BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Has Us Returning To The Golden Age Of Rapture

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BioShock Infinite is easily in my top five games of 2013, thus far. The intention was to create a new set of protagonists and drop you into one hell of a juxtaposition. The world of Columbia was one of wonder. I honestly don’t recall wanting to aimlessly wander around a game world since my time with Fallout 3. Infinite in all it’s wonder still left me a bit empty. All the things I had grown to love and expect from the BioShock series were absent. Prior to Infinite, the BioShock series had us exploring the sunken jewel of Andrew Ryan’s ambition – Rapture.

Rapture was teeming with prohibition era themed locales, genetically deformed splicers, deviant little sisters, and their hulking protectors – Big Daddy’s. After finishing up Infinite and setting upon the Season Pass DLC drawing board, Ken Levine must have been pining for a return to the sunken city, because Rapture is back in the first piece of story DLC BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea.

 

Burial at Sea will give us our first visual taste of pre-fall Rapture. I say visual, because the audio logs from the original BioShock and it’s predecessor did such a masterful job at painting a mental picture of what Rapture was like in it’s heyday. The team at Irrational didn’t want to arbitrarily throw their characters into a new setting, so they’ve cleverly utilized the “infinite” possibilities idea, and have also drawn from Booker’s sordid past to create a meaningful narrative. The game takes place in 1958, while Rapture is still fully functioning. Booker DeWitt is a private investigator and Elizabeth is an older, experienced, more confident form of herself. Burial at Sea will be delivered in two parts.

The first part of the DLC will be broken into two segments. The first will be a new format for the BioShock series. It will be devoid of combat. Exploring locales and investigating Andrew Ryan’s faithful followers living and working in Rapture will be the early focus.

The second part will return to form with combat. But a major change is in the cards, we’ll be controlling Elizabeth. Irrational assures that she’ll play and control very differently. This makes the Burial at Sea DLC immensely notable. We’re not gaining control of a previously AI dictated main character. The story continues to focus on Booker and Elizabeth, rather than focusing on the centerpiece Rapture will undoubtedly create.

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea part one releases later this year for $14.99 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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Dylan Zellmer

Dylan splits time between games journalism, designing video games, and playing them. Outside of his deep involvement in the games industry, he enjoys It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Shameless, A Song of Ice and Fire, fitness, and family.
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