posted by Sideshow (JACINTO CITY, TX) Mar 26, 2013
Member since Sep 2004
gamers (65%) found this review helpful
Irrational Games deserves a standing ovation for their work on Bioshock Infinite. It's been an age since I really felt like my purchase was worth every penny but Ken Levine and his crew definitely did not disappoint on this one. While I could probably write an essay on why I like this game so much I will instead just highlight the key parts that really struck me.
Gameplay - In my opinion Infinite actually feels a lot more strategic than the first 2 Bioshock games. You can only have 2 weapons and have 2 plasmids equipped at one time so you really have to experiment with everything to really figure out what works for you. I think this might throw some people off because they are use to having a whole arsenal of fire power but it actually serves a purpose of keeping the gameplay fresh. The shooting mechanics are true to the original Bioshock games so you shouldn't have a hard time jumping into Infinite.
Visuals - This has to be one of the most visually beautiful games I think I have ever seen. I don't believe visuals should make a game what it is but there is no denying that Irrational put a lot of love into this department.
Story - While I haven't gotten too deep into the story I really feel eager to get to the games core to figure out what lies beneath the surface. There is obviously more than meets the eye with this place and the racial undertones make their presence felt right away. There are so many theories going on in my head as to what is happening in Columbia and that is what makes Bioshock games so much fun. The writers at Irrational have some brilliant minds.
Elizabeth - Last but not least I had to bring up Elizabeth. Gamers haven't seen a sidekick like her since Half Life 2 and it really is a breath of fresh air. It's really easy to become very protective of her as you fight to get her out of Columbia and you will feel eager to figure out more of her mysterious past.
Bioshock Infinite is storytelling and gameplay at it's finest. 10/10
The gameplay is pretty stale, but the story was phenomenal. The ending is one of the best conclusions to a game I've ever encountered. I would have rated this game higher but the action is relatively boring. 7/10
posted by Tayot84 (MOUNTAIN HOME, ID) Jun 28, 2013
Member since May 2011
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
For some reason, game makers think the best way to get you to like a game is to make you work for all of the cool toys you can get in a game and end it just when you fall in love with it. Annoyingly, it does. Trying out all of the weapons, all of the vigors, finding all secrets, and trying to learn about all the hidden parts of the story will increase your gameplay tremendously with no cost to fun. The story is good, the shooting is good, the vigors make for experimental fun.
What I didn't like was the lack of fun movement areas, the game hooks you on the sky-line parts where you can zip around shooting and diving on the helpless below, unfortunately these appear in big battles mostly and you have to walk the rest of the time. Your companion can also make weapons, allies, and tactical advantages for you but you don't get to toy with these since they are predetermined by the landscape. You will wish for more of each since they add to the level of creative fun you can have.
In short; I loved playing it, but hated that it ended with me feeling like the only way I was going to get more fun was by playing it over and over.
I recommend you rent this game, but for a long time!