Bioshock Infinite – debut trailer impressions

August 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm 5 comments

“Burden NOT Columbia with your CHAFF!”

Are we under water again........?

The world of Bioshock takes to the skies in the third game in the series, Bioshock Infinite, as announced recently and I seriously can’ wait for this game. No longer are we in the depths of Rapture circa 1960. Bioshock Infinite is set in 1912 on board the floating city of Columbia, a proud bastion of American exceptionalism, sent to foreign shores to show off America’s newfound wealth and prosperity.


However the city is involved in an international incident, and for some reason the city disappears into the clouds. You play as a disgraced Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt who is sent to rescue Elizabeth, a young woman who’s been imprisoned in Columbia since she was young. However Elizabeth is central to the conflict apparent in the heavily armed Columbia, and it turns out its citizens won’t let go of her so easily.

Welcome to Columbia

Elizabeth has special powers (probably plasmid-related) and while forming a relationship with her, Booker augments his own powers so that they both can escape from the city of Columbia, which is literally falling from the sky.

Cloud City - no we're NOT talking about Bespin here...

I’m glad Irrational Games is trying something different to the dystopian universe we’ve come to associate with the Bioshock series. Turn of the century America has an awesome old patriot and federalist feel to it which I’m sure many players will enjoy digging in. Hopefully the setting will be a breath of fresh air to the series, something that Bioshock 2 could not achieve.


However it’s a little sad that we won’t be hearing from iconic characters such as Tenebaum and Ryan, as this title isn’t directly related to the main Bioshock plot. Irrational has decided to go with a totally new setting with new characters, but stick to the core gameplay experience fans of the series recognises. No doubt there’ll be new weapons and new abilities, such as Murder of Crows, which gives the player the ability to summon and control a group of the hungry black birds.

Ooo purdy...

What’s also cool is that since we’re now 30000 ft in the air, there’ll be some very open battlegrounds to deal with, something Bioshock 1 and 2 did not have. This is partly achieved by the new engine Irrational’s decided to use, something which also explains the graphical improvements that have apparantly been witnessed from a demo.

Every daddy has a heart ❤

Apparantly DeWitt can push and pull almost anything in front of him. What’s also interesting to note is that Elizabeth WILL be accompanying you at a certain stage of the game, and she obviously has powers of her own. Columbia’s ‘Big Daddies’ are also slightly different in appearance to Rapture’s, and most of the enemies you’ll battle will definitely be more human than Rapture’s splicers.

A reference to a prosperous era

It’s good to hear that the Bioshock series is heading towards some very new territory. While I’ll miss the denizens of Rapture sorely, the flying behemoth of Columbia seeks to reach new heights of awesomeness. Bioshock Infinite is set to be released in 2012 from PC, XBox 360 and PS3.

Damn. I wanted to see more of her cleavage.


Entry filed under: Videogames.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Baka!  |  August 15, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    It looks really really interesting. I love what they’ve done with the concept of Bioshock and made something very new yet still harks back to the previous games. Pity I’ve heard the release date is somewhere in 2012…loooong way to go.

  • 2. Simon  |  August 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    This game looks awesome – but 2012 is a long time to wait!

    I like how the video initially makes you think you are heading back to Rapture but you’re not!!!


    • 3. ippius  |  August 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm

      agreed. 2012 is a loooong wait.

  • 4. thejamminjabber  |  September 23, 2010 at 1:43 am

    My game boner is so huge right now! Have you seen the gameplay trailer? Amazing.

    • 5. ippius  |  September 23, 2010 at 7:28 am

      it. is. orgasmic.


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