One of the most anticipated games of the year, Bioshock: Infinite, is scoring extremely high reviews on video game websites across the Intertubes.
Bishock: Infinite is the third Bioshock game in a series that began back in 2007. The first two games took place in a mystical underwater city known as Rapture, a once-lively utopian environment that had descended into chaos. The problem: Rapture’s denizens discovered ADAM, a special drug that gave people strange powers. Bioshock players battled with drugged-up nasties and “Big Daddies.”
Bioshock: Infinite takes a significant turn, moving players away from the underwater Rapture to a sky world called Columbia. Although the place looks incredible, it’s a morally challenged community dealing with racism and religious extremism. In a way, Columbia is very similar to the beautiful but tormented Rapture.
Once again, players get to use all kinds of strange powers to defeat their enemies. There are traditional guns — like pistols, machine guns and rifles — as well as bio-kinetic weapons called “vigors.” Vigors are pretty similar to the ADAM powers seen in the first two games.
And while this game shares traits with the previous two Bioshock titles, it’s certainly a step away from the more “realistic” Call of Duty and Battlefield games.
There’s no denying how refreshing that is. So far, the game has scored a 9.6/10 on Metacritic, with not a single professional reviewer giving it a negative score. Over on the anarchic player review side of things, the game scores a still-impressive 9.0/10.
Bioshock: Infinite is out now for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.