Bioshock Infinite published by 2K Games was released on platform for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 26 of March 2013. This is the third installment in the famous first-person shooter video game BioShock series. The storyline of this current version is entirely different from the predecessor, the gameplay concepts and themes still smells the same.
This is a game that definitely held a lot of attention, with a lot of high expectation from the gamers, this game is still able to open your eyes with some gameplay which you haven’t seen it before. The setting of BioShock Infinite is “Columbia” which is a city suspended in the air through a combination of “quantum levitation”, balloons and blimps. Launch by the American government in the year 1901, this city symbolize the ideas of exceptionalism. Civil war eventually broke out on Columbia between different factions of citizen due to greed and control of the city. Hence, Booker DeWitt came in as a disgraced former agent of National Detective Agency who had performed many brutal acts. Booker is skeptical of faith, unwilling to accept the idea that he can be absolved of his sins by embracing religion, as he considers his sins to be extreme as to demand a penance rather than forgiveness. That leads him to be emotionally scarred and lead him towards excessive drinking. Another important character is Elizabeth, young woman who has been held captive in Columbia most of her life. A skillful pick-locker, intelligent and wears thimble in place of the tip of little finger, which she can’t remember how it was cut off.
The gameplay is quite similar to its predecessor as player needs to move around Columbia both on foot and by using grappling hook on the series of railways connecting the buildings, Skyline. Gaining weapons in numerous ways including on Skyline. There is a limitation where only two weapons can be carry at once. Power and abilities can be gained by using vigors, plasmids and tonics, and wearing gear which is all scattered around Columbia. Consuming vigors allow you to activate powers such as telekinesis, electricity manipulation and animal control. Vigors also have upgrade paths that can be purchased from the vending machines, and alternate-fire capabilities.
In addition to the normal mode, a mode called “1999 Mode” is also available in BioShock Infinite. This 1999 Mode is more challenging version of the game, and the reason it is called 1999 mode is because it is named for the release year of System Shock 2. This mode requires player to make mutually exclusive specialization choices such as Booker’s proficiency with certain weapon type, which may make later parts of the game difficult to complete as the specialization has caused some other impaired.
Overall, although this game does not have much freedom in story line wise, the setting of the game, the narration, the flow of the story, made this game extremely addictive. For the old BioShock gamer, welcome back after the long wait. For those who would like to try out this BioShock Infinite, watch out before it blows your mind off!