30VGC: Day 25 – A game you plan on playing

To know me is to know that I love my yearly series, and here’s a new a one! This year I’m taking on the 30-Day Video Game Challenge (30VGC). Though, actually, it’s going to be more like the 26-Week Video Game Challenge, since I’ll only be covering two or three topics from the challenge each month. You can check out my intended schedule in this post. With that, it’s game on!

A game that I plan on playing is…um…

…uh…

…well…

…let me…

…errr….

BIOSHOCK 2.

Ok, there, I committed to an actual answer. YOU HAPPY NOW?!

With every occasional gaming update I do here, I always include an “on the horizon” section in which I look at what I hope to put in the ol’ gaming pipeline. Right now, I’m pretty sure that pipe is near bursting, and I think I can relieve the pressure by finally getting Bioshock 2 out of there.

I picked up the Bioshock trilogy a few years ago on Steam. And after finally getting around to the first game (and being utterly stunned by its brilliance), I was going to dive into the second game. But I quickly found out that Bioshock 2 would not play on our little Alienware Alpha machine, neither the original version nor the remastered version. I’d get as far as loading up a splash screen, and then the whole thing crashed. So I then moved to trying to get either version to load on our gaming PC, and…nothing. Not even a splash screen there — the game refused to load altogether. So off to the internets I went!

As it turned out, the PC version of Bioshock 2 was incompatible with Windows 10. Well, yippyfuckingskippy for me. A number of good folks with computer sense offered up some helpful-looking workarounds on different sites (and even then it seemed the game was still prone to crashing), but I was just not that motivated to try to get it to work. And really, I had plenty else to play, so I eventually just forgot about it. Sort of.

I think I mentioned here at one point that I picked up Sleeping Dogs on the cheap through the PSN store on the PS3? Well, that find caused me to start checking the store more often. And that’s eventually where I found Bioshock 2 on sale, which I snatched up and downloaded to my library. This is where it’s been sitting since the summer…waiting…just waiting.

While I remain reticent at making promises, even ones to myself (y’know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men…), I suppose that I could make a strong effort to play this game over my Christmas break. But right now, with Red Dead Redemption II in my hands and my steady addiction to Neverwinter, who knows how things’ll go once Christmas rolls around. I’m sure that both games will run their respective courses. And when they do, maybe I’ll be ready for Bioshock 2.

Maybe.

5 Comments

  1. I haven’t played any of the Bioshocks because FPS titles aren’t my thing. From what I hear the sequel is very similar to the first, which disappointed some people. The second game is however is meant to have a good DLC story.

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    1. Yeah, I’ve heard that as well about the second Bioshock, that it doesn’t differ much from the first. For myself, after the experience of playing the first game, I’d say that more of the same is perfectly okay by me, because the first game was amazing. Guess I’ll find out if that holds true eventually, even though I don’t think I have any of Bioshock 2’s DLC. Ah, well.

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  2. That Bioshock 2 bug is a strange one. I have the entire trilogy (including the remaster) on PC and Bioshock 2 works just fine. I have Windows 10 by the way. I really need to complete Sleeping Dogs. I’ve owned it for years and I’ve never bothered to play. That and Mankind Divided :).

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    1. Cool that it works for you! I do recall reading that some people had no problems running the game(s) on Windows 10 either. I could have looked into it further, but I’ll be happy enough with the PS3 version.

      We have a couple Deus Ex games lurking about, but I’ve yet to touch them. They look interesting enough, but there always seems to be something that looks *more* interesting. 🙂 Meanwhile, hope you do get to Sleeping Dogs at some point. I replayed a portion of it recently, and it still looks great and plays great.

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