• Review: BioShock Infinite


    I have played the first game only for half an hour and I can't judge the full game from that. But here's my review of BioShock Infinite, the sequel to the highest rated first person shooter of all time (BioShock).


    Story
    The story of BioShock Infinite is simply amazing. Without any doubt its the best part of the game. The game has many jaw-dropping moments in story and plenty of twists. There are also plenty of small details to make the whole story in one place.

    Watching Elizabeth's move along is a great pleasure.

    But for sometimes, specially when you understand the whole story, you will see the story is quite simple and the developer made it complex just for the sake of making it complex.


    Graphics
    The artstyle of BioShock Infinite is beyond amazing. Columbia, the floating city in the sky is very well made. The artstyle reminds me a lot about Prince of Persia 2008 and Dishonored.

    The floating city of Columbia is so lovely

    The game is quite good as a PC port and the optimization is okay. But FPS drops suddenly without any reason.


    Elizabeth's expressions are lovely to watch

    Sound
    Soundtrack of BioShock Infinite is very poor too. They put a million dollars to make this game and the whole game they put only one track for combat? This is very lame to be honest.

    But the in-game environments sound, phonographs and the sound of the surroundings feels like its really from 1912. Very good work with in-game environment sounds.


    Even when she smells the crap, how relistic






    Gameplay
    Gameplay of BioShock Infinite is good, but not in all areas. Using the sky-line is fun. So does jumping from one hook to another just like Batman in the Arkham games. Game control is Okay just like most other FPS titles.


    Skyline attack is fun to do

    The combat aspect of the game is very dull and uninteresting. The game keeps sending waves after waves of enemies in the same space which could have been much better with more unique, different types of enemy with at least some AI to them. The AI isn't good. The enemies just move left and right and start shooting at me, the only thing that can do beside that is coming right towards me to get some shot while I was behind a cover. Expected a whole lot better combat sequences. Fighting with motorized patrol George Washington is funny.

    Purchasing items is a nice additions. Would have been better with a inventory system so we could carry the medi-packs and other stuffs. Its not a bad thing but it could have come in handy. The use of Gears aren't handy. The Vigors are very useful though.

    Gameplay feature that Elizabeth can't let you die just like from Prince of Persia 2008 is quite nice, even when regaining control, it takes away some money. Though it become so addicted that during her absence from the game, you will feel her absence very much.


    Could have use an in-game map better than this


    The exploration could have been much broader with more open hubs. It feels like restricted very often. Also teleporting from one area to another with a tear whenever you want feature would have been great.


    Poor George Washington, Irrational made him a motorized patrol


    Presentation
    The story presentation is nice and very unique. Without spoiling anything, the story and the world interruptions was very good. The game start loading in the middle of nowhere, like from moving one room to another even during combat it started to load for 3/4 seconds.

    One of the best aspect of presentation of BioShock Infinite is Elizabeth. She is so lovely and living. Its amazing how all the voice actor, performance capture and model work for Elizabeth to give her a life that is very remembering.

    While all the other NPC's are almost irrelevant, the Lutece twins are wonderful addition to the game and very fun to deal with


    Check out the following videos of Elizabeth, how living and beautiful she is:

    Lasting Appeal
    No in-game statistics? What is that? There isn't a single figure inside the game that can show you how much you completed the game! This is just ridiculous. I can't imagine when the last time I played a game which doesn't show it.

    With a statistic, it would add much more interest for a second time play-through, which only makes because of the 1999 difficulty mode for now.


    Small details like hummingbird flying is lovely to watch



    The Good

    • Story is very good. That's the thing that telling me to keep playing the game most.
    • Good graphics, specially the art-style is amazing.
    • The Level Designing is beyond amazing. Love the city in the sky, Columbia.
    • Using Sky-Line is fun. Also jumping from one hook to other like in Arkham games.
    • Good presentation of the game.
    • Quite good PC port, even though FPS drops suddenly without any reason.
    • Elizabeth is very cute and lovely to watch her around, she's a great companion.



