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Bioshock Infinite gets two new DLCs

1 Aug

bioshock infinite dlc rapture

Irrational Games and 2K have finally announced the first two DLCs for their masterpiece Bioshock Infinite! But don’t worry folk, our friend Ken Levine said that those add-ons are proper extra content, not stuff that’s already on the disc and not a bunch of ideas that were set aside for later use by corporate decision-making. Let’s see what we get!

bioshock infinite clash in the clouds

The first one (already available to download) is called Clash in the Clouds, and it’s about fighting against 15 hordes of enemies, including online leaderboards and new achievements. Here’s the trailer!

Sounds really cool and fun to play, let’s see! Ready for the next one (the big one)?

bioshock infinite burial at sea

The second one, that will be available soon, is called Burial at Sea, and it features the two main characters of Infinite set in the icon (and well known by fan) underwater city of Rapture! Ah…Elizabeth will be a playable character in this DLC, and honestly we can’t wait! Here’s the trailer!

Yep, Elizabeth looks pretty badass!

Player offended by the forced baptism of Bioshock Infinite gets refund

19 Apr

bioshock infinite baptism

Seems like not everyone is enjoying Bioshock Infinite. This is the case of Breen Malmberg, gamer and devoted Christian.

The problem is the forced baptism that occurs in the very first section of the Irrational Games’ masterpiece, when the players are almost drowned to accept Columbia’s religion. Malmberg said that basically the game was forcing him to choose between committing an extreme blasphemy (taking another religion’s baptism) and quitting the game, as there’s no way to skip the section. So he decided to quit and to send a detailed mail to Valve (from where he bought the game through Steam) stating his reasons and asking for a full refund. Here’s the letter:

“I wish to return/exchange this game (Bioshock Infinite) for steam credit or refund on the grounds that I cannot play it.

I cannot play it because at the very beginning of the game there is a section of the game that is so offensive to my religious beliefs that I cannot proceed with it any further. I did not know this section of the game was there and had no way of knowing it was there before-hand as it was not shown in any trailers, previews, screenshots or other marketing material.

The player is forced to make a choice which amounts to extreme blasphemy in my religion (Christianity) in order to proceed any further – and am therefor forced (in good conscience) to quit playing and not able to experience approx. 99% of the content in the game.

There is no option to turn this particular content off or to bypass or skip it in any way. In Modern Warfare 2, they at least allowed you to skip a particularly offensive level. This is the same sort of thing for me, but there is no way to skip it in this case.

Please issue a full refund or store credit in the amount of the price of the game (Bioshock Infinite) as I had no idea that I would not be able to play this game before I bought it.

If you need further convincing, I will use the analogy that if you were a muslem, it would be like forcing the player into an in-game action of “press x to spit on the face of allah” in order to proceed any further with the game and with no choice or way around doing so.

I apologize for the potentially misleading choice of category for this request, but you do not have a category I can choose that accurately fits my needs.

Thank you”

According to the player himself, he has been fully refunded by Valve.

We can (kinda) understand his point of view, but we also think that video games are fictional media, and this is a bit exaggerated.

Shakespeare on Bioshock Infinite

13 Apr

Possession is one of the most useful vigors in Bioshock Infinite and one of the most evocative as you get it for the first time. In fact it shows up as a beautiful ghost woman seducing whoever you use it against, with a strange melodic sound you couldn’t really understand… until now.
The guys at EveryClickCounts discovered that if you play the sound backwards the woman is saying these exact words:

“Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-browed night,

Give me my Romeo. And when I shall die,

Take him and cut him out in little stars,

And he will make the face of heaven so fine

That all the world will be in love with night

And pay no worship to the garish sun.”

Another great Loading Soho event!

29 Mar

loading soho bioshock infinite

A couple of days ago we told you about the new Loading Soho event, with the partecipation of 2k Games UK, let’s say a sort of Bioshock Infinite edition!

Well, we’ve been there today to check the situation and possibly to get some free drinks and free stuff (by the way…mission complete!)

As usual the atmosphere was great and we really suggest you to jump in before it finish, you got time till Monday 1st! But for now, here’s some pics.

We loved this window while we queued

We loved this window while we queued

All the Bioshock Infinite swag waiting for us!

All the Bioshock Infinite swag waiting for us!

mmmm free drink!

mmmm free drink!

Devil's Kiss & Possession...our new favourite drinks

Devil’s Kiss & Possession…our new favourite drinks

loading soho bioshock infinite

loading soho bioshock infinite

Columbia calls you!

Columbia calls you!

loading soho bioshock infinite

So...what's inside those bags?

So…what’s inside those bags?

All our treasures! Thanks Loading Soho and 2K Games!

All our treasures! Thanks Loading Soho and 2K Games!

Loading Soho will be back with some Bioshock Infinite frenzy

27 Mar

loading soho gaming bar pub cafe london event

Good news folks! Do you remember our report about Loading Soho, the gaming pub event in London? Did you miss it? No problem, because they’re having another Loading London gaming event and it’s this weekend! And this time will be even more awesome thanks to a 2K Games collaboration! Read the official disclaimer:

In conjunction with 2k games, we bring you our second big event, combining the same venue, atmosphere and good times with the awesome Bioshock infinite.

Yesterday we revealed our new Bioshock cocktails, lovingly crafted for 2K, which had until now been held captive under the watchful gaze of the Embargo Bird.

