BioShock on the PS3…

[ScrawlFX] has posted a little poll asking a very simple question:  “If BioShock came to the PS3 would you buy it?”

Now I must answer that question with a question.  “Why should I bother?”
here’s my thoughts.

1) BioShock for the PS3 would just be a port.  Ports aren’t normally as good as the original.

2) Most of gamers what that where going to play BioShock already have.  So you really aren’t going to get anything ‘new’ from the game.  We already know the story line, so the ending isn’t going to change. Even if the adventure changes a little getting to the ending(s).

3) Is there enough of a PS3 user base to make port of an already released game worth it to produce?

4) Bioshock, where as being a good game, is no longer a killer app.  It’s not going to push hardware sales of the PS3. 

5) BioShock is/was a Xbox360 exclusive and if Microsoft was smart it paid for the sequel too.

From a business point of view, sorry PS3 fans, I really don’t think BioShock is coming to the PS3.  There might be some money to be made there, but I really don’t think it’ll be enough (at least in the American market) to warrant a port.    You’re better of waiting for the the sequel if M$ hasn’t paid for it yet.

[05/22/08 – Update #1]
Looks like [some sites] are picking up a [Game Reactor] post stating that they will have information on BioShock coming to the PS3.    Now when I went to the site the post about the PS3 BioShock had been removed from the site.  Not seeing anything as to why.  Perhaps it was just posted to get some more hits?

[05/22/08 – Update #2]
Well, now [1UP] has a post now saying that the July Issue of EGM has a spread about BioShock coming to the PS3 with possible graphic improvements and coming just in time for the this years holiday season.

I still don’t believe it’s worth it.. but I’ll wait and see what EGM has to say about it.

[05/28/08 – Update #3]

[strategy informer] is reporting that the PS3 version of BioShock will not include any visual updates, just all the standard updates (Patches and the new plasmids)

The creative director for Bioshock is quoted to have said:

“whatever we end up with via our discussions with Sony, coupled with the fact that BioShock allows you to go through and roll your own shooter in the first place…these two factors together would turn into a motive for replay.”

I still do not understand all of this, why spend the money to port a the game to a system that has the smallest user base?  Again, it’s not like BioShock is going to push any hardware, and it’s already 9 months old, and there hasn’t been anything ‘new’ with the game in months.  No more patches or new plasmids, levels, mobs or anything.  Let alone cleaning up the laughable animation when you meet Ryan.  So there really is no reply value.  The only real ‘choice’ you have is if you are going to kill the daughters or not.   With how heavily the story is coupled with the game there really is NO reply value.

So there’s an open question to anyone working on the BioShock PS3 port.. Why bother?

[05/29/08 – Update #4]

Now [PC World] has quoted Christoph Hartmann (President of 2k Games) as saying:

“Since BioShock for Xbox 360 and Games for Windows won countless 2007 Game of the Year awards, we are excited to see the impact of this stellar title for the PlayStation 3 when it debuts this fall,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K.

“Over the coming months we look forward to revealing the new features and content that will make this a must-have game for its new audience, as well as for those who enjoyed it on the other platforms.”

Yeah.. we look forward to hearing about these new features and content…


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