BioShock 2 ditches GFWL for Steamworks, Minerva's Den free for current owners

Now Microsoft has shut down Games for Windows Live, what happens to the one use anyone had for it--buying the Minerva's Den DLC for BioShock 2? Thankfully 2K has switched over to Steamworks, updating the game and very nicely giving the add-on free to everyone who already owned the base game. For goodness' sake, play it if you haven't already.

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Now Microsoft has shut down Games for Windows Live, what happens to the one use anyone had for it--buying the Minerva's Den DLC for BioShock 2? Thankfully 2K has switched over to Steamworks, updating the game and very nicely giving the add-on free to everyone who already owned the base game. For goodness' sake, play it if you haven't already.

Multiplayer now uses Steamworks, and all MP DLC packs have been set free for everyone. People who buy BioShock 2 from now onwards via Steam will need to buy Minerva's Den separately, but if you already had it, you now have Minerva's Den too. Presumably setting up a way to verify whether people had purchased it on the GFWL Marketplace was not worth the effort.

If you have a boxed copy or snag BioShock 2 from another digital distributor, you can activate that key on Steam to add the game plus Minerva's Den and the MP DLC to your library, 2K explains.

Saves, achievements, and multiplayer progress from the GFWL version won't carry over, though.

Plus the game's been jazzed up by Digital Extremes for Steam, now boasting official controller support, Steam achievements, and Big Picture mode support. The SecuROM DRM is gone too.

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    October 4, 2013 7:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, BioShock 2 ditches GFWL for Steamworks, Minerva's Den free for current owners.

    Now Microsoft has shut down Games for Windows Live, what happens to the one use anyone had for it--buying the Minerva's Den DLC for BioShock 2? Thankfully 2K has switched over to Steamworks, updating the game and very nicely giving the add-on free to everyone who already owned the base game. For goodness' sake, play it if you haven't already.

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      October 4, 2013 7:23 AM

      Nice.

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      October 4, 2013 7:25 AM

      I was going to ask about Securom only to see my question answered in the last sentence. I will buy this game eventually now that Securom is gone. Good job 2K.

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      October 4, 2013 7:38 AM

      yay!

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      October 4, 2013 7:43 AM

      Fallout 3 next please.

      Actually Fallout 3 uses GFW but not GFWL. Still it would be nice to see it eradicated from all my games.

      (that said I haven't fired up Fallout 3 in a while, it may be gone already)

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        October 4, 2013 10:46 AM

        This but...... i really really hope they make the saves from the GFW work in the steamworks version, because theres really a lot of content there.

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      October 4, 2013 7:46 AM

      oh nice! Might have to reinstall it then.

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      October 4, 2013 7:53 AM

      Super cool!

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      October 4, 2013 8:19 AM

      This is really really awesome. Even the multiplayer stuff is free! I platinum'd the whole game on PS3 but I can easily see myself doing everything again on PC now since I already had copies of the first two games from an amazon sale a while back. 2k done good! :)

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      October 4, 2013 8:21 AM

      Awesome. I hope more GFWL games get this sort of treatment.

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      October 4, 2013 8:24 AM

      WOOOOOOOOOO!! Thanks, 2K, for going back and bringing Bioshock 2 into the modern DRM / online marketplace strategy that your audience was screaming for since 2010 (and Irrational delivered when Bioshock Infinite was announcef as Steamworks). I think I'll buy this and Minerva's Den, since I'm probably going to get Burial at Sea.

      It is a shame that it took the burning of the GFWL platform itself to get here (and the displacement of many of the 2K staff who made this stuff), but hey, we're here. Also, if you want to support the people who made Minerva's Den, go buy Gone Home.

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      October 4, 2013 8:26 AM

      Great. I'd like to check that out.

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      October 4, 2013 8:58 AM

      Alright then!

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      October 4, 2013 9:02 AM

      Holy shit, I might actually have to go replay this now.

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      October 4, 2013 9:26 AM

      Fuck yeah, time to reinstall Bioshock 2!

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        October 4, 2013 9:41 AM

        YEAH, BR0!!!

