Release of the Week: Bioshock Infinite (360, PS3, PC)

Bioshock Infinite CoverThe first Bioshock game was one of the most important games of this generation. Set in an underwater utopian city gone horribly wrong, the game is a shining example of how to do storytelling in games. Primarily a first-person shooter, the game also included RPG and survival horror elements as the player gained special powers to fight the game’s iconic and terrifying enemies. Developer Irrational Games went quiet after the release of Bioshock and let 2K Marin work on Bioshock 2. Almost 6 years later Irrational Games is releasing a very different Bioshock game.

Bioshock Infinite isn’t set in an underwater city and won’t follow any characters from the series so far. The game is set in 1912 in Columbia, a city suspended in the air by a network of balloons and blimps. Originally a symbol of American exceptionalism, the United States government disavowed the city after it was involved in an international incident. The game’s protagonist Booker DeWitt arrives on the city during a tense political period brought on by the city’s isolation.

Unlike in previous games, Booker will not be a silent protagonist. He will talk plenty as he completes his mission to rescue a woman named Elizabeth and get her out of Columbia. Elizabeth will assist Booker throughout the game with their relationship changing based on the decisions the player makes along the way. Both characters will have their own unique set of powers to help them along the way. Booker has powers called Vigors which can be anything from telekinesis to electricity manipulation. Elizabeth has the ability to open tears in space and time which will do anything from bringing in a storm to repairing broken objects. The two will have to work as a team to escape from Columbia.

This game may be the best in a month full of major releases. Far from your average shooter, Bioshock Infinite promises jaw-dropping environments, unforgettable characters and intense storytelling. If you have any doubts, head over to the official website and check it our for yourself.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)

Dark Moon is the sequel to a Gamecube game that released way back in 2001. Luigi is once again picking up his specialized vacuum to capture ghosts in haunted mansion in true ghost-busting style.  An object called the Dark Moon has shattered and Luigi must find all five parts in order to restore peace and prevent the ghosts from being hostile. The game will utilize the Nintendo Network and include four different multiplayer modes with many different colored Luigis.

Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel (360, PS3)

Trans World Operations has brought two mercenaries, Alpha and Bravo, to battle against the Mexican drug cartels. These two characters are different from Salem and Rios of past games in an effort to make the game even more generic. Or something like that. Built from the ground up as a cooperative game, the Army of Two series has always been at its best when played with a friend. This will probably be a solid co-op third person shooter for gamers who dislike the Gears of War series for some reason.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 (360, PS3)

You would think that by now EA would simply drop Tiger Woods from their PGA Tour games. Of course, with the new Legends of the Majors mode perhaps his name is on the box for the same reason as the Hulkster’s name was on Hulk Hogan’s Main Event. For the first time LPGA events will be included in the game’s career mode.

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