One thing first: this is my completely private opinion about Bioshock Infinite. It's not my intention to show the content of the game completely (spoilers are not or hardly to be feared ;)) or to give a rating, but only to describe my impressions.
Bioshock Infinite has a clearly different setting than its two predecessors: instead of under water, the action takes place in a city above the clouds, Columbia. This is where the protagonist arrives, whom you control as usual in the first-person perspective to find a girl and bring her to her clients. So much for the story - in the course of the game you get more background information about the story via sound recordings and videos. The gameplay allows different focuses: either you play Bioshock Infinite like a normal shooter (unfortunately you can only carry two weapons at the same time) or you use the "Vigors" more intensively, whereby it concerns in principle magic powers, which you can use in different ways (from fire, water over lightning there are altogether eight different ones). How you play it in the end is up to you (but without Vigors it will hardly be possible).
Technically based Bioshock Infinite on the Unreal Engine 3 and runs on a Core i7 920 @ 3.3 GHz together with a Geforce GTX 580, even with a high level of detail, smoothly with almost continuous 60 fps in Full HD resolution. The graphics are lovingly designed and offer various allusions to Rapture (the underwater city from the two predecessors) in the course of the game - it is generally coherent, but could do with sharper textures. Compared to Tomb Raider and Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite looks a bit "old-fashioned".
But technique is not the main reason to play Bioshock Infinite to the end (by the way, it took me 8.6 hours on "normal" difficulty level according to Steam): instead, it's really the well told story that at least captivated me on screen. For me - and many others - Bioshock Infinite is the best game 2013 yet.
Those who want to play Bioshock Infinite can order it from Amazon for PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The programme has been redesigned and is classified by the USK as approved for use by children aged 18 and over.
- Bioshock Infinite for PC (38.90 Euro at Amazon.de)
- Bioshock Infinite for Xbox 360 (47.10 Euro at Amazon.de)
- Bioshock Infinite for PS3 (46.99 Euro at Amazon.de)
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Impressions from the first sections of the game: