BioShock Infinite is out, after what seems like 20 years of dev time. It also seems to have universal acclaim. The interesting part about that link is that it’s not a review but Metacritic’s assembly of reviews. I have issues (still do) with Metacritic, Rotten Tomatoes and a pile of aggregate sites. Their definition of “Critic Reviews” can be, enlightening. IGN might show up 3 times, one for the US, one UK and one for the Aussies. I can’t fault the site for having reviews a week before a game launches, though in the recent SimCity debacle you have to wonder when there’s a 30 point spread between the average, top and bottom scores.
Yet here we are at BioShock Infinite, scoring a whopping 96 with 40 reviews already in. I can say I have more faith in these reviews because the game experience is the same offline or on – you know, since there’s no online. Still, when you look at the list of all-time best PC games, it comes 5th. I have played nearly every game that’s scored a 90, so time will tell if it does merit the score. Even more so if it beats out the first game, which was a masterful story with solid mechanics.
Another side comment – the game is available on Steam for 60$. I can’t remember the last time I paid 60$ for a game on Steam but in this particular case, I couldn’t really come up with a good enough reason not to give them my money. Years of work, apparently a kick ass game – why not?
These past month has probably been the best in recent memory for games. Scratch one though.