BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Pt. 2 Review
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Before I begin, let me apologize. I know this review is coming really late and I’m sorry. Personal life problems have been permitting me from being active on my site. But that’s going to change and everything will go back to normal! So without further whatever…MY REVIEW!
If ya’ll remembered from my review of Part 1, I described how you once again play as Booker DeWitt. Well…not this time around. So before I go into details…
Here’s the deal: Booker dies at the end of the first episode due to a plan Elizabeth concocted. At first, Elizabeth basks in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. However, she unexpectedly spots Sally(The non-Little Sister from Episode 1 that you “hired” Booker to look for)and gives chase. As she pursues her, Elizabeth’s idealized vision of the French city turns nightmarish. Her memories of Columbia, Comstock, and Sally continue to haunt her.
Elizabeth wakes up in the Toys section of Fontaine’s Housewares Department shortly after the events of Episode One. Atlas and his men search the corpse of Comstock for valuables. Before they can shoot Elizabeth and do the same to her(Atlas is a prick, by the way.), a vision of Booker DeWitt appears and coaches her to claim she can help Atlas escape the sunken department store. She gives Atlas information about Dr. Yi Suchong and convinces him that she is his assistant and thus more valuable alive than dead, and promises freedom in exchange for returning Sally. Left alone, Elizabeth begins to explore the store and finds her own dead body amongst some rubble. She realizes that her former self was killed by the same Big Daddy that impaled Booker/Comstock; and as a result, her quantum-superposition collapsed into one last Elizabeth, mortal, without omniscience or the ability to open Tears, and is cut off from the Elizabeths of the alternative universes. So she’s essentially depowered and practically defenseless.
Now before you get all up in a tizzy, Liz isn’t totally fucked. She uses some of the weapons that were available to Booker in Episode 1(Minus the Tommy Gun and Carbine), as well as being able to utilize the use of Plasmids. However because Liz is physically smaller than Booker, she can’t outright melee Splicers to death with the Air Grabber. Instead, she is forced to get the drop on them and smack the shit out of them from behind. The other challenging aspect to this episode is that Liz CANNOT equip gear or have the “overshield” that was previously accessible to Booker in Episode 1. So, stealth gameplay is of the utmost importance this time around and I cannot stress this enough! Seriously, I tried to “run and gun” on several occasions and found myself on the receiving end of an ass-whooping by either a gun or a drill(Yes, the Big Daddy that killed you is still wondering around and quite hostile.). But hey, don’t let me dictate how you play. See for yourself!
Without spoiling anymore stuff, I will tell you that this DLC does reference the first BioShock a lot. Even going so far to play the “Foreshadowing Card” more times than I can count. In fact, the ending of the episode shocked the absolute hell out of me, and that’s incredibly hard to do(Unless it was the episode “The Grove” from The Walking Dead. Holy shit.)! What I CAN tell you, however, is that during the course of the game you do go back to Columbia. Why you go back is…well, it’s another MAJOR plot spoiler. So believe me when I say it, this review was incredibly difficult to write because I don’t want to ruin the DLC for those who haven’t played it yet!
In closing, this DLC was masterfully done! I thoroughly enjoyed it much more than Episode 1, especially the story. It’s far more challenging than the main game, more entertaining and just generally awesome! With Ken Levine’s departure from Irrational Games, it saddens me as the BioShock franchise is left up to 2K Game’s decision. Hopefully, they’ll continue the franchise but without Levine’s direction. However one question remains regarding the direction of the franchise: Where would it go?
9.0 out of 10
Until next episode…