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BIOSHOCK 2 (2010)

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BIOSHOCK 2 (2010)

Type VideoGame

Ratings Info Contains strong bloody violence and very strong language

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for adults icon18

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Note: The following text may contain spoilers

BIOSHOCK 2 is an action game played from the first-person perspective. Like the first game, it is set in the decaying underwater world of Rapture. The game was classified '18' for containing strong bloody violence and very strong language.

The depiction of violence in the game is extremely similar to that seen in the game's predecessor - there is sight of spraying blood as enemies are attacked with a range of weapons including a mechanised drill, a rivet gun and so on. Despite the fantastical world of Rapture and heavy science fiction elements present in the narrative - such as the ability to use special destructive powers including freezing, immolation and telekinesis - the violence is still strong with a visceral feel present during much of the combat. Enemies including genetically mutated humans twitch and scream as they are gunned down, and weapons such as a spear gun allow the player to pin characters to the wall in a cloud of blood. It is also possible to shoot enemies after death, with blood spurting from the corpses. As with BIOSHOCK, at various points in the game the player is also given a moral choice to either kill or save 'Little Sisters' - possessed little girls who harvest the corpses scattered around the city. Such a scenario is clearly fantastical, although the player sees the girl reduced to a slimy writhing creature if he or she decides to harvest the girl rather than saving her. At '15', the BBFC's Guidelines state that 'violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury.' In the case of BIOSHOCK 2 it was felt that the frequency and visceral impact of the violence went beyond this limit, with a dwelling on the infliction of both pain and injury present throughout.

The game also includes some very strong language during gameplay, as well as numerous uses of strong language - at '15', the BBFC's Guidelines state that 'there may be frequent use of strong language (for example, ‘fuck’)', but that 'aggressive or repeated use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable.' With repeated uses of very strong language present in the game, an 18 was considered the most suitable classification. Other language present includes of "bastards", "shit", "arse", "bitch", "wanker" and "bollocks".


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