I’m Andrew Ryan and I’m here to ask you a question:
Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his own brow?
No, says the man in Washington. It belongs to the poor.
No, says the man in the Vatican. It belongs to God
No, says the man in Moscow. It belongs to everyone.
I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose...
BioShock Remastered is an enhanced version of the groundbreaking first-person shooter game released nine years earlier. Gameplay-wise, the remastered version is exactly the same as the original, but it has slightly better graphics. Even then, there is not much noticeable difference in the main characters and backgrounds in important scenes since their quality was already high. The differences are in better textures and additional details that were added in some areas to make them look better, whilst the biggest improvements are in the smoke and other visual effects.
The remastered version also has film reels scattered around each level. These reels contain the director’s commentary about the making of BioShock. Once you find them, they are added to your collection to view at any time. BioShock Remastered also improves upon the original by adding Steam Achievements, resulting in increased replayability to get that one achievement which all your friends are missing.
There is also a novel museum area, which uses the game engine to display a collection of concept art and discarded ideas. The museum itself is built from unused game assets. And finally, there is also a section with additional content. This consists of three puzzle levels where you have to use all the tricks that you learned in the main game in order to save the little sister in each of them.
All in all, it was a pleasure returning to Rapture one more time. PC gaming has come a long way since, but BioShock is still one of the best games on PC even a decade later. Mostly it’s about feeling part of the environment inside this underwater city and the way in which it makes you think about the situation around you. The gameplay is good, but it never gets in the way of excellent storytelling. If you have never played the original game before, go directly to the remastered version.