There’s always a lighthouse. There’s always a man. There’s always a city. In the BioShock Collection, available this week, you get that times three. Okay, I suppose you’re short a city, because the second game also takes place in the dystopian underworld of Rapture. The collection of the three BioShock is out this week, bringing some of this generation’s finest single player gaming to your new consoles, with a bit of spit and polish.
I’m intrigued to return to Rapture only because it’s been so long – but I’m not as interested in the graphical upgrades as I am in the Director’s Commentary that accompanies it.
As a reminder here’s what you get with the remaster of each game:
- The video series, ‘Director’s Commentary: Imagining BioShock,’ featuring Ken Levine, creative director on BioShock and BioShock Infinite and Shawn Robertson, animation lead on BioShock and animation director on BioShock Infinite.
- Museum of Orphaned Concepts: Walk through a Rapture-inspired virtual museum that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at discarded concepts that never made it into the original game.
- Challenge Rooms: Outside the story of BioShock, tackle puzzles, splicers and Big Daddies. And achievements, of course.
- Minerva’s Den: A self-contained BioShock story, presenting a side of Rapture you’ve never seen before. Use expanded combat abilities with the experimental Ion Laser and chaotic Gravity Well Plasmid, unique to Minerva’s Den, as you face off against the Lancer Big Daddy.
- Protector Trials: Take control of an Alpha Series Big Daddy woken out of hibernation just before the events of BioShock 2.
- Burial at Sea – Episode 1 and 2 Add-On Packs: This major two-part DLC pack completes the BioShock trilogy by taking the series back to where it all began. Return to Rapture just before the events of the original BioShock!
- Clash in the Clouds Add-On Pack: Face 60 waves of challenges across four additional maps for leaderboard glory and unlock areas to explore in The Columbian Archaeological Society hub museum.
- Columbia’s Finest Pack: Combines the contents of the Industrial Revolution Pack and the Upgrade Pack and includes 500 Silver Eagles, five Lock Picks, six unique Gear items, and two weapon upgrades: Comstock’s China Broom Shotgun and Comstock’s Eagle Eye Sniper Rifle.
It’s worth noting that BioShock Infinte hasn’t been rejiggered like the first two games on PC, because it already meets the criteria for an “HD” upgrade. On PC, you can also “upgrade” your existing copies of the game on Steam to the new remastered ones with better textures and higher quality art aseets.
Anyway, here’s the Launch trailer. Are you keen to revisit Rapture and Columbia?
“Revisit the depths of Rapture, sail through Columbia, and experience the never-before-seen video series Imagining BioShock, in BioShock: The Collection. All three BioShock games, complete with all single-player DLC, are fully remastered for current-gen consoles.
BioShock: The Collection brings together the epic and immersive stories set in the BioShock universe in one incredible package with 1080p resolution and up to 60 frames-per-second, along with new and improved textures and art assets created by Blind Squirrel Games.
Coming with BioShock: The Collection, the never-before-seen video series, Imagining BioShock, takes you through the inspiration and creation of Rapture and its inhabitants, with commentary from Ken Levine and Shawn Robertson. Play through the remastered version of BioShock to pick up golden reels and unlock the secrets behind Rapture.”
Last Updated: September 14, 2016