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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Video Game Preview - BioShock Inifinite DLC Detailed

If BioShock Infinite was your thing, you're in luck. Last week, Clash in the Clouds, the first bit of DLC was released. It wasn't a story oriented piece (those are coming later), instead you're getting what's basically an arena combat mode. It plays fairly similar to the Horde mode found in the Gears of War series - go up against wave after wave of enemies in four different arenas. While, the arenas are designed after areas from the single player of Infinite, they're freshly made with this game mode in mind.

The interesting (and the thing that has me the most intrigued) is the reward system. It was fairly easy to find something comfortable in the single player and stick with it, never really allowing yourself to experiment with the different combinations of vigors and weapons. In Clash in the Clouds, you're challenged to try new things to clear the ribbon challenges to unlock stuff in the Columbian Archeological Society, which gives you access to new Voxophones, Kinetoscopes, concept art, and more.

If you were less interested in the combat than you were the story, you can probably skip Clash in the Clouds and hold out for Burial at Sea. Burial at Sea takes Booker and Elizabeth down to Rapture, the setpiece for the first two BioShock games. This two part bit of DLC takes place prior to Rapture's fall, giving us our first look at Rapture in its glory days. How this will play out and fit in in the timeline is a bit unclear at the moment, but with the ending of BioShock Infinite hinting (more like hitting you in the face with the information) at the existence of alternate realities, the possibilities are nearly endless in how this ends up being handled.

Clash in the Clouds is available now for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC and sells for $4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points).

Burial at Sea is currently under development and has no release window.

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