BioShock Remastered's brand new PC port is just as bad as the old one

Like Dead Rising earlier this week, BioShock Remastered is a reminder of the PC's darkest days—but in a bad way.

It’s difficult not to feel, as a PC gamer, like this whole “Remaster” kick the gaming industry has latched onto is anything but a shameless cash-grab. The occasional exception (Day of the Tentacle Remastered) starts to build up some goodwill, and then along comes a BioShock Remastered to kick the whole sandcastle down again.

I had high hopes for BioShock Remastered, given the state of the original 2007 portterrible mouse acceleration, paltry graphics options, and the fact it’s almost a decade old. I hoped 2K could fix its more egregious issues and bring it up to par with BioShock Infinite, if not graphically then at least on the back end.

BioShock Remastered

Alas, it’s not to be. The game’s earned the derisive nickname “BioShock Retextured” in Steam reviews because that’s apparently all that’s been done here. The developers slapped slightly higher-res assets into the game and called it a day. The remastered version still has the same terrible mouse acceleration and fewer graphics options.

According to some reviews, Remastered is also buggier than the original, with issues that were fixed in the 2007 release rearing their heads again. I haven’t run into any yet in A/B comparisons, but if true it makes this whole ordeal even more baffling.

I can’t complain too muchowners of BioShock’s 2007 port (myself included) received Remastered for free, and industrious Reddit users have posted ini workarounds for many of the game's worst issues. But I think I speak for others when I say I would’ve paid some amount if it meant BioShock Remastered received more than a lackluster spit-and polish.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags games

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Hayden Dingman

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?