Set in the stunning floating city of Columbia, another failed Eden like Bioshock's Rapture, Bioshock Infinite is a thrilling and beguiling game that will keep you hooked from start to finish.
Welcome to a different 1912
Bioshock Infinite is a first person shooter set in a fictional 1912, with violent combat based on guns, brutal melee-weapons and fun powers called 'Vigors.' You play Booker DeWitt, who has to pay of a debt by going Columbia to collect a girl called Elizabeth.
You are accompanied for much of the time by the Elizabeth in the game, and she is one of the best companions ever created. She helps out in combat, and her fascination with the world helps you enjoy the incredible city of Columbia.
Columbia is run by a self styled prophet called Comstock, and it's a disturbing vision of 'heaven'. His society is riddled with racism, class warfare and religious fanaticism, all of which is barely hidden by the undeniable beauty of the city of Columbia. These themes along with the violence make this very much a game for adults.
An engrossing adventure
There is no multiplayer in Bioshock Infinite, but you won't mind. The single player campaign is absolutely fantastic. The story that unfolds as you make your way to and through Columbia is excellent, and it's one of those games you'll want to discuss with people once it's over.
Traditional combat wrapped in a wonderful world
The combat is good in Bioshock Infinite, but occasionally you might feel it gets in the way of the rest of the game. Weapons are fun to use, and there are enough to suit most people's playing styles, but the enemies are limited in variety. It's a solid FPS, but the combat is outshone by the wonderful environment, story and your companion Elizabeth.
Bioshock Infinite's stylized graphics look great. Columbia is breathtaking, and the people you meet have an air of 'something's not quite right here', giving the game a really unusual atmosphere. The sound and acting is excellent throughout. The game saves with check points, which are OK, but it would have been nice to see either more frequent saves or the ability to save whenever you want.
There are three difficulty levels, which will suit most players, and when you complete it, a new ultra-hardcore 1999 mode opens up if you want a serious challenge.
Bioshock Infinite is not perfect. It's a fantastic experience, and a great example of a story that only video games can give you. But the basic framework of a First Person Shooter sometimes feels out of place in a game that pushes so much in other ways.
Breathtaking, violent, and sure to keep you thinking long after you've completed it, Bioshock Infinite is easy to highly recommend.