Bioshock Infinite: What Could be the Game of the Year

Published On July 2, 2013 | Gaming

With two stellar hits under their belt, users expected Bioshock Infinite, also called Bioshock 3, to be a success. Luckily for the fans, it was. It has more depth, more plot, and more intrigue than any of the previous games in the series.

Gameplay

Bioshock Infinite is very similar to the two games before it. The first-person shooter game has elements of exploration and history. The game follows Pinkerton agent Booker deWitt as he goes to the floating city of Columbia to find the game’s heroine, Elizabeth.

The city, unlike former Bioshock cities, is bright and filled with beautiful detail rather than dark grimy walls and tunnels. The new, open area is not only a better view, but also more fun in terms of actions and combat as there is a great deal more variety to both. The game revolves around using skills and weapons to move around and explore.

A SkyHook allows you to swing through the air, and the SkyLine, a rollercoaster like transport system, offers a unique combat system as well. Elizabeth, who accompanies Booker after being rescued, is as an auxiliary player who does not fight but instead scavenges items for Booker to use, including healing packs and ammunition.

Pros of Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite has a lot of pros. For starters, it’s better developed, it has one of the single most well developed secondary characters in a game, and it is intriguing. Gameplay is extremely fun and if you have finished playing it through, you can always play again on a more difficult level. In fact, the 1999 mode is one of the most fun parts of the game, and definitely worth checking out.

More types of enemies and bosses mean coming up with more fighting tactics, which requires brains as well as brawn. It is definitely an improvement over the many first-person shooters that are all shooting and nothing else. Major villains are very well developed, as are the characters.

Cons of Bioshock Infinite

Even one of the best games of the year has its cons and Bioshock has its share. For example, minor villains tend to be pretty much cookie cutter without too much point or variation. Graphics are stunning but one set of stairs looks much like another, so you might find yourself getting lost if you aren’t careful. Another thing that is a definite disappointment is that this game is short. If you power play your way through it you can probably get through it in less than 12 hours.

Bioshock Infinite is one of the best games of the year. For anyone who is a fan of the series, it is a must have. Anyone who hasn’t played the game can start out with Bioshock Infinite without really being confused by the plot. All in all, the game is fun, intriguing, and worth the money.

—  By Katrina O’Reilly

Katrina O’Reilly, known by her game handle as Miss TRex, is a student at Full Sail University where she studies game design. More of her game reviews can be found at TheHighTechSociety.com

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