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Shock the Body: The Evolution of BioShock Infinite

How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?

Irrational has honed their gameplay to new levels with each of their releases, from System Shock 2 to the upcoming BioShock Infinite. The defining elements of Irrational’s game design started off in a much more basic form with System Shock 2. When looking back at the success of that first game and its initially groundbreaking fighting mechanics, it becomes a little difficult to watch and replay today, considering how far Irrational games has come. However, the once simplistic mechanics from System Shock 2 has evolved into a refined railway shooter in BioShock Infinite. So let’s take a look at where Irrational has been as we look forward to where they are going.


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03/22/2013 at 08:13 PM

My only gripe about Bioshock was I blazed through it too quickly. However, the story telling and gameplay were both top notch! (Though I had no desire to play it through again just to be "evil".) I also enjoyed the sequel despite having the same qualms I had with the original.

I probably still consider System Shock 2 to be the better game even if it's not as pretty to look at.

Patrick Kijek Contributing Writer

03/24/2013 at 10:21 PM

You're most likely right about that. It was over pretty fast and there wasn't much replay value, but the story didn't lend it much to that replay either. They made me feel dirty, and I liked it. I just didn't like it in the 'I want to play it all the time' way. More in the, 'I will remember these moments and gameplay' forever kind of way.

Maybe Irrational just implanted those memories of crashing on a beach from an airplane in my head though. That would explain a lot.

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Angelo Grant Staff Writer

03/23/2013 at 10:34 AM

Just a little Backloggers PSA: After we finish Enslaved, we'll be playing System Shock 2, so if you were always curious about that game and want to play it, or don't want to play it and just want to listen to a few people spoil the snot out of it, keep a lookout for our coverage. You can pick it up on Good Old Games right now for a pretty reasonable price


03/23/2013 at 07:22 PM

This is the best news I've heard all morning (not that I've heard any other news this morning).

Still not sure how I feel about Infinite, though I don't doubt it will be good.


03/27/2013 at 07:42 PM

Just played Bioshock 2 recently for the first time (had it for a couple years now, but hadn't ever really had the desire to play it). I have to say, very underrated game imo. Quite enjoyable. Didn't bother to play the multiplayer (which is what I remembered most people talking about when it first came out). Campaign alone was a very suitable follow-up to the first Bioshock.

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