Bioshock Infinite is a first-person shooter developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games that was released in 2013. Even though Bioshock Infinite is the third installment of the Bioshock game series, it doesn’t follow the timeline of the previous games. It’s available on PC, XBOX 360, XBOX One, PS3, PS4, OS X and Linux. In this Bioshock Infinite review, we’ll be looking at game design, story and expansion packs to give you a clear idea of what it has to offer.
|Type of game:||FPS|
|Total Play Time:||11.5 – 15.5 hours|
|System Requirements:||CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E8400, 3.0GHz
GPU:ATI Radeon HD 3870 / NVIDIA 8800 GT / Intel HD 3000
RAM: 2 GB
OS: Windows Vista
HDD Space: 25 GB
The World of Bioshock Infinite
Bioshock Infinite has received impressive reviews for its storyline and gameplay. With a 10/10 Steam rating and a 94% Metacritic rating, this is one game that won’t leave you disappointed. It’s filled with impactful storytelling that leaves you on the edge of your seat, captivating gameplay that really pulls you into the characters’ world, and lots of action. Keep reading to learn more about what makes this game legendary!
Atmosphere & Location
The story takes place in a mysterious floating steampunk city-state during the early 1900’s. Gameplay is accompanied by a mix of bluegrass and gospel music from the 1900’s with modern recordings arranged to fit with the time period. The design and atmosphere of the game are heavily influenced by real historical events such as the World’s Columbian Exposition and the Occupy movement.
The player-controlled main character, Booker DeWitt, is a private investigator with a troubled past due to his participation as a soldier in the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. Once his girlfriend died during childbirth, he fell into a depression that resulted in alcoholism and gambling.
He is left with the instructions to, “Bring us the girl and wipe away the debt.” Though he isn’t fully aware of the facts surrounding what’s going on, he knows that he must save Elizabeth from Columbia as an order from his employer.
Elizabeth is a young woman that has been held a prisoner in Columbia for her entire life. After it was determined that she knew how to create ‘Tears’ to jump between dimensions, she was locked away and guarded by an enormous winged creature in order to be contained and studied. Eventually, a device named a Siphon was created to lock Elizabeth in Columbia and calm her desire to escape.
Zachary Hale Comstock
“Father” Zachary Hale Comstock is the founder of Columbia where he has limitless power and influence amongst the people. Shortly after people joined him in the city in the sky, the city disappeared and was never seen again. This may explain the cultist mentality the people of Columbia adopted. Comstock’s character is heavily based on Christianity and the founding fathers of the United States.
Robert and Rosalind Lutece
Robert and Rosalind are two peculiar physicists that frequently appear to Booker throughout his journey to save Elizabeth. The duo usually offers subtle aid to Booker through commentary amongst themselves and experiments.
They used to work for Zachary Comstock and are behind the technology used to power the city and other technological advancements used in the game. Since the two were betrayed by Comstock, they seek to help Booker so that they too may right their wrongs.
It all starts off with a note written for Booker that reads, “Bring us the girl and wipe away the debt.” Booker follows Robert and Rosalind to a lighthouse where he stumbles across a hidden single-seat rocket. The rocket-like device starts up and he is rushed through the sky and into the clouds where he lands upon Columbia–the lost city in the sky where he could find and rescue Elizabeth.
Not long after his arrival in Columbia, Booker gets outed as the much-feared false shepherd because of the ‘AD’ scar on his hand and is hunted by the authorities. Booker fights, shoots and zips through the sky in his determination to rescue Elizabeth from captivity.
Eventually, Booker finds Elizabeth and promises to take her to Paris, the one place she tells him she has always dreamt to go. Barely escaping from the giant winged monster, Songbird, the two come across a skyship which Booker secretly navigates to take Elizabeth back to New York. Discovering Booker’s lie, Elizabeth runs away from Booker leaving him on the hunt to find her yet again. Once Booker finds Elizabeth again, they join forces and work together to fight the city authority using Elizabeth’s ability to open ‘Tears’, Robert and Rosalind’s vigors and infusions, and Booker’s muscle and determination.
After Elizabeth reveals the past to Booker, it becomes clear what must be done in order to save the world below. In order to end the tragic cycle across multiple alternate timelines, Booker must ensure that Zachary Comstock’s existence must be put to an end by ensuring it never becomes possible. Booker is brought back to a time in his past where he made a decision. It is the one decision that made everything related to Columbia possible except this time, he makes the right one.
DLC & Expansion Packs
There are a few DLC packs available for Bioshock Infinite:
Burial at Sea EP 1
Burial at Sea EP 2
Clash in the Clouds
Burial at Sea Episode 1 is well worth the money but didn’t wow us as much as we’d hoped. The second episode provides a well-deserving ending and ties the Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite stories and gives players a lot more to do. Clash in the Clouds offers difficult challenges for people that enjoyed the combat element of the game. If you’re looking for more story, this pack isn’t for you but in our opinion, it is fun and well worth the few bucks. Columbia’s Finest gives you weapon upgrades and items but nothing you can’t get in the game from playing.
If you want a game that has a mind-blowing storyline with interesting characters, thrilling gameplay and a thought-provoking setting, check out Bioshock Infinite. We enjoyed every minute playing this game and felt that we wanted more at end. This wasn’t because the game lacked, but just the opposite.
Bioshock Infinite is a game that we recommend every fps gamer out there to play. You’ll be sucked into a uniquely mysterious yet familiar world, jump through time and fight for your life using weapons, widgets and wit. You’ll be terrified, thrilled, anxious and confused but you’ll love every second.