March 15, 2009

Big Sister welcomes your return to Rapture

Bittersweet day for me, I suppose. It seems I've been fired from my position at AnalogHype for speaking my mind. Basically, I said that this dude's review of Halo Wars was crap and I didn't understand why they posted it as a featured article on the main page. I got a hateful private message from the author, which was to be expected. What I wasn't expecting, however, was that one of the administrators on the site deleted my comment. Well this just pissed me off. I can't tell you the number of times I've posted negative comments on an article elsewhere on the web. Sites like IGN and Joystiq don't seem to give a damn. I was pissed because I got censored and let that be known by leaving another comment which they also deleted. Anyway, I was going to post this story over there earlier today only to discover I had been shut out. Easy come, easy go, I suppose. I'm not sure I'd want to be part of the kind of environment that doesn't allow free speech anyway. So, here I am complaining to you. I'm still a "community member" and my page has an RSS feed from here, so perhaps they'll read this at some point. I do find it funny that I'm indirectly posting on their site anyway even though they obviously don't want anything to do with me any more. The final straw? They didn't even let me know.Anyway, If you're as pissed as me that they would treat me this way, go leave an angry comment on their website.

I digress. The reason your reading this is because you want to know about BioShock 2. Well, just this week GameInformer delivered the goods. Here's the skinny on "Sea of Dreams":
  • You play as a Big Daddy this time around. And not just any Big Daddy, the first one ever.
  • You can use the trademark drill and rivet gun as well as plasmids. The drill will overheat after a set time so you can't spam it.
  • You can also use the Big Daddy shoulder bash and you can heal and repair things you hack.
  • Plasmid upgrades are more diverse and you can now combine plasmid attacks to create devastating combos. For example, using cyclone and then incinerate will create a flaming cyclone.
  • The game takes place about 10 years after the first. The main antagonist is Big Sister (pictured above), one of the surviving Little Sisters from the previous game. She has become the new ruler of Rapture and is kidnapping little girls from the surface and turning them into Little Sisters.
  • You fight other Big Daddies for control of Little Sisters. When you defeat them you have the option to harvest them or adopt them. When you adopt them, they ride along on your shoulder and can harvest ADAM from corpses. You must defend them while they do this. You can permanently save Little Sisters in some manner or another.
  • With each Big Daddy you kill, the game lets you know how close you are to incurring the wrath of the Big Sister. Little Sis will sing a song about how Big Sis doesn't want to play, then you'll get jumped.
  • Vita chambers and audio logs are back, and there is confirmed multiplayer in some form.
Stay tuned for more!

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