The lights are on
If you want to experience BioShock Infinite at its most difficult, you need to play on 1999 Mode. This typically isn't an option on your first playthrough...unless you input a secret code. The best part? You probably already know the code.
Going back to the sensibilities of late-'90s shooters, 1999 Mode makes enemies tougher, resources scarcer, and resurrection more expensive. Normally, this option is unlocked after beating the game once, but if you're a glutton for punishment, you can unlock it right away. Just enter this button sequence at the main menu (with the "Play Game" option at the top):
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, (Cancel), (Confirm)
That's right – the ol' Konami code strikes again.
As a funny sidenote, this is exactly what Ken Levine said wouldn't happen when we interviewed him about 1999 mode last year:
Probably what we're going to do is you'll only be able to get to that mode through some kind of unlock. Not unlock in the game through "left, right, up, down," that kind of thing.
Things change in development, but we're certainly not complaining because the game turned out to be really good.
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Hahah nice. Good ol' cheat codes.
Hmm...I may try this, but I'll probably just beat the game first. This game looks AMAZING.
i always play my games on the hardest difficultly -_-... BRING IT ON! :D
Is there a new game plus mode? I would love to start over with everything I got.
Tomorrow can't come soon enough!
"There's no secret button under that poster"
Love it. Love everything about it.
Oh My God it's back!
Guess this code is their everyday signal to begin labors.
i need to play this game.....NOW
Soooo, how about for the PC?
Considering how easy Bioshock was and that Infinite has regenerating shield, I'm gonna party like it's 1999 right off the bat.
Hard mode in the original Bioshock was difficult enough. The idea of 1999 mode scares me...