BioShock Infinite Mobile Game Review

By Ben Hamill - October 23 2014
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BioShock is a first person shooter game developed by 2K Boston and published by2K Game. The game was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox platforms in 2007. The game is set in 1960, and the player guides the protagonist, Jack, after his airplane crashes in the ocean that leads to the underwater city ofRapture. Jack tries to find a way to escape this city by fighting his way through hordes of enemies who have been granted superhuman powers.

The game concept was developed by Ken Levine and was based on the ideas of authors Ayn Rand and George Orwell. The game received much acclaim for its engrossing and morally sound storyline. Since its release, there have been a number of sequels including the BioShock Infinite and more recently the BioShock Infinite mobile game that can be enjoyed from a mobile device.

The Ultimate BioShock Infinite Mobile Game Review

BioShock Infinite was developed by Irrational Games and released in 2013. Although it shares the name and many similar concepts with BioShock, it is not a sequel or prequel to the story, instead the game takes place aboard the collapsing air-city of Columbia in the year 1912. The player follows agent Booker DeWitt as he tries to rescue a woman named Elizabeth from the dystopia it has become. BioShock Infinite involves the possibilities of multiple universes and one scene during the game take place at the lighthouse and the bathysphere terminus of Rapture as part of this exploration.

The Game:

BioShock Infinite dares to explore themes such as, how far can a freedom fighter be pushed before virtue and righteousness are replaced by a lust for vengeance? What does a privileged society do when the foundation of its prosperity is shaken?The game portrays how the seemingly smallest of decisions can forever alter our realities, and our hearts.

The game starts with a lighthouse. As former private investigator Booker DeWitt, you enter this lighthouse knowing that you have been hired to retrieve “the girl” (Elizabeth)but who this girl is, and who hired Booker, remain a mystery, if not to Booker, then at least to you. At the top of that lighthouse is a chair, and once strapped into it, Booker is fired into the stratosphere, toward the city in the sky called Columbia.

Columbia is a tremendous place to be, it embodies the all-American dream-turned-nightmare crossed with steampunk sensibilities. Nationalist propaganda is mixed in with airships and mechanical combatants. The leader of this city is Father Comstock, a self-proclaimed prophet whose likeness and influence pervades the game.

You eventually find the supernaturally talented Elizabeth, locked in a floating tower and protected by a monstrous clockwork creature called Songbird. You go on the run with Elizabeth alternately exploring Columbia and getting pulled deeper inside.

The game explores the way religious and racial extremism inform our culture and change lives. It isn’t afraid to depict a less-than-holy trinity diseased by power, deception, and manipulation.

The Mobile Game:

BioShock Infinite is available in both a 2D and a 3D version for mobile devices.

The gameplay on the mobile version is much the same as it is in the original version of BioShock Infinite. Players are able to explore the game, loot items and battle. The same weapons are also present in the mobile games. Players are able to have one slave slots at a time as well as an autosave. If the player will receive a call whilst he is in the middle of a game, the game will pause automatically.

Disadvantages:

The mobile game is only about 1/3rd of the length of the PC game. Only the first 4 levels of the game are featured.

There are only five weapons including the wrench, pistol and shotgun available in the mobile version.

Many players have expressed frustration with the touchscreen controls of the game as it does not give the player the same level of precision as the original video game.

Despite some negative critique aimed at the game, the option of playing BioShock Infinite from a mobile device allows the player the option of taking this exciting game on the road. The sophisticated mobile devices that most of us use today allow the game to be presented beautifully on the device with exquisite visual and sound effects.

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