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First Impressions: BioShock Infinite Takes Hold and Doesn’t Let Go

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I finally got to experience BioShock Infinite yesterday, and I must say that Irrational Games has a potential game of the year candidate on their hands.  I haven’t completed the game yet, so this isn’t to be considered a full review, but I can tell you that Infinite is a piece of magic that will remind you of why this franchise is so popular in the first place.  It’s one of those gaming experiences that takes ahold of you from the moment you hit the start button, and it doesn’t let go of your imagination until your life obligations force you to turn it off.

From the get go BioShock Infinite immediately reminded me of the original, which is a great thing.  The opening plays out in a very similar fashion, and it sets up the mysterious plot perfectly.  The only information you’re given is that you’re name is Booker DeWitt, and you’ve been tasked with capturing a girl.  From here you enter a lighthouse that is reminiscent of the location that Jack crash lands near in BioShock 1, and then the WTF moments begin.

I’ll spare you the details of what happens next, but I can tell you that the opening 20 minutes or so of Infinite will instantly capture your attention and not let it go.  I’m still thinking about the game’s plot and I haven’t played it since last night.  It’s mysterious nature makes me want to play it 24/7 to find out what will happen next, and how Booker’s adventure will turn out.

The writing is amazing, which is not always the case in triple-A games, and the curious nature of the tale will cause your brain to flood with theories that you’ll want to verify online.  Herein lies the beauty of BioShock Infinite.  It’s so mesmerizing that it’ll tie your mind into knots trying to guess where things will end up next, which in turn causes you to keep playing the game in an almost obsessive nature.

The story of BioShock Infinite is top-notch, but I can tell you that the gameplay backs it up.  The action is quick and intense with great FPS controls, and the use of vigors (plasmids) add a whole other dimension to the many battles you’ll face.  Combat is brutal in nature, and it’s brought to life through excellent visuals and a horrifying soundtrack.  All sorts of strategies can be implemented through the use of your weapons and powers, which provides a great level of variety for dispatching your foes.

I still have a long way to go in BioShock Infinite, but based on my time with it last night that’s a good thing.  Irrational has crafted another mesmerizing BioShock game that could outrank it’s predecessor when everything is said and done.  The story is crafted in a way that’ll keep you coming back for more, and the gameplay only adds to the fun factor.  The world of Columbia is a magical place to experience, so if you didn’t plan on playing this game I’d think about changing your plans.

I hope to have Infinite completed by next week, so I should have a full review posted when I do so.  I just need to figure out a way to stop writing new EB posts so I can get back to playing BioShock Infinite on a full time basis.  Yes.  It’s that damn entertaining.  You’ve been needing to give this game a try if you haven’t done so already…

 

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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of EntertainmentBuddha.com where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he’s not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB’s Star Wars Time podcast show.