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2:45 PM on 05.10.2013

System Shock 2 now on Steam, no more excuses

System Shock 2 is one of those games that everyone should get around to playing eventually. It's an eerie and atmospheric first-person shooter with RPG elements that truly was ahead of its time. Some folks like it better...

Patrick Hancock



What BioShock Infinite could have been photo
What BioShock Infinite could have been
by Taylor Stein

Almost a month after its release, BioShock Infinite is still on my mind, but not for the reasons you might suspect. If you grow tired of seeing the game plastered on just about every gaming website, magazine, and TV commercial, fear not. This commentary does not exist to reiterate the title's excellence nor is it a rant geared at opposing such praise. Instead, I'd like to shine some light on the world of Columbia before it was a fully realized sky-bound paradise; years ago when the idea of the game was just gaining traction in the imaginations of Ken Levine and creative team at Irrational Games.

After traversing every nook and cranny of the firmament-born dystopia and following the tale of Booker DeWitt and the dimension-tearing Elizabeth not one, not two, but three times, I happily retired BioShock Infinite to its rightful place in my gaming library while tucking away my many admirations into a mental filing cabinet. I'm finally done, or so I told myself before I received an unsuspecting gift shortly after the exhausting completion.

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6:00 AM on 04.18.2013

Meet the voices behind BioShock Infinite's Lutece Twins

Jennifer Hale and Oliver Vaquer, the voice actors behind the Lutece Twins, sat down with GameTrailers to talk about their roles in BioShock Infinite. The pair touch on how they both had to read each character's scripts, how it was like working together, and where they'd want to go if they could rip open tears. And then things get weird.

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1:15 PM on 04.02.2013

Enjoy all of BioShock Infinite in this 3.5-hour movie

Just this past weekend I finished BioShock Infinite, and as a huge fan of the original BioShock this game did not disappoint. I'm still thinking about the story and making new revelations -- and it's been two days ...

Jason Cabral

5:00 PM on 03.25.2013

Reviews Elsewhere: BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite reviews finally went live across the board today, and while I'm sure we all expected a positive showing, we maybe were not quite prepared for the veritable outpouring of critical acclaim.  Of course, De...

Jim Sterling



PAX: Voicing Elizabeth meant collaboration and abuse photo
PAX: Voicing Elizabeth meant collaboration and abuse
by Alasdair Duncan

One of the main things that Irrational Games has really pushed in its marketing for BioShock Infinite is the relationship between the player-controlled character Booker DeWitt and the young woman Elizabeth that he's tasked with retrieving from the floating city Columbia. At Saturday's Irrational Games Panel, actresses Courtnee Draper and Heather Gordon talked about how they helped sculpt Elizabeth's personality with lead writer Ken Levine.

"This process was really great because Troy, who plays Booker DeWitt, and Ken -- we would all work together. We would just sit in a room and have this really great collaborative effort which was unlike any other project I've worked on. I've never had that to this extent, so the inspiration was really just everytime I came out to Boston we would sit and talk about what kind of character we wanted her to be and what relationship we hoped you as the player would experience with her. It was almost on a piecemeal basis and all kind of finding her together."

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7:30 PM on 03.23.2013

PAX: Ken Levine: Players can be psychopathic alcoholics

At the Irrational Games panel at PAX East today, the team behind BioShock Infinite talked about the challenges of player agency in the game specifically when interacting with Elizabeth, the player's constant companion. "The p...

Alasdair Duncan

8:30 AM on 03.22.2013

Ken Levine denies $200 million BioShock Infinite budget

Yesterday, it was suggested BioShock Infinite was among the most expensive videogame projects of all time, costing a rumored $200 million to produce. According to director Ken Levine, such a catastrophic amount certainly wasn...

Jim Sterling



Ken Levine talks multiplayer in BioShock Infinite photo
Ken Levine talks multiplayer in BioShock Infinite
by Tara Long

With BioShock Infinite mere days away from release, I sat down with Irrational Games' Ken Levine this week to discuss exactly how the game has changed over the past five years of development, and what he envisions for the future of the series.

I was particularly curious to know how, after last year's reports of a cancelled multiplayer mode, Levine felt about the idea of narrative-focused games adding multiplayer, and whether or not it cheapens the experience.

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12:30 PM on 03.12.2013

Ken Levine killed BioShock film due to Watchmen's failure

Ken Levine has come out about the BioShock film, first announced in 2008 with Pirates of Caribbean director Gore Verbinski attached, admitting to personally cancelling the film. After the poor box office reception to The Watc...

Allistair Pinsof

5:15 PM on 03.06.2013

BioShock Infinite characters perform duet on soundtrack

Who among you is picking up the "Ultimate Songbird Edition" or "Premium Edition" of BioShock Infinite? If you're in either one of those camps, I'm sure you know that there's a shiny (digital) copy of the soundtrack waiting f...

Brett Zeidler

8:30 PM on 02.26.2013

BioShock on Vita hasn't begun development

Despite championing the device back in 2011, Ken Levine and the folks at Irrational Games have made seemingly no progress towards a handheld BioShock game. Apparently all the talk about what the game is was conjectu...

Patrick Hancock

7:30 PM on 02.11.2013

Is System Shock being revived on Steam and GOG.com?

While it should be taken with a grain of salt, a website is reporting that the System Shock franchise will be available on Steam and GOG.com in the very near future. Flesheatingzipper.com is reporting that Night Dive Studios ...

Alasdair Duncan

8:30 AM on 01.24.2013

Here's what you get for pre-ordering Bioshock Infinite

If you're a fan of pre-orders, you can gain access to the "Industrial Revolution Pack" through pre-ordering at select retailers (basically everyone). You'll get access to three in-game items, 500 bonus currency, five lock pi...

Chris Carter





1:00 PM on 12.21.2012

BioShock Infinite PC won't have SecuROM or GFWL

During his Reddit AMA, Irrational Games saucepot Ken Levine promised concerned PC gamers that BioShock Infinite would not repeat the mistakes of the past, claiming it'll be "right at home" on computers. Most crucially, Infini...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 12.10.2012

Video: Ken Levine discusses fratboys and BioShock

Ken Levine is is one of the most honest guys in the games industry, which is what makes his explanation of BioShock Infinite's box cover so fascinating. In the video above (taken from Sunday's interview), Levine addresses fa...

Allistair Pinsof