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Platform Win, PS3, 360 Publisher 2K Games Developer 2K Marin Release Date 2010-02-09

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Why is 2K suddenly so preoccupied with the original BioShock?

Why is publisher 2K International teasing a still from BioShock on its official Twitter account? The company uploaded the photo earlier today alongside one decidedly obtuse comment: "#discuss." On the official 2K United Kingdom account, the same image is teased alongside the comment "Oooo, what COULD this mean?!" Oooo, what COULD this mean?! — 2K United Kingdom (@2KInternational) July 24, 2014 But so far no clues are being offered up. The image itself is an in-game advertisement that comes from an exotic dancing venue in BioShock's Fort Frolic known as Eve's Garden. That area can also be found in BioShock 2's multiplayer. Series creator Ken Levine noted earlier in the month that BioShock isn't likely to launch on PS Vita, despite...


Humble 2K Bundle adds five more games in the XCOM Complete Pack

The Humble 2K Bundle is now five games bigger, thanks to the XCOM Complete Pack. Those who pay more than the average selling price ($8.14 as of this writing) will receive Windows PC versions of the first five original XCOM games. The package of DRM-free or Steam games includes XCOM: UFO Defense (aka UFO: Enemy Unknown), Terror from the Deep, Apocalypse, Interceptor and Enforcer. Announced last week, the bundle already offers BioShock, The Darkness 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Pay more than the average price, and you'll get BioShock 2, Mafia 2 and Spec Ops: The Line. Choose to pay $20 or more, and you'll receive  BioShock Infinite and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. For more on the latest XCOM games, be sure to read our reviews of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM: Enemy Within and The Bureau:...


Humble 2K Bundle discounts BioShock, Spec Ops, XCOM games and more

You can name your own price for games in the BioShock and XCOM series and more through the Humble 2K Bundle, which is live now through July 22 at 2:00 p.m. ET. At its core, the Humble 2K bundle offers BioShock, The Darkness 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Pay more than the average price, and you'll get BioShock 2, Mafia 2 and Spec Ops: The Line. Pay $20 or more, and you'll also get BioShock Infinite and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The games are available through Steam for Windows, and "select titles" are also available for Mac and Linux, as is a DRM-free version of BioShock. As with each Humble Bundle, buyers can choose to split their spending between the game's creators and charities, here the American Red Cross and Action Against Hunger. For in-depth stories on the games above,...


The final years of Irrational Games, according to those who were there

Irrational Games, the developer that created the BioShock series along with a number of other critically beloved video games, was viewed, by a number of sources close to the studio, as closure-proof: It had pedigree, talent and — to the outside world — creative carte blanche from its parent companies, 2K Games and Take-Two Interactive. When the studio's co-founder and president, Ken Levine, invited the team of nearly 100 employees into a meeting about the company's history last month, many were surprised to realize, as the presentation progressed, that this very history was coming to an end. More than a half dozen individuals who worked for Irrational Games during the development of BioShock Infinite, some of whom were there that final day, agreed to speak with Polygon anonymously...


Gone Home, BioShock share the same universe

BioShock, Gone Home and System Shock all take place within the same universe, according to The Fullbright Company co-founder Steve Gaynor in a recent episode of Tone Control: Conversations with Video Game Developers. In Tone Control Episode 7, Gaynor wades into the topic of shared universes while chatting with Brendon Chung, the developer behind games such as Flotilla and Thirty Flights of Loving. Around the podcast's 46-minute mark, Gaynor explains that though Gone Home essentially takes place in the real world, it includes connections to both the BioShock and System Shock franchises. "In a totally non-litigious way, we very lightly imply that it also takes place in the same universe as BioShock," Gaynor says of Gone Home. That connection links to Minerva's Den downloadable content...


BioShock film concept artist shows what could've been

The BioShock film is no more, but you can see what might have been illuminated on the silver screen, thanks to concept artist Jim Martin. As the image above implies, as do several more in a gallery on Martin's official site, the film may have taken viewers into parts of Rapture that gamers never saw, like the industrial girders of the underwater city. Check out the gallery linked above to see more of the Rapture that never was, including a different take on the Bathysphere mixed in with the series' familiar art deco influences. BioShock mastermind Ken Levine said last year that he canceled the film after its budget was reportedly slashed from $200 million to $80 million. There were also disagreements with the replacement director Universal Studios brought in after the original...


Amazon kicks off Black Friday deals early for games, consoles

Amazon has already begun its "countdown to Black Friday deals week" for video games and everything else, including discounts on a wide variety of games, consoles and accessories. Current price cuts on systems focus on the Xbox 360, with discounts ranging from 10-17 percent on a number of packages. The 250 GB Holiday Bundle, which includes an Xbox 360 and copies of Halo 4 and Tomb Raider, is available for $249. The special editions of games like Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and Saints Row 4 are on sale, too, alongside console versions of recent titles such as Max Payne 3 ($9.99) and Gears of War: Judgment ($19.96). But so far, the highlight of Amazon's deals is a massive sale on digital versions of Windows PC titles, including a bundle of all three BioShock games — BioShock, BioShock...


2K holiday deals include BioShock, Borderlands, XCOM bundles

2K Games is bundling and discounting several of the console games it publishes ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year. The $29.99 holiday 2013 packs are available now and include: 2K Essentials Collection, which contains BioShock, Borderlands, XCOM: Enemy Unknown and is available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 2K Power Pack, which contains BioShock 2, The Darkness 2, Mafia 2 and is available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 2K Definitive Strategy Collection, which contains XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Sid Meier's Civilization 5 and is available for Windows PC 2K Rogues and Outlaws Collection, which contains Borderlands 2, Spec Ops: The Line, Mafia 2 and is available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 You can pick up each at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Walmart, except for...


BioShock 2 and Minerva's Den expansion released on Steam

BioShock 2 and its downloadable content, including the essential Minerva's Den expansion, are now available for Windows PC through Steam, 2K Games announced today on its official blog. The complete release comes in the wake of the closure of Microsoft's Games For Windows Live marketplace from August. The Steam release takes advantage of the platform's various features, including Steam achievements, Big Picture mode and full controller compatibility. 2K and developer Digital Extremes have also made a few improvements to matchmaking and multiplayer leveling for the re-release. The Steam version of BioShock 2 includes all available multiplayer DLC, including the Sinclair Solutions test pack and Rapture Metro map pack, as well as the single-player add-on The Protector Trials. It normally...


BioShock trio on sale for $19.99

Amazon is offering all three BioShock games for Windows PC as a $19.99 bundle, down from the full price of $99.99. Irrational Games' first BioShock, set in the broken underwater city of Rapture, was released in 2007 to universal praise, carrying a Metacritic score of 96 percent. The first-person exploration and shooting game investigated issues like utopian Objectivism, while tasking players with challenging moral choices. A sequel, 2010's BioShock 2, was developed by 2K Marin. Earlier this year, Irrational and publisher 2K Games released BioShock Infinite, which Polygon scored a perfect ten, calling it "a believable, fantastic world rooted in dark pieces of American history." Amazon's offer is download-only and runs through Sept. 25.

BioShock 2 Releases
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  • Windows
    • Released 02/09/2010
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer 2K Marin
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 02/09/2010
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer 2K Marin
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    • Released 02/09/2010
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer 2K Marin
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