BIOSHOCK INFINITE REVIEW
By: Nick Kelley
Retrieve the girl and wipe away the debt!”Words you hear all to often in Bioshock: Infinite. Just because Bioshock Infinite is set in a more wholesome world than its predecessors does not mean it is child’s play. On the contrary, it is a far more advanced world than both Bioshock 1 and 2. The game is set in 1912 during the growth of American exceptionalism and based in the cloud city of Columbia (literally, it is a city in the sky), where you play as the character of Booker Dewitt, a troubled man with a troubled past. You are sent on a mission by an unknown man to retrieve Elizabeth Comstock who is locked away in a tower and guarded by the fearsome Songbird. As you begin the game, you discover that the city of Columbia is a perfect utopia that brings excitement and technology to new heights. Some would agree that it brings an almost steam punk type atmosphere to the table. The prophet Zachary Hale Comstock leads the people of Columbia to what he believes to be a brighter future. While walking through the city you start to imagine that it is an angelic world that could not possibly have been baptized in sin. However, after rescuing Elizabeth and narrowly escaping the Songbird you have already found out some of the many dark secrets the city of Columbia is hiding.
The gameplay for Infinite is amazing. The graphics are realistic in a cartooney sense and the storyline is flawless and simply untouchable. Booker Dewitt is a great character whose dark past unravels as the story continues that leaves the player wanting to know who Dewitt really is.
Elizabeth is personally one of my favorite female characters ever to be created in videogame history. She is strong, smart, and self confident but yet has a childlike innocence when she gets her first taste of the outside world that continues throughout the whole game and at times you care more about finding out her past than you do about Dewitt’s.
Bioshock Infinite is fantastic, and has one of the greatest endings I have seen for a franchise…. PERIOD!!! It was flawless on all levels and leaves the gamer wanting more. If you have never played either Bioshock 1 or 2, then you will still highly enjoy this game. If you are a fan of the franchise and have played the games that came before this, then you will loves the little bits they put in as a nod to the franchise. Infinite is a game not to be missed by anyone, and if you have not played it yet, then what are you waiting for. You will not regret it.
Also, make sure to pay attention to after the credits for a little something extra.
***The game is rated M for mature and is available on PS3, XBOX 360, PC, and VITA, wherever games are sold.