or Connect
AVS › AVS Forum › Gaming & Content Streaming › Home Theater Gaming › Xbox Area › What other Titles are like Bioshock?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

What other Titles are like Bioshock?

post #1 of 42
Thread Starter 
I've played a little Halo, Gears of War and Battlefield 2:MC, with my 2 sons, 18 & 24, but none of them interest me enough to sit down play them without my sons and on my own. I really just bought them to bribe my kids into spending more time with dear ol' dad. Then I got BioShock after all of the Hype and couldn't put it down. I wouldn't share the 360 with my kids and for a few weeks I immersed myself into the city of Rapture, what a great game(I’ve played it twice now).

So my question is, what other games are out there that will keep my interest like BioShock?
post #2 of 42
the great time consumer that is...

Oblivion
post #3 of 42
once the Orange Box is released - maybe Half Life 2? (assuming you've not played the PC version yet).
post #4 of 42
I'll second Oblivion. I lived on that game last Spring and Summer. I put about 160-180 hours of game time in in less than six months, and that does not include any of the expansions. One of my favorite games of all time.
post #5 of 42
Thread Starter 
Oblivian, is that the same as "The Elder Scrolls IV:Oblivian"?
post #6 of 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrobe73928 View Post

Oblivian, is that the same as "The Elder Scrolls IV:Oblivian"?

yes.
post #7 of 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrobe73928 View Post

Oblivian, is that the same as "The Elder Scrolls IV:Oblivian"?

Yes, and it had the highest average rating on Game Rankings of all Xbox 360 games until Bioshock came out. Deservedly so, IMO.
post #8 of 42
Thread Starter 
Thanks. Do I need to play Pre-Quals to The Elder Scrolls "IV" (E.I. 'I' 'II' 'III') first?

Also, would you call it the same type of game play (Genre) that BioShock is?
post #9 of 42
oblivion is NOTHING like bioshock. bioshock is a first person shooter with great story and some RPG-like elements. Oblivion is a straight up RPG with a heavy emphasis on non-linearity, exploration, and conversation. Not that Oblivion is bad, i loved it. It's just not very similar to Bioshock at all.
As far as games that actually are similar to Bioshock, the first two that jump to my mind are System Shock 2 and the first Deus Ex.
post #10 of 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by elvisizer View Post

oblivion is NOTHING like bioshock. bioshock is a first person shooter with great story and some RPG-like elements. Oblivion is a straight up RPG with a heavy emphasis on non-linearity, exploration, and conversation. Not that Oblivion is bad, i loved it. It's just not very similar to Bioshock at all.
As far as games that actually are similar to Bioshock, the first two that jump to my mind are System Shock 2 and the first Deus Ex.

I agree - comparing Bioshock and Oblivion is like comparing a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Ford F450 Super Duty. Both are great - and both are vehicles - but that's about the end of the similarities.
post #11 of 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrobe73928 View Post

Thanks. Do I need to play Pre-Quals to The Elder Scrolls "IV" (E.I. 'I' 'II' 'III') first?

Also, would you call it the same type of game play (Genre) that BioShock is?

no, I haven't and enjoy ES-IV: Oblivion more than I ever thought I would!

no, but you were asking for games that would keep your interest, and Oblivion is the epitomy of that. Oblivion is FP just like Bioshock, but it's a bit more laid back. Much less stressful too
post #12 of 42
^^^Yeah, what they said. It has nothing in common with Bioshock, whatsoever.

You do not need to play I-III first. I never played any of the earlier games in the series, and I still thoroughly enjoyed Oblivion. Definitely read up on it first to make sure it is something you might be interested in.
post #13 of 42
if you're asking which games can you lose yourself in, then oblivion is a definite answer. sure they aren't alike in a sense of the genre or whatever, but both are amazing games that suck away time from other activities like a blackhole.
post #14 of 42
I just don't know. I bought Oblivion - but honestly - never could get that into it. Maybe it's because I spent over 5 years playing Everquest then 2 more with World of Warcraft - but for whatever reason - Oblivion just sits there gathering dust. I have intentions of giving it another whirl - but I can see myself spending a lot more time with Bioshock than Oblivion once I have some more free time.
post #15 of 42
Condemened is a game similar. Its not as good but its the same style.
post #16 of 42
They (Bioshock & Oblivion) are sort of similar in that both have plasmid/magic abilities. Also, they both have chameleon! However, Oblivion's version allows you to become completely invisible once you hit 100% chameleon and basically finish the game without getting attacked (cheating?). Good times to be had sneaking up on someone with a custom dagger that kills in one hit.
post #17 of 42
Want a story line? Play at night in a dark room? Try Max payne... takes about 15 minutes to get into it.
post #18 of 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by DerekinMerrick View Post

Condemened is a game similar. Its not as good but its the same style.

I agree, Condemned is more similiar to Bioshock. Here are some similarities.
  • 1st person shooter
  • Excellent atmosphere
  • Fear of running into more than one enemy at the same time
  • Solid (bizarre) storyline
  • Great voice acting
  • Excellent surround sound
  • Branching ending dependant on your own decisions (such as rescuing vs. harvesting)
  • Some additional gameplay (taking photographs, collecting information, etc.)
  • Dark, scary mood
  • Searching every corner is always good
  • Nice AI that can really mess with you

I personally loved Condemned. It received a 8.7 on IGN.

