ending. Also, there are people throughout who you can choose weather or not to kill. Should you spare them, their view, as well as the view of others will become more positive toward you as they realize that you can still be good when they at first thought you were a mindless slave, while killing them will have the same effect as harvesting a little sister. All in all, like the first bioshock, good deeds are rewarded while bad deeds like unjust murder and revenge are punished and not rewarded.
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Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byAlfTrademarked November 21, 2013

BioShock 2- NOT FOR KIDS!

THIS GAME IS NOT FOR KIDS! I have only played around 5 hours of the game and I can see so far it involves picking up these mental beings and drilling massive gory holes through their stomachs. It is possible to raid underwater banks and hack into security. The game involves strong Laungage and is extremely scary and will upset younger viewers. You can smoke and drink in it. All in all,I would say that if I was a parent I would only buy this for my kid 13 and up.
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Too much consumerism
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Teen, 16 years old Written bybrieona May 27, 2013

One of the few sequels in media that's even better than the original.

This game is similar to the first in the series in terms of gameplay, but comes with more choices and a better plot. The player's goal is to reunite with Eleanor Lamb, the Little Sister they were separated from ten years earlier. The opening cutscene shows how they were separated and is likely the most upsetting part of the game: Sofia, Eleanor's mother, has the player hypnotized and forces him to shoot himself while Eleanor watches in terror. After this, the violence lowers to the level one could expect from a first-person shooter. As in the first game, the player must harvest or rescue Little Sisters in order to gain the ADAM (a type of currency) required to progress. They are encouraged to harvest, which results in more ADAM but kills the Little Sister and results in one of the game's bad endings; saving the Little Sisters cures them, but the player gets less ADAM, although they will get one of the good endings of the game. There are also three characters who can be killed or spared (and the action taken here will also affect the ending): a woman who calls you a monster and just about dares you to kill her, a man who once hurt Eleanor, and a man who has gone clinically insane and begs to be killed. Near the end of the game, Sofia smothers Eleanor in a last attempt to prevent the player from reuniting with her, but her plan is foiled. There are six endings to the game, as Eleanor's actions are directly tied to those of the player. She may choose to save or drown her mother, and if the player has chosen an evil path, she too will become evil and think nothing of it. This game really made me think. I couldn't stop thinking about how Eleanor took it for granted that I would be "raising" her correctly, and how easily she accepted that whatever path I took, it was the "right" one. I think every teen should play this game.
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Great messages
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old March 14, 2013

Not good for small kids.

