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BioShock Infinite

5 years ago

Shock: Levine’s New Game Is Open Worldish Sci-Fiish RPG

Sometime BioShock boss Ken Levine has opened the first tears to his new development dimension. He effectively closed his long-time studio Irrational last year in favour of working on smaller-scale projects, but still within the protective fortress of 2K. At the time he talked about making narrative-led games with more replayability, and while last night's sudden flurry of updates is nothing like a reveal, he…

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Egold: Evolve. Also, PC Beta For L4D / Binfinite Owners

A game going gold isn't particularly big news in this age of early access, unless you're someone who worked on it, or you're one of those not-at-all-fatiguing people who just have to start singing Spandau Ballet whenever a certain precious metal is mentioned, but I keep meaning to say something about Evolve. Here's an excuse to: Evolve, the 4v1 team shooter from original Left 4…

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Feature: What's in the NPC box?

The Lives Of NPCs

While at a procedural generation shindig for ProcJam, roguelike developer Darren Grey answered a question about games which have characters who interact with one another and not the player. A member of the audience suggested Din's Curse and Depths of Peril. "I don't know how interesting that is - having things interacting with each other - especially if they're out of your sight. What does…

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Post-Irrational Decisions: 2K Founds New Super-Studio

OK, normally "human being accepts new job at large company" isn't our sort of news, unless it's a really big name. The creative lead on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed perhaps doesn't make it onto any auteur lists (though he has worked on enough other Star Wars games to fill a few Sandcrawlers), but Haden Blackman fetching up at 2K is fascinating because... well, what's…

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Feature: The Irrational Need For Closure

Bioshock Through The Looking Glass

The contemporary big-budget FPS has a few different strains: blood-n-guts military settings a la Call of Duty, open-world environments like Far Cry, and high-concept dystopias. Outside of open-world most of these styles were first codified in the 1990s, and FPS games then and now share an enormous amount: primarily a core mechanic of shooting many hundreds of enemies in the face over and over again,…

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Penny For Your BioShocks: The Humble 2K Bundle Is A Steal

Rarely do I effusively recommend a bundle made up entirely of games I already own, but it's kinda hard to argue with every BioShock, Spec Ops: The Line, Mafia II, The Darkness II, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown, among others. The Humble 2K Bundle does come with a slight catch (a flat rate of $20 if you want a couple of the more recent games), but…

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Time Loops And Tears In SS2 Mod System Shock Infinite

Which would win in a fight: System Shock 2 or BioShock Infinite? Oh these petty arguments and spewings of bile come round every so often thanks to the weird compulsion to rank and rate everything in the gameosphere. Let's be lovers, not fighters. What would happen if System Shock 2 and Binfinite loved each other very much and wanted to share that love with the…

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Rapturous: BioShock Not Dead, Will Continue At 2K Marin

With Irrational 20,000 leagues under and Ken Levine off doing his own, significantly smaller thing at 2K, you might think BioShock dead in the water. You would, however, be wrong. Following on from Levine's original comment that he was leaving the series in 2K's hands, Take-Two Big Daddy¬†Strauss Zelnick has confirmed at a recent analyst conference that the oft-divisive series will carry on and once-thought-dead…

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Sanitawesomium: STASIS Isn’t Standing Still

Sanitarium-inspired space-horror adventure game STASIS impressed me even before it had any money in the bank, but based on its most recent videos it appears to be spending its Kickstarter funbucks wisely. Specifically, on making its haunting environments all the more detailed, animated, lavish and sinister. More ichor, too. More ichor always helps in any game. Yes, even the My Little Pony ones. Don't try…

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6 years ago

Feature: Time is a flat circle

BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Ep 2 review

BioShock Infinite's DLC, BioShock Infinite and BioShock 1 concludes with this second, longer, stealthier half of last November's return to Rapture. It's out now. You'll hear no politics from me, though by God it's tempting to correlate Burial At Sea Part 2's status as a swansong for two BioShock universes with the recent, shock closure of Irrational. Whatever else there is to both tales, at…

