Your response to BioShock Infinite wasn’t as positive as I thought it would have been. Eldave0 kicked off this week’s WeView by saying that Infinite is an “enjoyable game but nowhere near as ground-breaking as the bulk of reviewers have made it out to be”, going on to describe the shooting as “loose and clumsy” and saying that the pacing wasn’t as good as Rapture’s first outing.
jimmy-google felt a similar way, saying that Infinite was “a bit of a let down” due to the departure from Rapture and him finding Elizabeth “annoying”, as well as the gameplay lacking variation and the game losing that charm of the first BioShock. Dar-Kaus agreed, wanting it to be over before long due to it not being that “fun”, which Tuffcub backed up completely.
Further down the comments thread, wonkey-willy wasn’t enamoured by the title even though he “still liked it” and plutoniumdragon also thought it lacked the atmosphere found in Rapture. There were a few other similar rumblings but TSBonyman found the middle ground, saying that “it was definitely deserving of a high score but it didn’t quite blow me away.”
Nevertheless, there were a lot of people who enjoyed the game very much. Despite thinking that The Last of Us is a much better game, our very own Jim Hargreaves stated that Columbia is “magical to behold” even though the gameplay is “nothing new” while Megamoppy also found the setting “superb”, although they felt some of the later fights were a “grind”.
NazzyQ had no qualms with the shooting mechanics and found the game “highly enjoyable” even though the story couldn’t keep his interest, while Taylor Made enjoyed the game but didn’t quite get the ending.
Origami Killer had nothing but praise for the game, describing it as “wonderful” and saying that he often replays the ending as it’s that good, with Elizabeth really making the game for him. Adam Garrett hadn’t played previous BioShock games but said that “Infinite told me one of the best stories in one of the best ways that I’ve ever been told” and going as far to call it one of his favourite games of all time. yiddo also considered it one of his favourite games this generation, despite a few flaws.
MICKY17 continued the positive trend by saying that he “loved every second of it” and doug called it his game of the year. elpablo79 also loved the game, feeling that it was “one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had” and summed it up nicely with “All in all, a brilliant game, gorgeous to look at, full of character, story and even some moments of awe.”
colmshan1990, having just played and completed this game in time to coincide with this WeView, had a lot of positive things to say, summing it up very well:
The beginning is sublime, the middle act great and the final act literally dropped my jaw a couple of days ago when I played through it.
The game is essentially perfect. They took all the great parts of Bioshock and expanded on them to build something unmatched out of all the games I’ve played.
I only hope The Last of Us can measure up when my new PS3 arrives (my phatty’s blu-ray died 10 mins into the Last of Us, leading me to my laptop for Bioshock) because Bioshock Infinite just overtook Resident Evil 4, Pokemon Silver and Uncharted 2 on my list of all time favourite games.
Columbia and its characters are special, and I know I’ll be returning time and time again to visit often.
I need to make a return trip soon – it’s such a fantastic world to explore again and again. Overall, the reaction was positive with no Avoid It ratings, one Bargain Bin It, five Rent It ratings and eleven Buy It ratings, showing that the game really is worth picking up.
Finally, the poll returns this week, featuring Tomb Raider, Red Faction: Armageddon, Super Stardust Delta and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. Remember, you’re voting for next week’s game, so the poll closes this coming Sunday at 11:59pm.