Not being the biggest bioshock fan i was instantly drawn into infinite's world from the very first trailer. A setting in the sky, traversing with skyhooks, going from building to building in a flying city, it was wonderous to think about and the developers didnt let me down.
The world of columbia is a stunning vista to look at, full of wonderful architecture drawn from the early 1900's and throughout the entire game it never lets up. However a world with nothing in it is pointless but columbia is bursting with life, bringing the city to life.
Its beliveable and thats something a lot of games miss, if you believe in the world youll enjoy exploring it and bioshock like the previous entries, has you scrounging around like a mouse at every corner. In practice all you are doing is pressing a button on everything and anything, but it works and works well.
But the best parts of the game, the story and elizabeth, the story is head scratching at times and the ending almost forces you to replay the game to see the things you miss, or you could spend hours reading up on it. The only story that i could think of that is remotely as confusing is killer 7s.
Elizabeth, not so much an AI, but shes the drive for the story, some what a narrator or co actor who happens to throw you stuff when you need it. She and booker develop brilliantly throughout the game and makes the experience far more pleasant.
I say this because the gameplay itself, yes its experimental with its vigors and shooting, but on several occasions it felt repetitive and dull. The inclusions of handymen, patriots, crow dudes and some freaky things towards the end i wont mention, all help the cause and offer some tactics in the combat, but the majority of the time your vigors and powerful weapons make a lot of enemies cannon fodder. Upgrading either only makes the combat easier.
While the world is fantastic, its confined and the game flows in such a way that you dont get to take a lot of it in. Having said that i enjoyed the flow of the game, it was relentless at times and i enjoyed the rollercoaster i was on.
In the end, bioshock will win you over with what you can hear, see, think and read, but its gameplay doesnt hold up to the hefty heights of its world or story.