Parents' Guide to

BioShock: The Collection

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Mature, philosophy-focused shooters have bloody violence.

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

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age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 11+


I played the first one when I was 4 and holy moses I loved, then I played the 2nd and 3rd one, eventually I heard these gruesome ass games were remastered in a collection. Re-doing the graphics made these phenomenal games better. (Note:The first one is known as one of the top 10 games ever made by several critics)
age 18+

Amazing Collection of Bioshock 1 2 and Infinite

This is a game collection of the original Bioshock, Bioshock 2, and Bioshock infinite. It also include's the Bioshock 2 DLC Minerva's den, and the Bioshock Infinite DLC Burial at sea. And these games might be very cool, but they are not for kids. These games have a lot of violence, have a lot of swearing, has both sexual and drug references. You can drink alcohol and get drunk as a result. A couple of kids in the game smoke cigarettes. And the social/political backdrop of one fictional city, set in the year 1912, has the use of derogatory ethnic/racial terms. So all in all, I think that this game is amazing but shouldn't be played by kids under the age of 18.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (11 ):

Mature players can't do much better than getting these three critically acclaimed and remastered games for the price of one. All three titles in BioShock: The Collection provide players with rich, fascinating, and immersive worlds that benefit from genius art direction, ensuring players will remember the cities of Rapture and Columbia long after the credits role. More than that, they'll remember the characters and stories within them. These games tackle some substantial themes in their quest to critique the concept of utopia and several of the last century's more controversial ideas and ideologies. Some scenes -- including one in which an interracial couple is about to be stoned -- are deliberately hard to watch, especially given the game's interactive nature and first-person perspective. But it's all meant to evoke an emotional and cerebral response within the player of a sort not typically associated with big-budget action games. And all three games succeed in this endeavor more often than not.

The only really disappointing thing about the collection is that not much has been added to the games beyond some graphical sprucing up. Each one has been remastered in 1080p and runs at a smooth 60 frames per second. There's no question they look better than they ever did on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. And all the downloadable packs have been included (though the multiplayer component from the second game has been removed). Beyond that, the only additional content is a director's commentary from creator Ken Levine. Otherwise, there's not much to lure anyone who's already experienced these great games. That said, those unacquainted with BioShock -- including older teens who were too young to play them when they first came out -- are in for a treat. There's no better way to experience these modern classics.

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