The promised BioShock patch for both Xbox 360 and PC has landed along with free downloadable content consisting of new plasmids, gene tonics and - in the case of 360 owners - an additional unlockable Achievement worth 100 gamerpoints.
The latter is rewarded for beating the game on Hard without resurrecting once at a Vita Chamber. You are permitted to reload using an earlier save-game file, just not to resurrect. A new "Disable Vita Chamber" option is also included for added difficulty, but it doesn't need to be toggled on to unlock the above Achievement - the game will know whether you've resurrected or not.
The new plasmids and gene tonics, meanwhile, are Sonic Boom, Sonic Boom 2, Eve Saver, Machine Buster, Machine Buster 2, Vending Expert, Vending Expert 2, and all are available on both formats as part of the downloadable update.
According to a press release issued this afternoon, Sonic Boom "hurls creatures and objects back with a blast of force", EVE Saver "enables plasmids to use less EVE", Vending Expert "reduces prices in the vending machines", Machine Buster "increases the amount of damage players deal to cameras, bots and turrets" and your humble correspondent wonders, "is this the best they could come up with?"
Additionally, amongst the bug-fixes and changes listed in the official website's changelog are the ability to adjust field-of-view, rebind keys where previously it didn't work, walk as well as run and use mouse acceleration properly.
PC owners can download the 1.1 patch from 2K Games' support site for people who bought a retail version, but those who purchased a digital distribution copy (through Steam, etc) should not install this patch. Xbox 360 owners will be prompted to download the patch next time they fire up the game.