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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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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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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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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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The Bioshock Infinite Ken Levine Interview

It's late at night after the unveiling of Bioshock Infinite by the time I sit down with Ken Levine to talk about the city of Columbia. What follows is a discussion which takes in how the themes of the game resonate between 1900 and today, how Irrational think they took the binary Little-sister choice as far as they were interested in already, dances elegantly around…

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Bioshock Infinite Posters. Also, Stuff.

While I'm finishing off the transcript of the Levine interview, I thought this may be of passing interest. At certain press events, you can find yourself given what I'll describe as gumpf. Having a house already brimming with literature, Skaven and literature about Skaven, I tend to give it to a passing tramp. However, noting that some of the actual repurpose Bioshock: Infinite propaganda posters…

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Irrational Anthem: Their New Game, Unveiled

It's rare as a games journalist that you find yourself sitting in a hall, knowing you're there for an announcement, without a single clue what the game actually is. You've always got theories. And – yeah – I had some, but none that I'd dignify with a word like “theory”. “Guesses” would be as far as I'd go. So when the trailer rolls, it's a…

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What’s In A Name? Irrational Returns

There's power in legacy. It's a power, a significance, this industry is only just old enough to offer. Which makes it peculiar that publishers so often seem determined to conceal it all with the incessant anonymisation of acquired studios. As Ubisoft, EA and 2K (among others) buy and rename studios, we're left with a collection of studios that presumably present well on a Power Point…

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