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 had to peer off the edge and look at the once utopian city below me one last time.
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- related gaming media ever made.
Bioshock Infinite Review: From the Ocean to the Clouds
3 April 2014
Excerpt: Irrational Games' latest installment in the Bioshock series sees you lifted from the murky utopia of Rapture into the Eden of Colombia, a floating city in the sky. You play as Booker DeWitt, a former Pinkerton agent sent to Colombia to track down a women by the name of Elizabeth and bring her to New York to pay off a debt. Infinite is just as much (if not more) a game about story as it is action.
Conclusion: BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea Episode 2, for the most part, is a fitting end to the entire series. It brings everything full circle and connects the first game with the third game. Playing as Elizabeth, you're forced to be more patient in going through the game as well as using some different techniques than if you were playing as Booker. The game crashes were certainly far more than what I've experienced in the past.
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. Irrational Games as a developer may have become unwieldy, but damn they know how to make a great game when they try.
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
BioShock infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 2 Review
26 March 2014
Excerpt: 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. Like the disappointing first episode , this concluding chapter ties the Columbia of BioShock Infinite to the Rapture of BioShock and BioShock 2 --yet it begins in neither city.
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
Summary: BioShock Infinite adapts to stealth with surprising ease, and the art design is as spectacular as ever. Irrational's final release may somewhat lose the plot, but if you've been on board this long you can likely tolerate the incredible leaps of faith it demands.
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. Then again, Elizabeth herself taught us that there’s always a lighthouse, there’s always a man, and there’s always a city...
Pros: Great stealth, Fun crossbow, Strong conclusion, Excellent pacing