    The Bad

    • Combat is too ordinary and uninteresting. Expected a much better gameplay.
    • The game start loading in the middle of nowhere, like from moving one room to another even during combat it started to load for 3/4 seconds.
    • Bad enemy AI and they aren't fun to fight with. They are just like red enemies and blue enemies.
    • Exploration is very limited. Feeling like trapped in a place where it could be easily more broader.
    • Elizabeth in the middle of my combat and no bullet can touch her even when she is at the middle of me and the enemy! WTH is that!!
    • No in-game statistics. No map.
    • Bad use of Gears, they could have been use in much better way, and with more relevance in the game.




    Final Verdict
    BioShock Infinite is a good game. But from the review scores it gets, I say its the most overrated video games of all time. The game is nowhere near what it being said by the press. With the reviews, they showed how biased game reviews can be.

    The game would have been great if the gameplay, sound design matches with the greatness of story and few extra stuffs added. Still, for the amazing story, awesome artstyle and to take a tour to the city in the sky, BioShock Infinite is worth giving a shot.


    Even only for the sake of Elizabeth, you should try BioShock Infinite



    My Review Scores:


    Gameplay: 8.3/10
    Graphics: 9.6/10
    Plot/Story: 9.8/10
    Audio/Music: 7.8/10
    Presentation: 9.5/10
    Lasting Appeal: 7.9/10
    Overall: 8.8/10
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. Nirzhar Uchiha's Avatar
      Nirzhar Uchiha -
      Game ki finished?
    1. anik_lc's Avatar
      anik_lc -
      Yup, ending bole dibo?
    1. GalibZ's Avatar
      GalibZ -
      Quote Originally Posted by anik_lc View Post
      Yup, ending bole dibo?
      ending bolleo bujhbe na , jei pech marka ending!

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      Combat/Enemy A.I jhogonno lagse.
      and background music o baje ekdom. ato high budget er game a ato jhogonno music :/
      game ta linear purapuri ... which sucks :/
      PC optimization jhogonno korse , hotat kore 30 FPS e drop kore tao combat er time a ki r komu.
      and ami bujhlamna elizabeth er guli lage na kono .. wow! GODMODE ON

      overall game ta valoi , but could have been better ... and truly its overrated , and guess what GOTY o hobe eita. lol....

      apne to 8.8 disen tao .. eita 8.5 er upor pawa uchit na.

      btw , gameplay review ta joss hoise , main main point gula tule dhorte parsen!
    1. Nirzhar Uchiha's Avatar
      Nirzhar Uchiha -
      I've finished it long ago .. The Ending was complicated and awesome .. gameplay is linear but the story and elizabeth did it for me..
    1. anik_lc's Avatar
      anik_lc -
      Quote Originally Posted by GalibZ View Post
      Combat/Enemy A.I jhogonno lagse.
      and background music o baje ekdom. ato high budget er game a ato jhogonno music :/
      game ta linear purapuri ... which sucks :/
      PC optimization jhogonno korse , hotat kore 30 FPS e drop kore tao combat er time a ki r komu.
      and ami bujhlamna elizabeth er guli lage na kono .. wow! GODMODE ON

      overall game ta valoi , but could have been better ... and truly its overrated , and guess what GOTY o hobe eita. lol....

      apne to 8.8 disen tao .. eita 8.5 er upor pawa uchit na.

      btw , gameplay review ta joss hoise , main main point gula tule dhorte parsen!


      Its sad how they keep the flaws in the final game, a game which is 6 years in the making.

      Don't worry. GOTY hoite parebe nah. GTA V ache nah.

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      In the very least I think they could give Elizabeth a gun at some point to have at least some purpose in combat and some reason for the enemies to shoot her instead of ignoring her as she stands in the middle of the BATTLEFIELD.
    1. waliDJ's Avatar
      waliDJ -
      Game kalk shesh korlam. Ending deikha pura abul oya gelam!

