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Bioshock Infinite Will Have The Best Story Of The Year

I'm taking bets on this one.

I'm always on the lookout for a fantastic story and this year, I have every confidence that Bioshock Infinite will deliver an excellent plot and interesting characters. It might be about as well written as one can expect from the video game industry today (don't misinterpret that).

There should be some stiff competition, as I've always said the storylines in Grand Theft Auto are underrated, so GTAV is a definite contender. Then there's Mass Effect 3, which is bound to have a fantastic story, but based on what I've read, I get this feeling that hardcore fans of the franchise might be split on the end result... Hard to say. Perhaps the wild card is Naughty Dog's The Last Of Us, which could feature an incredible story, but we're not even sure it'll launch in 2012. Max Payne 3 is another possibility.

The bottom line, however, is that Bioshock has always boasted amazing, memorable stories. In some ways, I put them on the same level as Metal Gear Solid, because they're just so damn engrossing. Bioshock doesn't focus as much on non-interactive cut-scenes, but the games consistently make you aware of the plot with beautiful pacing, excellent voice performances, and an atmosphere that is second-to-none. I see all of that - and more - in Bioshock Infinite, which is why I'm so freakin' excited for that game. Fans of the franchise are on my side, right?

And by the way, anybody who calls it "just another shooter" gets swatted upside the head.

P.S. At one time in this industry's history, any Final Fantasy would automatically be in the running for story of the year. But as much as I love FFXIII-2...well, no.

Related Game(s): Bioshock Infinite

Tags: bioshock infinite, irrational games, bioshock sequel

2/2/2012 9:01:05 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (25 posts)

maxpontiac
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 10:22:42 PM
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When it comes to who has a better storyline out of Mass Effect 3 or Bioshock Infinite, it really doesn't matter.

I get to experience both, so I along with gamers everywhere win.

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PAKINIPS
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 1:46:24 PM

Both used to be Xbox exclusive.
Microsoft missed out

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BigBoss4ever
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 10:28:43 PM
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still struggling with any FPS or any games played in First Person view and it will never end... so still...no.

I gave credit for the environment and story design tho...but nothing more.



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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 11:07:49 PM

Missin' out, dude.

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matt99
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 2:42:53 AM

Yeah when you cut yourself out of an entire genre you really miss out.

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Killa Tequilla
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 4:04:45 AM

1st person honestly has nothing to do with anything. What is wrong with 1st person? Elaborate.

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Beamboom
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 5:37:07 AM

I guess maybe he gets motion sickness or something? I got a friend who very easily get that when playing fps.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 10:17:59 AM

I've heard of that. For some reason, I think girls have a tendency to get motion sick when watching FPS for the first time. That's not a sexist comment; it's just based on personal experience.

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 1:09:02 PM

I don't understand the thumbs down, not everybody is perfect and it's so personal when it comes to a particular person.

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BigBoss4ever
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 11:32:59 PM

yea, i feel diziness when playing anything in first person view, especially on 50" big tv, smaller monitor is better.

second, I don't like the feeling of first person when gaming, I feel very limited control of myself in first person and feel slow and clumsy...

I got all your points, but I just can't get into FP games, I tried and struggled very hard, but sorry, no...

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JohnD_FtWorth
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 11:36:42 AM

I can relate...I've enjoyed a few FPS, but never really got comfortable with them. It's always felt like you have blinders on. Not being able to rely on peripheral vision has kept me from ever getting truly engrossed in the games.

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Deano34249
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 10:43:25 PM
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I heard that the original bioshock will be included on the infinite disk for the ps3 just like the original assassins creed with revelations, is that true?

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PSTan
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 10:50:04 PM

Yes

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Nlayer
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 10:52:44 PM
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I believe Mass Effect 3 might take the win this year. But, I really don't know for sure without playing anything. What I do know is that there will be plenty of awesome games to be played!

Also, I broke down and pre-ordered a first-edition Vita. Can't wait to see if there'll be some excellent story-driven games on that device too! :D

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Qubex
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 1:53:04 AM

Just have to see how ME3 turns out! From what I read about it, the 3rd installment sounds awesome!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Milonakis
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 11:06:34 PM
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I think this will have the best story for sure, they are just so creative with their writing. Unless the last of us gets in this year, then it's a toss up. I think the GOTY is gonna go to twisted metal though. I hate the GTA story lines

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bigrailer19
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 1:03:27 AM
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Yea i don't know. I think it'll have a good story though, so we don't need to worry about that. Before I go on Bioshock absolutely is NOT just another shooter! I actually enjoyed the story in 2 much more, it was easier to follow also. Cool atmospheres, and great gameplay with good stories is how I feel. You get an idea of the story by just playing through, but to really get deep into the backstory of the game and rapture you have to collect those audio files and I've never been a fan of games that mask the story with a side mission of finding audio files, intel, etc. To get further knowledge and really grasp the idea behind it. That's just me though and although I'm complaining about it I collected as many audio files as I could.

