The boy person fiance, in deference to the fact that Betty now has a new sapphire and diamond ring, bought himself an X-Box. The logic of this was undeniable, and Betty was only too happy to join him in one or two games of this and that, but it quickly turned out that Betty doesn’t really have the head for this kind of thing: she failed utterly at making Ricky Ponting hit cricket balls, and even though she was able to figure out how to get a Lego representation of Indiana Jones to swing from a light-fitting, it wasn’t enough to make the whole affair all that much fun.

But when she came across various trailers and posters for the newish game, Bioshock 2, Betty knew that she had found her niche. A post-apocalyptic dystopian dieselpunk shooter game, it’s full of portholes and mad geniuses and crazed little sisters. Betty dropped hints for a while, and the other day the boy person fiance went on a suburban mall mish and found the first volume, and now Betty plays it sometimes.

Betty likes the luscious graphics, the moderately intricate storyline, and the deeply-realised dystopian milieu. She does not like killing people with wrenches, or being tricked into completing educational puzzles at regular intervals (“hack this” my eyeball, Mr Bioshock, I don’t think). But, on the whole, Betty thinks she will enjoy finishing the game.

At the very least, it will give her an alternative to performing cricket commentary on a Friday night, which is a very good thing.

3 thoughts on “Bioshock

  1. Kovac says:

    How have you fared in the city of Rapture?
    Have you finished Bioshock and moved on to Bioshock 2?

  2. bettyscandretti says:

    Hey, Kovac! Because I only hang out with the boy person fiance a few times a week, and because we also devote serious time to BSG and eat dinner over ER, and because he likes to game together and we can only do that with Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and *not least* because he bewails my technique with the camera controller, I haven’t finished Bioshock. The mills of the gods grind slow, but they grind fine.

    However, the boy person fiance has started playing Fallout 3, and I am very excited to have a go. I think the RPGs are more up my alley. Would you concur?

  3. Kovac says:

    I tend to enjoy RPGs above most other types of games as they tend to have better and more immersive stories. They are often a lot less linear as well so if you like some choice in how your story develops I would definitely recommend them.

    I would generally recommend to most people that they start with Fallout 1 and 2 before proceeding with Fallout 3. Not because the first two lead directly into the third game but they do give you a lot of background to the game. That and they are just fantastic games.

    However they are a lot older than FO3 and the visuals aren’t quite as shiny or impressive. The gameplay is also a lot harder and more tactical than what you find in FO3.

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