The completionist within me – Bioshock

If I were to describe myself as a gamer in one word, I would have to say, “completionist”. “Completionist” isn’t even a word, but it’s the one I would use regardless. It’s for this reason that this past console generation has been a blast for me: I live for earning trophies. I always spend the first playthrough sitting back and enjoying the game, but when those credits roll, it’s on. I’m checking out the trophy list to see what I’m missing from my initial run of the game. In this series, I’m going to be talking about some of my favorite games that I completed the set for. First up is the original Bioshock.

Bioshock is definitely one of my favorite games. I dig the dark, moody atmosphere, and the gameplay and storytelling was topnotch. My fondest memory, however, was getting that platinum trophy. There are some basic trophies that you should expect in every game; mainly trophies that require you to go and collect items, which can be pretty time-consuming. What was going to be the real challenge, however, was the trophy titled, “I Chose the Impossible”. This trophy required you to complete the game on the hardest difficulty with all the “Vita Chambers” (respawn points) turned off. That means you have to go back to whenever your last save was.

For a long time I thought that this truly was impossible. How was I supposed to get through the game on the hardest difficulty when I had a hard time with it on normal?  After a couple months of avoiding it, I finally had enough and started my quest. As it turns out, it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. In fact, it’s not even in my top ten of hardest trophies. What made it so easy is the fact that Bioshock actually gets easier as the game progresses. The further you get, the more upgrades are bought, and the more weapons are found. This gives you many more options when you start to run low on ammo. The hardest part of the whole playthrough? Throwing down with the first Big Daddy.

I technically didn’t best “Mr. Bubbles” per say. He actually glitched onto a nearby bench when he charged at me, and couldn’t escape while I mercilessly beat him down with my wrench (I had run out of ammo and juice for my shock plasmid). Granted, I didn’t feel too bad as this was about a dozen tries in. Eventually I made it to the end of Bioshock (again), getting the trophy I so desired, and the platinum along with it.

To this day this is my favorite trophy that I’ve gotten. Partly because the title is awesome, but more so because it’s the trophy that unleashed my obsessive compulsion to get the platinum trophy for all my games. Granted, there are many trophies I haven’t gotten because the game wasn’t all that fun, or because I needed the internet for them (I can’t get highspeed internet at my house). I always get what I can from the games I love though. You haven’t truly conquered a game until you get all its trophies/achievements.

With this series of articles I want to start some conversing on IM PLAYIN’. It’s fun when you get to brag about which trophies or achievements you have, or to give advice to someone trying for one you already have. Even if you don’t care about trophies or achievements, we can still get together and talk about the games that I mention in the articles, or any games at all for that matter! I would absolutely love to hear from our readers! So let me have it! Have you gotten all the trophies for Bioschock? Want to brag about some other trophies you have? Leave a comment!

  • kevin

    gg on your completion of the game

  • kevin

    gg on your completion of the game