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BioShock vs. System Shock

System Shock 13 1.83%
System Shock 2 62 8.72%
BioShock 242 34.04%
BioShock 2 37 5.20%
BioShock Infinite 145 20.39%
None - Don't Like Any of Them 64 9.00%
Other - Haven't Played Any/Enough to Vote 148 20.82%

This week's front page poll.

Spiritually-related cult-favourite franchises System Shock and, as of this week, BioShock, both have confirmed sequels in the works. But of first five titles across the two series, which is your favourite?

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Never played system shock.

Bioshock 1 and Infinite are both in my top 10 games of all time.

Actually just picked up the Complete Edition of the latter to play the Burial at Sea DLC I missed out on; will play it in January once I finish Witcher 3.

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

I've only played Bioshock. I thought it was a good game in spite of it being FPS, a genre I normally don't care for at all.

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Hmmm... atmosphere and story wise I like Bioshock 1 the best. But the problem with that game was that there was no real penalty for death, so you were free to just charge in whacking things with a wrench till they died. Infinite made an actual penalty for death. Minor really, but enough to make you care about surviving.

Never played any of the System shock games.

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Never played either but Infinite is on the table.

Bioshock and System Shock 2 are among my favorite games of all time. Though, at the end of the day, i'd say Bioshock. They're both such great franchises nonetheless! Still has me shocked that the immersive sim genre isn't very popular nowadays...


Xxain said:
Never played either but Infinite is on the table.

I'd recommend playing Bioshock first.  Don't want to spoil anything, and you can definitely get 95% of what's going on without ever playing Bioshock, but the story will be much more complete if you played Bioshock 1 first.  You can safely skip two though.

Xxain said:
Never played either but Infinite is on the table.

First Bioshock is way better than Infinite if you can live with a bit older graphics.

As for the poll I voted SS2. The game is probably a hard game to play for people now since Unreal Engine 1 graphics show their age. But for all the things people praised BS for (except the setting) SS2 had already done it.

I held off playing BS for years, because of the stupid reason that I got irritated that BS got praise for being ”inovative” with things SS2 had allready done. When I finally played BS I did actually like it very much, but SS2 was still first.

I love Bioshock 1&2, didn't care much for Infinite. As for System Shock, i'm never played it. My pick is Bioshock 1.