Friday, August 13, 2010

Bioshock Infinite - a preview from Cheeky Girl

Bioshock Infinite is due out in 2012, and if you plan some games platform shopping - then I think this will hit the mark. Due on the Playstation and XBox, it sports some fantastic ideas and a weird new idea, a game that hangs in the air, kind of like some versions of Windows back in the old days. (The old days, Cassy?) Some well known names to people in the gaming universe are here. Ken Levine is back, and heading this BioShock project, which takes gameplay skywards in a very new and original way: so the game is set in the early twentieth century, and it involves this psychic lady and "evil steampunk cybullies", and that you probably shouldn’t fall off the edge of this colorful universe, as it's a long way down. The whole game happens high above ground level, affording fantastic views in every outdoor frame. Your character has been sent into this "rogue 1900s Death Star" to locate and recover a woman called Elizabeth. She’s at the center of some sort of oddball freaky situation, and she has magical powers that give her nosebleeds, and you’ll need to work some great solving skills to survive, win and escape. It’ll have more of the same consequence-driven story, although we’ve not sure what those choices will be. (Where's Deus Ex 1 when you need it?)

Game characters are a challenge. Apparently when you run into rooms, you have no idea how game characters treat you, nicely or monstrously - they are monsters graced with human voices. It all feels like those old wild west frontier moments when the hero walks into the bar, but with one hand covering the holstered pistol, just in case. Edge of seat stuff. Mr Levine has done the title proud here, and it's going to be immersive and satisfying. The game satirizes American Imperialism in new ways, and here the setting is in the sky. So no change there then. In actual fact, it is set in an era of an America which actually never existed, yet seems very familiar. Games are best when they try new things and change the formula a bit. Bioshock Infinite is definitely such a game. Check the full review link on my Hub page at the top. It has a trailer, very cool!

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