You can unlock the Bioshock Infinite’s ultra hard 1999 Mode with the Konami Code

25 Mar

bioshock infinite 1999 mode

Yep, you heard it right, you can unlock the uber fucking hard 1999 Mode of Bioshock Infinite by simply using the good ol’ Konami Code.

What is the 1999 Mode? Here’s Ken Levine (you know, the guy who — let’s say — made the game) talking about it:

“The 1999 mode — I want to be clear — it’s not like an entirely new game where you buy the game and get two games in one.  It is a version of the game.  Think about when you play Monopoly with different house rules.  It’s sort of like that.  You can set a bunch of different rules and the rules make it much more difficult and a much more unforgiving game. We call it the 1999 mode because our first game came out in 1999, System Shock, and it was a tough, tough game. We wanted old school fans to have a sense of the game that was pretty unforgiving, as BioShock 1 was not particularly unforgiving. I designed it to get through it. We really wanted to give gamers that kind of challenge who wanted it, but it’s tough stuff.  It’s like the hot sauce on the table, use it with care.”

In 1999 mode the player picks a specialization and sticks with it, and his actions will be ruled by that choice until the end of the game. Ammo will be hard to come by. Every small bar of health will be precious, and if you die you’d better have the resources needed to revive, or it’s GAME OVER. So basically, for hardcore gamers, 1999 mode could be the best thing that’s ever happened. And for the non-hardcore gamers? Levine said:

“They’re gonna hate this mode. That’s okay — it’s not for them.”

The funny thing about all this is that Levine himself, last year said that the 1999 Mode wouldn’t unlock with some sort of Konami Code-like…

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