Warning, this preview contains spoilers for both BioShock and BioShock Infinite.
BioShock Infinite arrived in April 2013 and received an overwhelmingly positive reception. During this time, Irrational Games had announced that a Season Pass would be available but what exactly the Season Pass would include wasn’t revealed until very recently. At last, the main Season Pass DLC offering, a two part episodic return to Rapture, is almost upon us and I’m eagerly awaiting the opportunity to try it. This is the VGU.TV Preview for BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea.
One of the many surprise twists the end of BioShock Infinite threw at players was a brief return trip to the city of Rapture. During this moment, I remember vividly the wave of nostalgia that washed over me as well as a growing suspicion that the developers weren’t finished with the foreboding underwater city. When Burial at Sea was revealed, my suspicions were proven correct since the two part DLC will have players returning to the underwater utopia. However, this new visit to Rapture will be set during a different time period. The original BioShock was set during the 1960s, following the aftermath of the civil war in Rapture. Burial At Sea will actually take place *before* that civil war and, for the first time, allow players to explore Rapture before its fall into chaos.
“I am Andrew Ryan, and I’m here to ask you a question. Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? ‘No!’ says the man in Washington, ‘It belongs to the poor.’ ‘No!’ says the man in the Vatican, ‘It belongs to God.’ ‘No!’ says the man in Moscow, ‘It belongs to everyone.’ I rejected those answers; instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose… Rapture”.
Burial At Sea will star Infinite protagonist Booker Dewitt, only this time as a private investigator. He arrives in Rapture on the eve of 1959, at the request of a mysterious woman named Elizabeth. He is set with the task of investigating the disappearance of a young girl named Sally. The plot, while simple in premise, no doubt has a number of twists and reveals lurking in the shadows. But whether or not these twists will be able to capture the same sort of magic as the original Bioshock is something we’ll have to wait and discover for ourselves.
The opening for Burial at Sea will be similar to BioShock Infinite and BioShock i.e. allowing the player to walk and look around but little else. In fact, the entire first episode will feature no combat and will instead allow players to explore Rapture as they work to uncover the mystery behind Sally’s disappearance. The return to Rapture will also bring with it new yet familiar additions such as the re-introduction of EVE, audio logs and Plasmids. Much like in Infinite, Elizabeth will be at Booker’s side and will aid players with supplies and tips when necessary.
The BioShock series has a unique setting which has (and will continue to do so) enthralled people with its narrative. Graphically, I expect Rapture to look quite stunning, especially during its period of utopian magnificence. I’m really hoping for a core shift in gameplay which takes more after the original BioShock and is therefore a little harder than the original Infinite. I have some high expectation for this DLC and believe that it could deliver what fans have been waiting for.
The true innovations of Burial At Sea however will happen in the following month when episode 2, featuring a fully playable Elizabeth, is released. Little is known at this time how Elizabeth will function as a playable character, but players will have to adapt quickly as they venture down alongside Booker to a sunken section of Rapture and battle against a legion of familiar ADAM-addicted foes…
For more on the original Bioshock Infinite, you can find our official review here at VGU.TV.
BioShock Infinite’s: Burial at Sea is set for release on November 12th for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The DLC will be £9.99 ($15.99) whilst the Season Pass is £15.99 ($25.59). You can find more details here. Head back to VGU.TV for the full review once the DLC is released.