Xbox 360, Rated Mature
BioShock is a masterpiece of a horror game - the creepiest thing I've played since 2004's prison nightmare The Suffering.
I literally get chills nearly every time I run up against a zombie. I will be walking down, say, a medical corridor, where light bulbs give me just a partial view of the room. I hear a zombie making sinister threats while his bloody, wet footsteps draw near.
The zombies try to kill you with lead pipes and point-blank guns. You fire back using pistols, machine guns and shotguns. You also wield various magical powers, like 1,000-degree flames that zap from your fingertips.
All of this takes place in a bizarre Art Deco city under the sea in 1960. The story is a deep narrative about an anti-utopia designed by an evil genius. Doctors used stem cells, surgeries and mind control to turn the leaky city into a terrible place.
Lasting the length of more than a dozen films, at 25 hours or so, BioShock is an unparalleled artistic achievement in cinematic, realistic gaming.