Review: BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 1 (Sony PlayStation 3)
21 November 2013
Summary: In the end, Burial at Sea can’t meet up to expectations. It seems overpriced, uneven, and underachieving. It can’t decide if it wants to be a detective story that harkens back to classic film noir or a combat fueled trek through a series of connected chambers. Instead of trying to merge these ideas into a fun game, it simply separates them with a contrived plot device.
Excerpt: "My muse is a fickle bitch, with a very short attention span!" - Sander Cohen Burial at Sea takes place after the events of Bioshock Infinite , or at least it seems that way so far. You start off in the office of Booker Dewitt, except instead of being haunted by a disembodied voice, you're greeted by Elizabeth. She has the allure of a sexy heroine from a noir detective mystery, standing at Booker's office window with a cigarette waiting to be lit.
Excerpt: Dewitt Investigations, just another gloomy day at the office of a private detective. Then the most beautiful dame you'd ever seen walks in and wants your help. Not only that but she wants to help you find your missing ward, a young girl named Sally. The mysterious beauty walks to the window and holds a smoke gingerly between her fingers.
Summary: BioShock Infinite was one of the most polarizing releases in recent memory among the gaming community. While a number of critics lauded it as an apex for Irrational, many fans were left feeling underwhelmed by certain facets of the design, some of which felt like a regression for the franchise. I really enjoyed Infinite myself, but I'm also fully willing to admit that there were a number of design flaws that detracted from the experience.
BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 1 needs more Humphrey Bogart
13 November 2013
Excerpt: So, I generally like to start these things off with a personal anecdote of some sort to set the mood. In fact, I reviewed the first piece of BioShock Infinite DLC, “Clash in the Clouds,” and I began by talking about some of the stupid things I spent my money on as a teenager. But this time around, Irrational is sort of forcing my hand.
Review: BioShock Infinite: Clash in the Clouds DLC (Sony PlayStation 3)
7 August 2013
Summary: If you still have your copy of BioShock Infinite , you’re going to want this DLC. Sure, it isn’t the story driven content that we were hoping for, but it’s a fun package that should tide us over quite nicely until that finally gets released. The maps are fun and challenging, and the museum offers some nifty bonuses for fans who want to see more about the game. For five bucks, this is a pretty good deal.
Summary: This is the game against which all other 2013 Game of the Year candidates will be judged, and it will take something incredibly special to knock BioShock Infinite off its throne. Everything about BioShock, from the incredible world of Columbia to the engrossing story to the memorable characters to the polished combat system is superb. It will draw you in, mess with your perceptions, and leave you feeling like you’ve just experienced something very, very important.
Excerpt: Narrative in videogames has come a long way in recent times, but Ken Levine's latest offering has raised the bar into the stratosphere with its intricate plot twists and lovingly drawn characters. During Bioshock Infinite themes of love, loss, rebirth, redemption, patriotism and rebellion all intertwine in an epic story of a man pushed towards his destiny with a single command ringing in his ears: “Bring us the girl, and wipe away the debt”.