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Bioshock Infinite First impressions


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This is probably the hardest First Impressions article I’ve written yet. This is due to the fact that the game is absolutely fantastic, and despite how much it hurts to leave the game running with the controller so close to me, deadlines are deadlines and we love our readers enough to sacrifice valuable gaming time to give them their promised article.

If you haven’t guessed from the tone of the writing, Bioshock Infinite thus far is a fantastic game that has become our new best example of how video gaming is transcending simple entertainment and is viably arguable as a form of art. I’ll try to keep it as spoiler-free as possible so your journey through it can be as powerful for you as it was for us.

Columbia

Freaking GORGEOUS!

The game starts out with a familiar setting for those who love the original game. You are Booker DeWitt, a man with one last chance to wipe out a serious mounting debt clean by retrieving a girl from the mysterious Columbia. After a short but curiousity inducing introduction, you soon find yourself in the clouds, staring at the wondrous city in awe.

When we say awe, we mean it. The city not only massive, but you will be intoxicated by it. Although I haven’t finished it yet, there are times where I’ll catch myself enjoying the scenery instead of a actually playing the game. This is probably the first time a video game has had me do that for more than ten seconds.

DeWittElizabeth

Our lovely main characters

The voice acting is also superb. The always impressive Troy Baker (Kai Leng from Mass Effect 3, Snow Villiers from FF XIII and Robin in Arkham City) proves exceptional in carrying the game as DeWitt. Courtnee Draper, who I best remember as a childhood crush in the Disney Channel Original Series ‘The Jersey,’ (shut up, I was a kid and those series were great back in my youth!), recently announced plans to retire from acting and for the life of me I can’t understand it. Her voice acting is absolutely fantastic, award worthy even, as the young Elizabeth, a wonderful combination of Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel from Tangled, (yeah, I still watch Disney movies; they’re great films and I love them!), with soul and writing that set an example for character design.

Raffle

And the winner is…

Fair warning, though: mature subject matter will follow. This is especially clear early on in a raffle scene, which brings up cringeworthy memories of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.” Without going into detail, the prize is very shocking to modern sensibilities, but also helps to establish that the beautiful and ideallic society has a darker, more terrible side than the beauty surrounding you implies. Plus, to be fair, a first person shooter isn’t as fun if you think of your enemies as good people…

Well, that’s about as much as I’ll get into for now. I have a game to finish and a review to write when I finish. And after hearing about the endgame plot twist, I’m increasingly anxious to see what it is. Look for the review sometime next week!

Did we hit the nail on the head on how you felt your first time playing Infinite? Drop a comment below with your experience!

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About RedGuinness

Andrew Shortall (RedGuinness) is the Writer, Editor, Administrator and founder of Stay-At-Home Gaming. He also suffers from sleepless nights, summer new release withdrawals and trying to behave himself in front of his new nephew.

6 comments on “Bioshock Infinite First impressions

  1. Man Walking
    April 4, 2013

    Everytime I see something about “the lottery” I can’t help but think of certain episode of “Sliders”.

    Disney movies are indeed awesome. Especially as adults because they totally put jokes and one liners that aren’t meant for kids to get, to make it enjoyable for parents too.

    • RedGuinness
      April 4, 2013

      This version is so much worse… In many ways you’d actually want to live there, before you see the cost involved.

      It’s impossible not to make the Disney references, especially right after you meet Elizabeth. She even dances like a Disney Princess!

  2. Man Walking
    April 4, 2013

    Yeah that’s how it was in the “Sliders” episode. Everyone’s all like “Oh Golly Gee Fred, the ATM gives you as much cash as you want, nothing bad can come from that!” this world is so great and then yeah.

  3. Hari Mani
    April 4, 2013

    Right on the money !! This game is one of the most immersive environments I’ve ever seen. A shoe in for the award circuit this/next year !!

    • RedGuinness
      April 4, 2013

      No question. The year is still young and a few titles (The Last of Us, GTA V and the Thief reboot) that will definitely have a chance to challenge it, but thus far it’s ahead of everything else.

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