Bioshock Infinite

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By: Jake Hamilton

Bioshock Infinite is a first-person shooter video game developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games. Bioshock Infinite is the third installment in the Bioshock series, and although it doesn’t follow the storyline of previous Bioshock games, it does feature similar gameplay concepts and themes. The games concept and setting was developed by Irrational’s creative lead, Ken Levine, who took inspiration from both historic events at the turn of the 20th century, as well as more recent ones.

Set in 1912 during the growth of America exceptionalism, the games protagonist, former pinkerton agent Brooker DeWitt, is sent to the floating air-city of Columbia to find a young women, Elizabeth, who has been held captive there for most of her life. Though Booker rescues Elizabeth, the two are persuade by the city’s warning factions; the nativist and elite founders that strive to keep the city full of pure American’s only, and the Vok Populi; a rebel group representing the common people.

The player controls Booker throughout the game, eventually working with the AI controlled Elizabeth. Like previous Bioshock games, the player uses a combination of weapons, gear and psychokinetic powers granted through vigor’s in combat. In contrast to the limited spaces of the underwater city of Rapture, the open-air city of Columbia provides for more combat challenges including combat that takes place aboard the city’s Skyline rollercoaster like rail systems. The game also features an optional ‘1999 Mode,’ harking back to games like System Shock 2 where decisions made by the player will have a more permanent impact on the game.

Bioshock Infinite received critical acclaim upon release and was favorably compared to, with some even considering it surpassed, the original Bioshock game. The games plot and visual aesthetics were praised (with its ending sparking debates across internet forums), while the combat received a mixed response with some praising its new additions and other criticizing its simplicity. The games themes of political and religious beliefs and the use of excessive violent imagery have also raised controversy. Bioshock Infinite won numerous pre-release awards for its display at E3 2011, including Best of Show from the Game Critics Awards.

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