Never have I enjoyed a shooter as much as I enjoyed BioShock Infinite. It’s one of those rare games that lingers in your mind long after you see the credits roll. You are then compelled to play through it again… and again. BioShock Infinite is an amazing game due to its stunning story, varied and intense gameplay, and beautiful visuals.
BioShock Infinite’s story is unbelievable! The immersive story compelled me to play the game straight through twice in a row. The game is entirely story driven, so I will try to avoid spoilers. The story explores themes that usually make people feel uncomfortable: religion and racism. Although these themes are obvious, they’re more of a backdrop for the fascinating city of Columbia and the in-depth story. The story also hosts an excellent cast of characters. Every character is 3-dimensional and very interesting. This is true especially for the protagonists, Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth. They are the driving force of the story that requires you to see the story through to the end which will blow your mind!
(Remember this image. By the end, she is completely different.)
The ending is the highlight, and arguably the most confusing part of the story (at least at first). I thought about the ending for quite some time, and was immediately compelled to play it again. The story was arguably the best I have ever experienced. The only negative I have is that the world of BioShock is strange. Normally, I would think it’s science fiction and takes place in a different world. But no, the game takes place in America, 1912 in the floating city of Columbia. It doesn’t feel like 1912 America. It’s only a minor complaint, and it doesn’t take away from how special the story is.
The combat is filled with so much variety! First, the numerous guns and upgrades. Second, the use of vigors which is more or less “magic powers.” Third, Elizabeth’s unique powers. The vigors are what makes the combat unique from other shooters. You are encouraged to experiment and combine various vigors. You will need them to deal with the difficult enemies you will face. Most enemies are fairly simple, but then there’s firemen, robotic patriots, and handymen. Handymen are by far the most difficult! They are huge cyborgs with electrical powers that take out half your health with a single hit. They’re also really fast. These battles are intense, but not impossible.
(Beware the Handyman!)
Luckily, you also have Elizabeth. Not only does Elizabeth throw you ammo, money, health, and salts for your vigors, but she can also open tears that bring in cover, a turret, and so on. Elizabeth is a very useful companion. Lastly, the skylines are a great deal of fun! They’re tricky to use well during combat, but it adds even more variety and experimentation. The negatives are that they’re numerous glitches that disrupt the flow. Also, the controls can interfere sometimes. This is true for the X button. You press X for reloading, catching an item from Elizabeth, looting corpes, picking up guns, and purchasing anything. That one button does too much. Often times when you’re trying to reload, you loot a corpse by accident. It definitely disrupts the flow. Regardless, the gameplay is varied and unique, providing an intense experience.
Columbia is breathtaking! There is so much detail and visual variety. Everything looks fantastic. Character models move and act believably. This is very true for Elizabeth. You could tell how she felt, simply by the way she moved and by her facial expressions. You don’t see her as some AI, you see her as an actual person. Once again, the negative is the occasional glitch, but nothing that takes from the overall experience.
Verdict – 9.5: BioShock Infinite is a fantastic game! The incredible story is the highlight, but the intense gameplay and beautiful graphics complete this excellent package. This is definitely the best game of 2013 so far. BioShock Infinite is a must play!