Perhaps not quite as breathtaking as the original game, Bioshock Infinite still has a lot going for it as one of the most thought-provoking FPS titles of the last generation, and it's super cheap on Xbox 360 right now. Cheers martic!
The big highlight from today's offerings on Gamersgate comes in the form of several bundles for some of 2K's biggest franchises. First up is a repeat of the Civilization V bundle from earlier this week, while second on the list is the BioShock Triple Pack containing all three main entries in the series. The third bundle brings XCOM: Enemy Unknown and its Enemy Within expansion together, and the fourth provides the GOTY Editions of Borderlands 1 & 2.
Admittedly, some bundles are more of a bargain than others, and there's a chance for better savings in the coming Christmas sales, but these are still attractive prices if you've yet to play any of these games.
If the entire BioShock series has somehow passed you by, Steam are willing to let you have the entire trilogy with change for a Tenner. The superlative original game still stands tall with its compelling setting and fearsome twist, while 2K Marin's sequel was arguably redundant yet hit hard with a more emotional storyline. Infinite... well, speaking personally, I was riveted for the duration but the more I think about it, the less I like it. Still worth playing, though, so you can wade into debating its ambitious plot and moaning about its rubbish tower defence bit. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
On another personal note, I'd highly recommend picking up the Minerva's Den DLC for BioShock 2. It's fantastic.
I tried to pick out the best deal for the Bioshock games in Steam's ludicrous summer sale and decided I better just list them all in a roundup for you. There are deals for the entire trilogy or Bioshock Infinite, the DLC Season Pass and more.
One for you Mac owners out there today. We know you like awkwardness and faff (being Mac owners), so this deal is actually in dollars, but it is damn cheap. With one of the most talked about stories in years, Bioshock Infinite deserves a place in any gamer's collection. The roller coaster-like rails to move around the sky-high city are fantastic fun to use as you and Elizabeth try to escape the mad clutches of Comstock and the Songbird. Elizabeth herself is a great character as her powers to pull items through dimensional tears, lockpicking and looting all come in handy. Fans of Rapture may want to check out the Burial at Sea DLC too.
Thanks to kofiaa at HotUkDeals.
Platforms: PS3 (reviewed) | Xbox 360 | PC
Developer: Irrational Games
Here it is then, the final piece of Irrational and Ken Levine’s adventures with the Bioshock series. With Levine’s decision to close down the studio, the only Bioshock content we’ll be seeing in the future is if 2K decides to put a new team together and go on ahead without the game’s inspirational creative lead. Today though, we’re here to see how Irrational bow out on one of the most respected legacies in gaming.
To fully appreciate everything that Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 2 has to offer, you really need to have completed not only Episode 1 and Infinite, but also the original two Bioshock games. Gameplay innovations are thin on the ground here, but Burial at Sea carries on where it left off by serving as a tribute to the fans and a link between the worlds of Columbia and the underwater city of Rapture.
Instead of hopping into the boots of yet another version of Booker/Comstock, you find yourself popping on the heels of Elizabeth as she tries to track down Suchong for Atlas (from Bioshock 1) who is holding Sally (the Little Sister from Episode 1) hostage. Elizabeth is travelling alone, but frequently speaks with Booker on the radio. Well, a version of Booker that lives in her head at least. It’s a touching relationship despite what we know of the events of Infinite and Episode 1 as this is a version of Booker that Elizabeth has broadly separated from the Comstock paradox. Thankfully, third time around, the mind-bending narrative is more evenly spread, easier to fathom and doesn’t clumsily hit you with an information overload in the closing scenes.Click here to read more...
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.
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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.Click here to read more...
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.Click here to read more...
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.Click here to read more...
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.Click here to read more...
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.Click here to read more...
Thanks to the legendary goonertillidie @ HUKD!
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.
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.Click here to read more...