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BioShock

I enjoyed a negative review of *BioShock* partly because everything else I've read so far was full of praise, and partly because BioShock, immersive as it is, really is overrated. For one, I couldn't believe that I was restricted to basically one environment, and I got so lost around the repetitive-looking environment just as I was in Halo: Combat Evolved (a superior game, especially considering it was released over 5 years earlier). This is not to say that BioShock ain't no good — it remains excellent (an amazing array of genetic weapons; amazing art direction; the fearsome Big Daddies; appealing gloomy storyline of genetic engineering gone awry) and did alert me what a tremendously useful tool 3D games could be as exploration tools to unfamiliar worlds (even though I've lived through such an experience with the vastly underrated Conflict: Desert Storm).