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          October 4, 2013 10:36 AM

          Looking, looking for my physical copy......ah, white-elephanted it a couple years ago. Hope repeat2k or whoever enjoyed it :) Minerva's Den alone makes this worth reinstalling if you haven't played that

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      October 4, 2013 9:34 AM

      Yesssss fuck gfwl

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      October 4, 2013 9:49 AM

      Finally, I can play Bioshock 2. It was so screwy with GFWL that I actually wasn't able to play it.

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      October 4, 2013 9:54 AM

      Awesome, been waiting for this. Downloaded the game last night!

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      October 4, 2013 10:03 AM

      Sweet I've been wanting to play the DLC

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      October 4, 2013 10:15 AM

      Wonder if the same will be done for Grand Theft Auto 4?

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        October 4, 2013 10:18 AM

        Yeah, I have all gta4 and both expansions. What do I do to play them now? I cannot even download them anymore?

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      October 4, 2013 10:48 AM

      Aaaand the freezes when entering the pause menu and.. well all menus or accesing the DLCs, are gone.

      I knew they were caused by GFWL.

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      October 4, 2013 10:51 AM

      they need to implement this for dark souls. its the only gfwl game i actually play.

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      October 4, 2013 10:52 AM

      Anyone on the Steam Sharing beta want to share their copy of Minerva's Den with me so I can check it out? Big trip coming up in a few weeks, so I'd rather not spend close to $20 on an older game right now.

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        October 4, 2013 11:11 AM

        You're in luck. Bioshock 2 is only $10 on steam.

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        October 4, 2013 11:16 AM

        there might even be a "bioshock" day this weekend too, maybe get it fo rless

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        October 4, 2013 4:38 PM

        Yep. DM me!

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        October 4, 2013 6:49 PM

        I can imagine these kind of posts popping up everywhere all over the internets when Steam Family Sharing is fully released...

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      October 4, 2013 2:30 PM

      I still don't understand why Minerva's Den is so beloved?!! It's essentially the entire Bioshock2 experience, but instead of it taking 15+ hours to complete, it takes 5! (you just manage to find all the upgrades much much quicker and each give you larger chunks)
      I guess the only reason it got so much praise is that its was NOT just a shoehorned MP pack

      Although I have to somehow explain that the circumstances I played it was that I played both Bioshock 2 and "Minerva's Den" in a 24 hour marathon (one of those for charity) and by the end I was utterly sick of the whole thing! The thing about any of the Bioshock games (1,2, infinte) is that they all have ONE great mechanic and the whole games entirely relies on that... as much as we give COD shit for being one-note and iterative, at least they break up the gameplay/pace so much more

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        October 4, 2013 2:55 PM

        Emotionally it had more player investment in it than BS2.

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        October 4, 2013 5:03 PM

        Your last point is why some of us prefer System Shock 2 so much and were disappointed by Bioshock.

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          October 4, 2013 6:23 PM

          I like Bioshock, but SS2 is still untouched for tension, atmosphere and variety.

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            October 4, 2013 6:51 PM

            Only knock I have against SS2 is that it overstays its welcome a bit. The Rickenbacker was a little unnecessary. One of the best games ever made otherwise. It's a shame we haven't seen a whole genre of games develop around it.

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      October 4, 2013 5:02 PM

      We can only hope that others follow suit.

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      October 4, 2013 6:15 PM

      Would be nice if this affected the first Bioshock too.

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        October 4, 2013 6:53 PM

        Digital Extremes did this, though they apparently helped on the PS3 port of Bioshock. But yeah, I'd like to see original Bioshock up on Steamworks, with no SecuROM DRM (my gaming PC's motherboard died RIGHT after the DRM deleted the install because I had Process Explorer running; ah, the bad old days of PC game DRM), and with a significantly upgraded mousecode (Bioshock Infinite's mousecode would do rather nicely).

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      October 8, 2013 1:25 PM

      hey thanks, worked flawlessy on my direct2drive.co.uk/gamefly Bioshock 2 key 8D