2013's year of gaming is coming to a close and that means Neoseeker is deep in deliberation over its "Game of the Year" award. This month, each of Neoseeker's 10 nominees for Game of the Year will be profiled. Join in the discussion, speculate on the nominees, and subtly persuade us which game deserves such an honorable award.
Good luck finding a video game enthusiast who hasn't heard of BioShock, much less BioShock Infinite. Heck, the game is held in such high regard for its narrative that I wouldn't be surprised if any literature nut has taken a look at the game, too. BioShock Infinite is the latest project from Irrational Games, a developer known for long development cycles and pretty amazing products that further prove video games can be art.
BioShock Infinite leaves the deep sea in favor of the clouds, where the floating city of Columbia awaits. Like its undersea counterpart Rapture, Columbia is a dark paradise, which the player navigates and takes apart from the inside out as the broken veteran Booker. Booker and his sidekick Elizabeth were quick to become one of our favorite video game duos, the latter easily being the most compelling and talked-about character this year. Seriously, what's not to love about Infinite (and Elizabeth)?
The story of BioShock Infinite might not be the easiest to digest, and thinking about it too much could result in a headache. But we couldn't have asked for a more appropriate ending.
Why BioShock Infinite?
- Columbia - Once again, Irrational has constructed a beautiful imaginary world, so bright and sinister at the same time. With Rapture, we arrived after the great city had fallen, but Columbia is still a flourishing utopia when Booker steps foot upon its paved streets. The city itself is a mystery, and seems to breathe with life of its own, not just acting as a vessel for its residents. The hours we spend in Booker's shoes really don't feel adequate, either, for truly exploring everything Columbia has to offer.
- Elizabeth - Here is a young women kept away from the world. Dismissing her as a bright-eyed damsel is all too easy at first, but then you realize there's more to her than meets the eye. I'm not talking about a great personality or hidden powers -- though she has both those qualities. Rather, I'm referring to her character, and just how well-written she is compared to just about every other female to appear in a video game. Irrational makes us fall in love with Elizabeth, to such a degree that we want to protect her, up until we realize that she's probably better suited for saving the day. Hell, I can't wait to play as her in the next BioShock Infinite DLC.
- The Luteces - The Lutece twins are another major element of BioShock Infinite, and they are quite charming and mysterious in their own special way. Yes, "special" is the word. Practically products of their own deranged experiments, the twins act as guides to Booker as he makes his pilgrimage to the sky. Further along, we learn that they are, in fact, the catalyst (singular, because they may as well be one entity) that set every major event in motion, including the creation of Columbia, Elizabeth's existance, and Booker's trip to the floating city. Yes, they are incredibly important to the story, but more than that, they are such amazing characters, thanks to their otherworldly nature and peculiarness. Can we have a game that's just about them?
Safe to say, BioShock Infinite is a game like no other. Heck, even BioShock veterans were blown away by the whole experience, especially the conclusion. Everything about this game feels very deliberate, with no wasted moments or senseless dialogue. Simply put, Infinite and all its parts are nothing short of brilliant. Besides, who doesn't love watching their own hand melt into a murder of crows? THE WALLS ARE MELTING!
Neoseeker's Game of the Year 2013 Nominees
- Tomb Raider
- The Last of Us
- BioShock Infinite
- Gone Home
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Saints Row IV
- Path of Exile
- Papers, Please
- Metro: Last Light
Neoseeker's Game of the Year awards are decided by editors Lydia Sung and Rory Young. Follow them on Twitter at @RabidChinaGirl and @bluexy , or read their news, reviews and features every day here at Neoseeker.
Be sure to check out some top picks from our PC community as well.