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Old 03-25-2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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BioShock Infinite

the original BioShock was one of my all time favorite games...perfect example of story-driven gameplay...BioShock 2 was a bit of a step down but it was not done by the same developer (Ken Levine)...Infinite is back under the guidance of Ken Levine and it sounds amazing

** do not let anyone spoil the ending for you...avoid all message boards...don't read any spoiler filled reviews...this game deserves to be played unspoiled!!

the reviews are in and BioShock Infinite is being almost universally praised as a masterpiece in storytelling...lots of 10/10 scores...I expect nothing less from Ken Levine, the guy knows how to craft a great story...the DX11 effects are just the icing on the cake...everyone is saying that the ending is something that needs to be experienced...Ken Levine calls the ending "like nothing you've actually experienced in a video game before"

-"It's rare to play a game with a narrative that comes together as well as BioShock Infinite's...BioShock Infinite is an early contender for game of the year, a masterpiece of design and world-building

-In an industry full of games that seem to struggle with satisfying conclusions- an area BioShock itself famously failed in- Infinite is one of those rare games with a perfect beginning, an engaging middle, and a perfect end...BioShock Infinite is damn near perfect

-Undoubtedly the finest game crafted by Irrational Games, BioShock Infinite is one of the best told stories of this generation...It simply cannot be missed

-one of the best stories ever told through the gaming medium...I urge you to just experience the world of Columbia and come back and talk about it when you've finished it...because believe me, this is one you're going to be talking about, and thinking about, well after it's done

Destructoid: 10/10
Eurogamer: 10/10
and tons more reviews online...

BioShock Infinite review: A game you experience and not just play | Digital Trends

Review: BioShock Infinite - Destructoid

BioShock Infinite review Eurogamer.net
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:26 AM   #2
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Re: BioShock Infinite

This looks to be an awesome game, which is welcome because I've been struggling to appreciate Borderlands 2 and Tomb Raider.
The only thing that worries me is the potential for cultural bias and historic references that I won't get, but thats not going to be a show stopper for me I suppose.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:10 AM   #3
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started the game earlier tonight...definitely getting a good vibe which reminds me of the first game...make sure to play on 'Hard' difficulty as a lot of people are saying that any other setting is way too easy

the art style is impressive but the graphics overall are hit and miss...game is not Metro 2033 or Crysis 3 but the atmosphere more then makes up for it...lots of bad textures and bloom seems to blur things a bit too much but gameplay trumps gorgeous visuals any day in my book and Infinite is delivering that in spades...the game really immerses you in the world, people and story which is exactly what the original BioShock did...

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Re: BioShock Infinite

Bioshock has been one of the few franchises in recent times that I have religiously waited for; almost as much as Half-Life. I said almost, because I would have been kidding you guys otherwise. I anticipate playing Episode 3 or Half-Life 3 with my nephew (who is 2 years old right now), at some point during my lifetime.

But on a more serious note, I thoroughly enjoyed Bioshock 1 and 2. I've already ordered my copy of Bioshock Infinite, should be delivered this Sunday. Its going to be a marathon session thereafter.

Definitely excited about the change of scenery in Infinite, although I'd have much rather preferred another iteration of the cold watery dystopia that is Rapture.

Will keep you guys posted!
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Re: BioShock Infinite

Ditto. Logged off for a bit so I could finish "Dishonored". Immediately downloaded BioShock. I am really enjoying it so far. It's interesting as you look into every nook and cranny. It's a keeper!

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started the game earlier tonight...definitely getting a good vibe which reminds me of the first game...make sure to play on 'Hard' difficulty as a lot of people are saying that any other setting is way too easy

the art style is impressive but the graphics overall are hit and miss...game is not Metro 2033 or Crysis 3 but the atmosphere more then makes up for it...lots of bad textures and bloom seems to blur things a bit too much but gameplay trumps gorgeous visuals any day in my book and Infinite is delivering that in spades...the game really immerses you in the world, people and story which is exactly what the original BioShock did...

