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: The first episode of Burial at Sea was good, but it felt divided, with one half sectioned off for exploring and the other half demarcated for murder. Episode two not only fixes this problem, it’s so well-developed that it almost feels like a full game. It’s the kind of DLC we’ve been waiting for since completing Bioshock Infinite, and if you have any investment in the series, it’s something you won’t want to miss.
Excerpt: BioShock Infinite is a game that will be remembered and discussed for quite some time. It has one of the most compelling game worlds ever. It features an incredible narrative that perfectly balances headiness with raw emotion. It tackles some very heavy themes, and confronts them without making any concessions. It challenges your mind, your wits, your reflexes, and your humanity. Oh, and it's liable to be the most fun you've had with a shooter in a very long time.
Conclusion: I have looked forward to this game for years and when it was pushed back once we knew the date I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t live up to the amount of hype I had in my mind. But Irrational Games didn’t let me down. If you have been a fan of the BioShock franchise this game I will say is the best in the franchise so far. The story is exceptional and has many twists and turns that you won’t see coming.
Excerpt: If you came here expecting yet another glowing review about how BioShock Infinite is the best game ever created, you won't find it. BioShock Infinite is a very good game. It even ventures into greatness in some areas. But it has a few flaws in the gameplay area that prevent it from getting the "best ever" title. I think the reason reviewers are falling all over it is because most video games these days emphasize gameplay over story.
Excerpt: I tend to be leery of narrative-heavy games. Most of the time, I find myself investing countless hours into them because they spin such spellbinding yarns that I can't put them down. Because of that, I've played numerous titles with marvelous stories that fail to provide engaging interactive components, many of them all the way to completion. (Let me tell you, sometimes there's nothing more agonizing than playing a mediocre game for more than ten hours.
Conclusion: Overall, BioShock Infinite is one of those great, rare games that is unlike anything before it. It has an incredible story that begs to be told and the gameplay to accompany it. You would be doing yourself a disservice to pass up the opportunity to play this groundbreaking game.