Bioshock Infinite is everything you want a story focused video game to be. Forget for a moment the fact that it’s a first person shooter, that doesn’t even matter. When you reach those final seconds of the game, with your heart pounding in your chest, sweating profusely from the sheer veracity of the moment the rest of the world seems to stop.
Bioshock Infinite isn’t just a game. It’s a beautifully crafted love story to Irrational’s fans and gamers alike. When all is said and done, it may take you a little while to come to grips with what exactly happened, but when it hits- when you fucking realize the implications of the story it knocks you off your feet.
Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating a bit here, but there’s a point to all of it I promise. For some reason, games took a turn for the worst, now focusing less and less on story and more on gameplay. In fact, it seems like a lot of games are in it for the aesthetics pushing gamers to cry “OMG GORGEOUS GRAPHICS YO.”
The real truth is that developers seem to be distracting you with all this extra shit. Sure, some games are meant to be just that- fun and casual entertainment- but video games are essentially just another storytelling medium.
The gameplay always matters, don’t get me wrong, but so does the story. So many games are rushed to market with the same shitty, contrite and recycled garbage that we experience year after year.
It’s time to demand a little more from your games people. Irrational recognizes that fact, and they’ve definitely delivered with Bioshock Infinite. If you haven’t had a chance yet, sit down and keep playing until those final harrowing moments play out on the screen. You won’t regret it.
Have you played it yet? What did you think of the ending?