Bioshock 2: The Folly.
Freeeeee of Siren Alley, we’re finally able to go to Dionysus Park, the place Lamb calls her home. She’s not best pleased that I am defiling it with my big daddy footprints, and she does a lot of bleating about it. Bleating. Get it? Because she’s Lamb? HAHAHA oh god sorry I’m sorry.
Anyhow, Dionysus Park is the place that Lamb hosted her friends and family in lavish parties. There are art galleries, a carousel, shops — I can imagine it was once a lovely place indeed. There are some familiar names here, including Cohen. Remember Cohen from Bioshock 1? BECAUSE I DO. Sander Cohen was the boss who made you kill all his old cronies. I didn’t realize you could let him live, I wish I had, but he was a bit of a mess. Also apparently friends with Lamb, so there’s that to tell him against him, the jackass.
Arriving in Dionysus, it seems like a fairly quick level — you just need to trot on off to the train and take off with Sinclair. But nothing’s ever simple in Rapture, and this wrench in the works takes the form of a muckraker by the name of Stanley Poole. Stanley wormed his way into the park looking for a good story, but after Lamb left he went straight up bad. IN FACT, Eleanor & diaries & the memories of little sisters prove that he is the one who a) made you what you are and b) kidnapped Eleanor and sent her to the orphanage, starting her path as a little sister. He’s a slime ball of the finest order, but you can’t progress without helping him out a bit, as he’s locked himself into the control center for the train.
He’s now panicking, you see, because Lamb is coming back and if there are splicers and little sisters left to tell the tale, they’ll rat him out and she’ll exact her revenge. So he asks you to deal with the problem — three little sisters, dispose of them as you see fit. No problem, I need the ADAM anyway, so let’s go.
You also find this here, which just about broke my heart — a diary from a little guy named Billy who was reading a note he wrote for Eleanor, promising he was sending her a present. When you find the present? It’s a red rose. Aww, buddy. Also, you’re so right. I AM strong and nice like a comic book hero, so suck it, Billy’s mom. (This clearly happens after Eleanor is turned into a little sister — she has yellow eyes — which means poor Billy saw her probably harvesting ADAM, ugh).
City planners in Rapture really have to reconsider their naming schemes. Or possibly not, since they end up being so accurate. Folly is a particularly good one — either a monumental mistake, or something built for ornamentation but for no practical use. Folly is right.
(End side notes)
There are a LOT of ADAM infested corpses on this level, so you really have your choice of gathering spots. All the same, there was A LOT of panic for me because my least favorite splicer type is back: Houdini. Houdini splicers vanish in a cloud of petals before appearing again to throw fire bombs at you. They actually aren’t THAT hard to kill, but during an ADAM gather, if there are a lot of them, it’s a bit deadly. And I panic. And panic means I spray spear bolts everywhere and end up with scenes like this.
Also, when Eleanor says things like this, I fear for her mental state and all of our sanity. We’re slowly learning a bit more about what’s happening to her — Lamb is setting her up to become the entire savior of all Rapture Kind, via ADAM. She chides us that every bit of ADAM we collect is stealing from Eleanor. I’m not sure what it all means, but it doesn’t seem good at all. And every time I see a big sister through a window, I’m more and more convinced that it’s Eleanor. She’s keeping an eye on me somehow.
Also, this fellow (right behind a door) scared the bejeezus out of me. I sprayed bullets and a plasmid, shattering him to pieces. NOT GOOD FOR MY HEART.
So alright, I rescue three little sisters (NO BIG SISTERS thank you gods of rapture) and learn the sordid history of Stanley Poole. He’s such a little worm. I have the choice to kill him or not, and everyone (even Eleanor!) is rooting for me to do it, but I’m very very stubborn and thus he stays alive. My thinking is, Lamb’s gonna find him and she’s going to kill him anyway, so what the hell. I’m trying to be a responsible big daddy and teach my little sister that killing is NOT OK (as I kill eighteen trillion splicers with another little sister on my shoulders).
And with that, we’re free of Dionysus and off to visit another familiar name, Fontaine Futuristics.
Next time: Alexander the JERK, shades of GlaDOS, and feeling like we’re close to getting to the end of this game.