BioShock Infinite Review

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BioShock Infinite has restored my faith in video games. In a time when always online DRM and micro transactions rule, it is a shining example for many aspiring games. BioShock Infinite executes its goals so perfectly and flawlessly you will find yourself unaware of the fact that you are playing a video game. I was so captivated by this game I beat it in a single sitting – I haven’t done stuff like this in a long time. I sat in front of my PC for 10 hours straight and powered through the campaign with an ear to ear grin across my face the entire time. BioShock Infinite is a truly spectacular game.

The Good

Story

BioShock Infinite tells the story of Booker DeWitt, a man who is looking to find a girl in the flying city of Columbia and aims to return her to his employers in New York. When you arrive you realize that what seemed to be a simple job has turned out to be much more challenging. The game will send you through the streets of Columbia fighting various automatons and armed soldiers. Everything you fight is perfectly varied and the game never gets stale or repetitive. There is never a moment that is predictable and at no point will you be able to guess the outcome of the story. All along the way you are given more and more small hints that will make you begin to draw conclusions. However, the ending, will leave you scratching your head for days – even now as I am writing this I am smiling at all the connections that can be drawn from the hints the writers provided us. BioShock Infinite has one of the best and most refreshing stories I have played in a long time. If story is at all important to you in a game I implore you to check BioShock Infinite out. The story of this game alone is worth the play, not including all the other amazing features.

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The Graphics and Environment

When I first ascended into the sky and stepped foot onto the streets of Columbia my mouth dropped. Seeing the beautiful environment and architecture, the light just barely peaking through the cracks between the buildings, and the floating zeppelins cutting through the clouds above me caused my heart to skip a few beats. As I walked through the streets, I could hear the chatter of the towns people discussing their almighty prophet, and the merchants heckling people with their goods. I was immediately transported to the year 1912 and everything felt perfectly in place.

As the game progresses you will see the change in Columbia. The once beautiful city turns into a dark and gloomy environment that gives it that somber BioShock feel. The music, the sound, the look, and the locations all come together to make the game dreary and creepy without using gimmicky scare tactics. Now, I must warn you that if you were looking for BioShock Infinite to be a scary survival horror game you will be sorely disappointed. The game does, however, present itself in a dark and creepy way that is extremely satisfying.

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The Gameplay

The gameplay of BioShock Infinite is something many fans will be familiar with. Throughout the game you will deal with various foes using guns in an FPS style mixed with various vigors each with their own unique powers and advantages. The gameplay is smooth and is at no times boring or repetitive. The mix of enemies, weapons, and vigors will keep you entertained throughout the game. You can attack your foes while flying through the air on various sky rails, this adds a whole new dimension to the game. One of the most impressive things about the gameplay is how perfectly Elizabeth’s AI is programmed. She will throw valuable resources like ammunition and health kits at you all throughout combat to help you win the fight. Throughout the entire game she never gets in the way and her AI is terrific. She is there when you need her and stays out of the way in important combat situations.

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Character Growth and Progression

There are three main stats that Booker can strengthen, these are his health, shield, and salt capacity. The game rewards going off the beaten track by rewarding exploration with useful items like gear and infusion upgrades which allow you to upgrade the stat of your choosing. There are four gear slots; hats, shirts, pants, and boots. Each of these items when equipped will give Booker unique stats to help him increase his killing potential. BioShock Infinite is extremely successful in rewarding exploration because almost all of the gear and infusion upgrades are found by going off of the main objective path and exploring Columbia.

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The Bad

It is extremely difficult to pick out anything wrong with this game without sounding extremely picky. The only problem I could see people having with BioShock Infinite is the fact that it is a full-priced game that has only a 10-15 hour long campaign with no multiplayer features available. However, the game has huge replay value as you can try to have Booker become fully upgraded. There is also a season pass available for BioShock Infinite, so we can safely assume that there will be a whole bunch of DLC for the game.

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The Overall Score

BioShock Infinite is a truly incredible game. Every aspect comes together to make an absolutely outstanding gameplay experience. BioShock Infinite is easily the best game of 2013 so far and if you do not play it then I think you are truly missing out on something fun and unique. If you haven’t picked up BioShock Infinite already, then you are missing out on one of the most compelling stories and endings that I have played in a long time.

If you are interested in playing BioShock Infinite then you can pick it up on Steam here, or if you play on console at any video game retailer near you.

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