posted by WVUGambler5676 (HERNSHAW, WV) Mar 27, 2013
Member since Mar 2011
gamers (44%) found this review helpful
The graphics: a big overhaul since the last game and it is very noticeable.
The combat system: I know some people are saying it sucks but i honestly enjoyed it. You can only carry two guns at any time during this game but that just forces you to be strategic in your choices. Some people said you can only have two "plasmids" equipped but thats not true. You will have full access to all the Vigors (thats what they are called now) that you have collected along the way. The one piece of advice i can give about the controls it is to change the control configuration to Marksman. It is very similar to COD and makes it ALOT easier to use Iron Sights. An added addition to this game is the rail system which you can use not only to escape a situation and travel back and forth you can also use it during combat. I wont get into details but know that it is fun! Another addition to the game is Elisabeth. She comes in handy multiple ways. From finding money, ammo, and guns to opening tears during combat to help you out.
Next, is the story. Now at its CORE it is a really great story! While 60-70% is rather predictable, the remaining twists are delightful once you wrap your head around them.
Sadly, this is where the bad part comes in. A extended view of the story leaves you wanting way more. The ethical choices that the player can make and change the outcome of the game isnt there. The few choices that you can make (like 4 or 5 tops) doesnt have much effect on the game at all. But if there was one thing about this game that would be like having a knife stabbed through you hand (play the game and you will get it) it is the fact that it has ONLY 1 ENDING!!! I couldnt believe they would only have 1 ending. Without giving away any spoilers you would think that if there an infinite amount of possibility out there like the game explains then why in the world did he settle for what he settled for. I wish i could explain more but im running out of room. Its still worth a buy!!!
posted by Geomancer (PORT HUENEME, CA) Mar 27, 2013
Member since Jul 2006
gamers (44%) found this review helpful
I'm sorry but this game is the weakest entry in the Bioshock line. It's weaker in story, characters, and mechanics. And don't even get me started on the cut content.
Remember that cool scene with the horse in the trailer? Cut
Elizabeth's powers involving summoning storms and such? Cut
A war between Comstock and the Vox Populi? Made into a tiny entry.
As for the characters: You know, you actually meet characters in this game, as opposed to some of them in Bioshock that stay a face on the radio. But the characters in Rapture had much, much more character than any of the characters in Infinite. Heck, DELTA had more character! If you let yourself go in the experience, you could tell that Delta was determined to find Eleanor. But DeWitt is a muddied character and Elizabeth lacks any true depth. Ryan and Sofia Lamb were much more menacing villains than Comstock.
The game mechanics also feel a lot less tight than Bioshock 1 or 2. For example, some (actually too many) areas lock you into an area until you kill all the enemies. However, you may have to track down the enemies. It is just annoying!
Hitting your enemies with the melee weapon in this game is much less satisfying than beating them down with a wrench or your drill. Enemies just seem to have too much health to make it viable.
The gear system is a degradation of the tonic system from the previous Bioshocks. Gear sometimes depend on random chance, which means that your shiny new stuff may do nothing at all when you are counting on it. Tonics would work all the time.
The upgrade system is also extremely messy. Buying upgrades didn't feel like much changed. In Bioshock 1 and 2, upgrading your weapons felt like a change. You could also see the weapon being upgraded.
I mean, sure, rent the game. It's okay. But do not buy it! Don't make the same mistake I did!
I was skeptical when coming into this game because you are no longer in Rapture, but the floating city of Columbia is just as good! It kept all the elements from the original game that made it nearly perfect, but it also adds a bunch of new elements that make it even better! Now your character, Booker, can sprint and talk. Elizabeth adds a needed element to the game for a great supporting character. She throws you many things you need out on the battlefield, like salts, health, and ammo. If you even remotely liked the first two games you will love this game. It's a must own