In the simplest terms, the games held within the BioShock series are some of the most well-made games ever produced. Not only do they contain stunning visuals and present a challenge even to the most seasoned gamers while remaining beginner friendly, but they also contain some of the most fascinating characters in the video gaming world. The story is utterly captivating and its themes are both subtle and apparent in a way that holds onto the viewer and does not let go.
One's choices affect the outcome of the game and those small changes create the opportunity for numerous unique playthroughs. But the greatest thing about the games within the BioShock series are the quotes. These quotes are the kind of quotes that stay with those who enjoy the series long afterward.
10 "We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us."
Since the moral choices that the player makes impacts the direction and ending of the game (as well as how those within it respond to the player,) a quote dedicated to the importance of choice seems like a fitting one to include in this article. Many people wonder what makes us who we are.
Is it where we came from? Is it the things we do with our lives? According to the BioShock series (which is highly philosophical in nature,) we are made by our choices. How we choose to act and interact with the world shapes the people that we are and are seen as.
9 "And then one day, the happy answer came to me, my friends: there was no country for people like me! And that was the moment I decided... to build one."
Even though the character who uttered this quote is not someone that one should strive to be like, the words ring true. Sometimes a person may find that there is not a place for them in this world.
And that is okay because if that is the case, then it is up to them to create that place. Everyone has the right to feel like they belong and if a place for them does not already exist, they have the right to make one.
8 "A Man Chooses, A Slave Obeys."
Another quote related to the importance of choice. One of the most important lessons that we all must learn is that one should always question what they are told to do. Never do something just because it is expected or tradition. We only have one life on this Earth (ironic when thinking about BioShock Infinite) and it is our job to make the most of it. And if we are made by our choices, then logic follows that a person who is incapable of making a choice would lose their humanity to a certain extent.
7 "One thing I've learned: if you don't draw first, you don't get to draw at all."
Though the series is quite dark in theme and nature, the quotes contain such a motivational quality that they feel entirely uplifting and inspiring. The above quote essentially states that, for the most part, people will think of themselves first. So if one were to ensure that everyone else had the chance to go first, they might never get the chance to go themselves. Airlines tell their passengers to secure their own oxygen mask first because one cannot help someone else if they are not prioritizing themselves.
6 "There's always a lighthouse, always a man, always a city..."
One of the most important themes in BioShock Infinite is inevitability. Though our choices do impact the world around us, to a certain extent, some things are inevitable and nothing in our power can change them. And there is a beauty in that theme. Knowing that something cannot be changed and are fated to occur can allow a person to accept what lies ahead and focus on the things within their power. It is a rather peaceful notion.
5 "I chose more... I chose the impossible... I chose Rapture!"
The greatest minds humanity has had to offer questioned the way things are and dreamed of what it could be instead. Technology, art, and positive societal changes have all sparked from people who sought to make things better and dedicated their lives to doing so. However, as the BioShock series emphasizes, one must not seek progress nor perfection for selfish reasons. For doing so will only lead to one's downfall.
4 "Booker, are you afraid of God?" "No, I'm afraid of you."
Elizabeth is one of the most fascinating characters in the BioShock series. Though the events that she experiences do affect her, she maintains her kind nature throughout the main storyline regardless of the events that occur. She is a Rapunzel like figure who spent her childhood trapped and, once freed, seeks to explore every corner of the world available to her. Though the darkness intimidates her, she learns the ins and outs of both her power and the universe itself. One should be afraid of her abilities.
3 "Love is just a chemical, we give it meaning by choice."
The most beautiful things about human beings is that they give meaning to everything they do and that is around them. We give meaning to life itself. We are nothing more than numerous cells and chemical reactions strung together by biology and yet we spend our lives creating art dedicated to and searching the world (and ourselves) with the goal of uncovering the meaning for the lives that we are living. While pessimistic, the above quote is true. Nothing inherently has meaning, but the meaning that we give it makes it wonderful and worth having.
2 "The Lord forgives everything, but I'm just a prophet… so I don't have to. Amen."
One of the best things about the BioShock series is how it explores humanity at its best...and its worst. At its best, it creates Utopia's to further human progress. It strives to make things better for the people who want something more than what Earth already has to offer. At its worst, it seeks out every perceived flaw in humanity with analytical severity and extinguishes it. It pursues perfection with such an intensity that it ignores morality entirely and sees humanity as something that gets in the way of progress. No one expects humans to be Gods, only men.
1 "No Gods Or Kings, Only Man."
Expanding on the point of BioShock exploring the uncompromising search for perfection is the concept alluded to in the above quote: the idea that there is no room for anything but men in the world. That Gods, Kings, and those who see themselves as above the common man are inherently flawed as we are nothing but men. We are imperfect beings and striving to eliminate one's humanity in order to achieve a God-like status is a goal that is doomed to fail from the start.