Welcome to Columbia, a fantastic floating city designed as a symbol of American Exceptionalism and national pride. That was before the Boxer Rebellion, when the city fired on innocent people. Columbia has since been disavowed by America, and become a symbol of xenophobia and hatred, a flying bogeyman dreaded around the world.
Columbia is now being run by the Founders, a group of self-appointed rulers, nationalist and religious zealots bent on keeping Columbia 'pure'. But opposing them are the Vox Populi, a rag-tag resistance movement hoping to overthrow the Founders and restore all rights to all the citizens of Columbia.
Thrown into this turmoil, you take on the role of Booker Dewitt, a disgraced ex-Pinkerton agent taking on a job that will clear you of "old debts" and maybe restore your name and reputation. The job? Journey into Columbia, rescue a girl named Elizabeth from the tower she's been held in for 12 years and return her to New York. Bioshock Infinite is a game where your actions have consequences, and where your very presence in the city will cause it to erupt into chaos the choices you make in you mission will have long-lasting effects.
But who is Elizabeth and why has she been held captive for so long? This mysterious young girl is equal parts sweet, funny and even scary, possessing the ability to open rifts to alternate planes of existence when she sees 'tears' in the fabric of reality. These powers will come in handy as you fight your way out of the city, as she summons everything from ammo crates to health pick-ups into existence, making the environments and combat more flexible. Elizabeth can also fend off foes on her own, too!
Fans of previous Bioshock games will welcome a mix of new and returning gameplay features in Bioshock Infinite. Like the earlier games, this is a first-person experience where you will use a combination of weapons, gear and psychokinetic abilities. You'll still scavenge for supplies and audio diaries, and ingest tonics to achieve powers like spraying fire, zapping electricity, and turning enemies against each other.
But there are some exciting new elements on top of this. The combat is more dynamic than previous games, thanks to Columbia offering wider open spaces than the confines of Rapture. You can only hold two weapons at a time, causing you to think more tactically in the long-term, and more reactive in the heat of a firefight. Plus there will be new powers to uncover, and you'll be able to zip around the city thanks to the magnetic Skyhook, offering a rollercoaster-like experience and adding a new level to combat. Bioshock Infinite is also the first Bioshock game where your character speaks, helping to develop your relationship with Elizabeth.
Also making their debut in Bioshock Infinite are the Heavy Hitters, mini-bosses to defeat, and each representing the dark heart of the people running Columbia. The Handymen are robotic monsters with oversized hands like those of porcelain dolls – and human hearts and heads. The Motorized Patriots are supposed to be guides for the city, but instead reveal heavy weapons behind their George Washington appearance. The foppish Boys of Silence are blind, but have superhuman hearing and boast a terrible scream. And the Siren can revive defeated enemies during battle, making you have to choose who to focus your attack upon.
For the more hardcore gamers out there, Bioshock Infinite offers a tough but rewarding challenge – 1999 Mode. This old-school way of playing harkens back to a time where games had limited health and resources, and when decisions you made were permanent, and challenges you to play Bioshock Infinite this way. Do you think you have what it takes?
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It is fascinating, and also boring. It is important, yet forgettable. Its world is enticing and unappealing. It attempts to move things forward, yet is in places stuck in the past. For a game that has the potential to open up the franchise up to a multitude of different ideas and interpretations, BioShock Infinite can feel curiously limited. 8/10 IMO
Overall this is a good game. I gave it 3 stars because I didn't like the gameplay that much. It was very fatiguing for me. There is shooting, shooting, shooting the same enemies all over again, and it isn't that much fun. And for such a sophisticated story driven game, I didn't quite got why I was supposed to kill those people. The weapons aren't that interesting either and I used only one Vigor through all the game, the Murder of Crows. The story also didn't make that much sense also. I may risk some spoilers here but so BEWARE. There is a moment when Booker and Elizabeth have to get some guns to exchange for a flying ship. The gunsmith is dead so they go to an alternate reality where the gunsmith wasn't dead in order to get the guns. That doesn't make a bit of sense, if things are so different in that other reality, how could they possibly think that the deal for the exchange of guns for ship still be standing, things started to fall apart from there on, it's quite silly? They tried to explain in the ending, which is interesting but I wan't convinced. Anyways, I replayed the original Bioshock after I played this one and found the original to be superior in all aspects. Everything made sense in the original. I ended up trading my copy of Bioshock Infinite after I finished it. My take, buy it when it's affordable, it's good, but not quite great.
This masterpiece invited to light a journey that a time is not enough. To others, teaches the worry aside time to have fun and encourages research each place to go slowly understanding the relationship of Booker, Elizabeth and other major characters in the plot. The history and depth of each character will amaze all players. Finally, add that anyone who has a PS3, XBOX or PC should try and enjoy it, why is a game that will leave a mark in your life and amaze.
Only played the 1 hour trial of the PS Plus, but it was enough to know it's an amazing game, maybe side by side with The Last of Us as GOTY. Columbia is so incredible detailed, and also inviting - in my first time there I explored every inch of the city, observing every citizen, buildings and boards/posters. It was like an anthropological research lol. Can't wait to play the entire game, just need a price drop now.
Bioshock Infinite is just perfect, the art made videogame, Levine's debut, I have not played more than two hours to Columbia to feel similarly to Rapture, with an atmosphere, BSO, sublime design and gameplay much improved over to previous installments. They have broken through the previous best of both into a new era without losing what has made this series, probably the best of the generation, and therefore more than 6 months after saving I am proud of the purchase I've done. Now, enjoy it.
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