First of all, one must understand that there are many categories to which games can be rated. One might call the genre, while I feel like there is need of classification of more depth. For such an instance, I undoubtedly would call the Bioshock franchise of EPIC proportions. Quite honestly, they make for some of my favorite games from their atmospheric richness and ever-engrossing ideologies.
The first Bioshock indeed set the bar. Very high. I give it an eight of eight and a nine point five of ten. Why not ten of ten? I feel there were some parts where they walked too closely the line of psychotic madness. Granted, the human mind is a wonderful thing–and a powerful tool for manipulation and corruption. This series captures the most in-depth storytelling I have ever played. For once, I am as interested in the protagonist as I am in his surroundings. Truly, a franchise to be reckoned.
The triangular thought of views of you–the protagonist–as to that of Andrew Ryan the Antagonist and Atlas, the mysterious. Such a game reminds me of a quote by Alexander from Amnesia: The Dark Descent, “Are you so blind that you see no good in me? Or evil in Agrippa?”