The one game that everyone seems to be looking forward to has finally gone gold. With all the news, previews and articles surrounding BioShock I don’t think there’s anyone out there who doesn’t know what this game is about. Heck, even we seem to have BioShock news on this site once a week.

But going gold is a big deal. If a game goes gold it means that there’s nothing else left to program and nothing else left to touch up; the game is finished. It also means that the time is drawing nigh-and-high for gamers to get well acquainted with the likes of Big Daddy, plasmids and a bevy selection of customizable and upgradable weapons. That’s not to mention that BioShock is one of the few games out there that focuses heavily on a plot that unfolds through player exploration and adventuring.

As stated in the press release, “Players enter the game as a castaway in Rapture, an underwater utopia torn apart by civil war. Caught between powerful forces and hunted down by genetically modified "splicers" and deadly security systems, players have to come to grips with a dangerous and mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. With multiple avenues for surmounting challenges on both a moral and tactical level, no encounter ever plays out the same and no two gamers will play BioShock the same way.”

The game is due out exclusively for PC and Xbox 360 and will be widely available on retailer shelves on August 24, 2007. You can view some of the features of the game below or check out the Official BioShock Website for more information .

BioShock Features:

• Biologically modify your body with plasmids, which are genetic augmentations that empower you with dozens of fantastic abilities including: sending Electrobolts storming from your fingertips, unleashing a swarm of hornets hatched from the veins of your arms, or strategically turning enemies against one another with irritants.

• Take control of your world by hacking devices and systems: reprogram enemy security bots into personal bodyguards, modify vending machines to change prices, and transform machine gun security turrets into powerless pieces of metal. • Upgrade your weapons at Power-to-the-People stations located through Rapture: craft variants of ammo and plasmids by picking up materials in the city and modifying them at U-Invent kiosks.

• Turn everything into a weapon: the environment, your body, fire and water, and even your worst enemies. BioShock’s free form combat options allow gameplay scenarios to be approached with a variety of weapons: inject active and passive plasmids, utilize environmental objects, exploit political alliances, or use a combination of techniques. Find your style but know when to adapt.

• Explore an incredible and unique art deco world hidden deep under the ocean, vividly illustrated with realistic water effects and truly next generation graphics.

• Make meaningful and mature decisions that culminate in the ultimate question: Do you exploit the innocent survivors of Rapture to save yourself…or risk it all to become their savior?

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