2K Boston. (2007) Bioshock. [Computer Game]. Boston, Massachusetts: 2K Games.
Age: 17+ (ESRB rates this game M for Mature)
“Rapture, a city where the artist would not fear the censor, where the scientist would not be bound by petty morality, Where the great would not be constrained by the small! And with the sweat of your brow, Rapture can become your city as well.” – Andrew Ryan, (Bioshock, 2007)
The player is the protagonist, Jack, after his airplane crashes into the ocean near the entrance to Rapture, a Utopian-turned-Dystopian city at the bottom of the ocean where the citizens are not constrained by ethics, morality, or law. The story takes place in 1960, shortly after the destruction of the city’s government due to civil unrest and the demand for the highly addictive ADAM, a tonic that can change the structure of DNA to create superhuman powers.
The environment takes inspiration from the era such as fears of the Cold War and the USSR. The music, art, and ambient noise is reminiscent of the era. Bioshock is a survival-horror game: there is no map or enemy locator, so the player must rely on sight, sound, and the in-game environment in order to survive. Like Dragon Age: Inquisition, choice is a strong theme within Bioshock. The choices the main character makes throughout the game has an impact on the end results, and the characters the player meets are dealing with the consequences of their own choices.