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BioShock 2 PC Shuns the Xbox 360 Gamepad

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 68 comments

BioShock 2 PC gamers will have to kick it old school.

While we're sure that the popular opinion is that the major advantage of playing a first person shooter on the PC is gaining the superior keyboard and mouse control configuration; but now that we in a generation where some gamers grew up playing with a gamepad, perhaps there are some who prefer thumbsticks. BioShock 2, however, won't be catering to those gamers on the PC.

In response to customers asking about using the Xbox 360 controller to play the PC version of BioShock, a 2K Games community manager gave the following response:

I talked to the dev team about controller support for BioShock 2, and I want to let you know that we won’t be adding this into the game in a patch. The decision not to support the controller was not made lightly, and to add it now would take a complete re-envisioning of the UI that the team worked so hard to create.

I’m sorry for those of you who are disappointed, and I want you to know that your comments and concerns have been heard and will be taken in to account when we are planning in the future.

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    rigaudio , February 12, 2010 6:33 PM
    And nothing of value was lost.
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    tomasf , February 12, 2010 7:03 PM
    keyboard and mouse are always a better option than gamepad in fps games
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    Chris_TC , February 12, 2010 7:10 PM
    Why on earth would I play this (or any other) game with a controller when I can use a high precision tool (mouse)?
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  • 35 Hide
    rigaudio , February 12, 2010 6:33 PM
    And nothing of value was lost.
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    nforce4max , February 12, 2010 6:58 PM
    This is just one of many issues like poor sli support and the issue with wide screen displays.
  • 23 Hide
    tomasf , February 12, 2010 7:03 PM
    keyboard and mouse are always a better option than gamepad in fps games
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    Chris_TC , February 12, 2010 7:10 PM
    Why on earth would I play this (or any other) game with a controller when I can use a high precision tool (mouse)?
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    maigo , February 12, 2010 7:16 PM
    ....so play it on an xbox?
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    jenesuispasbavard , February 12, 2010 7:24 PM
    Isn't it mandatory for Games For Windows Live games? I'm more comfortable with the gamepad for non-twitch shooters like Bioshock.
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    edk128 , February 12, 2010 7:27 PM
    Yes, people understands, the mouse and keyboard are infinitely better than any other control method in every way. Except for people with HTPCs or people who prefer comfort or choice. Sometimes, I don't want to have to lean forward at my desk to play a game and instead relax and play using a controller. If I am playing singleplayer do I not deserve this?

    It seems that every time I see someone wanting to play a game on the 360 gamepad in forums, someone else says "LOL. Why use a gamepad when the mouse and keyboard are more precise?!"
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    crom , February 12, 2010 7:33 PM
    If you want to play it with the xbox controller, get the xbox version. I can't imagine playing any shooters with a slow to respond gamepad.
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    logitic , February 12, 2010 7:36 PM
    I agree, they should make all first person shooters not work with the Gamepad.
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    sliem , February 12, 2010 7:55 PM
    I don't care about no gamepay/joystick support. But to say they have work so hard just to make the UI for keyboard/mouse? please.
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    carpwrist , February 12, 2010 8:00 PM
    Mouse & Keyboard usually work, but not with the Bioshock ports. The controls are far too sensitive. It's really a hindrance to the experience. It also cheapens the experience of the multiplayer to have your character (and others) violently spin and struggle to hit a target. Not even the Quake series is this ridiculous.
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    aapocketz , February 12, 2010 8:15 PM
    how come this is a story? I am more sick of PC Racing games coming out that don't support Logitech G25/G27 wheels very well (Like Dirt2).
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    TheDuke , February 12, 2010 8:30 PM
    didn't think this would be important if your buying on the pc.
    Keyboard/mouse>gamepad for shooter and most games
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    aethm , February 12, 2010 8:37 PM
    Can't say I like this... Sometimes I prefer to use the 360 controller. I used it with Fallout 3 for instance. It's wireless (my keyboard is not) and I have my computer hooked up to the TV. Sometimes it's just easier to use a controller while sitting on the couch than a mouse and keyboard. I also like the rumble... which seems to have completely disappeared from PC gaming devices.
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    accolite , February 12, 2010 8:39 PM
    If you pirate this gate they will go the way of cod4!
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    jurassic1024 , February 12, 2010 8:47 PM
    Had to add this.
    DRM IS NOT WORKING and hurting legitimate buyers with install limits and mandatory internet connections. Sure a PC is almost useless at home w/o internet access, but online contant isn't stellar on most titles so now you get to lose even more money. Instead of using protections that DON'T work, why not take a year if you have to, to come up with something that DOES?! Again, if piracy is hurting you so bad, how is this helping your sales? I wanna see some numbers that show it is working. And I don't mean a little, I mean a lot. If it's not a lot then GET RID OF THE COPY PROTECTIONS YOU MORONS! It's laziness. Devs want to release crap and still expect $50 for it. Not me, and not a lot of people online are going for it. I've yet to read a headline that says DRM is working on a large and noticeable scale. When it does happen, someone wake me up...
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    maestintaolius , February 12, 2010 8:52 PM
    Well, if enough people are really upset over this, I'm sure someone will program their own patch for it and release it to the masses. That's the beauty of PC gaming, user-generated content/changes.



    Unless it's a L4D1/2 mod, cause they generally suck :p .
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    rpmrush , February 12, 2010 8:55 PM
    I wouldn't have bought this game anyways so I say they aren't losing any money to pirates. I'm wondering what all the hype is about, so I'm trying it out. It's just like the first one. It's an alright game.
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    seantm , February 12, 2010 8:59 PM
    The Devs should of wrote a message back, "ARE YOU HIGH, AIM WITH A MOUSE RETARD! FFS! NOOB!"
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