-JR
post #19 of 42
People missed the one game that is like Bioshock... Dark Messiah. It has the same sort of spells (plasmids) fire, ice, telekinesis, mind control. It also has melee. It's a fantasy game, but the story and game-play is good. You can get it cheap for the PC or wait for the 360 version.
post #20 of 42
Condemned and Half Life 2 are both very good suggestions.
post #21 of 42
Good point. I forgot about Condemned, but I did definitely get the Condemned vibe when I was playing Bioshock. Both very atmospheric with some genuinely scary, jump-in-your-seat moments. I found Condemned more creepy than Bioshock. I look forward to Condemned's sequel. The first was a fairly short game, though.
post #22 of 42
what about the darkness? Although it's a unique syle.
post #23 of 42
F.e.a.r.

so now we have site auto-editing to prevent all caps? That's a little annoying.
post #24 of 42
Deus Ex, it's not as heavy on the shooting elements but it is the same FPS type experience (with a few more RPG elements), multiple ways to tackle every situation and get around every enviroment, ability to genetically modify yourself and your guns, and it has IMO one of the top 3 greatest stories ever told in a videogame. You can pick it up on the PS2 or grab the superior PC version and you shouldn't have any trouble running it (it's from 2000).

One of my all time fav games and very Bioshock-like. I'm getting alot of the same vibes playing Bioshock right now I got playing Deus Ex.
post #25 of 42
I think the answer to this depends on what it was you liked about Bioshock? Intelligent story? Tense thriller-movie atmosphere? Exploring a non-linear immersive gameworld? Developing your character through plasmids, etc.? I'll assume its not the graphics/shooting or Gears of War would have been your cup of tea.

A more recently released FPS/RPG highbrid with a scary atmosphere, huge gameworld, interesting storyline, etc. is STALKER. Check the gamespot and ign reviews. They both scored it 8 and a bit /10 and compared it to Deus Ex. If you ask me System Shock 2 and Deus Ex were very similar games, just in different settings (although Deus Ex lacked the tense atmosphere of SS2). And, well, Bioshock is again pretty much the same game with the RPG aspects more cleverly hidden.

(Its a PC game unfortunately.)

The other game I think you're are likely to like is unfortunately also not a 360 title: Resident Evil 4. I think of it as Bioshock light (some would disagree). Scary atmosphere. Bit of exploring. A bit of inventory management and collecting money to spend on new weapons and upgrades. Lots of great action. Plot is ok. Excellent graphics. I'm playing it right now on the Wii. Metroid Prime on the Wii is very good as well. More of an action adventure game. With simple puzzles, and exploring. Somewhat ominous atmosphere at times but nothing scary. The Wiimote controls I'd say beat dual analog as well. (I did a poll on the nintendo forum and 83% of the 61 respondants prefered the wii controls better than dual analog.)
post #26 of 42
The real answer is...Nothing! Bioshock is in a world all it's own, while also being a world all it's own.

Only one alternative...grab a football, take your sons outside and have a nice game of catch before it's too late to do anything but look back in regret and listen to "Cat's in the Cradle" like my pop does.
post #27 of 42
Not a lot like Bioshock.

Systemshock was its predecessor but for PC only.

It has been compared to Deus Ex a lot.

When I played the demo I did think of it like Condemned but after playing the full game I dont think it is quite as similar since the reliance on hand to hand fighting is not so high. I think people who had issues with Condemned would still like Bioshock. Although I personally thought Condemned was a great game and would highly recommend it.

Another game that came to mind while reading the thread (and maybe I am just baised because it was my favorite xbox game) is Chronicals of Riddick. It is not BC at this time but they are remaking it for the 360. Its made by the same team as The Darkness but I don't think the Darkness was as good. Neither should be played around childern.
post #28 of 42
I agree, the the darkness doesn't even compare to Riddick. I couldn't stop playing Riddick, but I stopped the darkness long ago.

Deus Ex was such a better game the Bioshock. The story was far more interesting and kept you begging for more. The AI was great, and the multiple plot lines and ways to do a level was superb. The good news is any PC should be able to run this now and it shoudl be REALLY cheap.

What is it that you liked about Bioshock because all bioshock is really is an old school pc fps. The multiplayer rage with halo and way back with Quake 3 which started it all, have basically ruined the fps as far as single player is concerned, and this is where bioshock all of a sudden seems unique, when it`s just old skool.

Was is the story, character upgrades, unique world, length game etc
post #29 of 42
Riddick was a fantastic game
post #30 of 42
I agree that Deus Ex was a better game than Bioshock for two reasons: You had XP and the equivalent to plasmids that were not interchangeable; and there were no Vita Chambers. Bioshock is more like Deus Ex 2 to me, which I still hold up as one of the worst games of all time due to studio meddling. The things that carried over from Deus Ex 2 to Bioshock were the interchangeable plasmids and the severely decreased difficulty. I have no idea how well it's aged, but give Deus Ex a shot on your PC. Even with the enhanced graphics mods on the internet, even older computers will be able to play the hell out of it.

The story and atmosphere in Deus Ex 1 and Bioshock are equal to me.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Xbox Area
AVS › AVS Forum › Gaming & Content Streaming › Home Theater Gaming › Xbox Area › What other Titles are like Bioshock?