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** The Vox Populi's depiction as rebels with justified grievances against the ethnicist, repressive dictatorship ruling them who progressively transform into mass-murdering radicals themselves. While this is something that happened countless times in history, which likely inspired this storyline, it became particularly relevant to current affairs only a few months after the game released. By 2014, UsefulNotes/TheArabSpring in Syria had seen ISIS and Al-Qaeda become by far the most powerful factions fighting against the ethnicist, repressive Ba'athist dictatorship that the revolution had been started to depose.


* {{Anvilicious}}: The writing seems to pick from the worst excesses of racism, religious fanaticism (Comstock), unchecked capitalism (Fink), revolutionary movements and communism (Fitzroy) exhibited within the last 150 years and adapt them to Columbia. If there's any kind of moral to take away from the story, it's probably "Extremism in any direction is bad." Which is perfectly in line with the message of the other games, really, except they didn't cram so many ideologies into one game.

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* {{Anvilicious}}: The writing seems to pick from the worst excesses of racism, totalitarian religious fanaticism (Comstock), unchecked crony capitalism (Fink), revolutionary movements and communism (Fitzroy) exhibited within the last 150 years and adapt them to Columbia. If there's any kind of moral to take away from the story, it's probably "Extremism in any direction is bad." Which is perfectly in line with the message of the other games, really, except they didn't cram so many ideologies into one game.



** The Season Pass also gives the Pistol, amongst other things, a massive damage upgrade that turns it into a good weapon along with a straight upgrade to the Hand Cannon-quick draw time, a ridiculously high critical multiplier, easy to find ammo for and a very fast firing speed coupled with the damage upgrade makes it possible to take down Handymen on any difficulty using it.

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** The Season Pass also gives the Pistol, amongst among other things, a massive damage upgrade that turns it into a good weapon along with a straight upgrade to the Hand Cannon-quick draw time, a ridiculously high critical multiplier, easy to find ammo for and a very fast firing speed coupled with the damage upgrade makes it possible to take down Handymen on any difficulty using it.



** [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter The Shotgun]] is also notoriously overpowered, being able to kill anything short of a Handyman or Motorised Patriot in 1 or 2 shots. This is balanced out by the fact that you're inevitably forced to go through several sections of the game without it.

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** [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter The Shotgun]] is also notoriously overpowered, being able to kill anything short of a Handyman or Motorised Patriot in 1 or 2 shots. This is balanced out by the fact that you're inevitably forced to go through several sections of the game without it.it, and that it has a ranged of, oh, six inches.


* AuthorsSavingThrow: Daisy Fitzroy [[spoiler:attempting to kill a child, but being killed by Elizabeth before she could]] was received poorly, but ''Burial at Sea'' revealed [[spoiler:she only did it at the behest of the Luteces, and initially refused to for the same reasons her fans claimed she wouldn't, that the child wasn't to blame for his father, Fink's, actions.]] It turns it into one big BatmanGambit, because the [[TheChessmaster Luteces]] knew what Elizabeth's reaction would be.

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* AuthorsSavingThrow: Daisy Fitzroy [[spoiler:attempting to kill a child, but being killed by Elizabeth before she could]] was received poorly, but ''Burial at Sea'' revealed [[spoiler:she only did it at the behest of the Luteces, and initially refused to for the same reasons her fans claimed she wouldn't, that the child wasn't to blame for his father, Fink's, actions.]] It turns it into one big BatmanGambit, because the [[TheChessmaster Luteces]] knew what Elizabeth's reaction would be. [[spoiler:Of course, this still does absolutely nothing to absolve her of the vast majority of her crimes, namely responsibility for all the clearly-depicted massacres of civilians during the alternate universe uprising, including some who were tortured to death and had their body parts (e.g. scalps) strewn about the city as messages.]]



