The BioShock franchise is just as known for its mysterious, yet impressive openings as it is for its gameplay and themes. BioShock: The Collection is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC soon, and 2K Games recently released a trio of videos showcasing the remastered openings for each.
The original BioShock and BioShock Infinite were undoubtedly the top two openings in the BioShock franchise. Both begin with a Lighthouse, but take the player in a drastically different direction. The first is a stunning journey underwater to Rapture while Infinite goes soaring into the skies to Columbia.
2K Games invited YouTube channel creator GhostRobo to walk viewers through each of the BioShock openings. He offers up his remembrances of playing the games the first time and how they compare to the newer versions. The host also points out some of the subtler changes and additions to the openings, such as a school of jellyfish added to a section of the bathysphere ride in the first game.
The official BioShock 2 video shared to YouTube by 2K Games is not the actual opening of the game. It is one of the early gameplay sections instead. It’s not clear if the publisher maybe though it was too violent of an opening or not, but GhostRobo hosted the actual opening on his own channel.
Here are the opening videos for all three BioShock games in the collection.
BioShock: The Collection will be released on September 13 in North America and September 16 internationally. The collection is being developed by Blind Squirrel Games and comes with remastered versions of BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite running at 1080p and 60 fps for the PS4 and Xbox One. The PC version of the release will only remaster the first two games as Infinite already runs at current-gen standards for the PC.
The release will include all of the single-player DLC from all three titles as well as a new video series featuring the director of BioShock and BioShock: Infinite, Ken Levine. The “Director’s Commentary: Imagining BioShock” series will provide insights from Levine on the creative and design process for the games along with tidbits on the story and plot.
The one thing the remastered collection does not include is multiplayer from BioShock 2. This will be a single-player only experience for the launch price of $59.99.
PC gamers who already own a Steam copy of BioShock and BioShock 2 will receive a free upgrade to the remastered versions of the game. This turns out to be a fantastic value, as both titles are regularly on sale via Steam. The only thing that will be missed is the director’s commentary from Ken Levine.
Here is the complete content listing for BioShock: The Collection for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
- The video series, “Director’s Commentary: Imagining BioShock,” featuring Ken Levine, creative director on BioShockand 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 & 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.
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