I never got around to playing the first Bioshock
, but I decided to pick up Bioshock Infinite
, as I found it's themes and setting much more appealing than the original. I found this to be an opportunity where I could play a tangentially related sequel without measuring it up to it's predecessors.
The combat isn't anything to write home about, it's simple but above all, fun and engaging. You're often moving about during battle, so the skyline is a fun addition. The weapon limit is frustrating at times, but different weapons and items are abundant. The game is linear, due to it's focus on story, but there's still a lot of opportunity for exploration- which the player will need to do in order to fully understand the story. There's a little backtracking, but it's usually optional and moving around Columbia is a delight anyways. Unfortunately, the gameplay isn't varied much beyond exploration between shooting galleries, it could of used a few puzzles to give the vigors more use and vary the game a little more.
Elizabeth's is great, she helps out during battle and never gets in the way (usually), but she isn't as "groundbreaking" as she's made out to be. That being said,when she's not with you, you'll want her back right away. Her character is endearing and sweet, and shortly after her introduction, I genuinely cared for her.
Having a fleshed out protagonist of a FPS was...interesting. Arguably, he would be easier to relate to if we could actually see him. In spite of that, Booker remains to be compelling and complex. Hell, even he
becomes oddly endearing at times with his interactions with Elizabeth.
I certainly enjoyed the story, but the plot needed some more focus. There have been some complaints over the lack of multiple endings, but once you complete the game, it becomes clear as to why there is only one. There's a few minor problems such as the tricky cursor and the sloppy textures. The game doesn't save my progress as often as I'd like either.
With it's high replay value, richly designed and engaging world, compelling main characters, unique soundtrack, and an emotional as well as satisfying ending, in all Bioshock Infinite
is thought-provoking and an excellently executed, immersive game that wraps up in a dozen or so hours.