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Bioshock Infinite The Experience

Bioshock Infinite! What more do I need to say? Okay perhaps I do need to say a bit more so allow me to elaborate. When I initially heard about Bioshock Infinite I had no intentions of ever playing it. I was in the extremely small minority of people who didn't like the original Bioshock. After about 10 minutes of gameplay I gave the game up, a choice I deeply regret and tend to rectify. That being said, you may wonder how I even came to play Bioshock Infinite. Well the answer is simple, PlayStation Plus; and oh how grateful I am for having been given the opportunity to play this amazing game!

When I set out to play Bioshock Infinite I had no idea what to expect. As I mentioned in the paragraph before, I played only about 10 minutes of Bioshock before deciding that it just wasn't for me. However I decided to download Bioshock Infinite and it is a decision that I have not for one second regretted.

Not many games pull me in the way that Bioshock Infinite did and that is a testament to its greatness! The gameplay and storyline gripped me and refused to let go. Even now that I've finished the game it is still in the forefront of my mind. Bioshock Infinite was so well executed that it is my belief that it was one of the best games of 2013.

So what is so great about Bioshock Infinite? Everything! No really, everything! While the graphics are not hyper-realistic they are certainly nothing to scoff at. The view is beautiful, even when everything around you is crumbling. And the city whether bustling or dormant, is always pleasing to the eyes and filled with more than an abundance of things to explore.

The gameplay is also nothing short of incredible! I'm aware that some people feel that Bioshock Infinite being a shooter was one of its weaknesses; however the fact that it was an FPS was indeed one of its strong suits. Finding different guns, figuring out which ones best fit your play-style, and saving your silver in order to upgrade them was a decent sized chunk of the fun! Also, making the game a shooter opened Bioshock Infinite up to being tried by many other players who typically are not fond of melee and stealth based games. Overall I think that going the shooter route was in this case a very good choice. And if you weren't a fan of shooting you could always switch between your guns and your vigor's with the greatest of ease. However you chose to play, combat was always fun, fast paced, and highly engrossing.

While the graphics were great to look at and the overall gameplay was exceptional, it was the narrative that set this game apart from everything else on the market. The storyline at first is fairly easy to keep up with. However the deeper you dive into the mysteries of Columbia the murkier the narrative can become. To avoid such confusion I recommend that you pay close attention to all of the dialogue and attempt to find as many of the Voxophones (voice recorders) as you can. The thing that truly sets the storyline of Bioshock Infinite apart from that of other games is not how confusing it may or may not be (all dependent upon the individual players perception) but how twisted it is. Twisted in that, unless you are highly perceptive or an excellent guesser, you will have the utmost difficulty in predicting what is going to happen next. In a world were repetition has become the norm, it's more than refreshing to find yourself fully immersed in a story whose outcome you cannot predict!

Last but not least, one of things that makes Bioshock Infinite the astounding game that is, is the characters. It is no secret that women have often been ill represented in videogames. Bioshock Infinite is the atonement for that! While Irrational Games probably didn't set out to create one of the few games in the industry to ever successfully produce a strong, likeable, and realistic female character, that is exactly what they accomplished. Everything about Elizabeth was believable. She wasn't the damsel in distress, she wasn't needy, and she wasn't overly sexualized. She was simply a woman; a strong, clever, determined woman. A woman whom without Bioshock Infinite simply could not exist. Bioshock is a game that will make you feel for the characters, whether it is Booker or Elizabeth, these characters will genuinely make you feel.

Overall I'm glad that I gave Bioshock Infinite a try. I honestly could go on and on about this game because even now I feel that I've barely scratched the surface of what could be said. So as for the details that I couldn't fit in, I ask that if you haven't played this game yet, please go out and do so. Playing through Bioshock Infinite is an extraordinary experience that is bound to stay with you forever!

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  • You put ten exclamation points in your review... 10 exclamation points out of 10!