“Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?” we were asked as our Bathysphere descended to the underwater paradise of Rapture: a utopia, a meritocracy, a society that champions… hang on, why is there blood everywhere? Hitting PS3 a year after its Xbox 360 release, Ken Levine’s masterpiece was the thinking man’s shooter.
Tiptoeing through crumbling, underwater Art Deco corridors, you had a great arsenal of steampunk weaponry to play with and Plasmid superpowers that let you hack turrets, turn invisible or – best of all – shoot bees from your hands. It’s those elements, coupled with that “holy freaking WOW!” twist, that still make this special. Not to mention the haunted feeling of playing through someone else’s tragedy, which never lets up.