*** [[spoiler:This actually becomes a plot point in ''Episode 2'' of ''Burial at Sea'', where Daisy is vindicated with the reveal that the Luteces convinced Daisy to engineer the entire scenario to martyr herself for her revolution, so Elizabeth would have [[ARealManIsAKiller enough resolve]] to bring down Comstock once and for all. She actually was ''appalled'' with their suggestion to harm a child and only agreed after being assured that the child would be unharmed and her death would ensure Comstock's defeat. As such, the only true comparison that remains is both were willing to die for their beliefs.]]

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*** [[spoiler:This actually becomes a plot point in ''Episode 2'' of ''Burial at Sea'', where Daisy is vindicated with the reveal that the Luteces convinced Daisy to engineer the entire scenario to martyr herself for her revolution, so Elizabeth would have [[ARealManIsAKiller enough resolve]] to bring down Comstock once and for all. She actually was ''appalled'' with their suggestion to harm a child and only agreed after being assured that the child would be unharmed and her death would ensure Comstock's defeat. As such, the This comes across as a particularly bizarre retcon not only true comparison because it changes the nature of the scene where she attempts to kill a child, but because it changes absolutely nothing about all the ''other'' mass killings depicted in that remains is both were willing to die for their beliefs.future which she clearly ordered, so in the end she still comes across as no different.]]


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** One broadcast during the alternate universe Vox Populi uprising has the red flag-waving rebel-turned-government leader ordering the slaughter of [[https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-10684399 anyone wearing glasses.]]


* EnsembleDarkhorse: The Lutece twins are rather endearing with their [[CloudCuckoolander odd behavior]] and speech mannerisms. They even ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQERpgTr2jM won]]'' the recent VGX award for "Best Character of the Year."

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: The Lutece twins are rather endearing with their [[CloudCuckoolander odd behavior]] and speech mannerisms. They even ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQERpgTr2jM won]]'' the recent 2013 VGX award for "Best Character of the Year."


* InternetBackdraft: There was a decent amount of backlash when 2K made an exclusive deal with IGN to have them break the media embargo and submit an early review. Cue fears that IGN were being paid off. Thankfully, the furor died down when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_lLSOkZRgc the actual review]] went online which, despite the high score, dished out praise for the SceneryPorn and ArtificialBrilliance and criticism for its {{padding}} and YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle in equal measure.


* VindicatedByHistory: Sharply inverted. While initially received with critical acclaim and seen as one of the best games of 2013, ''Infinite'' has received a much cooler reception as time goes on, particularly concerning its politics and gameplay. Nowadays it's seen with a far more mixed view than it previously was.


* HolyShitQuotient: Dear god, the ending...
* HypeBacklash:
** Much like [[VideoGame/BioShock1 the first game]], ''Infinite'' initially received excellent reviews and sales, but there's a very good chance you will come across videos and articles that go on about how the game failed to immerse its players in its world or those being hyper critical on its gameplay mechanics. The ending also divides players, though not quite to the extent of [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 the third Mass Effect's]] [[GainaxEnding ending]] - pretentious MindScrew for the sake of MindScrew, or hauntingly beautiful and breathtaking? [[SocietyMarchesOn The greater progressivism and politically charged criticism in gaming]] has also led to its reputation being devalued, with many slamming it for [[UnfortunateImplications arguing that a violent slave revolt was morally indistinguishable from a violent slave master]], along with several of its ideas falling into the "ConceptsAreCheap" trap.
** Appreciating the RewatchBonus during playthroughs are also tough to do since not that many characters in the game are really that sympathetic, except perhaps Elizabeth.

