Bioshock Infinite (Game) Review
Publisher: 2K Games
Available on: Playstation 3, XBOX 360, PC
Rating: PEGI 18
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The first two Bioshock games, and particularly the first, are two of my favourite games of all time, easily up there with Goldeneye, Zelda and Mario for me. I've been looking forward to the third game in the series, Bioshock Infinite, for some time and it doesn't disappoint.
It would have been very easy for the developer to use the underwater setting of Rapture for a third time, such was the fantastic character and animation of the failed city. In a brave move, Irrational have created a whole new world and whilst it didn't have quite the same appeal as Rapture for me, the city of Columbia is vibrant, beautiful and draws you in almost immediately.
Bioshock Infinite is a huge game world but due to its beauty and the unique atmosphere, you'll find yourself wanting to explore every nook and cranny to ensure you're not missing out on anything. The basic story involves rescuing and returning a girl, Elizabeth, to cancel the debt of the main character Booker DeWitt. However, as you'd expect with a Bioshock game, all is not as it seems. As you progress through the game, its impossible not to be drawn to Elizabeth and I think she is probably the best example of a none playable character I've ever come across. The dialogue is perfect and she is always willing to help you look for money, codes, clues, etc. It really does feel that she is reacting to your every move.
The first Bioshock is famed for its epic 'would you kindly' plot twist and when playing Biochock Infinite, its hard not to try and second guess what the twist might be in this new game. Suffice to say there is one and it did take me by surprise, but I won't spoil it by revealing it here.
Graphically, Bioshock Infinite is stunning and must be surely pushing the 360 to its limits. Despite the enormous amount of detail in the environments, spectacular effects and detailed characters, the game zips along very smoothly and with no frame rate issues.
Another great thing about the Bioshock series is its music and sound effects and they're just as good here. Its immediately clear that this is an Irrational title as as soon as the game begins and the audio kicks in its instantly apparent just how much work has gone into the scripting, voice acting and music which fits the city of Columbia perfectly.
The power ups are back and this time known as Vigours. These work just as well as the plasmids from the first two games and its incredibly addictive collecting as many of these as possible. The sound and in particular visuals of the Vigours are breathtaking!
Bioshock Infinite is a truly awesome experience and even if you haven't played the first two games, is a must for any 360, PS3 and PC owner. I cannot praise this game enough and it is easily one of the best games of this generation, a spectacular title that will surely be on many gamer's 'best game I've ever played' lists.
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