BioShock Infinite Review

BioShock Infinite Review

When the original BioShock released at the beginning of this generation of consoles, it showed us a story and a setting with Rapture that was unlike anything we'd seen before. It became an instant hit, earning cult status. Now, at the end of that same generation, BioShock Infinite looks to do the same again by taking to the sky and delivering not just another great story, but a game that drives the franchise to new levels.

The story of BioShock Infinite takes place in 1912, an important time in the evolution of America. However, it’s a very different world than the one we know, as a man named Booker DeWitt must travel to a mysterious floating city called Columbia in order to repay a debt. This debt involves bringing a girl named Elizabeth, who’s being held captive on Columbia, to New York City.

Unlike the original BioShock, in Infinite you play as a character that has some serious personality. He’s not a mindless drone running around following someone else’s orders. No, Booker has a personality that’s key to how the story unfolds. And as things progress in the story, his relationship with Elizabeth helps to drive things forward.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that this is just a story that focuses primarily on Booker or Elizabeth, given their prominence, but it also oversees the downfall of Columbia. It's here that there's a distinct different between Infinite and what came before. With the original material, you saw the aftermath of a ruined city and its people, but in Infinite, you’re there when this all happens. It allows the entire experience to have a very different sentiment, but it will still affect your emotions.

The story also mixes religious, political, and racial problems in a way that you don’t see with many games or even media in general. And the fact that it is done in a very respectable manner for taking place in 1912, while still pushing a somewhat touchy issue, is commendable to say the least.

There are a lot of similarities between the original story of BioShock and the story of BioShock Infinite. There's a man on a mission, a mysterious city, and a guardian protecting a girl. However, it's the execution of the narrative that comes across as the biggest difference. There are no more radio conversations with people you will never seen until a boss battle. Instead, as Booker and Elizabeth try to escape Columbia, their relationship grows - it's endearing.

Saying any more about the story could be delving into spoiler territory, but this grandiose story is one that you do not want to miss. With all of the supernatural and multiverse elements in the game, you may find yourself getting a little lost, but once everything is said and done, it is hard not to just start playing the game all over again. You'll be surprised at what you missed the first time, at least.


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