Parents need to know that BioShock 2 is an extremely violent shooter with several adult elements, including profane language, suggestive sexuality, and excessive use of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. The player’s character kills enemies in decidedly bloody ways (such as with a giant drill), visits desolate strip clubs with suggestive posters, and consumes copious quantities of alcohol, cigarettes, and mind and body enhancing genetic drugs known as “plasmids.” The game also features unfiltered online play, which opens the door to verbal attacks, even more profanity, and the sharing of personal information with strangers. Positive messages This game is chock full of adult themes, including violence, sexuality, and substance abuse. However, it also has interesting things to say about consumerism, a strong philosophical dialogue that will make players ponder extreme ideologies, and even offers a subtle commentary on women’s rights. Clearly, many of these ideas will likely be overlooked by younger players, who will naturally gravitate toward the action, but mature audiences will find a surprisingly cerebral web of ideas at play. Positive role models Our protagonist, a “Big Daddy,” is a bit of a mystery at first. A genetic experiment, it initially seems as though he’s little more than a mindless slave following orders to do violence, but he quickly proves his free will. He then embarks on a mission to reunite with one of the game’s Little Sisters, little girls that have been chemically conditioned to form a daughterly bond with Big Daddies. Players have the option of curing these girls, restoring them to their former adorable selves, or harvesting them for precious stem cells known as ADAM. Consequently, whether your Big Daddy is a hero or just another of the city’s villains is largely up to you. Ease of play Three levels of difficulty ensure that players of all skill levels will have an appropriately challenging experience. The controls are a bit more complex than your average shooter, but they’ve been well designed and implemented. It just takes a bit of patience. Violence Players use a variety of guns, a drill, and “plasmids” -- powers that let them shoot ice, fire, and electricity from their hands -- to kill their enemies. Blood gushes from wounds, especially when enemies are drilled, and can be seen splashed across the floor. Certain abilities allow players to kill enemies in more unusual ways, such as freezing and then shattering them. Most characters scream and writhe in pain when struck. Sex The act of sex isn’t shown, but players will hear suggestive dialogue between prospective mates and visit a strip club in ruins. Strip club posters on the city’s walls show women in slightly revealing clothes and advertise that time with women can be purchased. Language Strong spoken language is present throughout. Examples of words heard while playing include: “f--k,” “s--t,” and “c-nt,” among many others. Consumerism There are no recognizable brands, but the city is plastered with hundreds of ads for a wide variety of fictitious products. Astute players will realize that this is, in fact, a commentary on our consumer culture. Drinking, drugs, & smoking The protagonist drinks alcoholic beverages and smokes cigarettes. These substances can affect his vision, but also offer rewards, such as increased health. Some “tonics” -- essentially character perks -- will augment the effect, including one called Booze Hound. Also note that the game’s “plasmids” are essentially mind and body altering drugs, and many of the enemies in the game have been driven mad by injecting themselves with too many. Close What's it about? Set ten years after events of the original, BIOSHOCK 2 sends players back to Rapture, an underwater metropolis that was founded based on principles of extreme capitalism and individualism. It’s now 1970, and the city has lain in chaotic ruins for the last decade. Its doped up denizens have come under the thumb of Sophia Lamb, a brilliant but insane psychologist who teaches her crazed, cult-like followers that extreme collectivism is the right way to go. Players journey through this underwater madhouse as a Big Daddy. A major facet of the original game, Big Daddies are genetically altered men who have been surgically grafted to the interiors of hulking dive suits. They bond with and zealously protect Little Sisters, tragic little girls that have been conditioned to search out and extract ADAM -- valuable stem cells -- from the city’s many corpses. The very first of his kind, our Big Daddy is on a mission to find the girl he bonded with years ago and reaffirm his free will, which leads to multiple moral dilemmas. Is it any good? 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. This game is not good for small kids. Explore, discuss, enjoy Families can talk about consumerism and how it has changed (or perhaps hasn’t) in the 50 years since the civilization in BioShock’s Rapture was at its peak. When you see the city’s walls covered in old-fashioned posters advertising better health, tighter skin, and animal magnetism via simple injections, do you laugh at the idea or does some part of you wish such products existed? Despite its fantastical setting, does this game say something about our culture? Families can also discuss the ideologies presented in the game. Rapture was originally ruled by a man who was against socialism and government, but without laws and moral referees,ac his citizens went mad with greed and self-idolatry. Now it’s ruled by a woman who reveres a collective society, but she’s taken it too far as well, reducing people to little more than cogs in a machine. Is there a happy middle? Does our culture represent it? Do we lean one way or another?
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Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written byEpicplayaa September 15, 2012

Good

Well this game has good role play for kids cause it teaches them the right thing to pretect and love something specail But lots of drugs like smoking drinking and that stuff the only sex thing that are in it is like you can see some strip culb signs and sutff like them getting ready to take of there close but there is really nothing sex about this game PS Buy it
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Kid, 11 years old May 12, 2010

awesome for non scaredy cats

too scarey the first time ive played bio shock it gave me nightmares for 2 days
Teen, 13 years old Written byBucketHead811 February 22, 2010
Ya ya ya, this reviewer is way to harsh on this game.. CommonSense under rates movies but WAY overrates video games.. I have no idea why.. Violence. Nothing different from the 1st game. Language.. About the same as the first one.. Is not over the top at all.. Sexual themes? wow.. Suggestive pics but no nudity.. Fine for anyone 14+.
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Too much violence
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Kid, 12 years old May 30, 2013

THE TRUTH

I have beat this game twice and play online and all I have to say that esrb sucks! I played this game when I was 8 and I thought that the game was deep and moving. In the game, you are a big daddy, a person changed into a machine built to protect little sisters. When you break out of your mind control, you need to find your little sister before you die. I know what you parents aew worried about, "oh there is sex even with a guy who is trapped in. A suit that is locked on him!" Come on. There is a heavy violence and fear factor though. there is any type from a long range machine gun, to a hand to hand drill. YOU WILL SEE BLOOD! But there is no guts. There is heavy cursing, but you can turn the audio off, BUT IT WILL DRASTICALLY TAKE AWAY FROM THE GAME! It has drugs and alcohol. You can drink and smoke, BUT THESE ARE OPTIONAL! There is a drug you have to take called adam, a drug that changes your genetic code to give you powers. But what are your kids going to do. They should know that drugs are horrible It has a really good moral. You have chioces to kill little sisters for more adam, or you can save them, and get a smaller amount of adam. You also have chioces to spare or kill people who have made things difficult or may have helped make you a big daddy. Thae way you act shapes how your daughter will act. If you are good. She is giod. If you are neutral, she is neutral. If your evil, they wull see the haneous ending to show how horrible evil is. All and all, this should be an 8+ game. Hope this was helpfull!
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Teen, 14 years old Written bysuperfasturtle April 30, 2013

Excellent Game

I have played(and finished) the game twice, a must get. A decent amount of bloody violence is featured in the game. You can also decide how you play(good guy, bad guy) which has an effect on the games amazing ending
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