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Definitely excited about the change of scenery in Infinite, although I'd have much rather preferred another iteration of the cold watery dystopia that is Rapture.
totally disagree with that statement...I'm glad they moved away from Rapture as it had the potential to be more of the same (in a bad way)...creating this flying city (Columbia) gave them a chance to create something truly unique like the original BioShock instead of retreading the same old stuff...BioShock 2 already started to feel a bit stale

creating a new world allows the developers to think outside the box and hopefully create another masterpiece of storytelling...based on my early impressions, they have succeeded...lots of historical and hot button subjects explored in BioShock Infinite

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Re: BioShock Infinite

Can someone run the included benchmarking utility?

I am getting 46 Ultra/56 High.

Curious as to what the newer gen cards can crank out.

Thanks.
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Re: BioShock Infinite

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Can someone run the included benchmarking utility?

I am getting 46 Ultra/56 High.

Curious as to what the newer gen cards can crank out.

Thanks.
While we're waiting, 46 at ultra settings sounds excellent. What resolution?

So I've read that the performance on older systems is excellent in this game.
I'll probably pick it up later today.
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Logged off for a bit so I could finish "Dishonored"...I am getting 46 Ultra/56 High...
are you using the latest Nvidia 314.22 drivers?...those are optimized for BioShock Infinite

the games art style reminds me of DisHonored...or maybe it's DisHonored that copied the original BioShock...I normally prefer more realistic models over cartoony ones but for BioShock it works...interesting art deco which gives the game a unique look and feel
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Re: BioShock Infinite

Native 1920x1080. VS enabled. Looks like I will not need a 6000 series card for a while.


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While we're waiting, 46 at ultra settings sounds excellent. What resolution?

So I've read that the performance on older systems is excellent in this game.
I'll probably pick it up later today.
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Re: BioShock Infinite

Yep, downloaded them and installed just prior to BioShock.

In regards to the art style, I believe it's closer to the latter than the former.


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are you using the latest Nvidia 314.22 drivers?...those are optimized for BioShock Infinite

the games art style reminds me of DisHonored...or maybe it's DisHonored that copied the original BioShock...I normally prefer more realistic models over cartoony ones but for BioShock it works...interesting art deco which gives the game a unique look and feel
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Looks like I will not need a 6000 series card for a while.
Crysis 3 with high AA will push the 600 series and I think the upcoming Metro: Last Light will as well...my 580 is running everything fine these days (Crysis 3 required lower AA) and I have no plans on upgrading until the 700 series
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Re: BioShock Infinite

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Can someone run the included benchmarking utility?

I am getting 46 Ultra/56 High...
48fps Ultra settings here @ 1920x1200.
Min drops to 19 in some areas and max is 110 in some areas.

I'll try and play at these settings and if no good will then drop res to 1080.
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I'm really enjoying the game but there are a few things that annoy me...first off I'm playing on 'Hard' difficulty and even on Hard the game is not all that difficult mainly because of the Vita chamber instant revival, where if you die you get revived in a Vita chamber and brought back to the almost exact spot you died with a little $$ penalty...plus ammo, $$ and Salt are way too easy to find with a bit of exploration (inside crates, boxes etc)

secondly the autosaves are few and far between...I've never been bothered by autosaves in any game but Infinite doesn't autosave enough and I find myself replaying large sections after reloading the game...if you die and immediately come back to life in those vita chambers then you don't lose any progress but if you exit the game then the next time you restart, it can potentially push you back a long ways...even after updating/completing an objective the game doesn't always autosave...for a guy like me that likes to explore every nook and cranny this potentially could lead to replaying large sections...at least when attempting to exit the game it tells you the exact time of your last autosave so you can decide if it's worth it to lose your current progress
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Re: BioShock Infinite

Great score Zap. Anything over 40 is gravy. Thanks.

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48fps Ultra settings here @ 1920x1200.
Min drops to 19 in some areas and max is 110 in some areas.

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