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8 Fun Games like BioShock: You’ll Gladly Splice Your Mother to Play

Zoey HughesSystem Shock 2 is the spiritual predecessor to BioShock but Singularity and Dead Space will fit the bill too. ~ Zoey Hughes

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Even if you’re not generally a shooter fan you have to admit BioShock and BioShock Infinite were pretty special.

The story coupled with innovative combat systems and wonderfully atmospheric settings with a well-balanced combination of stealth, combat and horror just made it an experience you’ll never forget.

These fun games, like BioShock, have combined various different gameplay elements with dark intriguing stories. What are you waiting for? Get to them!

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`System Shock 2´ (Win/OSX/Linux)

If you’re not a PC gamer traditionally then chances are you’ve not heard of this one but here’s something that should instantly pique your curiosity; System Shock 2 was designed by Ken Levine and co-developed by Irrational Games, both of whom were responsible for bringing the BioShock franchise to life.

Again a hybrid of various genres, System Shock 2 is a survival horror shooter with RPG elements. It some of that sounds familiar it should as BioShock was the self-proclaimed spiritual successor.

Although similar in many ways the setting couldn’t be more different

SS2 is set on a cyberpunk spaceship in 2114 as a lone soldier tries to irradiate a genetic infection that has laid waste around him.

If you’re looking for video games similar to BioShock this should be your first port of call. You can’t go wrong with this early work in the same series, albeit it under a different name.

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`Singularity´ (360/PS3/Win)

Singularity is an FPS with survival horror elements that incorporates a self-explanatory Time Manipulation Device as a core gameplay feature.

Opening with an electromagnetic surge from an island in the middle of nowhere, Captain Renko goes to investigate only to have his helicopter downed by a further surge and be stranded.

As he searches for the cause he begins flashing between the present and 1955 when a terrible incident occurred on the island. It’s up to you to keep things in check and investigate both times to get to the bottom of the surge.

Although the reviews were a lot less favourable than those of the iconic BioShock games a common criticism was the degree of similarity between the two; annoying for those looking for something different but perfect if that’s what you’re looking for.

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`Dead Space´ Series (360/PS3/ Win)

Dead Space is a third person shooter survival horror series starring protagonist Isaac Clarke and there are currently three main entries to the series. Designed to be the most terrifying game the developers could make it’s unsurprising that the survival horror aspects are pretty strong but if you’re brave enough to give this a go you’ll be in for a good time.

In the 26th century mankind has expanded throughout space whilst Earth itself is in the midst of an ecological crisis as all resources have been depleted (take note people, it won’t be fiction forever). “Planet-crackers” are spaceships that smash celestial bodies apart and harvest their resources. Our protagonist is on the oldest of these near Aegis VII when radio silence occurs and the horrors begin.

Other Games you Might Want to Try

– T.A.L.K.E.R. series (Win)
– E.A.R. series (360/PS3/Win)
– The Darkness (360/PS3)
– Alan Wake (360/Win)
– Fallout 3 (360/PS3/Win)

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Zoey’s Verdict

BioShock games are very varied in their tone and setting, making it difficult to pinpoint exactly what people are trying to emulate but the combination of horror and shooter genres with an engrossing story seem the most obvious things you’d take away from it.

The above games are all valid choices but the best games like BioShock are obvious. Dead Space is great if you’re looking to expand on the scare-factor but you can never go wrong with System Shock 2. After all, if the fans hadn’t loved it so much BioShock would never have been created.

Any Suggestions?

If you’ve found another game that reminds you of BioShock then don’t keep it to yourself. Let the rest of us try it by letting me know in the comments.

 

My name is Zoey Hughes and I′m a video games contributor for itcher. I also write and review for various gaming websites. My first console was the ZX Spectrum and I’ve been utterly hooked ever since. I love all things game related and can usually be found with a controller in my hand, but I’m also passionate about reading, fashion and music. I live a quiet life with my husband/co-op partner whilst I try to keep my competitive side hidden.
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