Excerpt: (Note: The review contains spoilers for pretty much the entire Bioshock series. I'll try to be as vague as possible, but tread lightly if you haven't finished the series yet) As I scrambled to escape my pursuers on The First Lady Airship above the floating city of Columbia, I couldn't help it - I...
BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode Two (PC) - Review
16 April 2014
Excerpt: Originally, Burial at Sea was simply going to be a DLC pack for an excellent 2013 title that had a significant chance of seeing a proper successor, but with Ken Levine’s announcement a few weeks ago that Irrational Games was being disbanded, it might well now be the very last piece of BioShock-...
Summary: I had high hopes for Burial at Sea Episode 1 and was kind of disappointed with the story and gameplay. I hoped the Episode 2 would see the story come full circle and tie up a lot of loose ends as well as give the series some nice closure. So did Irrational Game’s last effort do that?
Conclusion: Burial At Sea: Episode 2 combines a cool fan-pleasing story, enjoyable new gameplay (that you'll wish Bioshock had attempted more), wonderful level design, a satisfying conclusion to the series, and I haven't even mentioned how great Rapture looks and sounds.
BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 Review (PC)
26 March 2014
Excerpt: In the fashion its developers already accustomed us to, it manages to both drive its point home and be somewhat ambiguous, in order to appeal to Lost fans. You get a general sense of what's going on but the full story is never bared in front of your eyes, leaving many threads open to interpretation.
Pros: + lives up to original, + has its own story, + enthralling experience, + feels a bit different, + convincing conclusion
Summary: In life, we make connections with others. We protect the ones we love as they protect us, creating ties that bind us for life. We can't forcibly create those bonds, and once created, they are not easily broken. Burial at Sea - Episode 2 is about those kinds of personal connections.
Pros: Well-paced, stealth-focused gameplay is a great fit for the setting, Fontaine is an excellent villain, Exploring Rapture is tense but not unforgiving, Makes smart connections between story and gameplay
Cons: Some overly contrived plot points and metaphors
Conclusion: Burial at Sea Episode 2 feels very much like a send-off for the Rapture and Columbia eras of BioShock – a carefully crafted, appropriately mind-bending sendoff. If this is indeed the end, it’s been a hell of a ride from the bottom of the ocean up to the clouds and back down once more.
Pros: Great stealth, Fun crossbow, Strong conclusion, Excellent pacing
Conclusion: Concept: Conclude the story-based DLC for BioShock Infinite by further exploring the connection between Rapture and Columbia
Graphics: The core game and the first episode of Burial at Sea looked great, and nothing has changed
Sound: Familiar actors reprise their roles as key characters from the...