However, I think it's somewhat significant that my first review would be of Bioshock Infinite, a game I had been looking forward to since its reveal trailer one or two years ago. But, despite my waiting, I truly tried to avoid the hype train surrounding the game, due to bad past experiences. There have been too many times where I have been so impressed by a game's good press that I have been thoroughly underwhelmed by the actual game (see Dead Rising 1 and every Bioware game since Mass Effect). So, to avoid the same fiasco with Bioshock Infinite, I had a media blackout with most, if not all, reviews and promotional material for this game. I watched the official promos of the Heavy Hitters, but kept away from reviews. Even when I heard of the constant 10s and perfect scores given to it, I kept my expectations grounded. There have been many a time where a game has been loved on release day, only to be criticized week, or even days, later by the same people who reviewed it (see Grand Theft Auto IV).
So, with all of this in mind, what is my general opinion of Bioshock Infinite? It's good, if not great, and maybe even excellent. But let's be little more blunt here.
- Is it a "good" game? Yes.
- Is it a "perfect 10" game? No, but I have never seen one of those in my life, so I don't think any game is deserving of such a score. But it is definitely farther from a 10 than Bioshock or Red Dead Redemption are.
- Is it better than the original Bioshock? In some ways, it is; however, in other, significant ways, it is not.
- Did I like it more than the original Bioshock? No.
- Does it show an evolution in the medium in a story-writing and technical sense? Yes.
- Is it the game to define a generation? Possibly, but my vote is on no.
|Knock knock, motherfucker.|
|The Handyman, while rare, will wreck you if you are not prepared.|
|These machines rob you, with no real way to lower prices.|
|While not always easy to read, these maps gave you some clue of where to look.|
|This, while beautiful, doesn't stand out as much as...|
|Most of Bioshock 1's plot in one image.|
|When this moment happened in the story, I was wondering more of where the fuck Songbird had been the last three or four hours rather than focusing on the emotional moment.|
|Downs has a pretty great and tragic story, but...|
|It doesn't come close to the torture Sullivan puts himself through.|
|The fact that he looks like Santa Claus doesn't help.|
|The ending still has some great moments and quotes, however. This is one of them, accompanied by Elizabeth saying that "There is always a man, always a city, always a lighthouse." It's chilling, and sets the stage for many more Bioshock games.|
|This scene caught me completely off guard, and made me sympathize with Elizabeth to the point where it felt like I was doing it to an actual friend, not an AI.|