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HypeBacklash: Much like [[VideoGame/BioShock1 the first game]], ''Infinite'' initially received excellent reviews and sales, but there's a very good chance you will come across videos and articles that go on about how the game failed to immerse its players in its world or those being hyper critical on its gameplay mechanics. The ending also divides players, though not quite to the extent of [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 the third Mass Effect's]] [[GainaxEnding ending]] - pretentious MindScrew for the sake of MindScrew, or hauntingly beautiful and breathtaking? [[SocietyMarchesOn The greater progressivism and politically charged criticism in gaming]] has also led to its reputation being devalued, with many slamming it for [[UnfortunateImplications arguing that a violent slave revolt was morally indistinguishable from a violent slave master]], along with several of its ideas falling into the "ConceptsAreCheap" trap.
** Appreciating the RewatchBonus during playthroughs are also tough to do since not that many characters in the game are really that sympathetic, except perhaps Elizabeth.
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** We never find out who or what the Songbird originally was.

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** We never find out who [[AmbiguouslyHuman or what what]] the Songbird originally was.

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* VindicatedByHistory: Sharply inverted. While initially received with critical acclaim and seen as one of the best games of 2013, ''Infinite'' has received a much cooler reception as time goes on, particularly concerning its politics and gameplay. Nowadays it's seen with a far more mixed view than it previously was.


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** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bLHW78X1XeE Beast of America]] trailer.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4coaEB4tabU These]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsQuTCycrwI covers]]

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** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bLHW78X1XeE com/watch?v=5gBVZj6ROV0 Beast of America]] trailer.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4coaEB4tabU These]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsQuTCycrwI com/watch?v=XADErOyjjE8 covers]]


* LateArrivalSpoiler: ''Infinite'' has a storyline about multiple realities. Spoiled by Burial at Sea, which advertises itself as starring an alternate Booker and Elizabeth.
* MagnificentBastard: [[BewareTheSillyOnes The Luteces]] are [[CreepyTwins two mysterious twins]] frequently encountered, before revealing [[GreaterScopeVillain themselves to have set the plot in motion.]] Encountered by Zachary Hale Comstock, Rosalind Lutece agreed to help him build his floating city, Colombia and in return Comstock would fund her research on alternate realities; with these resources she made a contraption that allowed her AlternateSelf Robert Lutece to come into her world. Together, the Luteces helped Comstock kidnap [[spoiler: Booker [=DeWitt's=] daughter]], though Robert regretted his part in the kidnapping as well as the state of Colombia and the BadFuture coming after so he decides to plot against Comstock, forcing Rosalind to help him on the threat that he'll leave her if she doesn't. Though seemingly killed by Comstock, they have in fact survived and involved Booker [=DeWitt=] in their plan, guiding him throughout Colombia, while also convincing Daisy Fitzroy to ignite her revolution and let Elizabeth kill her ensuring the downfall of Colombia and Comstock. After the death of Comstock and the destruction of his city, the Luteces collaborated with Elizabeth to kill off all the other Comstocks in different realities before leaving her after killing the last Comstock in Rapture completely satisfied with their end results.

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* LateArrivalSpoiler: ''Infinite'' has a storyline about multiple realities. Spoiled by Burial ''Burial at Sea, Sea'', which advertises itself as starring an alternate Booker and Elizabeth.
* MagnificentBastard: [[BewareTheSillyOnes The Luteces]] are [[CreepyTwins two mysterious twins]] frequently encountered, before revealing [[GreaterScopeVillain themselves to have set the plot in motion.]] Encountered by Zachary Hale Comstock, Rosalind Lutece agreed to help him build his floating city, Colombia and in return Comstock would fund her research on alternate realities; with these resources she made a contraption that allowed her AlternateSelf Robert Lutece to come into her world. Together, the Luteces helped Comstock kidnap [[spoiler: Booker [[spoiler:Booker [=DeWitt's=] daughter]], though Robert regretted his part in the kidnapping as well as the state of Colombia and the BadFuture coming after so he decides to plot against Comstock, forcing Rosalind to help him on the threat that he'll leave her if she doesn't. Though seemingly killed by Comstock, they have in fact survived and involved Booker [=DeWitt=] in their plan, guiding him throughout Colombia, while also convincing Daisy Fitzroy to ignite her revolution and let Elizabeth kill her ensuring the downfall of Colombia and Comstock. After the death of Comstock and the destruction of his city, the Luteces collaborated with Elizabeth to kill off all the other Comstocks in different realities before leaving her after killing the last Comstock in Rapture completely satisfied with their end results.