We decided that offering up these drinks pictures was nice, but we could do MUCH BETTER. We have launched plenty of tie in drinks but never made it easy for you to come and try them in person.

If only there was a way we could do what we did last week with our first Loading Soho party but make it on a weekend and go one (of a few) better…

So rather than one pop up night, Loading Soho in MADD is launching the first of our “open beta testing” events for not one, but four days.

We will be offering up Bioshock Infinite to play on 5 swanky new 32″ screens with the original Bioshock playable for anyone who wants to experience the game that started it all.

We’re not just stopping at that, the heroes at 2K have decided to support us, so the first 50 attending on Friday night from 5pm will receive:

1x ‘Vigor’ cocktail/our non-alcoholic equivalent
1x Song bird poster
1x Lanyard
1x FREE TSHIRT!

But 2K didn’t stop there, everyone that buys a drink gets a ticket to enter the prize draw to win one of the following:

1 Xbox Collector’s Edition (Ultimate Songbird Edition)

1 PS3 Premium Edition

1 PC Premium Edition

1 Xbox Premium Edition

2 Skyhook replicas

2 Elizabeth figurines

2 Boys of Silence figurines

If you don’t already follow @2KUKPR give them a follow/send them a tweet and say how amazing they are for helping make Loading Soho happen full time!

See you there! Join us from Friday @ 5pm until Monday @ 11pm

Free Entry, drinks at normal prices. (ID required for any drink redemption)

Tweet @2KUKPR account some Loading love and hashtag #loadingsoho for the chance to win extra free cocktails and coffee from Loading for the rest of the 3 days.

bioshock drink

So, it sounds pretty awesome! Here’s the Facebook event and…see you there!

Unboxing | Bioshock Infinite Ultimate Songbird Edition | PC

27 Mar

songbird

So finally Bioshock Infinite is out! We waited so long for this moment and eventually we got it! We also got the super uber cool Ultimate Songbird Edition for PC, so we decided to unbox it for your pleasure (or envy). Enjoy the video!

And yes…we’re based in London, so we feed our Songbird with tea and biscuits…problems?

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…

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A

New trailer for Bioshock Infinite (yep, another one)

14 Mar

After the first trailer about Columbia: The City In The Sky, after the second one that revealed a bit of the story and the news that the game has gone gold, and after the big BAFTA event with Ken Levine, today Irrational Games has released a new trailer, yes another one.

This time is called “False Shepherd” and you better be prepared for some action (finally!). Enjoy, and remember that Bioshock Infinite will hit the stores on March 26th.

Ken Levine guest of BAFTA for Bioshock Infinite Q&A

12 Mar

ken levine bafta

Last night BAFTA Games were joined by Ken Levine, creative director and co-founder of Irrational Games, at The Princess Anne Theatre in Piccadilly for a very interesting Bioshock Q&A session.

Levine talked about storytelling, character development, taking risks in games and many other game-related (and Bioshock-related) stuff.

In the first half of the evening, Levine gave a presentation outlining his  main aims for BioShock Infinite. He talked about the importance of “emotionally connecting gamers with the characters”, something he sees as a hallmark of the BioShock series. Levine then showed the complex process of creating the range of emotions for the AI of Elizabeth; from the voiceover to the motion-captures.

In the second part, Simon Parkin (from The Guardian) interviewed Levine on how his career developed, and what advice he could offer to those trying to break into the game industry. Levine was keen to emphasise the great luck he has had in his career. First, his discovery that he had a gift for writing and secondly, the opportunity he got to work on Thief: The Dark Project having never written for games before.

However, he also underlined that new developers must be willing to work incredibly hard: “It took us four months of talking before I wrote BioShock Infinite over two drafts”.

It is clear that Bioshock Infinite will be taking his company’s mission to its most ambition point to date.

You can read more about this Q&A event on BAFTA’s official report and/or reading the Twitter reel from BAFTA Games.

This new Bioshock Infinite trailer tell us something about the plot

19 Feb

Today Irrational Games released a new trailer for their upcoming Bioshock Infinite. The trailer, called “Lamb of Columbia” seems to explain a little (very little) of the story behind the game, but mostly it looks totally epic!

We quote from the description given with the video:

“To clear his debt, Booker DeWitt must rescue a mysterious girl from the sky-city of Columbia. But who is this girl? What makes her so powerful, and why are so many willing to do anything to keep her from escaping? More importantly… what price will you pay to set her free?”

Bioshock Infinite will be released on March 26th (hopefully)

**UPDATE (19 Feb 2013)**

No more delays! Ken Levine from Irrational Games just confirmed the release date, declaring that the game has gone gold! Here the announcement:

“You, the fans, have been incredibly patient with us. You shared your hopes and wishes for the game with us, and you kept the faith.

Today, I’m happy to announce that the game has gone gold. What that means is that it has been approved by both Sony and Microsoft (and the PC Gods, natch) to be sent to the manufacturing guys to load up fleets of trucks with BioShock Infinite and be driven to a store near you on March 26th.

The total cost of the game was five years, 941 billion Klingon darseks (plus tip), 47 camels, a cranberry flan, and the blood, sweat, and tears of the Irrational Team.

Nobody has ever built a game quite like this. It’s a shooter, but a shooter that brings you to very uncomfortable and dangerous places. I can’t demand that you play the game; I can promise you, however, that once you have, it will be an experience you won’t soon forget.

Columbia is a city teeming with mystery. I’m glad to say that one mystery is over: On March 26th, you will be able to play BioShock Infinite.”