2K’s BioShock trilogy is easily one of the most revered series in gaming, and to say that the remastered collection was highly anticipated, is an understatement. Personally, I have been a fan of the games since the beginning, and have played through the games multiple times. Considering how many games I play a year, that is a feat unto itself. Regardless, these three games hold a special place in my heart, and I couldn’t help but to dive into Rapture once again.
I do own the original guides, Collector’s Edition versions for the last two BioShock games, but am happy that Prima has released a book for the entire collection, with BioShock: The Collection Standard Edition Guide. That saves me from having to dig out the old books, from who knows where, and it also, saves me the eyesore of a stack of books on coffee table. Prima’s new omnibus does cover the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions of the remastered BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite, along with coverage of all DLC releases, and some brand-new content.
For a 560 page video game guide, Prima’s BioShock: The Collection Standard Edition Guide is a pretty solid offering. Particularly in comparison to their recent guide for the Complete Edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. In the BioShock: The Collection guide, all the pictures, maps, and artwork are well-represented. That’s not to say that there aren’t some omissions, or that the maps are terribly precise. There are certainly a few occasions were a more in-depth explanation would be helpful, particularly considering how connected the narrative elements are, along with their corresponding achievements and trophies.
Essentially, the BioShock: The Collection Standard Edition Guide is broken into the three individual games. Each of those three sections are then broken down into a foreward, or introduction section, followed by a walkthrough, some sort of appendix, and then an extras section, where DLC and extra-game challenges are covered. The BioShock: Infinite section does contain an interesting foreward from Ken Levine, and that iconic art from the game can also be found peppered throughout Prima’s BioShock: The Collection guide.
While it might have been nice to have all of this in a hardback book, Prima’s BioShock: The Collection Standard Edition Guide is a more than suitable companion for a return to Rapture. While it’s probably not the best tool to use as a walkthrough, it is a great reference book, and something that someone who’s played through these games before might use for an occasional refresher. There is of course additional game information that can be found on the included e-guide.