THE BIOSHOCK series has taken consumers to an underwater city and now BioShock Inifinite will take the series in the opposite direction, to the flying city of Columbia.
Taking place in 1912, players’s are Booker DeWitt, a war veteran who has found himself in debt to the kind of people it’s not wise to be indebted to.
DeWitt is given a chance to rid himself of the debts in exchange for rescuing a girl called Elizabeth from the flying city of Columbia where she has been imprisoned since childhood.
Players will have to use Booker’s own set of skills alongside Elizabeth’s world-changing powers to launch a daring escape from the flying city.
Collecting ‘vigors’ will give gamers the chance to embrace Telekinesis, electricity manipulation and even,
in a Dr. Xavier meers Dr. Dolittle move, gift players the ability to control animals.
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If being a flying city wasn’t enough, Columbia also has Sky-Lines of roller coasters that allow players to whizz through the landscape causing destruction as they go.
And when the weapons lying around just aren’t cutting the proverbial mustard, consumers can open tears in time and space to pull weapons and items from other periods in history.
Retro gaming fans can enjoy a special treat upon completing the game with the unlockable 1999 Mode. This feature gives players a unique taste of what gaming was like way back in the dark ages of the 20th Century.
Rather than let players to relive the excitement of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace or bop the rhythms of Livin’ la Vida Loca, 1999 mode forces players to to try difficult weapon, power and health management.
Any changes or upgrades applied will be permanent and players will see their game ended if they die without the required resource to be resurrected. It seems, at least for gamers, that 1999 was a tougher time.
Having nabbed 75 editorial awards back at E3 2011 and with two critically acclaimed titles already behind it, 2K will hope that Infinite finds a level of success as high as its city in the sky.
Consumers wanting more than just the game can invest in the Premium Edition of the title. This includes The Art of BioShock book, a Handyman board game figure, a lithograph print and a Murder of Crows keychain. The set also includes a digital soundtrack and themed XBLA Avatar costumes.
Exclusively at GAME is the Songbird edition of BioShock Infinite. This pack includes everything in the Premium Edition, plus a Songbird statue.
Fans that pre-order can look forward to owning a free download copy of BioShock on PC or PS3 or access to online BioShock puzzle game Industrial Revolution.