Welcome back dear friends to another edition of the gaming angel. Sorry for putting this up late in the game, but I attended a recent midnight launch of what is the most anticipated first person shooter of 2013. I was completely consumed by this newest addition to the Bioshock series. Yes ladies and gents, I am referring to Bioshock Infinite for the Playstation 3 and XBOX 360 gaming consoles. This newest edition to the Bioshock franchise has a lot of high expectations to live up to. Now the question remains does this sequel live up to it’s predecessors? Read on to find out.
Graphics: Bioshock Infinite is beautiful from the moment the game begins. The world of Columbia is a sky world that is beautifully drawn and presented. Character animations are fluid and crisp and the adversaries that inhabit the world are just as stunning. The watercolor paint outlook of the areas are beautifully mixed and I can assure you that you will be numbed by the incredible beauty of this game. I found myself being constantly distracted by stopping my gameplay progression to look around and enjoy the amazing scenery. Score: 10/10
Gameplay: Along with Bioshock’s Infinite beauty, it is also a FPS (First Person Shooter). The mechanics of Bioshock Infinite are among the best in any FPS. The enemy AI is very impressive with foes bobbing, weaving, and dodging if they spot you and try to attack you. Booker (the main character) utilizes everything from pistols and machine guns, to RPG’s and even Volley Guns. The vigors are also very impressive, and with the help of ingesting salts, Booker can learn new vigors and recharge his salt meter when it becomes drained. The skyline combat is literally a joy to experience. I found myself killing hordes of enemies with skyline strikes. There are two elements in Bioshock that truly make the game stand heads above the crowd. The characters (Booker, and Elizabeth) and the story. Booker begins at first glance looking like a normal bounty hunter trying to retrieve a girl (Elizabeth) to erase his debt, but as he travels with Elizabeth, he develops emotional feelings towards her as he learns more and more about her past. Elizabeth is a complex character with a backstory that is truly shocking when her true identity is discovered. Elizabeth’s perky and sometimes rebellious tough attitude seem to blend beautifully with Booker’s tough guy demeanor. The storyline is just as captivating, with a good pace and a climax that literally left me shocked and speechless (in a good way). Score: 10/10
Sound: The musical score is absolutely stunning, climactic battle music combined with nostalgic 1912 music, and an excellent voice cast with Troy Baker and Courtnee Draper taking the helm as Booker Dewitt and Elizabeth. Score: 10/10
If you have already played the previous Bioshocks and have not given this game a try, then I give this the utmost recommendations. If you have not played Bioshock and want a reason to visit Rapture, then spend some time in Columbia. You won’t regret it.
Final Score: 10/10
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