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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:03 PM   #1
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'BioShock' for iOS Now Available Worldwide




Following hints of a release earlier this summer, the iOS version of 2K Games' original first person shooter BioShock is now available in the App Store. Rumored since 2008, BioShock on iOS is a port of the full, original game first released in 2007.

Set in 1960, BioShock asks players to take on the role of Jack, a plane crash survivor who finds his way into the defunct underwater city of Rapture. Jack has to fight his way out of the city, battling Big Daddies and other enemies while using an array of heavy weaponry and taking advantage of genetics-altering plasmids that grant him super powers. Over the course of the game, players also discover the rich history behind the creation of Rapture and its eventual fall.

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One of the greatest first person shooters of all time, BioShock comes to iOS!

BioShock is the "genetically enhanced" first person shooter where you can turn everything into a weapon: the environment, your body, fire and water, and even your worst enemies.

You are a cast-away in Rapture, an underwater Utopia torn apart by civil war. Caught between powerful forces, and hunted down by genetically modified "splicers" and deadly security systems, you have to come to grips with a deadly, mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. No encounter ever plays out the same, and no two gamers will play the game the same way.
Earlier this month, our sister site TouchArcade went hands on with BioShock for iOS, and found that it runs "like a dream on iOS hardware" but had somewhat poor virtual controls as is common with first person shooters on a touchscreen. It does, however, work very well with a Bluetooth controller, which makes it "just like playing on a console." The game's graphics were slightly toned down to make it run on iOS, removing the fog and dynamic shadows, but TouchArcade says "you'd be hard-pressed to tell."

BioShock is limited to newer iOS devices, including the iPad Air, Retina iPad mini, fourth-generation iPad, and the iPhone 5/5c/5s.

BioShock can be downloaded from the App Store for $14.99. [Direct Link]

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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:06 PM   #2
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Interesting! Now Pc games can be played on iOS, i wonder what is next?
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:13 PM   #3
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Loved this game on the Xbox 360.
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:21 PM   #4
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I wonder if we'll see an A7-based iPod Touch this year? The lack of rumours or leaks makes it seem unlikely. That would mean this Bioshock release or really lack of release marks the beginning of the end of iPod Touch gaming which used to be so heavily promoted by Apple.
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:35 PM   #5
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Third generation iPad owner and this is the first time I've personally seen an incompatible app. It begins!!
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:37 PM   #6
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Meh. Complicated controls just don't work on iPad.
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:39 PM   #7
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No support for Mfi game controllers like the Logitech Powershell?
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:40 PM   #8
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Is there no controller support? If not, that's sad, and really sad for Apple because they were too stupid to understand that they needed to make their own controller. It wasn't hard to see that third party controllers weren't going to go anywhere. I personally own the Moga one because I won it in a contest, and it is laughably bad, and ridiculously cheaply made, with poor materials. There are also virtually no apps that support them because developers know that no one has them. Only Apple could sell one that a lot of people would buy.

I wish Apple would surprise everyone with a controller of their own designed for the iPhone 6 which could be used for either size.
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:42 PM   #9
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Is there no controller support? If not, that's sad, and really sad for Apple because they were too stupid to understand that they needed to make their own controller. It wasn't hard to see that third party controllers weren't going to go anywhere. I personally own the Moga one because I won it in a contest, and it is laughably bad, and ridiculously cheaply made, with poor materials. There are also virtually no apps that support them because developers know that no one has them. Only Apple could sell one that a lot of people would buy.
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No support for Mfi game controllers like the Logitech Powershell?
It has controller support.
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:42 PM   #10
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Third generation iPad owner and this is the first time I've personally seen an incompatible app. It begins!!
I was holding on to my old 30pin devices for so long! Looks like its time for an upgrade.
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:43 PM   #11
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It has controller support.
Yes, the article states it has Bluetooth controller support but I'm asking about Mfi controllers.
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:44 PM   #12
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overhyped and ultrabrutal crap.
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:48 PM   #13
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Touchscreen controls with this game?