      Btw, i believe graphics and artstyle are two different things. Graphics of this game is okay.
    1. solid snake's Avatar
      solid snake -
      you guys are are nuts if you think that elizabeth should have took damage in battle. the devs have said multiple times that they did it specially so that the game doesn't become a giant escort mission. i am glad they did this. for me most annoying part of the combat was the super sloppy bullet spungy difficulty level , and that annoying ghost boss. oh god why. but story,presentation was too good so i didn't gave a .
    1. faisal.amir.bd's Avatar
      faisal.amir.bd -
      For me the story, ending and environment were so spectacular that the combat and AI totally took a backseat for me (I see no reason to call it "joghonno", they seemed perfectly adequate, maybe @GalibZ could try the game on 1999 mode?). The devs knew exactly what they were doing, which is to create an emotional, memorable storyline where you truly care about the characters. Focusing on other things would only serve to dilute the experience.

      And the background music is a perfect fit for the world and the period the game took place in. 1920's er game e ki Snoop Dogg er rap thakbe na ki?

      The game fully deserves the praise it got.
    1. chosen1's Avatar
      chosen1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by faisal.amir.bd View Post
      And the background music is a perfect fit for the world and the period the game took place in. 1920's er game e ki Snoop Dogg er rap thakbe na ki?
      Word !

      r AI re dumb bolteso 2mra?? kon mode e khelso?? ami hard dificulity te khelsi r ""Hard" e amar kase Turret r patriot gula re marte onek kosto hoyse...so hard mode e AI dumb eta bola jabe na

      using mixed vigors were also fun for me.

      aro onek kisu ase..2013 e release howa game er modhhe ey game tay amar kase best lagse shob cheye...TR baad dile
    1. anik_lc's Avatar
      anik_lc -
      About the Game and difficulty:
      I played it in Hard difficulty mode. 1999 mode wasn't open at first unless you finish the game. And 1999 mode is for fun not to finish the game at first try, which is even impossible for a second shot. Did anyone finish 1999 mode here?

      Quote Originally Posted by solid snake View Post
      you guys are are nuts if you think that elizabeth should have took damage in battle. the devs have said multiple times that they did it specially so that the game doesn't become a giant escort mission. i am glad they did this. for me most annoying part of the combat was the super sloppy bullet spungy difficulty level , and that annoying ghost boss. oh god why. but story,presentation was too good so i didn't gave a .
      I didn't say she have to take part in battle and took damage there, though it would have been cool if she could handle a gun and fire alongside me since the almighty Booker Dewitt can't carry more than two weapons at the same time. I did say that she shouldn't been invincible. The almighty developer Irrational could use it by using it properly. It didn't have to an escort mission. Does it a escort mission you played in Prince of Persia 2008? Or the Sands of Time with Farah? It shows one of the best companion use. Irrational could do the same, or maybe better. Elizabeth could still be behind covers, but she should lost health while bullets hits her.


      For me the story, ending and environment were so spectacular that the combat and AI totally took a backseat for me (I see no reason to call it "joghonno", they seemed perfectly adequate, maybe @GalibZ could try the game on 1999 mode?). The devs knew exactly what they were doing, which is to create an emotional, memorable storyline where you truly care about the characters. Focusing on other things would only serve to dilute the experience.
      To me game isn't only about story or ending. For that purpose, I would rather read a novel. Gameplay, combat is the most essential for me, even more than graphics and environment sometimes. And that's where BioShock Infinite lakcs heavily.

      And about characters, For God's sake don't say they are relevant in the game. Except Elizabeth and the Lutece twins none of are even matter. Not even Booker Dewitt. I mean, come on, he's a protagonist, why he felt so irrelevant in the game most times?
      TITLE:
      Booker is here for saving his daughter Anna Dewitt. Make him more relevant for this reason's sake.


