One of the most original and best games of 2007, Bioshock gained a following of fans almost overnight. Fans loved the game which had an immense and beautiful first person campaign with a gripping story and huge twists. The only thing the game didn't have was an online multiplayer game type. Many fans did not understand why there was no multiplayer and when asked developers said that they wanted to focus all their attention and man power on making an incredible campaign, which they did. But still, fans wanted a multiplayer game type and with the release of Bioshock 2 drawing closer each day, fans will finally get what they wished for.
What 2K Marine, developers of both games, didn't want to do was to have both game types not live up to the Bioshock standard so 2K Marine enlisted the help of Digital Extremes to create the multiplayer section of Bioshock. By creating this partnership, 2K Marine can focus their full attention on the campaign portion of the game as they did in the first one, making it just as incredible and unique where Digital Extremes can focus on the multiplayer.
The multiplayer in Bioshock 2 provides an immersive prequel experience to gamers which takes them deeper into the fiction and lore of the Bioshock universe. The multiplayer is set during the fall of Rapture, years before your character in the first game arrives. Gamers will take control of a Plasmid test subject for Sinclair Solutions. You will have all the weapons and tonics you had access to in the first Bioshock as well as the new ones added for Bioshock 2. Players will earn experience in multiplayer matches which will give them access to other plasmids, tonics and weapons, all of which can be put together into hundreds of different combinations.
Players will also get the unique experience of seeing the underwater city of Rapture before its fall and the dilapidated wasteland you see it as in the first game. Players will fight through many familiar locales from the first game as well as some new ones all of which have been given a remake to make them look like new. The player will primarily play as a citizen of Rapture though in the multiplayer trailer it was shown that you can also play as a Big Daddy. How this is achieved is unclear as of right now. My guess is that it is a bonus/achievement in the game.
All the tools you had available to you in the first game are available to you now. This includes plasmid usage, tonics, upgradeable weapons and ammo and the reemergence of the hacking mini-game. In the first Bioshock you were able to hack alarm systems, security bots and automated turrets to use to your advantage and in the new multiplayer you can also hack turrets and bots to fight for you as well as hacking first aid stations to injure others while they attempt to use it.
There have been some fear expressed with Digital Extremes making the multiplayer due to the fact that Digital Extremes are the creators of the less than popular Dark Sector game. However, upon seeing different trailers and info about the multiplayer, I have high hopes and I do not believe Digital Extremes will mess it up. Digital Extremes forte is really FPS games anyways, which is what Bioshock is.
I, for one, can not wait to get my hands on Bioshock 2 and I think the multiplayer looks like a great addition to an already amazing game franchise. Bioshock 2 is set to hit store shelves early 2010 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC so until then, watch the multiplayer video to hold you over.