Chatting Columbia With Irrational - Bioshock Infinite

Dan Chiappini sits down with Irrational's User Experience Specialist Bill Gardner to give us a developer walkthrough of some brand new Bioshock Infinite footage, and have a long candid chat about the game and what we can all expect from Columbia!

Discussion

98 comments
JimmyTwoGunz
JimmyTwoGunz

sorry for dumb comment. I'm new to bio shock, just wondering with quote at start of game. are the characters from the time zone of the story or are they time travelers? this will be the first bio shock game I'm getting.

angeloti83
angeloti83

the graphics are mind blowing!!!! what an awesome game!


rockgod44
rockgod44

 i'm not a really big fan of bio-shock, but since i watched that video of those two guys talking about it and just the way the graphics look, i think that i'm going to get the first and second game of bio-shock.

ESPM400
ESPM400

I don't think I've ever heard someone use 'uh' or 'um' quite so much in my life... Seriously, 10 points to the person who can figure out how many times he uses them during this video. 

limakokba
limakokba

Hmmmm.... dont really play fps, except ME series, if u could call it fps. But i am gonna start fps with this game!!!!

vrajitorugaoz
vrajitorugaoz

If this is how the xbox version looks like, then I CAN'T WAIT for the PC one!!!

Skrillbak
Skrillbak

The extra time that they've taken to polish the game really shines. Great work Irrational, cannot wait.

mutley89
mutley89

It looks amazing!! Irrational games I love you guys!!

GarGx1
GarGx1

It's looks better everytime I see it. I get over hyped for very few games but this definitely has me hooked.

Accuracy158
Accuracy158

Too much gameplay... I'm trying to avoid seeing a lot of the game until I play it. 

Accuracy158
Accuracy158

This isn't going to use Game For Windows Live this time around??  Right?

pidow
pidow

I'veplay the others in the series and will be playing this oen also.  I like the style, game play, sights and sounds alike.  A must play for me.

Blazius2
Blazius2

Sorry couldn't understand the dialogue, the hotdogs get what? They get cut?

supershaft777
supershaft777

I am so relieved that designers still dare to innovate.

What's going on with Bioshock Infinite, and the philosophy behind the game design blows nearly all other modern games out of the water.

Notice how much he talks about innovation, and its importance for keeping the game experience fresh.

This concept is LOST on most game designers nowadays. I remember getting into arguments on forums with people who are actually AGAINST innovation because "innovation is risky". I don't care how compromised by marketing a company might be, if they release a hand-holding been-there-done-that RPG (such as Skyrim, Dishonored, etc) with "gotta make money" as an excuse for why it sucks... I would say Infinite $h!ts all over them!!!  

p.s. the amount of overrated, boring, easy, cut-scene-obsessed cakewalk games getting 9s and 10s is appalling, especially on sites like Gamespot, whos' reviews I used to trust.

norman69
norman69

Looks incredible- a marked contrast from the ruined Rapture- as they say, you're getting to Columbia before everything goes to hell for a change. And those combat looks a lot more chaotic than the fighting in the original Bioshock, even just in the terms of how many enemies are shooting at you. Irrational certainly put the effort in. 

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

This game look very unique and visually stunning. Glad to see they have re-shaped Bioshock it seem's in a good way, because I didn't think Bioshock 2 was anything that special. Also this look's like the type of game you don't really need to play Bio 1 or 2, but still will be an advantage with it's storyline. All in all I look forward to this game and March will be a fun gaming month with Ascendance also in reaching distance.

sEaNNY_07
sEaNNY_07

I have never played any of these bio games am I missing out?

couly
couly

Looks good, just wish it was next gen

manicm82
manicm82

Looking forward to this, though I hope there will be an option to turn all the icons and indicators off. But this interview itself was very informative. I will now ignore all BI footage in fear of overkill.

spartan2777
spartan2777

Bioshock infinite looks great, and im sure it will be! cant wait! 
Something i look forward for the bioshock team to go back to in the future is a reboot of system shock.

CieloPerso
CieloPerso

Another great argument for not having conversation trees would have been the Booker is meant to be an outsider, looking in (at least this is my impression). 

