BioShock 2 comparison video shows off improvements on Switch

bioshock 2 nintendo switch

BioShock: The Collection launched for Nintendo Switch today, alongside Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and XCOM 2 Collection. On the Nintendo eShop it is possible to purchase the Borderlands and BioShock games separately. With that in mind, we’ve got a video that shows you just how far one particular BioShock game, BioShock 2, has come since it first launched for Xbox 360 in 2010.

The biggest takeaway that I could see in the gameplay is just how much crisper and clearer the Nintendo Switch version looks. At the time the game launched, it was fashionable to add a layer of blur or grime and desaturation, particularly to a game set mostly in dark corridors like BioShock 2. Unfortunately that sometimes made the game look dull, with the colors appearing dim. The Nintendo Switch version maintains that moody atmosphere but brings those fluorescent colors to back to life.

Unfortunately it does look like the Nintendo Switch version lost out in some of the set pieces. Towards the end of the video, the Big Sister fight, the finale that floods the room with water has a much more cinematic look on Xbox 360. The spinning table has obviously been deliberately placed in the center of the player’s view, but in the Nintendo Switch version it may be further away if the video is being understood correctly, in which case it loses impact. This could be a difference made between the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of the game, and while the remaster still looks better overall, BioShock 2 is a game that hinges on the player being invested and engrossed in the world.

At the very least, everything looks a lot clearer in the Nintendo Switch version of the game. With less blur comes more clarity, which should make sneaking around, or using lots of Plasmids at once, much easier on the eyes.


Jamie Sharp
Started out playing Metroid 2 on the GameBoy at around 5 years-old, and now I write about games all day long. Can't play Switch and drive, I've tried. As time goes on the Switch is quickly becoming my favourite console of all time.