Never played Bioshock before…

(Contains some Spoilers for Bioshock) 

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Well… As the title says it… I have never played the original Bioshock. I remember buying it about 4 years ago at Future Shop (I live in Canada, eh!) and playing through to just before entering Rapture Central Control. I also bought Oblivion along with Bioshock and I remember never again playing Bioshock from that moment on. I knew that if I started playing Oblivion I would most likely stop playing Bioshock; so I held off for a while. But I got the itch to just play Oblivion. And that was a mistake.

Sidetracked by Oblivion

Oblivion sucked me right in. I couldn’t let go of the game. I was hooked. I was in college then and it was very difficult for me to balance my work and play both Oblivion and Modern Warfare 2. So…I ended up skipping a whole lot of classes and staying at home to play both of these games. Bioshock was left aside and was forgotten. Until one of my friends from college said that he had dinner with one of the developers of this game just a couple of weeks ago. From then on it was like this really small nagging tick on the back of my head telling me to play Bioshock.

So many new games have passed through my hands from that time. And the ticking never left, it just got stronger and stronger and stronger. It was about a week ago when I decided to boot it up. Actually that is incorrect… my friend came into my home and forced me to install it and play it. I can`t say that since then Bioshock is all I have been playing because that would be a lie. I have been playing Black ops 2, PlayStation All-stars, and a bit of Battlefield 3. But over all… my full attention has not been on the Bioshock.

Then I Got Hooked by Bioshock

Until the part where it started getting interesting and they killed Atlas`s family. Since that part I have been hooked. Completely hooked like a fish without any hope of survival. If you have played the game, well you know that the part with Atlas`s family is before Rapture Central Control with Ryan.

So what I am trying to say is that I had completely forgotten about the part with Atlas`s family. I had completely forgotten everything after this part. This seemed so strange to me because I had not registered how much emotion was in this part of the game in my previous play-through. There is the character build up of Atlas and his quest to get his family out of Rapture. The emotions in that little part were beyond any I have felt in a game before. The feeling of despair and sadness was something incredible. The weight of Atlas`s voice as he felt his life shattered. It was much to take in. It made me see what I was missing by not playing this game.

Enlightenment Sometimes Takes Time

Now I understand why this game is considered a masterpiece. Now I see what all my friends were talking about though all these years.

I always thought that it was too late for me to play this game. That I should just skip it and play something else. I was wrong. And I am glad for that tick in the back of my head and for my friend that made me sit down and play through the first bit of it. I am also glad I always left the room or covered my ears when my friends spoke about the game. 

Now I have to beat this game. I have to play through it. I have to Platinum it! Then play Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite.

I also want to see how far the rabbit hole goes with this game.

And I still can’t believe I was playing Black Ops 2 instead of Bioshock. 


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