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BioShock – one of the greatest games of all time is now on the Mac!
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Welcome to Rapture. A city where opportunity awaits those brave enough to grasp it. A city where the artist need not fear the censor. Where the scientist is not bound by petty morality. Where the great are not held back by the weak.
Set in an alternate 1960, BioShock places you in the middle of an underwater utopia gone badly wrong. With a provocative and intelligent storyline, this is a game that is alternately beautiful, thrilling, funny, frightening and always involving. An experience that makes you think while you play.
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• Award-winning – BioShock has won numerous game of the year awards and features in Metacritic’s top 10 highest rated games of all time.
• Genre blender – Combines a clever mix of genres: First-person shooter with elements of role-playing and stealth.
• Superb visual style – An art deco world with advanced visual effects combine to create a creepy, immersive environment in which players can lose themselves.
• Sophisticated concept and story line – BioShock incorporates ideas about science and politics, raising profound questions about human nature, the role of government in society, and the morality of harming individuals for the greater good.
• Replayability – No two gamers will play BioShock the same way. Players are encouraged to explore all the nooks and crannies of Rapture.
• Exquisite sound design – Outstanding voice acting helps drive the narrative. Music from the 1940s and 1950s echoes through Rapture’s abandoned hallways.
Praise for BioShock:
5/5 MacFormat Choice Award – “It’s the intellectual underpinning of the concept that makes BioShock such a departure from run-of-the-mill shooters.” – MacFormat
4.5/5 – “…BioShock’s engrossing story and original vision combine to make a unique gaming experience as haunting as it is beautiful.” – Macworld
5/5 Editors’ Choice Award – “BioShock lives up to the hype and is one of the best first-person shooters available for the Mac.” – Mac|Life
9.25/10 – “Would you want to buy this game? Well, if you like being scared out of your wits by half-human monstrosities, chased by a drill-wielding big daddy, or just like the idea of firing insects from your arms, this is the game for you.” – InsideMacGames
5/5 – “BioShock isn’t a game I want to just play, it’s a game I want to talk about. It raises questions and themes that bear discussion, while leaving most everything open to your interpretation. Is there a right and wrong in Rapture?” – Appletell
Important information regarding BioShock:
• Please note that we cannot reply to comments or questions left in Mac App Store reviews. If you require assistance, please contact our support team at email@example.com
• BioShock does not support Intel GMA series graphics cards.
• In order to run the game with satisfactory performance, your Mac must meet these minimum system requirements: 1.4GHz CPU / 1.5GB RAM / 8GB Free Space / 128MB Graphics Card (not Intel GMA).
• Full system requirements are available on the BioShock mini-site at feralinteractive.com/bioshock.
• BioShock 2 is now also available on the Mac App Store.
What's New in Version 1.1.1
• Improves stability.
• Adds support for additional game controllers.
• Fixes a number of minor issues.
Violent but thoughtful
I enjoyed this game mosty for its sense of humor, which might be an odd thing to say given the violence and innumerable deaths on the way to its completion. You might need to have read a few books by Ayn Rand to get the joke, but the story is a compelling one, rich in details, and original in scope. For me the downside was that the intellectual challenge is not great -- no tough puzzles to solve, really -- just lots of freaks to kill, to the point of tedium. The spider splicer is a good challenge once or twice, but when you find youself facing the 100th it's ho-hum. The controls mostly work on the keyboard but the final boss sequence, the escort sequence, and one other sequence have such rapidly shifting cameras that it's hard to find your way. It's probably easier for people used to first person shooters (not my favorite format, but I liked the premise of this game so I bought it), but I would have preferred a game with a bit more emphasis on tough puzzles and less on simply spraying everything with bullets. I also feel this would have aligned better with the game's literary sensibilities and rich story.
Great Overall Game
Game runs pretty well on my late 2010 MBP- 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce 320m. There is some slowdown when there are 3 or more splicers in the vicinity, but I'm on the low end of the specs for video card so it's not too surprising. If you've never played BioShock before, I highly reccommend this game. First playthrough I would give it a solid 9/10. However, I find the replayability to be low as I really took my time with the game- searching through all of the levels for all weapon upgrades, tonics, plasmids, safes, etc. I find the game becomes tedious on the second playthrough- all the Plasmids and unique abilities in the world can't compensate for the formulaic "Arrive at level, go find certain items, defeat all the Big Daddies, go to next level, repeat." On the subsequent playthroughs, the game really just feels like a mediocre FPS treasure hunt with a shiny coating. I know that seems pretty negative, but I do recommend buying the game at the current price as the first playthrough is well worth it.
Smooth and beautiful, works well on old MacBooks
I was surprised with such a triple AAA game like Bioshock working so well on my Late 2008 Unibody Macbook Pro. The game ran with a fairly stable 40-50 FPS and even higher at times at every setting on high besides textures (medium). The game itself is well-known enough and I was touched and disturbed by its well written story line. The gameplay was satisfying though I felt the game started off slow and I had to force myself to get into it and I'm glad I did because it really picked up and became very fun during the late-beginning stages. Overall for the quality of the port from PC to Mac 5/5 and for the actual game itself 5/5. I give Bioshock both technically and gameplay wise an excellent 10/10
Another great port and game Feral + Irrational,
- Category: Games
- Updated: Apr 19, 2012
- Version: 1.1.1
- Size: 7.25 GB
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Seller: Feral Interactive Ltd
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6.4 or later