Remembering Rapture: A Bioshock Retrospective

Posted by Amy |

There is always a lighthouse. There is always a man. There is always a city. There is also a story worth remembering.

Big daddy

Bioshock still stands as one of my favorite first person shooter games. Would you kindly dive back into the waters of Rapture with me?

Somewhere in the early 60’s, a man named Jack is aboard a passenger aircraft that crashes into the ocean. While fishermen tell tales of mermaids, there would be no such luck for our protagonist. What he finds in the dark abyss instead is a city. Enter Rapture.


Founded by the handsome Andrew Ryan, Rapture was created as a closed off utopia for the world’s best movers and shakers. Not held down by the red tape of the world above sea level, it was the goal of Rapture to progress the areas of science forward. We all know how science projects in video game stories usually turn out…

The discovery of ADAM changed everything. Who knew that within the soft body of sea slugs rested the secret to superhuman powers? The addictive ADAM, when processed from its ravaging green form, is what made the city of Rapture go ‘round. Combining Andrew Ryan’s hands-off approach of running the city with a ton of isolated people looking to push genetics along, it’s easy to see how the state of the great underwater city fell into turmoil.

The adorable little sisters, big daddies, and troves of ADAM addicts now wander the halls of this once pristine city. The big daddies are probably one of my more favorite creations, who only care about protecting the little sisters that walk with them (you did save them, right? RIGHT?). Using ADAM infused plasmids, guns, and other assorted skills such as telekinesis, it’s up to Jack to clear the way and uncover the story set in motion. And what a grand story it is.

little sister

As for the later games in the series, I have mixed feelings. The second game felt a bit more like DLC than its own story worth telling. I was skeptical originally of Bioshock Infinite going into the sky, but was pleasantly surprised with the storytelling and overall tone. Infinite had a way of getting you involved that was sorely missing from the second game.

Even with how great Infinite was, I always find myself going back to the original. Which Bioshock game was your favorite?