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BioShock Infinite

7 years ago

Feature: BioShock: Infinite, changing dresses, awkwardness and Jaws

Ken Levine: The Conversation, Part One

Some interviews with prominent figures, as in Polygon's widely-circulated one with BioShock: Infinite lead designer Ken Levine, are held on top of skyscraping Californian hotels. While it's not something I've experienced myself, I can entirely appreciate why this often leads their eventual write-ups to be somewhat defined by awe, be it overt or subtle: a famous figure is encountered in a dramatic setting, the trappings…

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Feature: Like Tears in the rain

4 Hours With BioShock Infinite, Part 2: War In Heaven

I've talked a lot about the setting of BioShock: Infinite, but let's not lose sight of what the game really exists for. To (Booker De)whit, shooting people in the face and magicking them to death. (Actually I'm also going to talk a whole lot more about the setting too, because I can). The combat aspect of the game is broadly in keeping with BioShocks 1…

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Feature: You truly belong here with us among the clouds

4 Hours With BioShock Infinite, Part 1: Columbia

Earlier this week, I played around four hours of BioShock: Infinite, which is due for release next March. While this was at a publisher-held event (disclaimer - I ate some free salt and vinegar flavoured Hula Hoops and a small bowl of Moroccan tagine. Alas, I hate aubergine) and I was part of a gaggle of journalists, I was not guided or observed during my…

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8 years ago

No BioShock Infinite This Year, Not For You

Let's do this, okay: When a new game first announces a release date, let's just go ahead and ignore it. Wasn't it Einstein who said the very definition of insanity was filling a balloon with kittens and then severing off your own leg? So it is that BioShock: Infinite has declared it won't be with us this year at all. They're now looking at February…

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Necrofancy: BioShock Infinite’s Siren

I'd hate to have supernatural powers. What if there's a supernatural equivalent of a sneeze? You're driving along in your Crueltymobile, or whatever it is evil people do when they're not battling others, then: "Ahhh-Ahhh-AHHHH-CHOO" and all of a sudden every kitten in three blocks is now a giant, man-eating snarg. No, I'd rather remain mundane and in control of my surroundings, lest I suddenly…

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What A Scream: Bioshock Infinite’s Boys Of Silence

The Boys of Silence sound like an incredible New Romantic band so I was slightly disappointed to find that they're actually blind men with two gramophones soldered onto their heads. If ever a game needed less mechaniman monstrosities and more synth pop, Bioshock: Infinite is that game. With these cantankerous "walking cameras" that emit the shriek of a thousand sirens and Mr Tickle's dangerous yet…

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Wild Palms: Bioshock Infinite Footage Shows Handyman

Levine describes this latest "heavy hitter" character as "sort of a tragic figure." The video goes some way to explaining why: a heavily-scarred gentleman trapped in a giant, ape-like robotic suit, at the centre of which is what appears to be a heart in a glass case. Threatening, indeed, but you really wouldn't want to share his fate. There's a bit of footage, and even…

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Feature: The Future Of The Past

Mecha Patriots: All We Know About BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite is by far the game I'm most excited about this year. I'm torn between wanting to know everything, and wanting it to be a surprise, but that plan was somewhat undermined by being sent to New York to cover the reveal of the game. My attempts to wipe it from my brain by drinking lots of vodka and dancing with Kieron (we linked…

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BioShock Infinite Out Oct 16th US, 19th Internationally

In the RPS "When is BioShock Infinite Out?" sweepstakes, Jim Chose Oct 17th, John Oct 18th, Alec Oct 20th, Adam Oct 21st, and I swung in with September 19th 7019. It turns out none of us have particularly well-defined psychic powers, and I was WAY off: mark October 19th down on your calendar as "National BioShock Infinite release day". That sweet trailer from December is…

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Feature: "Maybe I have a weird fetish for tennis I never thought about…"

Levine On… Bias, Trust, SWAT & Tennis

Yesterday, we brought you Ken Levine's explanation of BioShock: Infinite's 1999 mode. The response was, perhaps inevitably, divided. Here's the second part of my chat with him, in which he anticipates that, as well as addressing the fact he can only offer a biased opinion of his game, the problem with out of context headlines, tennis in BioShock, why SWAT 4 would have been a…