AlexL225
AlexL225

OMG, Thumbs up if you LOVE Bioshock Infinite!!!

Spectre1987
Spectre1987

Far Cry 3 is a fun FPS but Bioshock is a whole nother beast. As amazing as Far Cry 3? The similarites end at the fact that their both FPS, nothing against Far Cry, & I had a blast with 3 but I never got that same sense of awe as when you first Descend into Rapture or that panic when you're trying to take down a big daddy. Bioshock is all about atmosphere & story, Irrational did an amazing job with Bioshock, theres nothing to suggest that Infinite wont match or surpass its predecessors.

chris120379
chris120379

does anybody really feel this is gonna be as amazing as Far cry 3???

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

I got the feeling that Dan is disappointed in the game, but didn't want to come out and say it. And the USE guy is a spinmeister.

Falzonn
Falzonn

I can only hope that the story for Infinite is better than in Bio 1 & 2.  For me those Bioshock's sold on the decayed environment of Rapture and the plasmid combat system, not the stories.  The only major takeaway I ever got from the first two Bioshock games was that a) must escape, and b) everyone but the little girls had to die (they could not be let to mingle with the outside world).  Bioshock 1  I think was able to get away without a strong story because people were so enraptured by Rapture.  It was so unique and captivating that the game COULD sell on that and that alone.  Bio 2 prob had a harder time of it what with Rapture no longer being as novel, and perhaps the increased morality (mainly in regard to the little sisters) was the natural evolution to help overcome that "Oh Rapture.  Been there done that." feeling.

Infinite seems to have another great environment to capture my imagination, alongside the varied combat I enjoy, but will the story alone be able to captivate me in and of itself?  Having a living breathing world (instead of a dead one) is a start.  Hopefully having Elizabeth take a fairly strong looking role in both story and combat might also help create a more captivating story than I experienced in the previous two Bioshock games.

From the limited news I've seen of the game, I'm optimistic that the game WILL have a stronger story.  I don't know how much stronger it will be, but it looks to be a step in the right direction.

broost1
broost1

@sEaNNY_07 Go play the original now fchrissakes.  Its still on curve, perhaps not with graphics but the design and atmosphere it creates are still so unique.  Its well worth experiencing what should be in everyones top 3 games of this generation...for a coupla squids!

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Infinite GOTY 


contentxcontext
contentxcontext

@couly why. i mean if its current gen it has a good wide install base and is more likely to sell well. And if it looks and plays as well as it looks like it does so far then current gen is fine right?

Also we dont have any next gen consoles yet , aside from wiiu, so its only good that its current.

Oh unless you take into account the wiiu edition hinted at.

nameaprice
nameaprice

Thumbs up their asses man, thumbs up their asses

Chippa7
Chippa7 moderator

@dmdavenport I'm as pumped as everybody else to play Infinite. Like I said during the interview, there are a few elements that I wasn't expecting to see included in a BioShock game, like regenerating shields, enemy health bars, and number scrolls for weapon damage. I'm definitely not disappointed from what I've seen so far.

couly
couly

@contentxcontext @couly It looks great, just not a giant leap in terms of graphics. Oh well, Bioshock is my number 1 game of all time so I'm sure I'll enjoy it.

Thumbler76
Thumbler76

@Chippa7 do you know if it will be possible to trigger off the enemy health bars and number scrolls for weapon damage? IMO they break the immersion in the game a lot!

Kayweg
Kayweg

@broost1 @infinity_ @chris120379 Neitherone of you is alone in that...but ssshhhh, it's not a popular opinion to voice.

And gosh, you made it halfway through ? respect.

Thumbler76
Thumbler76

@Chippa7 @Falzonn I think I'll sacrifice some useful ammo for a better immersion into the world of the game! Thanks for the info!

Chippa7
Chippa7 moderator

@Thumbler76 @Falzonn You'll be able to choose whether or not you want the indicators to display over enemies when they take damage. 

It's useful knowing when you land critical hits, especially for ammo conservation, but at this stage I don't think I'll be playing with it enabled.