** [[spoiler:Atlas/Frank Fontaine]] in ''Burial at Sea: Part 2'' has many potential examples, but especially notable was his genuine threat to [[spoiler:lobotomise Sally to get Elizabeth to talk]] and [[spoiler:beating Elizabeth with a wrench when she handed him the Ace, causing her death. And when he did the latter, he didn't kill her.]] [[spoiler: Elizabeth being still alive near the ending implied that he deliberately beat her senseless then left her to suffer a horrible and extremely painful death.]] The fandom now ''absolutely hates'' him.

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** [[spoiler:Atlas/Frank Fontaine]] in ''Burial at Sea: Part 2'' has many potential examples, but especially notable was his genuine threat to [[spoiler:lobotomise Sally to get Elizabeth to talk]] and [[spoiler:beating Elizabeth with a wrench when she handed him the Ace, causing her death. And when he did the latter, he didn't kill her.]] [[spoiler: Elizabeth [[spoiler:Elizabeth being still alive near the ending implied that he deliberately beat her senseless then left her to suffer a horrible and extremely painful death.]] The fandom now ''absolutely hates'' him.



** Some of the Heavy Hitter's voice lines are unintentionally hilarious:

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** Some of the Heavy Hitter's Hitters' voice lines are unintentionally hilarious:



** Being forced to adhere to a two weapon limit. This means that you won't be as tactically flexible in fights as you were in the first two games. Also, this means you're constantly forced to swap out weapons because the enemies you encounter always seem to be using weapons different from the ones you have equipped. It also doesn't help that you're pretty much forced to dedicate one of your weapon slots to a heavy weapon in case you run against an elite enemy like a Handyman or Motorized Patriot.

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** Being forced to adhere to a two weapon two-weapon limit. This means that you won't be as tactically flexible in fights as you were in the first two games. Also, this means you're constantly forced to swap out weapons because the enemies you encounter always seem to be using weapons different from the ones you have equipped. It also doesn't help that you're pretty much forced to dedicate one of your weapon slots to a heavy weapon in case you run against an elite enemy like a Handyman or Motorized Patriot.



* ShipSinking: There are numerous moments between Booker and Elizabeth that either hint at possible romance between them and even {{UST}} (one reason why there is so much Rule34 featuring them). However, any possible shipping is well and truly sunk when it's gradually implied, and ultimately confirmed that [[spoiler: Elizabeth is Booker's daughter]].

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* ShipSinking: There are numerous moments between Booker and Elizabeth that either hint at possible romance between them and even {{UST}} (one reason why there is so much Rule34 featuring them). However, any possible shipping is well and truly sunk when it's gradually implied, and ultimately confirmed that [[spoiler: Elizabeth [[spoiler:Elizabeth is Booker's daughter]].



* SpecialEffectFailure: The tobacco on the back wall of Robertson's Tobaccoria stand on High Street in ''Burial at Sea - Episode 1'' is clearly just a flat texture.

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* SpecialEffectFailure: The tobacco on the back wall of Robertson's Tobaccoria stand on High Street in ''Burial at Sea - Sea'' Episode 1'' 1 is clearly just a flat texture.



** Especially if you're trying for the Blue Ribbon Challenges, most of the levels in Clash in the Clouds qualify as this.



** The Vox Populi as a whole. Daisy Fitzroy's little more than a bloodthirsty monster who's a relatively small obstacle story-wise([[spoiler:at least outside of ''Burial At Sea Episode 2'', and even then her scene is little more than a cameo]]), and the previews promised more glimpses at the Vox Populi. Instead, we get a palette swap of the Columbian forces.
** Despite being the driving motivation for both Booker and Elizabeth in both parts of Burial at Sea, Sally is never given any characterization and, especially in ''Burial at Sea Episode 2'', there's very little reason for players to actually care about her.

