Saturday, May 29, 2010

Bioshock 2 (PS3) First Impressions

So I'm sitting here, trying to play Bioshock 2, and I can't. It's in my PS3 and running, but nothing's happening. Let me back up.

About 20 minutes ago, I put the disc in. After first downloading and installing a patch (maybe 3 minutes, total), the game started. But then it had to install. I was treated to some clever posters from Rapture and some suitable time period music while I waited. The 2 minute or so music clip ended and started over at least a half dozen times. There was no progress bar while I waited for the install. Finally, with that done, I was able to choose to start a new single player game on Medium difficulty. The screen then went black and some music started playing.

"Ok, ambience," I thought. "After a few seconds, there's going to be an explosion or something, and it'll drop me into the game." I waited. And waited. And waited some more. When I started typing this, I had been waiting for at least 90 seconds. As I've typed this, the music has continued playing, and then stopped about three sentences back. The screen's still black.

Bioshock 2, you do not impress me positively one bit so far. I am, however, very much negatively impressed.