Apparently, I’ve always been much more of a “casual” than a “gamer.” So I probably have limited credibility when it comes to declaring any particular game franchise “one of the greatest.” Nonetheless, I don’t think I’m speaking too far out of turn here if I say that the BioShock series is one of the greatest of all time. It’s the series that practically retired me from playing video games on anything resembling a consistent, if still casual, basis.
BioShock: Infinite is the last game I completed. After it, I just felt this interesting contentment, like I had finished more than just this game, but my desire to play video games in general. Every once in a while I’ll revisit something already in my archive for a few minutes, but I haven’t played any new releases since, and my gametime currently averages out to, oh, maybe fifteen minutes a week? Maybe? I feel like there are Amish kids out there who spend more time playing games than I do.
So in addition to always having been a “casual,” I’m also pretty damn biased toward BioShock. I loved the first game, I think the second game is actually more fun to play and was unfairly maligned on initial release, and I was captivated by the third game. The series is wall-to-wall excellence, and now it’s coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 13th, in a remastered edition, BioShock: The Collection.