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Party Like It’s 1998: BioShock Burial At Sea’s Thief-Like Mode

Irrational has (mostly) sunk beneath the gaming industry's ever-turbulent waves, but its spirit lives on. And by that, I mean the rather tumultuous work environment gave birth to one last piece of DLC before massive (and by many accounts, inevitable) layoffs struck. BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Episode One was a mixed bag, but Episode Two has a shot at going out on a high…

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Ken Levine “Winding Down Irrational Games”, Lays Off Staff

In a post on the Irrational Games website titled "A Message From Ken Levine", the BioShock creator announced that he's "winding down" Irrational Games. What does that mean? All but a core team of fifteen developers are being laid off, so that the remaining few can focus on new ideas, "a long period of design", and the idea of "replayable narrative". This is a surprise.

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Three Minutes Of BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Episode 2

The first part of Burial At Sea, BioShock Infinite's Rapture-bound DLC, met a mixed reception. Alec loved its pre-fall beauty and felt frustrated by its inevitable, violent turn and quick end. Which I suppose means there's plenty of reason to feel excited by the arrival of part two. Irrational want to whet your appetite for wetness with a three-minute video, but be warned: it assumes…

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No, Says The Man In Hollywood: Axed BioShock Movie Art

BioShock could have made a wonderful movie. But realistically it would never been a wonderful movie, even if plans for a Gore Verbinski-helmed adaptation of the Irrational's opus hadn't been abandoned. It could only have been an overload of CGI that sacrificed depth and tone for a visual onslaught. I'm sure of that, and I'm glad the movie didn't happen. But the real reason it…

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Feature: She's there watching for me

Bioshock Infinite: Burial At Sea Episode 1 review

Please note that while this piece contains no overt plot spoilers for any BioShock game, it does feature some allusions to their major events and does presume at least some familiarity with them. "The problem with utopia is it's still full of people." A fair sentiment indeed, but is it truly spoken by a dispossessed citizen of the fast-failing undersea brains trust that is Rapture,…

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Everybody’s Going To Rapture (The Bioshock One) In Nov

Oh look, here's a release date for the first BioShock Infinite story DLC, Burial At Sea. This, you may recall, recasts Infinite's protagonists Booker and Elizabeth in the undersea social experiment that is Rapture, and thus entails both a brand new story beneath the waves and a chance to catch up with old chums such as Big Daddy and his syringe-loving chums. Irrational have been…

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Bioshock Noir: Burial At Sea’s Opening Scenes

Bioshock has that one part, the stunning moment that locks the game in the memory forever. I'm talking, of course, about the opening plane crash and the first view of the lighthouse. The descent into Rapture, like the ascent into Columbia, employed tidy, efficient techniques to build a world that was eerie, allusive and oddly attractive. Alec wrote an entire post about that first sight…

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Rapture Captured: Bioshock Infinite – Burial At Sea

The Modern Day Icarus videos that heralded the arrival of Bioshock Infinite were thoroughly enjoyable as far as marketing nonsense goes. Faux documentaries that showed glimpses of the city in the sky, its populace and artefacts, they were entertainingly odd and managed to win my approval despite showing nary a glimpse of the game itself. As the Burial At Sea DLC approaches - and with…

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BioShock: Infinite DLC Out Today, Rapture Campaign Soon

So, as guessed by people paying attention to Ken Levine last night, there's to be BioShock: Infinite DLC. What a surprise. What's more of a surprise is that one bit is out today. That is Clash In The Clouds, and is a bunch of challenges. Below you've got a trailer for that, and a teaser for something called Burial At Sea, which will be a…

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2K Marin’s Jordan ‘The Cradle’ Thomas Goes Indie

He might not have quite the profile of a Levine or Smith, but as a lead designer on Thief 3, particularly of The Cradle level, not to mention the similarly nerve-torturing Fort Frolic map in BioShock, Jordan Thomas is a name just as worth knowing. While being granted more overreaching control of a project resulted in 2K Marin's smart, improved but too safe sequel BioShock…

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