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Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 Review

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Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 Review

Platforms: PS3 (reviewed) | Xbox 360 | PC

Developer: Irrational Games

Publishers: 2K

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.

Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 Review

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.

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

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

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BioShock Vita: Levine Still "Trying To Make A Match" Between Sony & 2K

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Jonathan Lester
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2K, Bioshock, BioShock Vita, Irrational Games, Ken Levine, Sony, Vita games

BioShock Vita: Levine Still "Trying To Make A Match" Between Sony & 2K

A BioShock Vita exclusive was announced back in 2011, but we were all rather surprised to learn that Sony and 2K still haven't managed to even agree on whether the product will even enter pre-production. Irrational chief Ken Levine is apparently still playing matchmaker to the two companies and trying to find a price that works.

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Bioshock Infinite | £13.59 | Gamefly | PC

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Brendan Griffiths
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Bioshock Infinite | £13.59 | Gamefly | PC

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Missed Ken Levine's BAFTA Q&A, Watch The Full Thing Here

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Matt Gardner
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In a discussion titled From Shodan, to Big Daddy, to Elizabeth: The Evolution of AI Companions", Ken Levine chats to Simon Parkin at BAFTA about bringing companion characters to life in his games, as well as taking questions from te audience about past works and, of course, Bioshock Infinite.

Well worth watching over your lunch break. Well...starting...it's almost two hours long, but damn fine stuff nonetheless.

Ken Levine On BioShock Movie: "I Killed It"

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Jonathan Lester
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Ken Levine On BioShock Movie: "I Killed It"

"You Know What? I Don't Need To Compromise"

Irrational Games' Ken Levine claims that he was personally responsible for 'killing' the in-production BioShock movie, stating that he was absolutely unwilling to compromise his vision after ideal director Gore Verbinski dropped out.

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Levine: BioShock Vita Development Hasn't Started Yet

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Jonathan Lester
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Levine: BioShock Vita Development Hasn't Started Yet

2K & Sony Still Working On Funding

Looking forward to that BioShock Vita game? I wouldn't hold your breath...

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Bioshock: Ultimate Rapture Edition | £13.60 | Amazon | PS3

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Bioshock: Ultimate Rapture Edition | £13.60 | Amazon | PS3

With just over a month to go before Bioshock Infinite lands it's high time you caught up on the previous games. These two trips to the underwater city of Utopia are unlike any other games seen on this generation of consoles. The mix of FPS action with the use of special abilities paved the way for the likes of Dishonored. It's the stories and the setting itself that leave the biggest impression though.

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Ken Levine Expresses "Frustration" At Bioshock Infinite Rumour Mill

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Matt Gardner
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Ken Levine Expresses "Frustration" At Bioshock Infinite Rumour Mill

BioShock Infinite lead Ken Levine has discussed his feelings of "frustration" at media speculation over the game's "troubled" development, along with the rumour carousel that surrounded the canning of the game's purported multiplayer mode. 

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Bioshock: Ultimate Rapture Edition | £13.85 | ShopTo | PS3

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Bioshock: Ultimate Rapture Edition | £13.85 | ShopTo | PS3

Latecomers to the Bioshock series should snap up this little beauty, which includes the first two games. You won't need to have played them to enjoy the upcoming Bioshock Infinite, but we'd heartily recommend them anyway. Playing in the underworld utopia gone wrong world of Rapture is a fantastic atmospheric experience. The first game was a huge critical success and the sequel improved the FPS aspects of the game while allowing you to play as a Big Daddy and also including surprisingly solid multiplayer. This edition also includes the challenge room DLC for both games. With only a few months to go before Infinite you owe it to yourself to visit rapture and Mr. Ryan first.

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Levine: No Multiplayer For BioShock Infinite

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Matt Gardner
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2K Games, Bioshock Infinite, FPS games, Irrational Games, Ken Levine, multiplayer

Levine: No Multiplayer For BioShock Infinite

Ken Levine spelled out the state of affairs regarding the possibility of a multiplayer component for Irrational's upcoming BioShock Infinite in no uncertain terms over the weekend.

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Bioshock Infinite Getting A Board Game

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Brendan Griffiths
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Bioshock Infinite Getting A Board Game

Well, we didn’t see that coming. The tabletop board game, Bioshock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia, will allow players to fight for the city as the Founders or Vox Populi. Irrational Games approached Plaid Hat Games to make the game and the team were “ecstatic” to get to work on it, as they were already big fans of the series.

The recently announced Songbird Edition of the video game features one of the miniatures that can be used in the game. Don’t worry if you don’t want to splash out on that edition of the game too, there are 52 more in the board game’s box along with cards, dice and so on.

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Bioshock Infinite Delayed To February 2013

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Matt Gardner
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Bioshock Infinite Delayed To February 2013

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

This was the reaction to the news that 2K have pushed back the release date for Bioshock Infinite into next year. Irrational Games' captivating FPS has had a new release date of February 26th, 2013 set, with the extra time needed to iron out a few creases and endeavour to make the game as good as it possibly can be.

After we got over our initial despair, we realised that we are, in fact, all for that. The extra months will be hard, but with great focus and determination I believe that we can make it.

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Ken Levine Defends Mass Effect 3's Ending & BioWare's Creative Freedom

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Jonathan Lester
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Ken Levine Defends Mass Effect 3's Ending & BioWare's Creative Freedom

"I Don’t Think Anyone Would Get What They Wanted"

Irrational Games' Ken Levine (yes, him of BioShock fame) has spoken out to give his take on the furore surrounding Mass Effect 3's ending. The veteran designer has defended BioWare's rights as an artist to end their trilogy in any way they see fit, as well as suggesting that fans wouldn't be satisfied even if they were to change it due to popular demand.

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Levine: One BioShock Infinite Level Contains Three Times More Dialogue Than BioShock 1

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Matt Gardner
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Levine: One BioShock Infinite Level Contains Three Times More Dialogue Than BioShock 1

Ken Levine has revealed the enormous undertaking in writing the dialogue for Irrational's upcoming title Bioshock Infinite.

In creating the characters of Booker and Elizabeth, and in having them interact throughout the game, Levine has said that the dialogue requirements were much larger than those of the original Bioshock.

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New Bioshock Infinite Heavy Hitters Vid Shows Off Handyman

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New Bioshock Infinite Heavy Hitters Vid Shows Off Handyman

Irrational have released a new trailer detailing a second heavy-hitter, after the first one lifted the lid on the George Washington-esque Motorised Patriot.

This time around, the focus is on the agile leviathan that is the Handyman. Flipping about Columbia like a gorilla, he looks like he's going to be pretty tricky to take down. Still, that Booker's a resourceful chap.

Bioshock Infinite’s releases over here on October 16th for PC, PS3, 360.

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Ken Levine, Del Toro Call Out Excessive Use Of Cut-Scenes

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Felix Kemp
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Ken Levine, Del Toro Call Out Excessive Use Of Cut-Scenes

"I Don't Want To Sit Down And Be Told The Story"

Irrational's creative chief Ken Levine of System Shock 2 and Bioshock fame recently sat down with fan-favorite film director Guillermo Del Toro - who after a four year absence has finally begun principal photography on Pacific Rim - to discuss their outlook on the videogame industry and their philosophies behind design. Del Toro is an avid gamer, and is directing work on THQ's inSANE. And while he himself is a master of scripting engrossing scenes, Del Toro is wary of bringing cinema principles to gaming, where he and Levine both share the belief that excessive use of cutscenes is a big no-no.

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