Hahahahaha
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:48 PM   #14
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Its sucks I cant play it on any of my devices
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:56 PM   #15
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Third generation iPad owner and this is the first time I've personally seen an incompatible app. It begins!!
Yeah, saw that on AppShopper just now. It made me laugh. Only one of my devices can play it, and it's the one that I wouldn't play something like this on.

But I get it. I've had lag issues on some games where it needed an update for it to work better on my A5 devices. For a game that will have continuous updates for the next year, I think they chose the best option.
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 11:04 PM   #16
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The game runs in pretty low resolution on my 5s. Just so people are aware; definitely NOT retina quality.
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MFi controller support. Check!

But does it support icloud?
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 11:20 PM   #18
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Interesting! Now Pc games can be played on iOS, i wonder what is next?
Next would be continuity. From iOS to Mac then Mac to iOS.

Me playing BioShock on iMac
Mom: Cmon honey we will be late.
Me: "Transfer the game to iPad" Fine!
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Next would be continuity. From iOS to Mac then Mac to iOS.

Me playing BioShock on iMac
Mom: Cmon honey we will be late.
Me: "Transfer the game to iPad" Fine!
I've been pushing for iCloud support across both Mac and iOS for years but for some reason, developers don't want to do it. I would absolutely love to see cross platform iCloud embraced one day.
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Third generation iPad owner and this is the first time I've personally seen an incompatible app. It begins!!
Which is why I plan to rid my iPad 3 this year and shoot for an iPad mini retina 2. Or, if a 5.5" iPhone 6 does exist, I'm throwing all my money into an unlocked 32GB 5.5" iPhone 6 and calling it day.(iPad is by far my least used device) I may still do that even with the 4.7".

The warning signs of the iPad 3's demise were when Apple decided to refresh it with the iPad 4 so quickly.
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Which is why I plan to rid my iPad 3 this year and shoot for an iPad mini retina 2. Or, if a 5.5" iPhone 6 does exist, I'm throwing all my money into an unlocked 32GB 5.5" iPhone 6 and calling it day.(iPad is by far my least used device) I may still do that even with the 4.7".

The warning signs of the iPad 3's demise were when Apple decided to refresh it with the iPad 4 so quickly.
Yeah it really doesn't bother me all that much. It's my least used device as well and I don't play many games, let alone graphics intensive stuffs.

But for a game I don't really care about buying at the moment, it's out of reach and suddenly there's this sickening tinge of "butIwantitthough…".
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 12:44 AM   #22
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Third generation iPad owner and this is the first time I've personally seen an incompatible app. It begins!!
Are you serious? Many games don't run or have problems running on iPad 3, essentially performance are like iPad2 but with retina (you need more power to drive a display like that).
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I wonder if we'll see an A7-based iPod Touch this year? The lack of rumours or leaks makes it seem unlikely. That would mean this Bioshock release or really lack of release marks the beginning of the end of iPod Touch gaming which used to be so heavily promoted by Apple.
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It is 2 gens behind already and in a few days it's going to be 3 gens behind ...
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 02:13 AM   #24
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Third generation iPad owner and this is the first time I've personally seen an incompatible app. It begins!!
i had the same thought ... oh well i dont like to play these type of games on a iDevice anyway. im more like a quick game like QuizUp kind of person. also too expensive for an app

always wonder how these type of games are allowed to be sold on the german app store. i mean the xbox counterpart is rated 18+ over here and you have to show your ID when you buy it at the store and even have to verify with an ID if you would order it on amazon. yet it can be downloaded on the itunes store without any verification

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Why would they release a 5 year old game in degraded graphics?

I am no expert, but last I heard was that porting a game takes serious effort. The kind of players who want to play Bioshock probably had it at least for 3 years by now.

I'll never understand how publishers decide what games to release
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