BioShock versus Halo 3

Ryan sent me a link to an ad for freelancers at The ad asked for around two paragraphs on whether I liked Halo 3 or BioShock better. Since I won't be using it anywhere else I'm throwing my response up here. Hopefully I get a nibble on the freelance front. Considering I'm speaking about being a freelance writer this weekend, some new work might be nice.

Picking between Halo 3 and BioShock is like picking my favorite child. Or rather I assume that’s the sort of choice it is, given that I don’t have children it could very well prove that picking my favorite first person shooter out of the two recently released XBox 360 games is even harder. I mean one of my kids could be a real jerk, and the other sweetness and light, and so how hard would that be? Since neither of these games has, or likely ever will, lit my drapes on fire or poured chocolate sauce into the DVD player it gets a bit trickier picking a favorite.

It’s a good problem to have, sitting here looking at the cover art for two great games, trying to decide which one to put in. If I had to make this sort of Sophie’s Choice, then I would have to go with BioShock. I’ve played through Halo, I’ve played through Halo 2 and as much as it’s a wonderful step forward in the series Halo 3 is more of the same. Enjoyable, of course, but I got exactly what I expected out of the game. BioShock though threw me for a loop and scared the pants off of me. It builds such an immersive experience, that I could not help but be sucked into the world of Rapture.

BioShock is art; it’s a story as much as a game and thankfully it’s also a very enjoyable game. Halo 3 is a great game, but it just did not offer me as much of a narrative to hold onto. Choosing between the two games I’d go with BioShock every single time. Now excuse me, I have to go clean chocolate sauce out of my DVD player.

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