Bioshock has always been one of our favourite series out there. The setting, the emotional rides, and the fantastic storytelling have offered experiences like no other. Although we doubt we will ever play another new Bioshock, at least we have the Bioshock: The Collection to see us through this generation of gaming. The collection comes with all 3 titles, being Bioshock, Bioshock 2, and Bioshock Infinite. The games have all of their DLC packed into them, the only thing missing is Bioshock 2’s multiplayer mode. With so many video game collections around, what makes Bioshock: The Collection so special?
Platforms: Xbox One, Windows 10, PC
Reviewed On: PS4
Developer: Irrational Games, 2K Marin, 2K Australia
Publisher: 2K Games
Distributor: Prima Interactive
Release Date: 13 September 2016
Those who have played a Bioshock game before, would know how immersive the experience is. We have never really been transported to a world as unique as those portrayed in the Bioshock series. From the underwater city of Rapture, to the floating city of Columbia. Each game in the collection looks great, and although the original game, which was released back in 2007, looks a bit aged, it still brings the world of Rapture to life.
All three games in the series offer full achievement and trophy support on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and they all render at full 1080p, 60fps. As much as this is a change for console owners, the PC versions had these features for some time already. Regardless, it is still great to have all three games packed together, and playable on current hardware. The PS4 and Xbox One versions come on two discs, with Bioshock, and Bioshock 2 on one disc, and Bioshock: Infinite on another. The games also require quite the hefty disk space at close to 80GB. The two discs mean that you can delete the first two games when you are done with them.
All three games play extremely well on PS4, with very little issues across the collection. We had a few freezing problems on the original game, but the game kicked back in after a few seconds of waiting. Other than that, the game collection cannot be faulted for any major issues. Bioshock Infinite looks the best out of them all, and the game’s setting really comes to life in 1080p, with combat benefiting from the higher frame rate in the game. The extra episodic content in Bioshock Infinite, gave us an opportunity to play through the extra content that we missed out on when the game released on PS3.
Even without the multiplayer in Bioshock 2, the game has so much to offer, with a couple of DLC packs added into the collection. Again, we missed out on this DLC when the game originally released, so we got to finally experience Minerva’s Den in all its glory. The experience feels like an epic trilogy that will bring all the emotions rushing back to you. It is like binge watching your favourite movie frachise, all now remastered in HD, with stunning sound and visuals.
The most interesting addition to the games, must be the new museum mode, which lets you take a trip through a collection of assets from the past games. Here you will get to see actual character models, concept art, and a little description to what the developers were thinking, and why the enemy, or asset did not make it into the game. It is fascinating to witness. If you are a fan of the series, it will add new appreciation to the games from the past. There is also developer commentary that you can collect in the game. This will play a short video clip showing an interview between Geoff Keighley, and the game’s director, and various art and character artists.
Bioshock: The Collection is probably one of the greatest game collections to grace the current generation of consoles. It goes and takes a seat next to the likes of The Nathan Drake Collection, of which both deserved to be packed into one experience, to remind us how much we are missing games like these.