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Irrational Games closure is sad, but is it a rational decision?

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Jonathan Lester
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Irrational Games closure is sad, but is it a rational decision?

All But 15 Staffers Laid Off

Now that the last DLC pack for BioShock Infinite has reached the end of its development cycle, Irrational Games co-founder Ken Levine shocked the gaming world yesterday by announcing that the 17 year-old studio is getting the axe. Citing a desire to create digital "narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable," all but fifteen of the staffers now find themselves out of a job, with Levine now freed up to work as part of a small flexible team.

It's a sad day for the veteran studio, the fans and most of all the workforce, but ultimately, the decision might well be more rational than it first appears.

Irrational Games closure is sad, but is it a rational decision?

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Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 1 Review | Everybody's Gone To Rapture

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Matt Gardner
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Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 1 Review | Everybody's Gone To Rapture

Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developers: Irrational Games

Publishers: 2K Games

Burial at Sea does a dangerous thing. In bringing the characters of Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth in a kind of thematic full circle, introducing them (and the player) to a Rapture before everything turned sour, Irrational run the risk of destroying the essential differences that made Bioshock Infinite work independently of its outstanding predecessor. Worse yet, by looking backwards instead of forwards (as the last hour or two of Infinite, and indeed the game's name, suggested was an expansive possibility), it seems almost overly sentimental and a little forced. After all, you can just pick up the original Bioshock for a quid or two these days if you really want to kill Splicers.

Once again, you're cast in the role of Booker DeWitt, only this time he's a private dick in a Rapture still in its heyday. That means crowds and music and lights and action. The story is set a little after Fontaine's initial rebellion, and the early scenes see a woman with a Songbird necklace enlisting Booker in the search for a young girl named Sally, who we surmise might have been gone missing as part of the widespread trafficking of children in order to fuel the ADAM factories that seem to be adorning whispers in dark corners. This version of Elizabeth is a little older, and far more cynical than her Infinite counterpart.

It's interesting to see how having a visible, useful companion changes your experience of Rapture. Initially, we end up doing a little tourism. Look, says Irrational, here's Rapture as you always wanted to see it! It feels a little like it's all been done to suit our purposes, rather than that of the story. It's not too long, though, before we're bearing witness to the disease that's already seeping down from Ryan to take hold of the underwater city, and once more we find ourselves sneaking through dimply-lit corridors and battling gene-mod addicts.

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BioShock Infinite | £8.16 | Green Man Gaming | PC

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BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Surfaces Next Month

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Jonathan Lester
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BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Surfaces Next Month

BioShock Infinite's first singleplayer expansion launches on November 12th, Irrational Games confirmed today. Burial At Sea: Episode 1 takes places to Rapture, recasting Booker and Elizabeth as a hardbitten private investigator and mysterious client respectively. Irrational have also rebalanced the combat to make for a more tense experience, and added a few extra features into the bargain.

Details and blurb below. You can even watch the first five minutes of it here, if you really want to.

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Ken Levine To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At The Golden Joysticks

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Jonathan Lester
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Ken Levine To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At The Golden Joysticks

Ken Levine, the luminary behind BioShock, System Shock 2 and BioShock Infinite, will have his achievements honoured with a special award at this year's Golden Joysticks, the UK games award ceremony.

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Bioshock Infinite | £12.98 | PS3 / 360 | Zavvi

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Spoil The First Five Minutes Of BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Right Here

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Spoil The First Five Minutes Of BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Right Here

If you're the kind of gamer who loves to spoil surprises for themselves, you're in luck, because 2K have released the first five minutes of BioShock Infinite's upcoming story expansion. Burial At Sea brings Booker and Elizabeth to Rapture, recasting them as PI and client in the submarine dystopia.

THIS IS ONE BIG SPOILER. It should be fairly self-evident, really.

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Bioshock Infinite | £15.98 | PS3 / 360 | Zavvi

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BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea DLC Trailer Recaps Rapture

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BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea DLC Trailer Recaps Rapture

BioShock Infinite's upcoming story DLC takes players back to Rapture, replacing Vigors with Plasmids and reintroducing Booker as a hardbitten PI accepting an assignment from Elizabeth. This new trailer takes an appropriately mysterious tack, resembling a documentary or Public Service Announcement that helps to remind us of the setting.

