BioShock Infinite (NA)
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"AMAZING. Would you kindly play BioShock Infinite? Gameplay and the story combine for a majorly memorable shooter. 9.5/10" - IGN.com
"Unforgettable. 10/10" - Gameinformer.com
"Incredibly, BioShock Infinite delivers on your years’ worth of expectations, then exceeds them. 5/5" - Gamesradar.com
"In every way, BioShock Infinite lives up to the promise of its legacy, and it looks poised to establish a new one. 10/10" - Polygon.com
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Welcome To Columbia!
The year is 1912.
With the United States emerging as a world power, the floating City of Columbia is a mighty symbol of American ideals, launched with great fanfare to the cheers of a captivated public. But what begins as an endeavour of hope soon turns to disaster, as the city disappears into the clouds, its whereabouts unknown. The greatest accomplishment in American history has vanished without a trace.
The player assumes the role of former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, sent to Columbia to rescue Elizabeth, a young woman imprisoned there since childhood. He will develop a relationship with Elizabeth, augmenting his abilities with hers so the pair may escape from a city that is literally falling from the sky. DeWitt will learn to fight foes in high-speed Sky-Line battles, engage in combat both indoors and amongst the clouds, and harness the power of dozens of new weapons and abilities.
An excellent game that didn't have to be Bioshock.Shodex | April 15, 2014 | See all Shodex's reviews »
Bioshock Infinite says goodbye to the spooky underwater city of Rapture and takes to the sky in the graphically stunning cloud city of Columbia. It's a brand new setting and a brand new story. You play as Booker Dewitt, a man tasked with finding a mysterious girl named Elizabeth and getting her safely off the flying city. A task that proves a lot harder than it sounds, evidently. The story is Bioshock Infinite's strong point and it takes many twists and turns before the end, so for the sake of spoilers I won't talk too much of it. All I'll say is that it's great, and Elizabeth is one of the best female characters to show up in video gaming since Alyx Vance. Though the new villain doesn't hold a candle to the charismatic Andrew Ryan.
What I will talk about is gameplay, Infinite is at it's heart still Bioshock. You'll be shooting bullets and lighting at enemies just as before (remember, the one-two punch), but Infinite takes on a different tone than the (rather vain attempts at) horror that Bioshock originally featured. Infinite is a swashbuckling adventure where you'll be zipping along at high speeds on these sky rails, jumping from floating platform to floating platform in all manners of excitement. It's very fun, but one thing tends to irk me. Plasmids have been effectively renamed to Vigors, since they're the exact same thing. I couldn't shake the feeling that Vigors were included in Bioshock Infinite for no reason other than that they were in the previous games. While fun to use, they don't exactly have any place in the story or setting. In Rapture people had gone crazy from excessive gene modification, among those modifications were the Plasmids. They tied in with the story and their existence made sense within the world. In Infinite they just seem to be there, their existence is never really acknowledged by the story and they aren't nearly as relevant as you'd expect superpowers to be. Shooting lightning and bee's from your hands is part of Bioshock, but if they don't have any place being there then they shouldn't be.
My main complaint with Bioshock Infinite is that it didn't really have any reason to be a Bioshock game, it could have just been it's own thing and wouldn't have suffered one bit as a result. But this is an extremely minor criticism, it's nitpicking really, so don't let it sway your opinion.
All in all, Bioshock Infinite is a fantastic game. And while very disconnected from it's predecessor, it manages to become a classic in it's own way instead of attempting to follow in the footsteps of Bioshock's previous success. Bioshock Infinite is a must play game for pretty much anybody, even if you've never played a Bioshock game. Though I highly recommend you play the original first either way, since it's an absolute classic and you'll enjoy some choice parts of Infinite more having done so.
IncredableKidWitACannon | April 13, 2014 | See all KidWitACannon's reviews »
I've long been a fan of the Bioshock games but none of them ever, truly, blew me away. I can honestly say that this one did just that. Its an incredibly rich story that draws you in, asking you to take your time though the level and observe and soak up everything in the world that is Columbia. Without dragging it on for longer, this game gets some of my highest regards.
Enjoyable story, but lacking in gameplayDreceratops | April 11, 2014 | See all Dreceratops's reviews »
Like all Bioshock games, Infinite's story is full of twists, philosophy, and scientific concepts and is all tied up incredibly by the game's end. And the graphics make the city and particle effects look amazing. The game has wonderful atmosphere and really encapsulates a past that is different, but very similar to the real thing, and the anachronisms and references to things that happen in the "future" are handled beautifully. For all of those points alone, Bioshock Infinite is worth playing. But while the story, graphics, and sound are all on par or better than previous iterations, Infinite probably has the worst combat of the whole franchise.
Though the game takes place in what looks like a racist, flying, utopia, most of the gameplay is combat. Personally, the combat was perfected in the Bioshock 2 DLC, Minverva's Den. And that was released like 3 years ago. I enjoyed that you had every weapon available to you, but you could choose to specialize in a few of them. I actually extensively used all of the weapons and ammo types. Though I wasn't a fan of the morality system little sisters were tied to, using Adam as a currency meant I was encouraged and expected to use both Plasmids and weapons.
Instead of improving on the combat, Infinite introduced the "modern" two-weapon standard. Early on in the game, ammo for the weapons you chose to specialize in is pretty scarce, and later on the game effectively doubles the amount of weapons, halving the possibility of finding the ammo you need. You could spend all of your money upgrading multiple weapons, but that same money goes towards vigors, meaning you have less of a chance to experiment.
The introduction of a shield system and removal of health kits really made me play at an annoying pace. It encourages hiding and waiting to regenerate shields instead of aggressive play, and the replacement of the many melee enemies from previous games with enemies with guns doesn't help either.
Despite my gameplay complaints, as an entire experience, Bioshock Infinite is a worthy addition to the Bioshock franchise.
Story Line, Stunning Graphics, Easy GameplaySharqee | April 7, 2014 | See all Sharqee's reviews »
Bishock Infinite has it all. It's one of those games you can't stop playing or thinking about until you beat it. Even then, it's hard to comprehend the ending of the game. This game is stunning, controls are easy to follow, and the story nets you in from the beginning.
Bioshock Infinite should be in EVERYBODY'S game library - A definite buy.
bioshock Infinite: A great passtimeM3NT4L5 | March 28, 2014 | See all M3NT4L5's reviews »
I jumped into the game series a bit late. I started with Infinite and I have to say I love it! The gameplay is super smooth, the graphics are great and the storyline really pulls me in. The intuitive controls make the game that much more fun to play. Zip-lining across the city in the sky and bashing guards' heads are just two great fun things to do. I would recommend this game to anybody!