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Bioshock: The Collection Review

November 17th, 2016 by


Who didn’t love the first Bioshock when it came out? The second one a bit less, and then taking to the skies with infinite?

Well, that’s a broad statement, I’m sure there are plenty of people who did indeed have issue with any of those three games. But critically, they were lauded, and in my mind, rightly so. Bioshock was the first ‘first person shooter’ I ever completed and that ever kept my attention, the story grabbed me and never let me go. I know it was the same for a lot of people. So When I was told the Xbox One release of ‘Bioshock: The Collection’ Was headed my way for a review, I was pretty damn excited. I couldn’t wait to see a next gen Rapture, I was overjoyed at the thought of the skies around Columbia.

I put the discs into my XBONE, I installed… waiting, quite eager.

I was a bit… underwhelmed.


My plane crashed, and I was in the water… the game was a bit brighter, sure. And there was a bit more detail to the textures, but… it wasn’t anything that made me even get close to a wow… more of a ‘huh!’

I even got a couple of friends who are Bioshock mad over to take a peep, their wedding was even Bioshock themed… they were underwhelmed too…

The games themselves have ported over nicely, and there’s a immediate familiarity. For players who played the originals, the environments and the controls inside them are instantly pick upable, and I was switching plasmids and weapons freely quite quickly. Gunplay is still a little clunky, but it’s how the fans of the franchise loved it, and it’s not changed.

I think that’s my problem. Not enough has changed. It’s amazing to have definitive editions on current gen console with all dlc included straight out of the box, but, that’s it. There’s nothing really outstanding. You could get everything here at a fraction of the price and not see much difference visually.


I couldn’t give Bioshock a low score if I tried, but I can’t in good conscience say that this re-master is a world beater. It’s solid, and dammit it’s Bioshock, with all the bells and whistles and DLC, and for a gamer, that’s quite a hunk of content.

Midlife Gamer Rating: 6/10     Format: PlayStation 4 / Xbox One / PC     Release Date: Out Now

Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided with a digital copy of  The Bioshock Collection for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of  a week . For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.



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