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** The Vox Populi as a whole. Daisy Fitzroy's little more than a bloodthirsty monster who's a relatively small obstacle story-wise([[spoiler:at least outside of ''Burial At Sea at Sea'' Episode 2'', 2, and even then her scene is little more than a cameo]]), and the previews promised more glimpses at the Vox Populi. Instead, we get a palette swap of the Columbian forces.
** Despite being the driving motivation for both Booker and Elizabeth in both parts of Burial at Sea, Sally is never given any characterization and, especially in ''Burial at Sea Sea'' Episode 2'', 2, there's very little reason for players to actually care about her.



** Episode 2 of ''Burial at Sea'' followed on from the reveal that [[spoiler:Booker was actually a Comstock, leaving players with questions about how he could still have existed after the ending of Infinite seemingly wiped out all possible Comstock timelines]]. It is never explored in the second episode, nor does it explain [[spoiler:how Columbia is also still around]].

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** Episode 2 of ''Burial at Sea'' followed on from the reveal that [[spoiler:Booker was actually a Comstock, leaving players with questions about how he could still have existed after the ending of Infinite ''Infinite'' seemingly wiped out all possible Comstock timelines]]. It is never explored in the second episode, nor does it explain [[spoiler:how Columbia is also still around]].


** Elizabeth's design was changed in a 2011 update from [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/bioshock/images/2/2b/DynamicElizabeth.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20130328082012 raven black hair, freckles with glassy, large eyes]] to [[https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/bioshock/images/0/07/Elizabeth-C.png/revision/latest?cb=20130501031608 brown hair, no freckles and smaller eyes]]. Fans are pretty split on if they want the old Elizabeth back or like the new one. Funnily enough, [[DevelopmentGag the old model still gets recycled]] [[spoiler:as one of the alternate Elizabeths in the ending]].
** [[spoiler:The ending is either the best thing ever written and a perfect example of how to do TimeTravel correctly as well as a fascinating metaphorical exploration of the "world" of a story in progress (or a game played by many people), or a confusing GainaxEnding that cheapens the moral choices of the game since they retroactively never happened]].

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** Elizabeth's design was changed in a 2011 update from [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/bioshock/images/2/2b/DynamicElizabeth.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20130328082012 raven black hair, freckles with glassy, large eyes]] to [[https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/bioshock/images/0/07/Elizabeth-C.png/revision/latest?cb=20130501031608 brown hair, no freckles and smaller eyes]]. Fans are pretty split on if they want the old Elizabeth back or like the new one. Funnily enough, [[DevelopmentGag the old model still gets recycled]] [[spoiler:as one of the alternate Elizabeths in the ending]].
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The ending is either the best thing ever written and a perfect example of how to do [[spoiler: TimeTravel correctly as well as a fascinating metaphorical exploration of the "world" of a story in progress (or a game played by many people), or a confusing GainaxEnding that cheapens the moral choices of the game since they retroactively never happened]].



** The revelation that [[spoiler:Elizabeth is Booker's daughter has ticked off players who, until the last ten minutes of the game, thought they were playing a romantic story. Others who weren't wearing ShippingGoggles find it a very deep and heartwarming twist on par with the first game]].



** The last mission in the game is either a fun and epic final battle that changes up the gameplay by [[spoiler:giving you the power to direct Songbird at key targets]] or an annoying tower defense mission that requires trial and error to be beaten consistently.