Anyways great games regardless some of my favorites, so I'm really looking forward to Bioshock: Infinite! But I think there's going to e some games with stellar stories this year and you mentioned most all of then Ben.



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matt99
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 2:44:23 AM
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This is possible...if The Last of Us doesnt launch this year

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___________
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 3:12:30 AM
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i dunno, theres allot of stiff competition out this year.
especially story wise, i mean AC has always had a awesome story and AC3 is the ending to a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG dragging series!
then theres ME3 same thing there, then theres tomb raider which looks freaking awesome!
MP3 i doubt, looks good, but story wise im expecting it to be pretty meh.

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Beamboom
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 3:15:47 AM
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Im probably the biggest Mass Effect fanatic around here but objectively speaking I might agree - at least Infinite is a worthy contender.
One important factor is that Infinite is a *new* story. That gives them freedom to make an amazing story with no constraints.

With Mass Effect most of us all had a slightly different experience than other players in regards to the choices you made, who you favoured of the companions, who survived in earlier games etc.
All those variations puts a huuuuge pressure on BioWare on making a good game for *all* those different player experiences. When you think about it, it's pretty damn madness to make such a game continue over three instalments.

Infinite, on the other hand is not only a new set of characters but a completely different world. Everything is new! That makes it easier in many ways. Plus, based on the first game we just KNOW it will be good.

Infinite is up there with ME3 on my most anticipated list for 2012, with GTA5 on a good second place. Those three alone makes this year stellar already. Everything else is a bonus.


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Killa Tequilla
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 4:02:17 AM
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There are people who would love to have a console and experience a videogame. I don't care how great of a story Infinite is, im just glad that I will get to play it.

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Lotusflow3r
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 10:11:45 AM
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Always subjective, but i think in terms of complexity, AC3 is going to take that. AC has one of the most researched worlds and stories i have ever seen in a game. Now, i'm not saying the best, that's subjective, but most detailed, absolutely.

Personally, AC is up there with the best and AC: Revelations took incredible emotional turns and *SPOILERS* Altier's and Ezio's send offs were incredibly emotional and poetically done, especially Ezio's....And that is just the characters. Then you have all kinds of amazingly intelligent plot events going off like that of the ancient civilisation that got wiped out by a solar flare, a completely plausible idea in actuality.

However, AC has a problem of pacing and presentation. If those can be improved, it would beat almost anything.

Other mentions this year include The Last Guardian (if it arrives) that'll surely own any story out there.

Journey. Flowers was geniusly poetic.

Ni No Kuni. Ghibli produce plots that sit among the best of all time almost every time they release a film. If Ghibli is no exception here, then, again, no competition. Whilst i believe it will be (accounts by critics and players seem to indicate so), how a Ghibli plot will be translated to game remains to be seen. I believe it may dilute the impact of the plot and make it fall short of others, but definitely have the best storyline of any RPG this gen.

Catherine (Europe). Having completed it already, it is easily in the running. A highly intelligent, artistic and symbolic plot. The dubbing isn't too bad either. However, with it being kind of being an arthouse plot, it makes it very subjective.

GTA5. As already said.

Bioshock. They are fantastic at creating a world. And that is incredibly important when you make a film or game. You have to live and breath the world you create. Even if it was entirely set in one room, you have to think about the world outside all the same and create all it's unique details for us to see or feel. It is crucial to absorbing the viewer into your world.
I think Levine fulfils a lot of this with his games and proceeds to create a deeper storyline filled with symbolic gestures, on-point current world issue mentions, great pacing, great music and characters. However, it's an acquired taste and what kind of detaches me from the game is the hollywood esq set pieces and action. It almost reminds me of the awful Tim Burton at times.

Yakuza 5? In japan at least. This one's a given.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 10:30:05 AM
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You know, I see people mentioning Assassin's Creed III and while I'm a HUGE fan of that franchise, I have to say...I never really played those games for the story. The stories were good and everything, and I loved the characters and voice performances, but I play AC for the gameplay experience.

In fact, in Brotherhood, sometimes I felt the story got in the way more often. But I have all the hope in the world that ACIII will have an awesome plot.

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Teddie9
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 7:05:41 PM
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It's shaping up that way. I loved Bioshock one and two, so I can't see their most ambitious work on the series disappoint me. Anyways Elizabeth is already so likeable.

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eLLeJuss
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 7:42:55 PM
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ohhh im looking forward to this game more and more and more!!

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