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BioShock welcomes you to Rapture. A city where opportunity awaits those brave enough to grasp it. A city where the artist need not fear the censor. Where the scientist is not bound by petty morality. Where the great are not held back by the weak.

Set in an alternate 1960, BioShock places you in the middle of an underwater utopia gone badly wrong. With a provocative and intelligent storyline, this is a game that is alternately beautiful, thrilling, funny, frightening and always involving. An experience that makes you think while you play.


  • Award-winning - BioShock has won numerous game more...

What's New

Version 1.1.1:
  • Improves stability
  • Adds support for additional game controllers
  • Fixes a number of minor issues


  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • Minimum 1.4GHz Intel Processor
  • Minimum 1.5GB RAM
  • Minimum 128MB graphics card
  • 8GB free harddrive space
  • This game does not support GMA graphics cards with shared RAM

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Umaromc Member IconReview+721

It's difficult to put into words in any sort of new way the accolades of compliments this game received from professional publications whereas I wouldn't come across as sophomoric. I'll begin, then, with something small that sets me apart from those publications; personal computer specs!

MacPro (Early 2009 Edition)
Mac OS X 10.6.7/Quad-Core Xeon W3520 2.66GHz
3GB RAM/640GB HDD/2 SuperDrives (DVD-RW)/ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB

My intention is not to gloat I hope, I get a new computer every few years and this is the latest- I had an MDD G4 1GHz/1GB RAM/Radeon 9800Pro for years.

If you've played the console editions as I have the one noticeable lower quality is in the introduction where your character is on the plane- on the console versions, if I am not mistaken, this is rendered in real time using Bioshock's [Unreal 3] engine... here, it is video- until you crash, which is quite a short amount of time from when you click New Game anyway, and here's where the computer version shines (read; outshines).

The graphics are amazing- you have to *see* the water effects to really appreciate it. Almost every little detail of the game's locales has a very deliberately unique feel to it and the storyline will suck you in as it is tightly wound up in your actions. For a really good, visual review of this game I'd hunt down the Bioshock review on the GameTrailers com website.

As an extra note: This game takes advantage of multiple core CPUs and hunting down the INI located at "~/Library/Preferences/Feral Interactive/Bioshock/MacInit/Bioshock.ini" look for "HavokNumThreads=2" and change the "2" to the number of CPU cores you have. In my case this is "4". The game will not recognize a number higher than the amount of PHYSICAL CORES you have so forget about the hypothetical Hyperthreading number, FYI. The fluidity of the game was immediately noticeable after changing this value. For more on tweaking check out TweakGuides com's Bioshock page- just about anything applicable to the PC version is applicable to the Mac version.

My Dell monitor's maximum resolution is 1680x1050 and Bioshock runs quite well at this resolution with all settings at maximum... the consoles max out at 1080p with the optimum set-up and can't compare to the computer version's resolution or textures/graphics.

Now, utilizing flip-flop politics, I digress to the storyline. Again I can't go into much detail because I won't regurgitate what's already been said, but as was the aphorism of Reading Rainbow(tm); "...but don't just take my word for it!" Even if you don't like first person shooters- and I've read a handful of people comment agreeably from that camp- you will very likely enjoy this game.

Get it.

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Downloads 2,268
Version Downloads 1,035
Type Games / Action
License Demo
Date 07 May 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $29.99
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