With the recently released The Last of Us being touted as game of the year and everyone seemingly forgetting about the other games in the running, I’ve decided to jog all of your memories about one of them: the incredible, now three month old BioShock Infinite.
BioShock Infinite was a breath of fresh air, surpassing the original in almost every way: Columbia not only mirrored Rapture but bettered it too, with the religious ideologies of Comstock both paralleling and opposing Ryan’s own philosophy in a way only Ken Levine could craft.
The world of Infinite is truly incredible and one I’ll surely revisit year after year, as I do with Ocarina of Time’s Hyrule and Portal 2’s Aperture Laboratories. It’s one of the best games of this generation, in my opinion, along with Uncharted 2, Metal Gear Solid 4 and the aforementioned Portal 2.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a big fan of Infinite and I think the game’s 94 score on Metacritic is fully justified. I couldn’t really fault it in my review either, giving it the highest acclaim and a 10/10 rating, summing it all up by saying:
And then I realise aside from some superficial issues, there’s really nothing wrong with the game at all – it’s better than BioShock ever was; it’s fully realised and complete. It’s so, so near perfect and the first words Booker hear when he steps into the land of Columbia reflect my thoughts entirely:
“It’s heaven – or as close as we’ll see until judgement day.”
There’s really no way I could’ve given it any less than a 10/10 if I’m honest – I’ll often look back on reviews and think “I was wrong about that” but looking back at this, I’m confident with my conclusion.
I can’t think of much more to say about Infinite, without sprawling on about how excellent it is, from the story to the world to the characters to even the extremely fun gameplay, utilising tears and skyhooks for one of the most satisfying first person experiences I’ve ever had.
Anyway, enough talking about myself (I have to – no one else wrote about it!) and let’s talk about you – it’s your turn to get your voice heard. Simply write a short review of the game in the comments below and we’ll round them up into the Verdict article next week if you manage to get it done before Sunday afternoon.
Don’t forget to add a Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It or Avoid It rating on the end so we can collate the results. I’ll be really interested to see if anyone tells you to ‘avoid’ this masterpiece.