Last month, the gaming world’s most highly anticipated titles gathered together to flex their muscles at E3, the biggest expo in the video game industry. The latest instalments from Call of Duty, Uncharted, Mass Effect, Assassin’s Creed, Battlefield and Halo all made an appearance, but none of these huge franchises could claim the ‘Best of Show’ award. That impressive title went to Irrational Games’ Bioshock Infinite, the third in their Bioshock series, and after seeing what the audience witnessed at E3, it really is no surprise.
Originally shown to lucky members of the press behind closed doors, Irrational have very kindly published a full 15-minute game play demonstration which is likely to put Bioshock Infinite at the top of everyone’s pre-order list. The footage (featured during a Game Trailers interview with Creative Director, Ken Levine) shows the player controlling Booker DeWitt as he tries to rescue a powerful young woman, Elizabeth, from the game’s warring factions, and a mysterious robotic bird-like creature known as Songbird.
The game is clearly a radical departure from the previous two Bioshock entries. No longer set in the underwater city of Rapture, Bioshock Infinite takes place aboard the dangerous air-city of Columbia, almost 50 years before the events of the first game. After seeing the footage, I honestly wish the game was out now on Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. However, it’s not due for release until 2012, so we’re all going to have to wait patiently and hope that the proposed end of the world doesn’t get in the way of us playing this incredible looking FPS.