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- NA March 26, 2013
- EU March 26, 2013
- AUS March 26, 2013
Publisher(s): 2K Games
Developer(s): Irrational Games
Platform(s): Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
ESRB Rating: M
Bioshock: Infinite is the true sequel to Bioshock
Gamespot Score: 9.0
Bioshock won the best story of 2007 here at Gamespot, and won the Game of the year award at X-Play, GameInformer, Spike TV, and BAFTA. It is argubly one of the greatest shooters of all time and is one of the highest rated games of this generation.
The game is set in 1912 and takes place in the floating city of Columbia, where the player assumes the role of Booker DeWitt, a disgraced Pinkerton agent. Booker has been given the job of finding a woman named Elizabeth in Columbia, who has been confined by a hulking beast called Songbird.
Following in the footsteps of previous BioShock games, the world of Infinite explores the chaos that results when strong ideals are taken to the extreme. At the time of DeWitt's arrival, Columbia is a hotbed of ultra-nationalism, specifically American exceptionalism, as shown by the copious numbers of flags, patriotic music, and propaganda posters that boldfacedly spurn the idea that the Columbia could be a 'haven' from the so-called 'unwanted' of the world.
"DeWitt will possess extraordinary abilities, called Vigors and Nostrums. They are similar, but not identical to, the Plasmid and Gene Tonic abilities of the BioShock series."
"Infinite features a range of environments that will force the player to adapt different weapons and strategies for each situation. Interior spaces will feature close combat with enemies, but unlike previous games set in Rapture, the setting of Infinite contains open spaces with emphasis on sniping and ranged combat against as many as fifteen enemies at once. Combat will also take place while the player is traveling at great speed along the Sky-Lines, a major transport system of Columbia."
"Once DeWitt has found Elizabeth, she will accompany the player at various points in the game. Elizabeth has her own set of abilities complimentary to Dewitt's, and can combine them with his for unique and powerful attacks. An example is where Elizabeth creates a rain cloud and the player uses a lightning attack. The player will not be able to directly control Elizabeth, but instead she will react to the player and the current situation. However, using Elizabeth's abilities also has consequences, draining her of strength and possibly harming her."
"Infinite features several varieties of enemies. These range from seemingly average humans with weapons, to the iconic Handyman seen in the trailer. Unlike the previous BioShock games, many enemies will not attack on sight, but instead will remain neutral to DeWitt unless the player performs an action that causes them to become hostile. Other powerful opponents, such as the Handyman, can act as leaders for other enemies, augmenting their abilities. The most powerful creature in the game, known as Songbird, is the most feared creature in all of Columbia, but his bond with Elizabeth prevents Booker from fighting Songbird without damaging his relationship with her."
- Booker DeWitt is born.
- Elizabeth is born.
- The 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair occurs. The concept of American exceptionalism arises. At some point afterward, Columbia is conceived and construction begins on it.
- "Marlowe" begins to sell bottles of Murder of Crows in the city of Columbia.
- While construction of Columbia is still underway, Elizabeth is imprisoned in the city.
- Sometime during this year, a creature called Songbird is also put into Columbia by The Founders to guard and protect Elizabeth.
- The United States of America proudly launches the air-city of Columbia, which begins a global tour of major cities.
- The city becomes involved in an international incident during the Boxer Rebellion when Columbia opens fire on Chinese citizens, revealing to the world that the city is heavily armed. The U.S. government disavows Columbia, and its location is soon after lost.
- After being disavowed, the city's citizens knew that they needed some type of government; Thus, The Founders took control. However, it is certain that some citizens did not agree with the Founders and soon later became a part of the rival Vox Populi.
- Payton Lane Easter & Sons begins producing Automated Stallions.
- The Emporia Towers district is bombed by a man the Vox Populi believe to be an unnamed postman.
- Vanderwall & Palmer begins to sell Sky-Hooks for traveling on Columbia's Sky-Line.
- Vox Populi is founded and Civil war begins after an attack on the Founders.
- Events of BioShock Infinite occur.
"The protagonist of BioShock Infinite, whom the player controls throughout the game. Through his vocalization, the player comes to understand DeWitt's past experience and his ability to make decisions for himself."
"Elizabeth is a woman who has been imprisoned in Columbia since she was five years old. Booker is sent to retrieve her from the flying city, and bring her back to New York. She is guarded by the Songbird, a monstrous, winged creature who has become her only friend. She is extremely gifted with various powers, including manipulation of "tears" that exist in the time fabric. Although freed from imprisonment, both The Founders and the Vox Populi covet Elizabeth and her abilities, while her former guardian is determined to recapture her at all costs."
The leader of the Vox Populi.
Zachary Hale Comstock
"A Columbian citizen, who is known to assist Saltonstall. He appears to be an elderly man, who passes his time by sitting on a park bench while he feeds crows."
One of the first antagonists, Saltonstall is an elderly politician in Columbia, and is a member of the Founders political faction. He is insane, as he is found speaking to a crowd of empty chairs about the "importance of preserving the purity of Columbia" and his eyes, face, and voice undergo an inhuman change at times.
Columbia Civil War of 1912: The Founders vs. Vox Populi
After the city-wide incident years before, the citizens of Columbia began to split into two factions: The Founders, and the Vox Populi.
The Founders are a major citizen faction in the city of Columbia. Their name arises from the fact that they see themselves as the true founders of the city, and they attempt to model their ideals after the founding fathers of the United States. The party promotes ultra-nationalism, religious fanaticism and extreme xenophobia, and is currently engaged at war with the resistance group known as the Vox Populi.
A diverse underground resistance faction in Columbia that opposes The Founders' nationalist and xenophobic ideals. They are also called "The Anarchists".