Both the first and second “Bioshocks!” Never-before-seen levels! Formerly exclusive DLC! Stickers! The “Bioshock: Ultimate Rapture Edition” is full of “Bioshock,” and it’s out in two weeks!
The January 14th 360 and PS3 collection will include both the first and second game along with a pretty comprehensive list of the previously released DLC for pair of FPSes. It’s been a while since I’ve played these but the first “Bioshock” came out in 2007? Five years seems epochal in game development. And I played “Bioshock 2” a while after its “not-nearly-as-good-as-the-first-game” was nearly exhausted. And it wasn’t bad, particularly when you stack it against the original which was a gorgeously produced game with some stiff combat, a very clever twist, and a fantastically dumb final boss fight. Both are, in their own ways, good at what they do.
And you get to replay them if you’re willing to part with the MSRP $29.99 for the “Ultimate Rapture Edition.” No toys or geegaws in the box this time out, but 360 gamers will finally get to play some of the previously PS3-exclusive DLC. From the press release:
Museum of Orphaned Concepts: Take a tour of a never-before-seen BioShock museum and view early concept art, character models and more set within the halls of Rapture.
Plasmids Pack: Includes four additional Plasmids and Gene Tonics – Sonic Boom, EVE Saver, Vending Expert and Machine Buster – for use in BioShock.
Challenge Rooms Pack: Previously exclusive to PS3™ and now available for Xbox 360 for the first time, the pack tests the player’s mettle by requiring them to utilize the skills learned while traversing the halls of Rapture to survive three separate puzzle rooms in BioShock.
Sinclair Solutions Tester: Contains a number of customization features that allow players to further their character’s development in BioShock 2 multiplayer modes and provides a deeper multiplayer experience.
Rapture Metro: Includes six additional multiplayer maps, an additional multiplayer gameplay mode and a rank increase to level 50 for BioShock 2 multiplayer.
The Protector Trials: Features frantic combat and fast-paced action designed to push players’ mastery of weapons and Plasmids in a BioShock 2 single-player experience spread across six maps.
Minerva’s Den: A substantial narrative experience that puts players in the role Subject Sigma and introduces new characters, locations and mystery to the world of Rapture in BioShock 2. Set in a new environment, Rapture Central Computing, Minerva’s Den adds a gripping new storyline to extend the BioShock 2 experience.
Also included, is an exclusive collectable sticker pack from BioShock Infinite’s world of Columbia to get gamers ready for the next chapter in the BioShock universe.
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