You can picture happy gatherings 'Round the fireside long ago, And you think of tearful partings When they left you here below. Will the circle be unbroken By and by, by and by? Is a better home a-waiting In the sky, in the sky?BioShock Infinite
— Elizabeth, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"
is the third game in the BioShock
series, taking place in 1912.
Booker DeWitt is a washed-up ex-Pinkerton Detective
whose gambling debts catch up to him and force him to accept one final chance
to wipe the slate clean. He finds himself sent to Columbia, a floating city
that was once the pride of the United States before it went rogue and became a sovereign city. There, he must extract a young woman named Elizabeth and bring her unharmed to his Mysterious Employers
in New York.
But all is not well in the city of Columbia, once heralded as an embodiment of the American Dream
. Tension is bubbling under the surface between two opposing factions: The Founders, an ultra-nationalist, xenophobic and fundamentalist ruling class
led by "Father" Zachary Hale Comstock; and the Vox Populi (led by the radical Daisy Fitzroy), a movement who once sought fair and just working conditions for the underclass of Columbia, but has since degenerated
into a terrorist group
fuelled by blind hatred
and bent on shooting everything on sight.
Booker soon discovers that Elizabeth holds an incredible power within her, one that Father Comstock is determined to keep under his control. They must work together to escape the powderkeg that is Columbia, all while evading the dreaded Songbird
: a deranged robotic guardian determined to stop Elizabeth from ever leaving
have been released, the most notable one being the two-parter arc, titled "Burial at Sea"
. Acting as a What If?
scenario, the plot follows an alternate Booker and Elizabeth who meet under different circumstances to the core game: instead of Columbia, the duo meets in the underwater city of Rapture from BioShock
and BioShock 2
. The arc was first released in November 2013, with the conclusion following in March 2014. The trailer for Part One
can be found here
. Note that the Part Two
trailer is built on spoilers
if you haven't finished the main game and the first part; nevertheless, it can be viewed here
at your own risk.
Aside from the Buried at Sea
DLC, the game has also seen Clash in the Clouds
, a pack which takes the form of four arena maps. Booker and Elizabeth square off against fifteen waves of enemies and face optional challenges. It also allows the unlocking of concept art, music and other supplementary material. Furthermore, players can purchase a season pass which, aside from getting all DLC at a discount, provides the Early Bird Special Pack pre-order boosts
for the main plot: four unique perk outfits, five free infusion bottles, and the machine gun and pistol get free damage boosts and golden skins.
Columbia appears as a stage in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale
along with the original BioShock
's Big Daddy as a playable character.
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