** The "Bird or Cage" decision has fueled factioned argument over which choice is better. A choice in the game meant to illustrate how the choices aren't important has become fuel for argument.
** Whether or not Columbia could actually destroy the world. A lot of information is unknown about the 1984 attack, so no truly decisive calls can be made. Doesn't stop everyone from arguing over it (see the [[Headscratchers/BioShockInfinite BioShock Infinite Headscratchers]] page for some Wiki/TVTropes examples of this).
** Even though ''Burial at Sea'' received largely good reception pre-release, several players expressed annoyance about going back to Rapture, instead of looking at various alternate realities mentioned already. [[spoiler: Ultimately, however, Burial at Sea ended up being about alternative realities after all, including several sprung from ''Infinite'' itself.]]
** Quite a lot of players and fans were rather cross with the fact that, as revealed in the Behind the Scenes video for Burial at Sea-Part 2, that the DLC will probably be the last ''[=BioShock=]'' game. Given that the rights are now in the hands of the team that made the divisive ''VideoGame/BioShock2'', whether the franchise should continue or not is up for debate.
** [[spoiler: Regarding the ending of ''Burial at Sea Episode 2'', there seem to be two camps. Those who feel it was a fulfilling ending that wrapped up the series as a whole, and those who are angered by it suddenly making ''VideoGame/BioShock1'''s protagonist Jack the centre of the universe and reducing Elizabeth, one of the series' most powerful characters, to an accessory to his success, by the way of having her undergo a gratuitously violent and rather needless sacrifice.]]

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** The "Bird or Cage" decision has fueled factioned argument over which choice is better. A choice in the game meant to illustrate how the choices aren't important has become fuel for argument.
** Whether or not Columbia could actually destroy the world. A lot of information is unknown about the 1984 attack, so no truly decisive calls can be made. Doesn't stop everyone from arguing over it (see the [[Headscratchers/BioShockInfinite BioShock Infinite Headscratchers]] page for some Wiki/TVTropes examples of this).
** Even though ''Burial at Sea'' received largely good reception pre-release, several players expressed annoyance about going back to Rapture, instead of looking at various alternate realities mentioned already. [[spoiler: Ultimately, however, Burial at Sea ended up being about alternative realities after all, including several sprung from ''Infinite'' itself.]]
** Quite a lot of players and fans were rather cross with the fact that, as revealed in the Behind the Scenes video for Burial at Sea-Part 2, that the DLC will probably be the last ''[=BioShock=]'' game. Given that the rights are now in the hands of the team that made the divisive ''VideoGame/BioShock2'', whether the franchise should continue or not is up for debate.
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Regarding the ending of ''Burial at Sea Episode 2'', there seem to be two camps. Those who feel it was a fulfilling ending that wrapped up the series as a whole, and those who are angered by it by [[spoiler:it suddenly making ''VideoGame/BioShock1'''s protagonist Jack the centre of the universe and reducing Elizabeth, one of the series' most powerful characters, to an accessory to his success, by the way of having her undergo a gratuitously violent and rather needless sacrifice.]]


* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The scene where Elizabeth sings ''Will the Circle Be Unbroken'' with Booker playing the guitar. While it's one hell of a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}, it also comes completely out of nowhere and no one comments about it afterwards.
** This scene borders a bit on EasterEgg territory - seeing how the guitar itself is off the beaten path, tucked away in the basement of a building where you're never required to go. In fact, other than exploring/scavenging, there's only one ''optional'' reason to ever walk into that basement.



** There are also the fans of the first two games that flat-out ''refuse'' to play this installment, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks simply because Andrew Ryan, the Big Daddies/Little Sisters, Rapture, etc. that so defined the other two games are missing in this one]], due to it being its own separate story. Though with the ability to jump to other dimensions, the possibility of cameos might not be totally ruled out. Worth noting that ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' was widely criticized for being ItsTheSameNowItSucks. [[spoiler:Though the joke is on them (at least a little) because Booker and Elizabeth actually ''do'' go to Rapture near the end of the story. Though the visit is brief, a Big Daddy and Little Sister are present in the background.]] Furthermore, the "Burial at Sea" DownloadableContent brings the series back to Rapture. They even got the original developers to do it.

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