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Is BioShock better than Halo 3?

BioShock is better than Halo 3 because of... STORY

Joe's argument: Halo's hackneyed "save the Earth from aliens" storyline has been rehashed ad nauseam since the invention of the science fiction genre. The characters - gung ho knuckle dragging meat heads - are cardboard cutouts of tired heroes.

BioShock, on the other hand, is brave and original enough to delve into the murky depths of human motivation and extremist ideology.  While the story draws inspiration from heady philosophical sources like Friedrich Nietzsche and Ayn Rand, it never feels inaccessible. There are plenty of crowd-pleasing explosions and raging beasties to keep the action brisk.

Charlie's response: Look, I'm not going to argue against BioShock here. I'm the one who gave the game a 10 out of 10 review, after all. The storytelling is masterful.

But so is Halo's, albeit in a different way. While BioShock is a personal tale of horror and identity, the Halo trilogy is an epic in every sense of the word, a rousing galactic saga packed with larger than life characters, spectacular set pieces and cinematic blockbuster pacing.

It's like asking me to choose the better movie, Star Wars or Apocalypse Now. It can't be done.



23 comments

  • MadCowDisease - December 7, 2008 8:06 p.m.

    I don't see how it matters. It's all opinion, there's no 'better' game.
  • Smeggs - November 17, 2008 3:39 a.m.

    Halo 3 was good. But that's just it, it was good, not great. It was Average and everything it did has been done before dozens of times and a lot of times it was done better. Bioshock was basically System Shock two which was kind of saddening but it was still an amazing game, the only problem may be that after you got enough plasmids and tonics even a Big Daddy was just a minor inconveniance when you saw a little sister. Bioshock>>>>>...>Halo 3
  • TENAXIS - November 16, 2008 5:09 a.m.

    lets just put it this way... BIOSHOCK better storyline Halo 3 better multiplayer DONE!!
  • blankpixelsCG - November 15, 2008 5:36 p.m.

    Oryandymackie, you are a fucktard. The only good thing about Halo is multiplayer? Well, shit, I guess you forgot about the fucking campaign. Oh, and the map editor. Oh, and the filesharing. Oh, and the DLC. I could go on, but I feel I've sufficiently pointed out your jackassery. With that said, I do prefer Bioshock but not for retarded reasons like you do.
  • purpleshirt - November 15, 2008 2:49 a.m.

    I think halo wins all these "halo vs bio shock halo vs gears halo vs cod" for the simple reason that halo is the one being compared nobodys saying gears vs cod its always halo and thats why halo wins
  • MyGameName - October 6, 2008 1:50 a.m.

    Halo's weapon system was not the first to use the 2 weapon rule. I remember playing nightfire before halo and it's multiplayer had an option for "Professional Mode" (2 weapons).
  • oryandymackie - September 4, 2008 5:07 p.m.

    BioShock is much better, basically. The only good thing about Halo is multiplayer
  • Maccaspakka - November 22, 2008 5:38 a.m.

    I agree with TENAXIS multiplayer has always been in halo anyways. And Bioshock has a WAY better storyline. I havnt even bothered to finish Halo a second time.
  • Cernunnos - November 18, 2008 7:51 a.m.

    Halo takes this one hands down. i loved bioshock, LOVED it. but i have, so far, not bothered to go at it again. Halo 3 i have completed about 5 times, and countless hours spent on the multiplayer. Halo also has a better campaign, and better story. if you have any problems with halo's story, claiming halo has none; please read the books. its story is huge, immensly so. and i have to date not played an fps with more fine-tuned controlls than Halo. CoD4 is up there as well, pretty much a tie. Bioshocks i didnt really care too much for, not fluent enough. bioshock has awesome design, but the graphics look like melted plastic. kind'a clay-like if you will. and the big daddies? they werent hard at all?! maybe the 2 first ones were a little tough, but after getting a little experience; free adam harvest and little sister-slaughter. even the hammer-brutes in halo are harder. Halo was, and is, not only good, but awesome, groundbreaking, reveloutionary and the story is totally huge and compelling. the books were really good, except "the flood" which was just a book-version of the first game. Halo Ftw. only game that beats halo is Kingdom Hearts.
  • kingsmikefan - November 15, 2008 6:29 p.m.

    blankpixels, he didn't forget about the single player for Halo 3. It half decent. Bioshock's is AMAZING. fucktard
  • BuggattiFreak - November 15, 2008 2:11 a.m.

    Halo was much better.
  • kjadf12329 - November 15, 2008 1:04 a.m.

    BIOSHOCK SUCKS
  • bigx56 - June 14, 2009 2:55 p.m.

    bioshock is way better because bigdaddys and the graphics halo not so much
  • Dualcarrot - March 17, 2009 6:17 p.m.

    Bioshock is MUCH better than halo by a longshot. Bioshock mite not have multiplayer, but its story mode can not be beaten by any game. bioshock in my opinion is a masterpiece that cannot be beaten by any game, and i believe bioshockl completes the xbox 360 model, and everybody with an xbox should have bioshock. THIS GAME PWNS!!!!!!
  • RebornKusabi - February 10, 2009 1:57 a.m.

    Even though it's a MATTER OF FUCKING OPINION- it isn't fact whether Halo 3 or Bioshock is better than one another because they are both vastly different games with vastly different intentions. To put into context, this feature is like comparing (Both released in 1999) System Shock 2 and Half-Life: Opposing Forces- the first is a game that has inspired a legacy that to this day has not been filled and the other is a over-glorified expansion that you had to pay for. However, both were GREAT games in what they did and comparing each other IS like comparing apples and oranges. Fucking fanboys...
  • blankpixelsCG - April 14, 2009 12:06 a.m.

    Did I seriously type something that inflamatory? Holy crap. Sorry guys. I must've been on a non-sleep binge or something. I'm not usually like that.
  • Awesomeitude1523 - February 24, 2009 9:22 p.m.

    Woooh. Go Bioshock! Hao was good, but, and this is my opinion, I thought that bioshock was better.
  • JackSprat - February 23, 2009 7:21 p.m.

    basicly i think that halo 3 is good but it is to simular to halo 1 and 2, Its mostly the same storyline and enemies boiShok as Oryandymackie said in halo 3 you just dont get that "OH NO" moment bioShock to win
  • oryandymackie - February 16, 2009 6:07 p.m.

    yeah, "blankpixelsCG" I might have forgotten the Halo singleplayer, I think I fell asleep at the beginning, or actually just played the game MELEEING enemies because the shooting sucked so bad. Or researched Halo because the story is so messed up. I love Halo 1&2, but compared to a monolith like BioShock, Halo 3 loses. Have you ever had a moment in Halo like the moment in the beginning of BioShock, when the lights go off, and that's a real "OH NO" moment. Go home. BioShock for win!
  • Jiiik2 - February 5, 2009 8:43 a.m.

    i think bioshock is heaps better, halo got too boring too fast

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