These are some of the first words you hear in Irrational Game’s latest addition to the critically acclaimed Bioshock series.
Bioshock Infinite is set in the high flying city of Columbia, the game throws you headlong into its story without so much as a, “Would you kindly?” The first thing that will probably jump out at you as you climb the stairs to the top of a lighthouse in the middle of the ocean, that will launch you into the sky and onto a flying city, is the subtle detail.
The amount of work they put into the little things is astonishing. You can spend hours simply looking around and seeing little signs, listening to voxophones (the city’s recording devices), or eavesdropping on conversations of the citizens. All of it contributes in one way or another to the story. As someone who personally loves taking his time in a game, Infinite gave me all I wanted and more.
“Columbia is a rich and developed setting, more so than any other game I can think of, particularly, on the PC.” said IGN’s self proclaimed Xbox Guru-in-Chief and eater of Taylor Ham sandwiches, Ryan McCaffrey when he reviewed the game on IGN’s website. “If anything, it’s too ambitious for the Xbox 360 and PS3. Infinite’s graphics prove tough for the aging consoles hardware to keep up with. Columbia is best traversed with a mouse and keyboard”
Infinite set its goals even higher than the first Bioshock, and it was scary at first as I awaited its crushing defeat, the face of such expectation. But my fears proved to be unfounded. Every time it introduced something new, it blew me away.
The character development is of a caliber I hadn’t seen since I finished the Mass Effect trilogy. The combat is fluid and insane, with people flying through the air and Patriot automatons firing Gatling guns.
The weapons worked with a beauty all their own, and the new Vigors bring back happy memories of Plasmids. But I know what you want to hear about — what about the twist ending? Does it hold up to the first game’s?
Since I was expecting the twist after the first Bioshock, I went in prepping myself for the inevitable mind bender. But I never saw it coming. I never expected it. I was completely sucker punched and had my mind blown.
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