BioShock: The Collection Guide Review

Everything you need to explore Rapture and Columbia.

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Last month, Blind Squirrel Games and 2K Games teamed up to release a remastered collection of the entire BioShock video game series. This package included upgraded versions of BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite all for only $59.99. If you’re planning to or have already purchased the game, chances are that you may need some help navigating through the dangerous cities of Rapture and Columbia. Luckily for you, Bioshock: The Collection Guide by Prima Games is a valuable resource that will help you get the most out of all three titles. Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect from this comprehensive guide.

The 560-page strategy guide includes a detailed walkthrough of all three games with DLC missions included, illustrated maps of critical locations and objectives, extensive info on bosses, vigors, plasmids and weapons, breathtaking artwork and character bios and a free mobile-friendly eGuide. The author is Doug Walsh and the retail price is $29.99.

Detailed walkthroughs will tell you everything you need to know about your surroundings.

When playing these types of first-person shooters, strategy becomes paramount to your survival in pretty much any and every encounter. After acquiring certain abilities and weapons, you’ll want to do the best you can to use both advantages effectively in the right situations. It’s also worth noting that different bosses require changing up tactics to achieve the best results. These are the areas where the guide is most helpful especially for those who are only concerned about getting through the game. Of course, it probably would be more satisfying to actually experience the narrative in real-time and make decisions on-the-fly, but if you don’t have the time or interest in doing so then this guide is exactly what you need.

With intriguing universes as detailed as these ones, you may have a desire to see and collect every item hidden throughout. It’s very easy to overlook key collectibles and such when you’re primarily focused on completing objectives and defeating adversaries. Luckily, this is another area where the guide will be helpful for most players who consider themselves completionists. There’s also an extensive overview of all the DLC content including the Burial At Sea episodes. This was missing from the original BioShock Infinite guide that was released several years ago but is now a significant part of this updated guide.

The additional coverage of DLC missions is another valuable resource for those who want to get the most out of the overall experience.

BioShock: The Collection Guide is definitely worth buying if you’re interested in experiencing all that the BioShock franchise has to offer. If you’re someone who cares about story and doesn’t want the game spoiled for you, then I probably would recommend that you skip the guide and play through each title first. However, if you do this and find yourself wanting to revisit in order to collect everything else, then this guide is one smart investment worth making.

Final Verdict: Worth Buying

Have any of you already purchased or are considering getting this guide? Please feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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