Formats: Xbox360, PS3, PC.
Bioshock Infinite will take place before Raptures demise and you will be planted firmly in the middle of the destruction trying to survive. You play as Booker DeWitt an ex Pinkerton employee tasked with locating the strange woman Elizabeth. She is somewhere on the floating island of Colombia which is inhabited by crazy enemies who will do anything to stop you. Elizabeth will be no easy target to track down though as she is capable of wielding a gigantic sword and is protected by her overly faithful giant, monstrous creature called Songbird.
Bioshock looks like it moves more quickly than its predecessors with combat looking a lot more fast paced along with the new way of getting around, the Skyhook. DeWitt can use this contraption to instantly latch onto rails in other to travel between the many floating islands that make up Colombia. This adds a lot of diversity to the combat. No more running around tight hallways chipping away at an enemies health. Instead you can latch onto these railways to instantly give you an advantage in an intense fight.
This doesn’t mean you can simply escape on one of these railways anytime a fight becomes too much for you to handle. The enemies have no problem in following you and chasing you down. Some will even come directly for you in order to knock you off or cause as much damage as possible. You can also hop between rails at your own will as long as they are in reach.
In Their E3 demo they really showcase how rail sliding will be important in this game. DeWitt is tasked with getting onto a blimp by means of a few towers and rails along the way. The rail sliding looks absolutely exhilarating twisting and turning in a beautiful display of gameplay and visuals that really gets the heart racing. While DeWitt zooms around we catch a glimpse of the gorgeous place that is Colombia with its massive skyscrapers and beautiful backdrop this game really is easy on the eye. When he finally reaches the zeppelin after fighting the occasional enemy or two along the way he destroys it and leaps off and careers at break neck speed to a rail below and off he flies.
Irrational really look like they are creating a classic once again. It’s nice to see the combat getting an update along with everything else. The story between Elizabeth and Dewitt looks very interesting and I am looking forward to seeing more of the Songbird. This is definitely one of my most anticipated games and I look forward to getting my hands on it next year with its expected release date on Feb 13th 2013.
By Blain O Neill