For as few Bioshock titles as there are, the series sure has left an impact on gaming. Every entry in the series has stellar storytelling (yeah, even Bioshock 2) and the gameplay is a blast to go back to, no matter which entry you're revisiting.
Then there's the excellent DLC for Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite which are must-play experiences. Sure, every entry has flaws as all games do, but you'll struggle to find somebody who is "anti-Bioshock".
With all that said, how does every instalment bearing a Bioshock name rank? Well that's what this list is for.
First, a disclaimer: This list won't cover any DLC that doesn't have a substantial story. So no Challenge Rooms, The Protector Trials, or Clash in the Clouds. There's really not much to say about any of them, they're combat challenges, that's it.
If you really want them to be on this list then Clash in the Clouds is number seven, Challenge Rooms is number eight, and The Protector Trials is number nine. Happy?
Note that from here on out, there are spoilers for all Bioshock games and DLC.
6. Bioshock Infinite: Burial At Sea - Episode 1
Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 1 isn't bad, no experience in the franchise is, it's just that the first episode of the Burial at Sea duology feels like a build-up to the much better Episode 2, and not much else.
The DLC is a short experience that probably should have just been the prologue to the second episode. Why was this sold individually??
Burial At Sea feels like it was once complete, then split in half to make more money.
That's not to say that the DLC is bad. It's cool seeing Rapture before everything becomes awful, and there's a lot of fun to be had using the much faster Bioshock Infinite gameplay in the underwater city, a setting where you'll usually be tiptoeing around every corner trying not to get stabbed.
Also, Elizabeth and Booker's relationship here is interesting. It's cool seeing how she views Booker after the twist at the end of the main game, the relationship is more complex than simple hate or a desire for things to go back to how they were.