Games for Grownups: Bioshock Infinite

Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by Games_and_Sports

Video games aren’t just for kids anymore. For those of us who grew up playing Pac Man or Super Mario Bros, the gaming bug hasn’t left us as we’ve gotten older. Fortunately, as our tastes have matured, so has the gaming industry. In the “Games for Grownups” series, I’ll be featuring and reviewing some “not for kids” games available at the Santa Clara County Library.

Bioschock Infinite Cover


Bioshock Infinite

Genre: Action, First-Person Shooter

Available for: Playstation 3XBOX 360


 M for MatureBlood and Gore, Intense  Violence, Language, Mild Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco

If you've played either of the two previous Bioshock games, then this premise will sound familiar: a lone protagonist with a dark past finds himself fighting his way through a troubled early-20th century utopia armed with a a variety of fire arms and chemically-augmented powers. While the setup may be similar, Bioshock Infinite sets itself apart with a compelling new world that will engage and entertain any adult gamer.

In Bioshock Infinite, you play as Booker Dewitt, a former soldier and Pinkerton agent launched into the flying city of Columbia in 1912 with the cryptic instructions, "bring us the girl and wipe away the debt." You quickly find that the girl in question is Elizabeth, the daughter of "The Prophet" Zachary Comstock, the man who founded Columbia to break away from what he views as a fallen and corrupted America. Comstock has foreseen your presence as the "false prophet," come to lead his daughter away from her destiny and bring about the fall of Columbia. As your identity comes to light, you find yourself facing waves of enemies, from armed gunmen to machine-gun toting robot founding fathers. 

The gameplay of Bioshock Infinite is nothing revolutionary, especially for anyone familiar with the Bioshock franchise. The first-person shooter mechanics are solid, though run-of-the-mill. You wield a variety of firearms, from pistols to rocket launchers, though you're only able to carry two at a time. Your arsenal is augmented by vigors: drinks that give you special combat abilities. An added combat element is the skyline, a rail system that you can use to fling yourself around Columbia at high speeds and use as a launching point for attacks. 

What truly sets Bioshock Infinite apart from other shooters is its immersive atmosphere and engaging storyline. From the moment Booker first breaks through the clouds and the magnificent floating city of Columbia comes into view, I was hit by the scale and beauty of the game's design. The game touches on a  variety of historical and social themes such as nationalism, racism, and capitalism. The plot becomes even more complex as science fiction elements like dimensional portals and alternate timelines begin to play a role. The character development is outstanding, particularly the relationship between Booker and Elizabeth. 

I highly recommend Bioshock Infinite to anyone who likes action games and doesn't mind taking the time to explore and dig into a deep and complex plot. Bioshock Infinite is one of the highest rated games in recent years, with a Metacritic score of 94.

Bioshock Infinite is available now at the Santa Clara County Library for Playstation 3 and XBOX 360

- Ben




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Bioshock Infinite Review

This is a really awesome review. I love the graphics, the quotes! This is wonderful. Thank you Ben for posting this on the SCCLD website.