Bioshock Infinite Review

Bioshock Infinite is a game like no other. Yes, it’s not a completely original work, as there are other Bioshocks that came before it, but it sets itself so far apart from the others that it may as well be. Before giving you my thought on the game, I should probably give you a brief summary of what it’s about.

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Bioshock Infinite takes place in Columbia, a floating city high above the clouds. You play as Booker DeWitt, an investigator from the Earth’s surface sent to the city to rescue a girl and bring her back in order to wipe away a personal debt. When you first arrive in Columbia, it seems to be a utopian society filled with early 1900s American Patriotism. Barbershop quartets sing along the streets while American flags wave in front of every store. It all seems perfect at first glance, but then you begin to look closer…

You notice that all of the citizens live, almost in fear it sometimes seems, under the rule of their “prophet” Zachary Comstock. He seems to have the whole city at his fingertips. At least until you show up. You begin to hear tales of a “false prophet,” an individual who will inevitably try and de-throne Comstock as well as take his heir to the throne. As it so happens, you’ve been identified as this so-called false prophet. You are immediately vilified and forced to fight your way to your destination. Along the way you discover several connections between Elizabeth, the girl you are sent to retrieve, and the prophet of the city. You decide to make investigating these individuals your main objective, and boy, do you soon regret it…

Oh yeah… and the girl you’re after can rip holes in reality and pretty much alter the space-time continuum. No big deal though…

You can see Elizabeth, the girl you're sent to rescue, on the left. In the back, you can see the various posters of Comstock, displaying how big of a deal he really is in Columbia.

You can see Elizabeth on the left, and in the back, you can see the various posters of Comstock, displaying how big of a deal he really is in Columbia.

The rest of the game is a roller coaster of rescues and escapes, involving skylines that you can use to travel around battlefields on, numerous types of weapons, and “vigors,” which are basically plasmids if you’ve played the other Bioshocks. They’re biological enhancements that give you special powers, like shooting lightning from your fingertips, or my favorite, summoning crows to attack your enemies.

I don’t want to give too much away story-wise, but that should give you a good overview. I really just can’t get enough of this game. The religious, political, historical, and philosophical issues it addresses makes it a completely mind-blowing experience. It is essentially an interactive art piece. The sheer creativity put into the game is something rarely seen in video games nowadays. It is a true artistic reflection of our society and culture. You see corruption, greed, and even racism from various characters, and it makes the experience that much more real. Irrational Games, the developer, uses confusion and misdirection to keep you on your toes, and you never really know who is who. Hell, after discovering Elizabeth can rip holes in reality, you don’t even know when is when, or what is what. It’s really confusing, but I absolutely love it. Irrational Games has truly put their passion into this game in every aspect, from the vast and beautiful environments, to the incredibly original characters, and I had just as much fun simply admiring its beauty as I did interacting with it.

George Washington is disappointed that you haven't gone out to buy Bioshock Infinite yet.

George Washington is disappointed that you haven’t gone out to buy Bioshock Infinite yet.

The gameplay is everything you’d expect from a top-shelf, high quality game. Your powers feel effective and are easy to use, and the same goes for the weapons. The graphics are also top-notch, and the lighting throughout the game is very effective for telling the story in different moods. The best aspect by far, however, is the story itself. I just can’t get enough of it. It seems that around every corner is a subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) stab at the inequalities and flaws within our society. Just the fact that the citizens are known as “sheep” and the prophet their shepherd is a symbol of the mindless lemmings that we have slowly become, simply doing what we are told instead of question what we are told. I think it’s a great message, and one that I have never seen displayed in a video game before.

At the end of the day, I can’t imagine giving Bioshock Infinite anything less than a 10 out of 10. If you wish to have your mind blown, and have a blast doing it, buy this game.

Oh yeah, and then there's this guy... I'll let you discover what his deal is on your own...

Oh yeah, and then there’s this guy… I’ll let you discover what his deal is on your own…

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