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Platform 360, Win, PS3, Mac Publisher 2K Games Developer Irrational Games Release Date 2007-08-21

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Video games trick you into thinking you're in control, and that's bad

Instantly your mind is racing, giving substance to that room, life to that man. Perhaps it's a wood paneled room with plush velvet carpeting and a roaring fireplace, or it's bitterly cold in a castle keep, or the room is sheets of riveted steel, soulless, lost deep in space. The man is 20. No, he's 90. He's missing a leg. He's blind. He's wearing a tux. But drop into the digital skin of that man, a specific soldier in a battle standing in a forest in Call of Duty: Ghosts, and that sense of control is gone, gone despite the very real control you have over him with a gamepad. You see, video games expect a lot of you, but deliver very little actual agency in return. In fact, without you at the gamepad many of them cease to function properly. Imagine playing through the story of the...


This is what it looks like to play BioShock on an iPad

Due out later this summer for a "premium price," the full iOS port of the original BioShock is an amazingly adept recreation of the console game played out on a tablet. But that's only true when you play the game with a Bluetooth controller. Watch the video above to see the game in action on a tablet, and then check out this story for all of the details about the game.


The fixer: Why Rod Fergusson returned to Gears of War

He could have been the one-man A-Team of game development, traveling from studio to studio to solve problems and launch games. But given the choice, Rod Fergusson turned his back on the never-ending march from alpha to retail and instead returned to his home, to Gears of War. It's like walking into a damp cave. The Figueroa's lobby is a throw-back to the Morocco of 1942's Casablanca. It's cool, dark and unusually empty. Later in the week the hotel's cavernous, tiled lobby will be filled with tipsy developers, journalists and marketers, overflow from the popular pool bar. But this afternoon no one is around, the games industry is busy, either at a major E3 press event, or heading to one. It's just Fergusson and I. Fergusson is all smiles when we meet, a bearded happy face. He seems...


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,...


BioShock Vita could have been a turn-based game set in pre-fall Rapture

Ken Levine still wishes that he could do a BioShock game on the PlayStation Vita, according to a series of recent tweets from the game designer, outlining that he envisioned a Final Fantasy Tactics-style game set in pre-fall Rapture. Levine tweeted that Sony and developer Irrational Games' parent publisher 2K Games couldn't put a deal together when he "last checked" and that the two companies "seemed way more optimistic about this back in 2011." He added that he wished he could undertake the project himself "but lawyers and all that. I still love my Vita." When asked what he had in mind for BioShock Vita, Levine wrote that he was considering a pre-fall Rapture setting with the style of the Final Fantasy Tactics series, a tactical role-playing franchise that traditionally features...


Fox News' new logo shares a striking resemblance to BioShock Infinite

Fox & Friends revealed the new logo for Defending the Homeland, a topical segment on immigration, and it shares a striking resemblance to the logo for BioShock Infinite — you can see both images below as provided by AV Club and decide for yourself. Taking to Facebook, the game's creator Ken Levine responded to the similarities, writing: "Glad to help, Fox. Glad to help." In BioShock Infinite, players are thrown into the center of a city rife with racism and run by a religious zealot, all against the backdrop of American imagery and propaganda.


Gone Home developer establishes new studio to explore the outer edges of games

Johnnemann Nordhagen, co-creator of last year's Gone Home, has established a new development studio called Dim Bulb Games. "Gone Home was a fabulous experience to work on, and it was also critically and commercially successful," told Polygon via email. "Which gave me the opportunity to try some new things, and work on some stuff that I wanted to pursue. Starting a new studio gives me the opportunity to do that." Nordhagen was one of four that made up the Fullbright Company who went on to develop multi-award winning and Game of the Year Gone Home. Former BioShock designer Steve Gaynor announced in 2012 that he had established Oregon-based independent studio, The Fullbright Company, alongside fellow 2K Marin colleagues Johnnemann Nordhagen and Karla Zimonja. For the time being,...

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E3 2014: What we probably (and definitely) won't see this week

The past month or so has been rife with announcements that certain games and companies will not have a presence at E3 this year. From highly-anticipated titles announced almost eight years ago to high-level executives sitting it out to take it easy, here's what you probably won't, and definitely won't, see at E3. Absence confirmed Final Fantasy 15 and Kingdom Hearts 3: These two Square Enix role-playing games are earning mystical unicorn status by virtue of being announced too early and then failing to appear at E3 year after year. We got some information at last year's expo, where Square announced both would come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But earlier this week, producer Shinji Hashimoto told Famitsu that neither game would have a presence at E3 and more details on both games...

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North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 08/21/2007
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Irrational Games
  • Windows
    • Released 08/21/2007
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Irrational Games
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 10/21/2008
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Irrational Games
  • Mac
    • Released 10/07/2009
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Irrational Games
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