By Adam B. Vary
Updated February 17, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST
Courtesy of 2K Games

There’s just no way BioShock 2 could re-create the singular rush of discovery from the first game, which introduced the epically dank submerged dystopia of Rapture. Thankfully, the sequel doesn’t really try. Instead, it sharpens the mechanics of the game itself. Playing as a dive-suited Big Daddy, you can now zap enemies with genetic ”plasmids” and blast them with a rivet gun at the same time. If the story feels comparatively slight, you’ll be too busy beating back Rapture’s ferocious citizenry to really notice. B+

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