Bioshock returns us to Rapture

Hotly anticipated sequel to Bioshock, the creatively entitled Bioshock 2 has arrived with thousands of US game shops having opened at midnight so the kids could head on back to the weird world of of Rapture.

The sequel to the 2007 game of the year finally launched after a delay on its release date blamed on the idea that the economy might improve so more people might buy it.

The first-person shooter is set 10 years after the events of the original Bioshock and takes players back to the undersea city of Rapture.

"One of the most exciting aspects of the original Bioshock was how fans responded with adoration for the game, from creating home-made Big Daddy suits to their own Bioshock-inspired art and videos," said 2K Games president Christoph Hartmann.

"Bioshock represented a watershed moment in the gaming industry when it illustrated that games, like feature films, can be viewed as art, both in art design and in the rich depth of the narrative,” he burbled.