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Feature: Why BioShock: Infinite is for you

You’re Going To Suffer: Levine On 1999 Mode

Late last week, Irrational announced 1999 mode for BioShock: Infinite - an attempt to recapture the sense of binding decisions, permanent consequences and hard-as-nails challenge that we perhaps associate with a lost era of gaming. In this first of a two-part interview, I nattered to avuncular Irrational bossman Ken Levine about why they came up with 1999 Mode, what it entails, why it's a very…

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Hardcore: BioShock Infinite Has ‘1999 Mode’

Irrational Games have just announced a new play mode that will be appearing in BioShock Infinite. Called 1999 Mode, it's aimed at appealing to those who think games have become too easy. Ken Levine explains, "We want to give our oldest and most committed fans an option to go back to our roots," adding that 1999 Mode means that you'll face more permanent consequences from…

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BioShock: Infinite – I Find It Kind Of Sad

Straight from the Gears of War / Mad World school of ironic juxtaposition-based maudlin marketing, this new vidotrail for BioShock: Infinite features EXPLOSIVE ACTION set against someone singing unhappily. It's quite affecting, I'll give it that, but I think we'll need someone to do the excruciatingly dedicated frame-by-frame analysis thing to identify exactly what new stuff we're seeing.

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Rational Discourse: Levine And Del Toro

Do you enjoy conversation between passionate individuals? If so, the recent Irrational Interview featuring Ken Levine and Guillermo Del Toro is a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend an hour of your day. The Mexican author/director is working on a horror game and the first part of this audio was posted on Halloween so I expected a focus on spooky happenings but the conversation is much…

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World In Progress: Bioshock Infinite

When a Bioshock Infinite video arrives in my lap, which is how I demand delivery of all gaming news, I do not expect it to feature actual human beings speaking at me. Ziplines and plummeting are gravely missing from this video. Although it does contain game footage, it's mainly Ken Levine talking about the world he's creating, which he sees as but one of the…

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Sky’s No Limit: BioShock Infinite At TGS

There will inevitably be an English language version of this video available four seconds after I post this, but I feel compelled to make everyone watch it right now. It’s a short BioShock: Infinite trailer from TGS and I find it hugely exciting. There’s some nattering at the beginning, in Japanese, but once that’s done with it’s all action in the universal language of “my…

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9 years ago

Bioshock Infinite: The Full E3 Demonstration

That's a fourteen minute look at what's going on in the flying city of Columbia, via GameTrailers. If yesterday's huge interview with Mr Levine was anything to go by, this is worth paying attention to. The "tears" stuff - where things are dragged through from another reality - are shown off here, and they're quite the thing. There's so much in here: combat, airships, the…

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Feature: Meta-booze And Reality Panic

Bioshock Infinite: Gillen vs Levine

Since abandoning sitting in my underpants writing games journalism for the glittering world of sitting in my glittery underpants writing comics, it takes a lot to get me out of bed. That said, it always took a lot to get me out of bed. I'm lazy. However, a chance to chat to Irrational's creative director Ken Levine about all things Bioshock Infinite counts as something…

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BioShock Infinite E3, The First Two Minutes

Irrational Games have posted the first two minutes of the Bioshock Infinite E3 presentation. The footage is introduced by the lovely Ken Levine and covers a brief rummage through an old curiosity shop chock full of adventuresome period banter between Booker and Elizabeth and also features some remarkably creepy sound design. Comrade Dan Griliopoulos previously reported on the demo which you can rejigger in your…

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Another World: BioShock Infinite vs Reality

Those of us who didn't spend the best part of a week legging it around a giant convention centre earlier this month could only swoon at the resulting tall tales of BioShock: Infinite's newly-announced reality-rift feature, known as Tears. Now we get our own crack in space-time to peer through, as Ken Levine talks about (and demonstrates) companion character Elizabeth's ability to introduce elements from…

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