BioShock Ultimate Rapture Edition outed

BioShock 1 and 2 plus all the DLC.

The British Board of Film Classification has outed BioShock Ultimate Rapture Edition for release in the UK.

It includes the original BioShock and BioShock 2 with all its DLC add-ons. The game was passed with no cuts and given an 18 rating.

The BBFC's description in full (THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD):

"During normal gameplay, the BioShock Ultimate Rapture compilation contains frequent strong bloody violence. The depiction of violence is similar throughout the original game and its sequel, with sight of spraying blood as enemies are attacked with a range of weapons, including a mechanised drill and a rivet gun.

"In spite of the fantastical nature of 'Rapture' and the heavy science fiction elements present in the narrative, such as the ability to use special destructive powers including freezing, immolation and telekinesis, the violence has a visceral feel during much of the combat. Enemies, including genetically mutated humans, twitch and scream as they are gunned down, and weapons such as a spear gun allow the player to pin characters to the wall in a cloud of blood. It is also possible to shoot enemies after death, with blood spurting from the corpses.

"At various points, the player is also given a moral choice to either kill or save 'Little Sisters' (possessed little girls who harvest the corpses scattered around the city). Such a scenario is clearly fantastical, although the player sees the girl reduced to a slimy writhing creature if he or she decides to harvest the girl rather than saving her. At '15', the BBFC's Guidelines state 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury.' The frequency and visceral impact of the violence exceeds this limit, with a dwelling on the infliction of both pain and injury throughout.

"The game also includes some very strong language during gameplay, as well as numerous uses of strong language. The very strong language is most appropriately classified at '18'."

There was a BioShock 2 Rapture Edition, which included the game and a 96-page art book packaged together in a slipcover. This was limited to a single production run.

We've asked publisher 2K Games for comment.

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