Personally, we feel that Rapture is a far more believable and immersive game world than Columbia, despite Infinite's many accomplishments, so we're looking forward to going back somewhere beyond the sea. Happy we'll be.

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BioShock Infinite & Mafia 2 | £7.99 (With Code) | GameFly | PC

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Disney Infinity Toy Box Trailer Replicates Columbia

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Disney Infinity allows you to assemble your own levels in Toy Box mode, and this latest trailer illustrates some of the more outlandish - and perhaps even litigious - results. While Star Wars and Tron both receive a homage, Disney have also assembled their very own version of BioShock Infinite's floating city of Columbia, odd since the franchise is owned by 2K. Still, we can't imagine they'll mind the free publicity too much.

Bioshock Infinite | £12 | Green Man Gaming | PC

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Irrational Games On BioShock Infinite DLC: Playable Elizabeth Won't Be "Booker In A Dress"

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Irrational Games On BioShock Infinite DLC: Playable Elizabeth Won't Be "Booker In A Dress"

Irrational Games has waxed lyrical about the upcoming Burial At Sea DLC for BioShock Infinite, which will eventually let players assume the role of Elizabeth in a bizarre Rapture-themed side story. Apparently it will feel very different to the traditional Booker gameplay experience.

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A Return To Rapture: Bioshock Infinite DLC Trailered And Detailed

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A Return To Rapture: Bioshock Infinite DLC Trailered And Detailed

But first... a challenge mode

Irrational Games and 2K Games have revealed at long last the first two DLC packs for Bioshock Infinite. The first will be a "pure action experience", whereas the second will be a narrative-led new adventure for Booker and Elizabeth that sees them plumb the depths of the ocean in a rather familiar location.

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Half Time | Favourite Gaming Moments of 2013 So Far

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Matt Gardner
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It's important to note that some of favourite gaming moments might not necessarily coincide with our shouts for the best games of 2013, but here are a few occurrences and happenings that have proven truly memorable from the past six months, from in-game action to juicy bits of news that have gotten us all flustered, these are our favourite gaming moments of 2013 so far...

Brendan -- Have A Little Faith

Half Time | Favourite Gaming Moments of 2013 So Far

A selection of my highlights include Naughty dog giving us PS4-standard visuals throughout The Last of Us, enjoying the co-op platforming delights of Battleblock Theater with my girlfriend (mainly because I got to push her into spike pits) and finally getting involved with The Walking Dead and Journey thanks to having the privilege of reviewing the retail editions.

As a PlayStation regular, I’ve been fairly amused throughout 2013 at how good the PS4 has been looking while Microsoft have been doing their level best to become Bastards of the Year. It was also great to see EA drop the Online Pass meaning we could rent their games and try out the multiplayer without an extra charge. It was perfectly timed with them releasing Fuse too, which has ‘fun for a rental’ written all over it.

Best news though? It has to be the reveal of a new Mirror’s Edge game. It’s going to be at least 2014 until we see it, but the brief reveal trailer was just what I’ve been craving for years. The original was one of the bravest titles in years and I can only applaud EA for giving DICE the green light to make another game. I think they should go ahead and give it a name though as the prequel nature of the game means it won’t be called Mirror’s Edge 2.

I’m hoping for some tighter controls for Faith, a similar distaste for guns and a more open game world this time to use as a parkour playground. What I really want is for it to be awesome and successful in order to give movement in FPS games the vital boot up the arse it needs. I’m not putting much stock in Titanfall or Dying Light to get the free-running feel right to be honest. I’ll be taking the leap with Faith once again. Come join us.

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PWNCAST | 2013 Half Time Retrospective

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PWNCAST | 2013 Half Time Retrospective

Holy Half Time, Batman! The PWNCAST is back! That's right, the original Dealspwn podcast returns for a special appearance as we take stock of the first half of 2013, reflecting upon some of the best games that we've witnessed over the past six months. Not only that, we take a look at the platform landscape and try to determine who's had the most successful year thus far, before attempting to come up with three highlights each for 2013 so far.

PWNCAST | 2013 Half Time Retrospective. Recorded: 10th July, 2013

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be a few instances of strong language.

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Bioshock Infinite | £25 | Tesco | PS3 / 360

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