BioShock 2 strategy guide

Rapture may be beautiful, but it’s also a dangerous place to be. So why not make it even more dangerous (for everyone else, that is)? These tips should go a long way to ensuring that you make Rapture your own underwater palace in double-quick time. If you just want to get through to the end, you could probably do it in under five hours. If you’ve got somewhere to be, power-up one or two of the plasmids (we’d recommend Electro Bolt and Winter Blast), specialise in just one weapon (a fully-powered rivet gun will dish out fire damage on all enemies), and harvest every Little Sister you can get your hands on.

If you want to jump straight to our multiplayer tips, click here.

Single-player tips

Keep running out of ammo?
Fight smart. Make sure you hack every vending machine you come across to lower the prices (be sure to invest in some gene tonics to make it easier), and stock up when you can. Learn all the weapons, because you never know what you’ll be left with at the end of a tough fight, and use the hypnotise plasmid regularly, so you can fight alongside security bots and even other Big Daddies.

Hacking has changed completely, so get ready to stop the needle in the green area (or the blue for an extra boost). They gradually get harder as the game progresses, so be sure to invest in some gene tonics to slow the needle down. The best thing about hacking this time around is that you can do it in real time, while fighting enemies. You can also hack machines remotely by firing an auto-hack dart – useful for bypassing troublesome security systems.

Above: Auto-hack darts are in short supply (surprise), so pick your moments carefully 

Radio gaga
Follow the sounds of the radios littered around Rapture – they’ve been placed there specifically to lead you to top secret hidden areas!

Weapons can be upgraded at selected Power to the People machines, but these are exceedingly rare, and worse still, they’re a one-shot only deal. For this reason, it’s best to specialise by ploughing all your money into one or two weapons; once maxed, they’re capable of delivering elemental damage – for example, the rivet gun spits out flame-tinged bullets, while the buck gives out an electrical shock. An additional benefit is that you can spend your money exclusively on weapons for just a select number of guns.

If you primarily use plasmids but are frustrated by how quickly they run out, you might want to consider the specialist gene tonic, which disables the guns entirely but makes both the EVE hypos and the drill fuel significantly more economical. If this is your bag, you can use the Power to the People machines to improve the drill so it can freeze targets and deflect bullets.

Above: The buck isn’t the most accurate gun going, but it’s got one heck of a kick 

These are a new breed of Big Daddy, capable of long-range attacks courtesy of deployable mini-turrets, but inevitably, they’re no slouch in the close-range combat department, either. Despite all that, the best defence with a Big Daddy is a good offence. You can pick and choose when to start the fight, so make sure you’re stocked up on drill fuel, pick a plasmid capable of temporarily disabling him (such as Winter Blast), and bore away. Big Daddies with Little Sisters in tow can now be healed if you leave them alone long enough, so be sure to stay on top of things.

Above: This isn’t a Rumbler. But whatever, right? They’re all the same! Nope 

Desk job
Look around the desks located deep within Fontaine Futuristics. On one, you’ll find an unstable transportation plasmid. It’s a tricky blighter to track down, but it’s totally worth it.


  • vampfire07 - November 30, 2010 5:53 p.m.

    Kill a Big Daddy without getting hit: Required: 1. Equip the Gene Tonic "Freeze Drill". 2. Fill your Drill Fuel to about 280-300. 3. Stock up with EVE Hypo (at least 3). 4. Plasmid "Electro Shock" (first Plasmid you gained). Steps: 1. Start your drill spinning and hit the Big Daddy for a few seconds. 2. Shock him with Electro Shock. 3. Repeat step 1 once the shock is over. 4. If you run out of fuel, just use manual drilling (Shift). Easy as that.
  • waffledragon33 - April 15, 2010 10:49 a.m.

    thanks guys
  • waffledragon33 - April 15, 2010 10:49 a.m.

    thanks guys
  • barrage7667 - February 18, 2010 4:02 a.m.

    @warzone u dont actually get it but keep touching it and sumthing will eventually happen...also u cant hypnotize a big sister in tht 2 sister fite so thts useless there it says u cabt hypnotize sumthing thts not living
  • fuzzyman7978 - February 17, 2010 5:18 p.m.

    ne1 know if there is anywhere to find adam vial heat maps?
  • LOUDcarBOMB - February 13, 2010 5:07 a.m.

    @warzone22 no you can't use it. its a tonic.
  • warzone22 - February 12, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    *possible spoiler* does anyone know if you can actually use the unstable teleport plasmid,when i tried grabbing it it just disappeared.
  • mcoll_17 - February 10, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    I skipped the Single Player part and went to the multiplayer since I want to try the single player for myself. Multiplayer actually looks great with the unique modes. Good tips.
  • kkokko - February 10, 2010 10:59 a.m.

    WHAT IS THE BRAND NEW PLASMID o_O damn. i need to know.:D
  • Red - February 10, 2010 7:20 a.m.

    Thanks for the review GR, I wouldn't have even played this game if not for you. Your tip against the two big sisters will come in handy.
  • Cyberninja - February 10, 2010 2:49 a.m.

    nice article i guess when a game is a ten out of ten it gets extra coverage
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - February 10, 2010 2:25 a.m.

    Audio diary guide will be up this week - promise. Hopefully a Power to the People guide soon after.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - February 10, 2010 12:05 a.m.

    im not going to read this til my second playthrough i want to figure it out on my own
  • batman5273 - February 9, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    Great Article, when are you posting a collectibles guide?? oh and BTW: FIRST!!

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