Game Reviewed: BioShock Infinite
Release Date: March 26th, 2013
Developer: Irrataional Games
Publisher: 2K Games
Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox 360], OS
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rated: M for Mature
BioShock is back in BioShock Infinite. And even though the wait seemed like a hundred years I can guarantee this new title was more than worth the wait.
BioShock Infinite brings the same great game play style but with a new story, environment and characters for you to fall in love with. Unlike the first two titles in the series, which took place in an underwater city known as Rapture, fans will find themselves sky high in adventure. That is right guys you won’t find yourself ankle deep, or shall I say swimming with fishy’s, rather you will be on cloud 9, and in more ways than one. This time around you will find yourself in the floating city of Columbia.
Let’s set the scene. It is 1912. You play a former agent known as DeWitt, Booker DeWitt. Having been sent to Columbia, it is your job to find a woman who has been held captive for the last twelve years. You soon discover this woman is no ordinary woman. In fact this woman, Elizabeth, possesses the power to manipulate time through rifts in the world known as “tears”. All taking place in this breathtaking and completely mesmerizing city.
The first two BioShocks where huge successes and it is no surprise that BioShock Infinite is getting the rave reviews that it has. Starting as far back as E3 2011, where it received four awards; Best of Show, Best Original Game, Best PC Game and Best Action/Adventure Game, and continuing after its release.
So how does BioShock Infinite stack up to the other titles and is it really “the best of the best”?
Graphically BioShock Infinite is stunning. It’s a cut scene! It’s gameplay! It’s a super awsome game! Wait huh? Simply put it is beyond amazing and plays more beautifully than any game I have ever laid eyes on to date. The game transitions so smoothly from cut scene to game play that you literally can’t tell the difference. And don’t get me started on load times because they are basically non-existent.
As previously stated BioShock plays similar to the other two titles in the series, when it comes to concepts and themes that is. However, you will be introduced to a new environment, story and characters. So if you were expecting the return of Big Daddy and the little sisters in the city of Rapture you are sorely mistaken. These are great changes though as they give you the feeling of a completely new game.
Although not exactly the same, the controls are very similar. So much so that the few changes they did make are so minor that you will not be left feeling lost while playing. The most important controls, weapon and vigor, have remained the same. Just like in the previous titles you will use RB to toggle through your weapons and RT to shoot. And your vigor can be selected via the LB and used with the LT.
Booker, obviously not a Big Daddy, has no drill. Instead he is equipped with a pretty awesome hook. The Skyhook, to be exact, has a multitude of functions. Not only can you use it to melee your enemies; dealing deadly and sick blows, but you can also use it to move around Columbia via conveniently placed hooks and tracks located throughout the city. Let’s not forget the sick finishing moves you can do as well by simply holding down the ‘Y’ button at just the right time.
Vigors are something new to the series, similar to the Plasmid, and seem to give you an endless amount of abilities. Vigors are limited so you need to use them wisely and continue to keep your eyes peeled for ‘Salts’ scattered around the environment. ‘Salts’ are blue bottles that can be found scattered throughout Columbia. They can be found laying on the ground, in containers, baskets, trash cans and even on the bodies of your victims.
There are eight Vigors in total; Devil’s Kiss, Bucking Bronco, Murder of Crows, Possession, Shock Jockey, Return to Sender, Undertow and Charge. However it must be noted that only two can be ‘equipped’ at a time. It will be up to you to find the two that fit your gaming style and any combinations best used to take on certain enemies. So make sure you take the time to try them all out and understand each of their own unique ability.
Have no fear if you hate looting or tend to run out of your acquired loot quickly the vending machines have made a return to BioShock Infinite. And as long as you have money you can buy anything you need, from health and salts to weapon and Vigor upgrades. But even if you hate looting it is an important aspect of the game and is the only way to get all the things you need to play. At the very least you will need to loot money to get those much sought after upgrades. Be warned though, even if your health is full you will continue to consume any health items you pick up. If you don not need it leave it as it may benefit you at a later time. You will also want to watch which health items you pick up as some may not just increase your health but could also deplete your salts, so pay attention.
Elizabeth, the woman you rescued, is also a side kick of sorts. Although she doesn’t help you directly in battle she does come in handy. Need a door opened that is locked? No problem Elizabeth is a master picker, lock picker that is. She will also give you money and other items like health, salts, and even ammo when needed. Not to mention her ability to open tears, that can be used to obtain new weapons, allies, healths, salts and so much more.
All this sounds great right? Well if you are looking for a game you can play more than once then this one is for you. Along with loot you collect to utilize during gameplay there are also collectibles to find throughout the game. Collect all the Voxophone’s; which play you an audio clip, and get an achievement. Use all the telescopes and Kinetoscopes; which play a short video, and get another achievement. As well as plenty of specific kill type achievements and four separate difficulty settings.
Overall BioShock Infinite is as good as it gets and is definitely the ‘best of the best’. It has everything we loved about BioShock 1 & 2 with a new story that doesn’t disappoint and is so riveting it leaves you wanting more. It was a hit at E3 for a reason and is sure to walk away with plenty more awards including ‘Game of the Year’. And even if it doesn’t win the official title it is definitely MORE than deserving. BioShock Infinite is the game you won’t want to put down.
Overall Rating: 5/5