Bioshock Infinite is well in the running for my game of the year due to its sheer scope, gorgeous design, frantic gameplay, and its surreal narrative. Maybe too frantic, but that was one of my minor complaints. Without spoiling anything for anyone who hasn’t taken a gander at Columbia yet, the game focuses around quantum dimensional shifting, which creates an open-ended possibility for endless stories and variations on themes. Sky Racism is no longer the limit! Bioshock Infinite‘s story even has a memorial cameo by the beloved and infamous underwater libertarian dystopia: Rapture.
The first episode of the 2 part story-based DLC, titled Bioshock Infinite: Burial At Sea, has a spiffy new launch trailer and is available now. Check it out here:
One of my main concerns about Infinite was its combat. It’s frantic, intense, but honestly, overwhelming. There’s simply too much shit happening at once to effectively understand the battlefield. Handymen, Infinite‘s version of Big Daddies, are dull bullet sponges, despite their early melancholy implications (that a dying or invalid person is now trapped in a robot body). They never had the strategy or tense pre-fight dread that a Big Daddy throwdown had.
Burial At Sea aims to quell these issues by having more of a slow plasmid burn rather than the wind-sprint of murder Infinite had. The first hour of the episode has no combat whatsoever, allowing you bask in the capitalist glory of pre-fall Rapture, the iconic setting from the first and second games, while maintaining the strong, complex characters of Infinite. Episode 2 promises to put you in the high heels of Elizabeth, the quantum goddess who was your stalwart companion through the main campaign.
Basically, your mind is going to be boned and you’ll wake up at 7:30 am on a Saturday, like I did, because the ending made my head hurt something fierce.
Bioshock Infinite: Burial At Sea Episode 1 is available now for PC, PS3 , and Xbox 360 for $14.99. Warning: it’s short, clocking it at about 2-3 hours. Factor that in if you decide to purchase. If you were silly enough to buy a Season Pass, which you shouldn’t, it’s available without a separate purchase. Lucky you!