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The Gaming Review - BioShock Infinite

Release Date: 
03/26/2013
Rated: 
ESRB: M
Game Platform: 
Xbox, PS3, PC
Star Rating: 
9 out of 10

Murder and mystery take to the sky.

The Pitch: The most anticipated game of 2012 finally arrives...in 2013. BioShock Infinite continues the tradition of mixing a heart-wrenching story full of characters who feel like family with the first-person action of tearing through a shiny, unique world, the likes of which you’ve never seen before.

What It Really Is: The series best known for mind-fucking gamers is back with Infinite, the long-awaited third installment of the BioShock legacy that’ll have players scratching their heads and swapping theories on the internet for a good while. You play as Booker DeWitt, ex-Pinkerton strong-arm turned private eye, sent to the cloud-city of Columbia to bring a girl back to New York City. BioShock has always employed the conventions of an FPSer, but it’s the story, and the way that the plot unfolds, that set it apart as the premiere narrative in all of gaming. BioShock Infinite isn’t fun to play; it’s necessary to play, and will hook you with its murky mysteries of Booker’s past until it spits you out on the other side, head spinning. Getting to slaughter legions of racist, mindless, sycophants of Columbia’s creepy, child-hoarding prophet, Comstock? Well, that’s just a bonus in our book.

Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: “Take notes, M. Night Shyamalan: BioShock Infinite makes the twist at the end of Sixth Sense look like the surprise ending to a flip book.” -Maxim.com

Fun Fact: Though originally considering the Renaissance period as the setting for Infinite, Ken Levine and Irrational Games instead chose turn of the 20th Century America as the backdrop for Columbia, looking to the Chicago World’s Fair and the serial killer H.H. Holmes for inspiration to create a world that blends great optimism with sinister undertones.

Who It's For: BioShock’s fan base is a loyal bunch, foaming at the mouth as the game was delayed from March 2012 to 2013, but Infinite stands tall in its own right and newcomers will find it just as epic as anyone who’s been waiting five years for it to grace their game rooms.

 

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