BioShock Infinite: Hyperviolence, smart storytelling, and parallelism

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(No spoilers until the very end! With ample warning.)

The months leading up to a video game’s release often serve to accomplish one goal: increase interest, which improves sales.

Most of the gaming world was excited about BioShock Infinite, which launched on consoles and PC on March 26. Many were happy to have another BioShock to play; others were thrilled to see developer Irrational Games return to the first-person adventure series it started in 2007 and pioneered years before with System Shock.

The wait was worth it. BioShock Infinite has a 95 aggregate score on Metacritic, and people can’t stop talking about it.

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