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BioShock Infinite is the third installment in the franchise published by 2K Games and developed by Irrational Games. The first-person shooter videogame is a steep departure from the narrative of the previous two installments. It was released in 2013 and can be played on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows and OS X. Just like its predecessors, it brings into the spotlight some original concepts such as American exceptionalism.

Key facts about BioShock Infinite

  • BioShock Infinite has a satisfying and rich narrative, on par with the ones that made the previous two games famous.
  • The graphics are a significant improvement from BioShock 2 and keep the first-person shooter head and shoulders above its competitors.
  • BioShock Infinite has a complex gameplay, with multiple combat options and a healthy mix of melee and stealth mechanics.
  • Every important decision in the single player campaign will have an impact on the manner in which the story unfolds.
  • BioShock Infinite can be played on all consoles and computers and the same goes for its sequel Burial at Sea.

The BioShock Infinite games

BioShock Infinite games can be played on three standard difficulties. Once the campaign is completed, players unlock the 1999 mode which is more challenging and features tougher opponents. Regardless of the difficulty level chosen, this is not an easy game and proper use of tactics is required. In the special difficulty mode, money plays a more important role and players need to make sure they don’t drop below $100. If they do and the character dies, the game is automatically loaded from the last autosave.

This first-person shooter doesn’t have a multiplayer game, which is a bit surprising for the genre. The emphasis is on the single player campaign, which features more missions than the previous two games. The mini games and the side quests provide players with the option of taking a break from the main story. Players participate in raffles and other competitions, with some mind blowing and twisted prizes.

BioShock Infinite games are exciting due to the fact that players can solve each puzzle in several ways. There is also more than a solution for most missions and one can explore the entire land on foot. A mix of melee, range and stealth mechanics provides players with the impetus to replay various missions. All the characters matter and the decisions made by players reverberate throughout the campaign

What is BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter videogame that can be played on both major consoles and PCs. The third installment in the series, it is published by 2K Games and developed by Irrational Games. These are also the driving forces behind the prequels and the latest addition to the franchise features similar gameplay and story concepts. Without advertising itself as an educational game, it features some famous the concepts and ideas and its setting is based on historical events.

Screenshot of Bioshock Infinite Church
Screenshot of Bioshock Infinite Church

Gameplay of BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite combines the role-playing and first-person shooter elements with the same grace as its predecessors. The gameplay is more dynamic and action unfolds at a faster pace, without the game turning into a hack and slash. Players find their way through environments infested with hostile forces and need to use their minds to survive. They collect ammunition for the weapons and also have the option of switching to a new government that is more effective against a certain foe.

When players die, they revive in a safe area, but lose money in the process. The gameplay of BioShock Infinite is slightly more complex, with players being equipped with shields. The health system is similar and one needs to pick up health packs to regenerate the health lost. The players use Vigors, Gears and Infusions to enhance their abilities and unlock new powers. The role-playing elements are self evident, with players unlocking gear for four different slots corresponding to hats, shirts, pants and boots.

Throughout the single player campaign, players explore Columbia and can complete side missions. These present them with various rewards, such as Voxophones and Infusion upgrades or more supplies. Enemies come in different forms, but they are generally grouped as Standard Enemies, Heavy Hitters and Basic Security Automata. Each of them has different abilities and players need to learn and understand their weaknesses to defeat them in combat.

Plot of BioShock Infinite

The plot of BioShock Infinite unfolds at the turn of the 20th century, with Booker DeWitt being the central character. He frees Elizabeth from a tower that served as a prison and this prompts the city authorities to start chasing them. Instead of taking Elizabeth to Paris as promised, Booker plans on flying her to New York. This is when the story takes a serious change and the two join forces.

Screenshot of Bioshock Infinite Warning
Screenshot of Bioshock Infinite Warning

During their trip, they land in a place where Booker is initially regarded as a martyr. The zealots quickly change their opinion an attempt to kill him, while his arch enemy Songbird continues his pursuit. As they fight for their lives, they discover the conspiracy behind the founding of the city of Columbia. These revelations don’t prevent Songbird from snatching Elizabeth and Booker is once again trying to save her.

Once again, the narrative changes and Booker is revealed as a time traveler bending its fabric to rescue Elizabeth. The plot gets increasingly convoluted, when in addition to time traveling, players have to deal with the mind-boggling issue of alternate universes. Elizabeth gradually unlocks new powers and in the later stages of the campaign, she transports herself and Booker to Rapture. Those who have played the sequels will recognize some familiar sights, only in better graphics.

The story of BioShock Infinite precipitates in the later stages and the alternate universes close one by one. Players would be wise to wait until the post-credits scenes, for a special twist in the narrative. This is also consistent with the approach of the previous BioShock games.

Development of BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite was announced in 2010, but development actually started back in 2008. The team grew fast to more than 200 people, working round-the-clock with the assistance of 2K Australia. The setting for the game changed several times, in similar fashion with both BioShock and its sequel. The developers drew inspiration for this game from the nonfiction book written by Erik Larson in 2003.

To give depth to the story and maintain the high standards set by the previous games, developers worked with actors. They were not given all the facts up front, so that the characters they impersonated would develop naturally. The game runs on the Unreal Engine 3, but one that was heavily modified.

Screenshot of Bioshock Infinite Elizabeth
Screenshot of Bioshock Infinite Elizabeth

Where can I download BioShock Infinite?

Those who plan on playing BioShock Infinite should definitely check out the first two installments in the series. BioShock and its sequel can be downloaded from the same official game website or from 2K Games. Those who are seeking other games published by the same company won’t be disappointed with Mafia III, WWE 2K14, Battleborn, NBA 2K16 and XCOM 2.

What are others saying about BioShock Infinite?

BioShock Infinite was expected to struggle early on, due to the fact that players and reviewers had high expectations. Everyone was pleasantly surprised to discover that both professional and player reviews indicated a high level of satisfaction. The average score exceeded 90 out of 100, almost as high as the ratings given to BioShock. The popularity of the third installment in the series, prompted the developers to come up with an expansion called Burial at Sea.

BioShock Infinite tournaments

Developers found no use to fix something that works so well. That’s why, there is no multiplayer and there is no possibility for players to compete in BioShock Infinite tournaments. This was supposed to be a single player game enjoyable on many levels, not an action-packed candidate for eSports. League of Legends, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Dota 2, World of Warcraft and StarCraft II Legacy of the Void should provide the much-needed distraction.

My rating of BioShock Infinite

I liked BioShock and its sequel so much, that I was a bit disappointed to hear that BioShock Infinite doesn’t take place in Rapture or a similar environment. The thing was that with the previous games being so good, I found it hard to believe that developers can replicate that performance. They started from scratch and came up with a game amazing on many levels despite straying from the original concept.

I don’t mind admitting when I’m wrong and this was one of the times I was glad to misjudge a game. BioShock Infinite is a competent shooter and a treat to the eye but first and foremost it’s a gaming experience. This is what made the other games in the series so good and I’m glad that 2K Games kept the bar high. I’m looking forward for the next installment and meanwhile I rate this 9 nine out of 10.

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