      And the thing you said, about not to focusing on other thing is completely ridiculous. Gameplay, Graphics, sound design

      everything is part of the game. Focusing on everything is the feature of a AAA titles and of big companies. Its not like they are indy devs, its not like they made this game in 6 months. They made it for 6 long years with 4 times delaying the game. Hundreds million dollar project come out as this makes me think its not that great.

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      Quote Originally Posted by chosen1 View Post

      aro onek kisu ase..2013 e release howa game er modhhe ey game tay amar kase best lagse shob cheye...TR baad dile
      Yeah BioShock Infinite is 2nd best of 2013 so far.


      So cool down BioShock Infinite fanboys. I rate this game 8.8/10 not 3.8/10.
    1. Nirzhar Uchiha's Avatar
      Nirzhar Uchiha -
      TR had some bad points .. Bioshock Inf. er o kisu bad point ase .. But overall Bioshock had moments in the game that made me think of it for days .. ki khellam .. ki dekhailo .. keno oirokom hoilo .. oita ashole k ..etc etc .. TR e khali Touch n Fall .. Lara jai dhore tai vange .. odvut bepar Overall 2tai valo game..both deserves 9/10..its a tie for me
    1. faisal.amir.bd's Avatar
      faisal.amir.bd -
      Quote Originally Posted by anik_lc View Post
      why he felt so irrelevant in the game most times?
      TITLE:
      Booker is here for saving his daughter Anna Dewitt. Make him more relevant for this reason's sake.
      I'll include my answer to the quote in the spoiler below. To everyone that hasn't finished, don't click on the spoiler tag, it'll completely ruin the game for you.

      TITLE:
      I think the point you're trying to make is that there is not much personality development for Booker and his character seems fairly generic. I'll admit I felt that way too during the early parts of the game. However the reason behind this is to contrast Booker's personality with the larger-than-life bombast of Comstock. So when you find out in the end that Booker was Comstock all along, it's all the more shocking. And it is also for this reason that they kept details behind Booker's debt intentionally vague.


      Basically they kept the details and motivations obscure only so that they could reveal it all in the last 10 minutes in an epic mindfcuk.

      And that's exactly why I loved Bioshock Infinite. Just gameplay bhalo hole amar kono game mone thake na, but a story like this will stay with me for a long time.
    1. Nirzhar Uchiha's Avatar
      Nirzhar Uchiha -
      Quote Originally Posted by faisal.amir.bd View Post
      Just gameplay bhalo hole amar kono game mone thake na, but a story like this will stay with me for a long time.
      Exactly (Y)

      And the most overrated game of all time for me would be "GTA 4" [Stop!!No more arguing..GTA V Rocks ]
    1. anik_lc's Avatar
      anik_lc -
      Quote Originally Posted by faisal.amir.bd View Post
      I'll include my answer to the quote in the spoiler below. To everyone that hasn't finished, don't click on the spoiler tag, it'll completely ruin the game for you.

      TITLE:
      I think the point you're trying to make is that there is not much personality development for Booker and his character seems fairly generic. I'll admit I felt that way too during the early parts of the game. However the reason behind this is to contrast Booker's personality with the larger-than-life bombast of Comstock. So when you find out in the end that Booker was Comstock all along, it's all the more shocking. And it is also for this reason that they kept details behind Booker's debt intentionally vague.


      Basically they kept the details and motivations obscure only so that they could reveal it all in the last 10 minutes in an epic mindfcuk.
      Yes. But they could put the spotlight more on Booker. The ending shows the game is actually based on him, but the game puts much more spotlight on Elizabeth than him. He is on the cover, so he deserved to get more time in the game.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Nrzhr hh View Post
      Exactly (Y)

      And the most overrated game of all time for me would be "GTA 4" [Stop!!No more arguing..GTA V Rocks ]
      I had the same belief.....


      until...


