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A more than worthy entry in the Bioshock franchise.,
This review is from: BioShock Infinite - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
Firstly, I should start off by saying that usually when I buy a new game it will last me a good while, even if it's only a few hours in length. I finished this in just two sittings. Even Bioshock 1 took me nearly a full week to beat. But Bioshock Infinite isn't most games. It's engaging, addictive and you will think about it almost constantly even once you power off your console or PC for the night. The world of columbia is simply stunning and unlike anything you've ever seen in a game. When I first heard that Infinite was going to be set in a city in the sky, I wasn't sure how to feel. Rapture was quite possibly my favourite game environment ever. I loved the 1950's art deco, the dark creepy hallways and the destroyed beauty of the city. But as much as I love Rapture, when your zipping along sky rails or gazing in awe at one of the many beautiful vista's columbia presents, the city under the sea will be the last thing on your mind.
I'd say the single best part of Infinite however, would be Elizabeth. She's an amazing character and one you will grow very fond of during the course of your journey. It seems Irrational took a page from Half Life 2's book and created a partner character who is not only very likeable, but who doesn't get in your way or has to be taken care of by you. In fact, any time she wasn't around me, I actually began to miss her and even shootouts started to feel mundane without my friend there to throw me ammo or change the battle environment for me. As likeable as Alex was, I never really missed her when she wasn't around. The fact that I actually missed a load of pixels in Infinite should show you just how talented the guys at Irrational are. I wouldn't say I fell in love with Elizabeth but I enjoyed every minute I spent with her in the game. That's more than I can say for most A.I partners in games.
The one real complaint I had about the original Bioshock was that you couldn't really die. Every time you did, you would simply re-spawn at the nearest Vita-Chamber and go on your merry way. You could basically complete the whole game through sheer force of will. Unfortunately, the same kind of idea applies in Infinite too. It's not as bad though. Every time you die, Elizabeth will revive you, but you will lose some money from your wallet and enemies will gain some of their health back. I'm currently on my second playthrough and i'm playing on the hardest difficulty, 1999 mode. I highly urge anyone planning to play through this game more than once to give this mode a go. It really makes battles a lot more tense and exciting. Another part of the game I would love to talk about is the soundtrack. But for fear of spoilers, i'll refrain. Just know that there are parts in this game where the music alone will put a big smile on your face.
And finally, arguably the most important part of any Bioshock game is the stoy. Well in case anyone was worrying that Infinite couldn't live up to the original's amazing narrative, don't be. In my opinion, Infinite's tale surpasses it's predecessor in nearly every way. I'm obviously not going to go into detail about it but I will say that their are parts in the game where you actually feel like your playing something very, very important. Booker's and Elizabeth's relationship is very well done. The two of them go through so much together and you really begin to see their relationship grow into something more meaningful through the course of the game. When the ending finally came, it blew me away. Yes, just like something like Silent Hill 2, you can expect people to be arguing over the game's story for decades to come. Without spoiling anything, the ending really does require you to just accept things the way they are. Your not going to get all the answers you want. But if you just take it for what it is and take the time to work out what it all means, it's probably the best ending that's ever been in gaming.
Overall, I absolutely adore this game. I know it's to early to be even uttering the words 'Game Of The Year' but unless the other big names for the year like The Last Of Us or Grand Theft Auto 5 turn out to be something very, very special, I believe it's almost a certainty that Bioshock Infinite will be this year's best game. I know it's been said time and again but you really should buy this game. Miss it and your missing one of the most important games of our time.