To fully understand and appreciate Irrational Games' Bioshock Infinite it helps to have a basic understanding of alternate realities. The theory that at any point in time there are an infinite amount of parallel realities that can seem exactly the same or completely different. In one world you could be the opposite sex, you might never have been born, you might have children or have none. There are even possibilities that the dinosaurs never died out and human beings never existed. Even a choice as simple as what you had for breakfast 10 years ago could alter a path that leads to a world war. Okay, maybe not that drastic, but it is still a possibility. Bioshock Infinite takes that theory and turns it into a living world.
The story begins with the protagonist, Booker Dewitt, being taken to a lone lighthouse somewhere off the coast of Maine. He is tasked with finding a girl and bringing her to the people who hired him in order to wipe away a significant gambling debt he has accumulated. After climbing to the top of the lighthouse, Booker sits down in a comfy looking chair. Locking his arms in place, the chair is surrounded by a metallic wall, and Booker is propelled 30,000 feet up into the air. Soaring through the clouds and understandably freaking out, Booker begins to glimpse parts of a city. A city in the clouds. Columbia.
|City of Columbia|
|A group of onlookers at the fair|
Booker inevitably ends up having to fight his way through the city to find the young woman he was tasked with taking to New York. Wandering the streets he encounters the local law enforcement, guards armed with batons and pistols. These are easily dispatched, but other enemies arrive on the scene. Enemies that wield the new version of the original Bioshock's tonics called "vigors". Combating bad guys who can fling great balls of fire makes the challenge a little more difficult, but easily remedied once you have your own abilities to send back at them.
|You and Elizabeth don't start out on the best of terms|
|Tear from one reality to another|
With a fantastic story, extremely smooth gameplay, a riveting setting, and a superb combat system, Bioshock Infinite will leave you breathless when the curtains finally close.
Final Verdict: 10/10