      I played BioShock Infinite.
    1. TomZ's Avatar
      TomZ -
      Intel GMA 4500 cant handel anything really T_T, well i still completed the game
    1. anik_lc's Avatar
      anik_lc -
      Quote Originally Posted by TomZ View Post
      Intel GMA 4500 cant handel anything really T_T, well i still completed the game
      Congrats for that. I have the same built-in GPU too.
    1. chosen1's Avatar
      chosen1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by faisal.amir.bd View Post
      I'll include my answer to the quote in the spoiler below. To everyone that hasn't finished, don't click on the spoiler tag, it'll completely ruin the game for you.

      TITLE:
      I think the point you're trying to make is that there is not much personality development for Booker and his character seems fairly generic. I'll admit I felt that way too during the early parts of the game. However the reason behind this is to contrast Booker's personality with the larger-than-life bombast of Comstock. So when you find out in the end that Booker was Comstock all along, it's all the more shocking. And it is also for this reason that they kept details behind Booker's debt intentionally vague.


      Basically they kept the details and motivations obscure only so that they could reveal it all in the last 10 minutes in an epic mindfcuk.

      And that's exactly why I loved Bioshock Infinite. Just gameplay bhalo hole amar kono game mone thake na, but a story like this will stay with me for a long time.
      totally agreed

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      Quote Originally Posted by faisal.amir.bd View Post
      I'll include my answer to the quote in the spoiler below. To everyone that hasn't finished, don't click on the spoiler tag, it'll completely ruin the game for you.

      TITLE:
      I think the point you're trying to make is that there is not much personality development for Booker and his character seems fairly generic. I'll admit I felt that way too during the early parts of the game. However the reason behind this is to contrast Booker's personality with the larger-than-life bombast of Comstock. So when you find out in the end that Booker was Comstock all along, it's all the more shocking. And it is also for this reason that they kept details behind Booker's debt intentionally vague.


      Basically they kept the details and motivations obscure only so that they could reveal it all in the last 10 minutes in an epic mindfcuk.

      And that's exactly why I loved Bioshock Infinite. Just gameplay bhalo hole amar kono game mone thake na, but a story like this will stay with me for a long time.
      totally agreed

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      Quote Originally Posted by anik_lc View Post
      So cool down BioShock Infinite fanboys. I rate this game 8.8/10 not 3.8/10.
      areh miah...bioshock 1, 2 khellam e naa...ami agey bolsilam this is my first bioshock game...ey game ta khele bhalo laglo dekhe fan boy banaya dila ???
      r 1999 mode ta try o kori ny.... xbox 360 controller e hard mode e game sesh korey tel sesh
    1. MDK's Avatar
      MDK -
      Loved Bioshock Infinite, I was impressed how the ending make connection with the first two bioshock game's world of Rapture. For the point of Elizabeth getting hurt, I would say she can open tears anywhere she wants, so maybe that's how she avoids bullets . Maybe a DLC with Elizabeth as a playable character can show that properly . Overall, Bioshock 1 was great, Bioshock 2 was meh.. and Bioshock 3 is a great prequel (considering the timeline and nothing else regarding the story)
    1. Raihan081's Avatar
      Raihan081 -
      Quote Originally Posted by solid snake View Post
      you guys are are nuts if you think that elizabeth should have took damage in battle. the devs have said multiple times that they did it specially so that the game doesn't become a giant escort mission. i am glad they did this. for me most annoying part of the combat was the super sloppy bullet spungy difficulty level , and that annoying ghost boss. oh god why. but story,presentation was too good so i didn't gave a .
      isn't the objective were to deliver Elizabeth at one piece? if it wasn't mean to escort then why send him to bring her. lol. isn't it escorting? well just my opinion though.

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      so u guys r telling me this will be GOTY? NO please. Watchdogs! GTA V! Last of us! my bet on Watchdogs!
    1. anik_lc's Avatar
      anik_lc -
      Poor Elizabeth, she never get the chance to visit Paris. I thought we would get to see ourselves the beauty of Paris along with her.
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