EVERYBODY KEEPS SAYING IT, but publishers just don't seem to be listening: we are tired of remasters. More than that, we're tired of paying for remasters, and we're tired of paying for them only a few years after the originals.
2K has at least had the decency to provide BioShock Remastered and BioShock 2 Remastered for free for PC users on Steam, but the collection of those two games and BioShock Infinite on PS4 and Xbox One weighs in at around £35, and for games a lot of people paid full price for the first time, that's just not good enough.
To illustrate just how little seems to have changed between BioShock and BioShock Remastered, we've put together a little gallery for you. For reference, all shots were taken at 1080p with all optional effects rammed to the top.
The fact we took the shots on the same middle-of-the-road PC and both had very similar framerates gives some clue as to what 2K has actually done with the remaster...
There's some irony about a game criticising the themes of libertarianism and capitalism for capitalism's sake, while being re-released in a barely-changed form to soak up twice as much money. Sweat of your brow indeed, Mr Ryan.
Shots will appear as original BioShock first, and BioShock Remastered second in every instance.
This isn't game engine rendered, so is a far starker difference between versions. Maybe Remastered itself could have looked this good?
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Measures just 15.75mm at its thickest point
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