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Thought Provoking, Entertaining, and Fun!,
This review is from: BioShock Infinite - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Seamless blend of epic storytelling and FPS gameplay!
Bioshock Infinite adds a whole new dimension to the Bioshock Universe, literally. Bioshock Infinite introduces dimensional / time travel and explores a utopian US City that seceded from the Union and rose above the clouds. The people of this city are extremely religious and blindly follow their leader, a self-proclaimed prophet named Comstock. The gameplay is fairly linear like the other Bioshock games. You must use special abilities called Vigors and an arsenal of weapons to battle your way through powerful enemies to rescue a mysterious girl named Elizabeth, who has the power to open rifts in space and time.
The story is well told and very well acted. It's the kind of alternate history / sci-fi story that makes you think. The themes are about nationalism, hope, faith, and alternate universes. You play as a former agent named Pinkerton DeWitt who is sent to a city in the clouds to rescue Elizabeth, a girl with mysterious powers. She is held captive by the government and is under constant observation, so they can study her powers. As the story develops, the bond between DeWitt and Elizabeth grows and builds throughout the story.
The levels are a mix of fairly open ended spaces, and very linear room to room combat. At any time, you can press UP on the D-Pad and an arrow will appear, showing you where you need to go. There are plenty of places to explore and find extra gear, weapons, ammo, health, and salts, which power your special abilities called Vigors. There are also vending machines where you can purchase Upgrades, and more Health and Ammo. The path through Bioshock Infinite is heavily story based, so it's linear and it goes in one direction.
Booker and Elizabeth team up to fight hordes of enemies. Booker uses weapons and Vigors. Elizabeth can pull things through dimensional rifts. Health Power Ups, Money, Automated Machine Guns, etc. Elizabeth is the ultimate support character! You have Health and Shields, and your Shields regenerate. If you die, you are resurrected in a nearby area and you can continue the fight with half of your health. The enemies also get some health back too, so you need to earn your way through every battle. The combat system really rewards aggressive play. You're usually low on ammo, health, and Vigor, so you need to blast your way through the enemies to get more. This isn't the type of game where you hide behind some cover, pop out, and shoot. My only problem with the game is that the enemies can overrun you. They don't recoil very long when they are hit, and if two of them flank you or attack from the front and the rear at the same time, you're pretty much dead. They also fire a bit too rapidly, so if a rocket hits you and you stagger, the second rocket will also hit you and finish you off. If you were a bit faster, or the enemies recoiled just a bit longer from being shot, this would seem more fair. This is a fairly minor gripe and overall, the combat is fun.
All of the Vigors involve dealing damage to enemies, making them fight on your side for a while, or laying traps. The Vigors are great, but I just wish I could use them more often. It's like being a powerful wizard, who can only cast 3-5 spells in a battle.
The graphics are excellent both from a technical and artistic standpoint. Columbia, the Utopian City in the Clouds and every prop in it, looks great and contributes to the overall theme of the game. The characters are stylized and look just a bit cartoonish, instead of hyper-realistic, and they animate very well. The special effects and enemies also look great! Elizabeth, your constant companion, is exceptionally well rendered and acted.
The music, sound effects, and voice acting are all top notch. The music takes you back to the early 1900's. The sound effects punctuate the action. The voice acting really makes you feel for the characters.
Replay Value: Once
Because this is a linear game with no multiplayer, the only thing you can do is play it again on a harder difficulty. There are 4 total. It should take about 12-15 hours to finish the campaign, depending on how much you explore.
There is a bit of animated violence, but nothing that the avid anime fan hasn't seen before. There's no sex or nudity either.
This is a GREAT GAME, and you don't have to play the other BioShocks to enjoy this one!
Buy it if you love great storytelling.
Buy it if you own the other BioShocks!
Buy it if you like FPS with some strategy behind the fighting.
Rent it if you have 12-15 hours to blow through the campaign.
Avoid it if you need your FPS games to have multiplayer.
Avoid it if you want an open world game.
If you liked this game, definitely check out the other BioShocks. If you like the tactical Combat, check out FarCry 3 or Deus Ex. If you liked Elizabeth, check out Prince of Persia. There's a great dynamic between the two characters in that game as well.