|System: PC*, PS3, Xbox 360|
|Pub: 2K Games|
|Release: March 25, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Mild Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco|
Other BioShock Infinite staples show up here, but they feel more out of place. You will be treated to a few skyhook sequences, though they are really just used for quick methods of traversal rather than epic battle sequences. The ray gun from Episode 1 also makes a return, and it probably feels the most out of place, but we can’t blame Irrational Games for showing off their new toys.
But the best part about BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 is the pacing. Remember those sections at the beginning of Episode 1 where you were just wandering around Rapture, talking to people and drinking in the environment? Episode 2 is absolutely littered with them, all throughout its gameplay time. You’ll go without seeing an enemy for huge stretches, simply solving puzzles and stumbling upon exposition, and since combat is not a required part of the game’s action, these stretches between enemies actually feel entirely natural. When you are sifting through documents in an old office, for example, it really makes no sense for a splicer to suddenly burst through the wall. The game wisely leaves you to your own devise, allowing you to listen to audio logs and uncover more about the history of Rapture and Columbia.
Also, BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 FINALLY gives us more answers than questions. In the beginning of the game there is certainly a WTF vibe going on, as Elizabeth wakes up in the position Booker was in at the end of Episode 1, and a ghostly Booker is giving her advice from behind the scenes. However, as you continue through the DLC you’ll find that it starts to tie-up some loose ends and shed light on the history of both BioShock worlds. When it’s all over, it still kind of feels like you played an episode of Twin Peaks with guns, but it’s a heck of a lot more fulfilling of a conclusion than Episode 1’s was, that’s for sure.
BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 puts me in kind of an odd position. Originally we said that Episode 1 wasn’t particularly worth it because of its samey combat, short length, and unsatisfying story. But now that Episode 2 is out, we would like to go back and change our opinion. Episode 1 is entirely worth owning, if only for the sake of playing Episode 2. As for Episode 2 itself, it’s a phenomenal entry in the BioShock saga, and should be downloaded by anyone who has the original game. It might be a little frustrating to anyone who was used to running and gunning their way through Columbia, but once you get used to the stealth gameplay you’ll find that this may be the most well designed chapter of BioShock yet.
Angelo M. D’Argenio
Date: March 26, 2014