Monday, July 11, 2011

Fifteen Minutes of BioShock Infinite

The E3 BioShock Infinite footage has been bouncing around the Internet recently. If you haven't seen it yet, you should really check it out here.

A few thoughts:
  • This looks amazing. Duh.
  • You play a character with personality and a voice, and you interact with people who are more than just voices on a radio. I think there's a lot to say for the "silent protagonist" approach, but I'm glad to see that BioShock is not going to that well again.
  • There are people! They may be messed up (hard to say), but it looks like Columbia has a functioning population. I loved BioShock, but it never felt like Rapture was populated by anything other than raving mutants that had to be shot on sight.
  • Columbia looks realistic, maybe too realistic. Seeing its size and weight makes me really question the idea that it's held in the air by balloons and propellers. Then again, the underwater skyscrapers of Rapture weren't any more realistic and it didn't affect my suspension of disbelief...

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