'Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode One'
Windows PC (PS3, Xbox 360)
ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 4.0 stars
Fans of the "Bioshock" series were surprised when the storyline emerged from the inky depths of the ocean and took to the skies. "Bioshock Infinite" is still a favorite among many gamers, but anyone longing to return to Rapture should definitely play the add-on titled "Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode One."
Set before the events of the first game, this add-on shows Rapture in all its glory, from pristine hallways to groups of Little Sisters before they start palling around with Big Daddies. It isn't nearly as dark as the utopia-gone-wrong city under the sea that fans are accustomed to. Players take on the role of Booker DeWitt before his ascension into the floating city known as Columbia.
This add-on offers much more fan service than compelling game play. At just over two hours long, the experience can be over quite quickly if players don't stop to savor interesting aspects like NPC conversations, colorful banners and inside information. It's also interesting to think about how badly everything goes wrong and how nearly everyone turns into the drug-crazed splicers that are eager to spill anyone's blood to obtain another fix.
One nice homage to the first two games is the reintroduction of the weapon wheel. It gives combat a recognizably old-school feel while still maintaining the fast pace introduced in "Bioshock Infinite." Also cool is the return of certain Plasmids, namely Posession, Shock Jockey, and Devil's Kiss, as well as a new one called Old Man Winter. This cool ability lets players freeze enemies, create ice traps and solidify rushing water to create bridges.
Although the content found in "Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode One" is a bit sparse, I can't wait to see what subsequent episodes will unveil!