BioShock Infinite Burial At Sea Episode 2 Review: Finally! A Chance to Play As Elizabeth!
I’m a little sad writing this review for BioShock Infinite Burial At Sea Episode 2, thanks to Ken Levine leaving Irrational Games and that signaling that we may never see another BioShock game ever again. This could be it, folks! But if BioShock has to go out like this, I’m happy with the finale.
I rarely play DLC because I just don’t think it ever really does much to extend on the original game. Some DLC is just so bad that it’s rarely worth the cost. But when Burial At Sea for BioShock Infinite was announced as two episodes, how could I resist getting a season pass? We were promised a return to Rapture, and with Episode 2, we finally get to play the game as Elizabeth (which, I personally, wanted to do all along).
So yes, in this episode, you take on the role of Elizabeth. But there’s one catch: due to circumstances I won’t go into because of spoilers, Elizabeth is perfectly normal, with absolutely no skills or talents whatsoever. Elizabeth is returned to Rapture to determine just what that city’s link is to Columbia (oh, yes, they are linked) and has to make her way through splicers and Big Daddy’s and crazy scientists by using stealth and eventually, a plasmid or two. This adds challenge to the game, but I’m a huge stealth fan and considering that one of the plasmids lets you be invisible, I loved this change of pace. This works really well.
This episode is also a little longer than Episode 1, but I don’t think it’s still as long as we were initially promised. I got through it in a few days of playing a few hours at a time, so I was, as always, left wanting more. Unfortunately, that’s the problem with DLC: it’s not a full game and never feels like it. This did make me feel the story was rushed a little bit, but not so much that I felt I missed anything.
The final pay-off is finding out how it all started, going all the way back to the first BioShock game. And that payoff feels good. This is the first time I’ve played DLC that actually does extend a game and give it an even better send-off, so it’s definitely worth the investment of the money and time it takes to play it, even if you’re just interested in finally stepping into Elizabeth’s shoes and going back to Rapture just one more time.