DISCLAIMER: I did like the game.
I was chatting with some friends about this particulary game the other day, and to this day it stills amazes me.
Maybe it's because I played it too late, somewhere around 2010-2011, and not back in 2006/7 (don't remember now) when it released. But seriously, why is Bioshock 1 so praised?
No matter how I look at it, it's just an atmospheric FPS with a nice twist. But everything else is completely dull; sure, gameplay is good for the most part, and I kind of see why fighting Big Daddies is such a big thing, but atrocious boss battle and endings, illusion of choice for the most part of the game, plus some inmmersion-breaking moments (five minutes into the game and you're inyecting yourself some strange syringes in a machine? YES, I know why the character does that, but you can't expect me to understand it at that moment, right?). On a side note, the hacking mini-game was very cool.
Is it the twist? Is that it? It's certainly a good one, but I'll be damned if there aren't better plot twists out there. What is it, exactly? I honestly think there are far better FPS out there (Heck, I do think Bioshock 2 is still the best Bioshock of the franchise, yet this one got more bashing than 1 or Infinite), yet they receive less praise, when they achieve a much more smooth gunplay and inmmersive atmosphere/plot.
Or maybe I'm just a hipster.