Is BioShock a Horror Game? Answered

Would you kindly?

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BioShock has become one of the most beloved franchises in gaming since its release back in 2007. With excellent first-person shooter gameplay and deep storytelling, the game has reaffirmed the ideology that video games should be taken seriously as a form of art. For those just getting into the series, though, questions may arise as to what genres it belongs to, and whether or not it can be classified as a horror game. Would you kindly join us as we discuss whether BioShock can be considered a horror game?

Is BioShock a Horror Game? How Scary is BioShock?

This is a very divisive topic that seems to split fans down the middle, but as it is, BioShock does, at the very least, share a lot of concepts with horror games. The first game does provide a bit of a creepy atmosphere with an extremely dark story that can give some audiences a scare. Does that make it a full-blown horror game? Probably not, but it does have a bit of scariness that can sneak up on you when you least expect it.

And even if it’s not directly a horror game, that doesn’t mean it’s not inspired by them. Bill Gardner, the lead level designer of the original game, notably cited Resident Evil as a major influence on the game. So while BioShock may not be a horror game in the conventional sense, it does at least integrate a few horror elements that could send a bit of a chill down your spine if you’re not paying attention.

That’s all we’ve got on whether BioShock can be considered a horror game. If you’re looking for more from the creative minds behind BioShock, maybe lead creator Ken Levine’s next game, Judas, might tickle your fancy.

About the author

Matt Anderson

Matt has been a freelance writer at Twinfinite for a year, and he's been in the games media industry for three years. He typically covers topics related to console news and industry trends for the site, and he has a major interest in first-party console games. Matt also has a Bachelor’s in Screenwriting from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, is an avid content creator on YouTube and TikTok, and legend has it he once asked Super Smash Bros. Melee to be his Prom date.