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GF Rating
8.8

5914 ratings

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

No Doubt One of the Best Games of the Year

posted by marksmanjake (TAVERNIER, FL) Jun 3, 2013

Member since Dec 2012

2 out of 4 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

I don't want to sound like another fan boy saying this is the best game ever. But I want to genuinely tell you that this is a game that you have to experience. The world, the characters, the gameplay, the visuals, the story, everything comes together beautifully to create a videogame masterpiece.
I had been anticipating this game for a while because I saw something special in it, something that set it apart from all of the Call of Duty's and Halo's. This game has a true personality.
The visuals are breathtaking, the first time the city of Columbia is revealed to you is unforgettable. Bioshock has had a reputation of making the environment part of the characters and story in the game, and it's no different here. It's vibrant, it's bright, it's alive, and it portrays a rendition of a perfect American society that never existed.
The characters are extremely fascinating. Booker is a hard-nosed Pinkerton agent sent to rescue Elizabeth from Columbia. Elizabeth is one of the most captivating and awe-inspiring characters in a videogame I've ever seen. You feel for both of these characters as they try to survive and escape while everything is working against them.
The combat is superb. The guns are awesome, the vigors are sweet, the sky-line is a ton of fun, and Elizabeth is a huge help during combat. She'll throw you ammo and health and she can open up tears in universes through her special powers.
The story is very well done and very immersive. You just want to lay back and take in the atmosphere around you. Infinite has probably one of the best endings I've ever played in a game as it stuck in my mind after a couple of days. It may be confusing but if you really pay attention, you will understand.
Some gripes I had about the game are that it's a little too short and there were some things left out that were shown in the awesome trailers.
Infinite is an engaging and captivating experience. It's so unique because it can only be expressed in a videogame. It is a must

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Great game,bad ending

posted by DFiore (BRACKENRIDGE, PA) Apr 2, 2013

Member since Apr 2013

6 out of 13 gamers (46%) found this review helpful

The Good:

Infinite is a beautiful looking game. A polar contrast to the grim,dark and depressing Rapture. Columbia is full of vibrant colors,rich scenery and at times more immersive than Rapture was. The story is the main draw of this game. It is certainly deep,complex,riveting and keeps you hooked from start to finish. With interesting and complex characters that you quickly care for and want to know more about. Looting and scavenging is addictive and adds fuel to the game while never feeling derivative of the overall experience. You will certainly want to loot everything in sight and find the voice recordings to learn more about Columbia and its resident's past. Elizabeth is the real star of the show here. With amazing voice acting,jaw dropping powers and a deep connection to the character make her much more interesting than anyone else in the game,while being very helpful in combat tossing you health,ammo and salts in times of need. Combat is simple yet addictive. Acquiring and upgrading new vigors is a blast and keeps gameplay from feeling like a generic FPS.

The bad:

While the world of Columbia is rich and vibrant,on a technical level Infinite is not a very impressive game. Muddy textures and cartoonish looking characters can at times take you out of the experience. I would have liked to see a wider variety of vigors to play with. While the ones given can be useful and fun,some are much more useful than others. Along with the vigors I would have liked to see a wider variety of weapons,instead of slightly different models of the same weapon which felt like a cheap attempt to add variety.While the characters at hand are interesting,I would have liked to see some of them fleshed out more and given more screen time.

The ugly:

The ending left me perplexed,confused,and overall disappointed. Leaving far too many plot holes that can only be speculated upon with no concrete explanations. It really tainted what was an overall amazing and unique story.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

One of the most overrated games I've ever played.

posted by REDinSOXicated (SAN ANTONIO, TX) May 3, 2013

Member since Oct 2011

9 out of 20 gamers (45%) found this review helpful

And I don't necessarily mean that in a bad way. On its own, its an average game. Being a huge fan of the first game, its story, gameplay and especially its creepy environment I find that Infinite does not live up to its predecessor. The controls are dodgy at best and can be completely unresponsive; having to jump onto a crate, crouch, re-angle my view about 15 times so it finally realizes I'm trying to pick up some salts/silver eagles and not trying to search a provision crate again is a bit annoying... after the tenth time its quite insufferable. The controller sensitivity is also very frustrating with its bad acceleration. For the actual gameplay itself, I was disappointed to see so much shooting, it feels and plays like any fps but with magical elements. It was entirely too repetitive, but I did enjoy a few of the vigors and their uniqueness. The graphics were good and its a beautiful game visually, but that alone does not warrant the 10s I keep seeing. The story is interesting and is a bit more intricate (not better) than the first Bioshock. I wish the gameplay would have reflected it more; for such a deep, albeit convoluted Inception of a storyline the gameplay was quite trite. I felt the ending was full of fan service and there just to make fans of the original happy, even though it didn't. Plus it didn't really seem like it needed to be in there, considering what they're implying is not too difficult to infer. All in all, I did enjoy playing it for the most part and was able to grit my teeth through it in a few days on hard. But in the end it feels and plays like an average fps with above average graphics, but even those graphics don't save the lacking atmosphere, simple gameplay and unnecessarily elaborate story.

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