Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. May 14, 2014
    99
    A gorgeous, utterly immersive and hugely satisfying conclusion to one of the greatest video game narratives of all time.
  2. Mar 25, 2014
    95
    Burial At Sea: Episode 2 combines a cool fan-pleasing story, enjoyable new gameplay (that you'll wish Bioshock had attempted more), wonderful level design, a satisfying conclusion to the series, and I haven't even mentioned how great Rapture looks and sounds.
  3. Mar 26, 2014
    94
    It’s a phenomenal entry in the BioShock saga.
  4. After finishing Burial at Sea Part 2, I realized it is the missing piece in the bigger picture representing the Bioshock series. It concludes the whole Bioshock saga with a high note.
  5. Apr 8, 2014
    90
    In terms of narrative it’s as dizzying, exhilarating, and divisive as the series has always been, arguably providing some of its most memorable sequences yet, and for fans it’s something that not only has to be experienced, but savoured.
  6. Mar 25, 2014
    90
    Second big, story-driven DLC for Bioshock Infinite is a mix of exploration, stealth gameplay, following an interesting storyline and finding many hidden facts about the whole Bioshock universe. Getting to the end of Elizabeth's adventure can take up to 6 hours and everything ends with a quite shocking finale, that resembles the one from the original game. It's a must have for fans of the series.
  7. Mar 25, 2014
    90
    It’s become cool to hate on Infinite in recent times, but bandwagons be damned, this is a fantastic piece of content, if a little pricey. You already know you’re going to play this if you grabbed Part One, but I’m here to tell you that you won’t be disappointed with Part Two.
  8. Apr 3, 2014
    88
    Although the ending is far from perfect, Burial at Sea Episode 2 finishes the whole series neatly. From open questions to small plotholes from the previous games: nearly everything gets an answer. Episode 2 doesn’t just tell an amazing story, but it also enriches your experiences with infinite and even the Original BioShock. This is how a series like this should be concluded.
  9. Mar 25, 2014
    88
    Feels very much like a send-off for the Rapture and Columbia eras of BioShock – a carefully crafted, appropriately mind-bending sendoff.
  10. Mar 25, 2014
    87
    The sheer scope of the episode and what it accomplishes with the story makes it feel essential. Even more importantly, episode two is the best kind of DLC by being both distinct and deeply connected with its associated game. If you’re willing to invest in the struggling first episode, episode two considerably strengthens this interesting extension of Bioshock’s world.
  11. Apr 3, 2014
    85
    Burial at Sea Episode 2 is much better than Episode 1. The underdeveloped sneaking function now is a fully featured gameplay element. And where Episode 1 mostly addressed the Infinite-fans, Episode 2 turns out to be a hoot for lovers of the original BioShock.
  12. Mar 25, 2014
    85
    BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode Two blows Episode One out of the water. It improves upon nearly every shortcoming of the first outing, and with all of the lore additions it's a must-play for fans of the series. It's worth picking up the Season Pass just to see this story through to the end.
  13. Mar 25, 2014
    85
    Maybe Bioshock Infinite: Burial At Sea - Episode 2 is exactly what Thief was meant to be: the best stealth game of the early days of 2014? This one is an absolutely must-have for Bioshock fans. As an awful reflection of the recent events at Irrational Games, Bioshock releases its true conclusion and leaves the taste of accomplishment. An awesome last shot.
  14. Mar 25, 2014
    85
    Finishing Episode 2 is bittersweet, since it’s the last piece of content created by Irrational Games as we know it. However, Burial at Sea also ties together the landmark creations of the talented team in a satisfying way, making it an appropriate curtain call for this amazing studio.
  15. Mar 25, 2014
    85
    Very fanservice-ish, but that's the point anyway. The stealth mechanics work well enough, which is remarkable from a design viewpoint and some story connections are brilliant. A convincing way to close Bioshock Infinite.
  16. Apr 7, 2014
    80
    It’s goodbye to Irrational Games, but at least the studio got the chance to finish off the series with a standing ovation, a satisfying conclusion that will help fans remember it for years to come.
  17. Apr 1, 2014
    80
    It integrates the fighty and the talky enough to make Rapture feel a more dangerous and believable place, discards the impenetrable conceits with which the first DLC began, and brings an almost seven year old series full circle and to a satisfying end. What a wonderful trick, and a fitting note for one of PC gaming’s best loved studios (as we know them, at least) to bow out on.
  18. Apr 1, 2014
    80
    BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea Episode 2, for the most part, is a fitting end to the entire series.
  19. Mar 31, 2014
    80
    In the end, Burial at Sea finishes on a much stronger, series-apt note than the one it began on, and it's impressive how Irrational Games drops curtains on its universe with something truly unexpected but wholly fitting.
  20. Mar 28, 2014
    80
    Both episodes of Burial at Sea develop different and interesting aspects of the BioShock franchise: stealth and the opportunity to visit Rapture in all its glory. Maybe the second episode is the best in terms of new game mechanics, but the first one does a wonderful job at complementing the excellent plot first established by BioShock Infinite.
  21. Mar 26, 2014
    80
    Some strained metaphors and connections aside, the cities of Rapture and Columbia make for strange but comfortable bedfellows in BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 2. More importantly, Elizabeth's journey is tense and rewarding on its own terms, and is one that makes Rapture as mysterious as it was the first time you ventured inside.
  22. Mar 25, 2014
    80
    Burial at Sea episode 2 is a brilliant conclusion to the story that started a few months ago. This great stealth-oriented experience with Elizabeth will make you feel fear, loneliness, hope and sadness like not so many modern games can do.
  23. Mar 25, 2014
    80
    BioShock Infinite adapts to stealth with surprising ease, and the art design is as spectacular as ever. Irrational's final release may somewhat lose the plot, but if you've been on board this long you can likely tolerate the incredible leaps of faith it demands.
  24. Mar 25, 2014
    80
    As Irrational's final work, Episode 2 is a fitting epitaph; both in its ability to offer a fresh perspective on the series, and in the way it obsesses over past triumphs.
  25. Mar 25, 2014
    80
    Impressively crafted and polished, it's a fitting end to Irrational's body of work. The story of BioShock might belong to Ken Levine and Irrational Games rather than to its players - but it's a story that's been well worth telling.
  26. Mar 31, 2014
    72
    The lengths to which Burial at Sea: Episode 2 goes to distance its gameplay from BioShock Infinite's blueprint is outmatched by the indulgent spectacle of its writhing narrative - a risk not fully conscious of its consequences. Through success, failure, and to simply admire the sunset of a generation, the conclusion of Burial at Sea remains a worthwhile experience.
  27. Apr 23, 2014
    70
    Elizabeth is a match for Booker's first episode, she even outdoes him with several intense scenes. Besides, if you belong to those that saw the shooting as a nuisance, you'll agree with this one's freer tempo along with an option to get around the shooting.
  28. Apr 10, 2014
    70
    In this final installment, you’ll spend 3-4 hours watching the writers retconning the history of Columbia and Rapture, but none of these revelations are exciting.
  29. 70
    Irrational Games have a lot of loose ends to tie up in the final conclusion to the Bioshock saga. And they do it well, but there is so much story and content here we can't help but think that this should have been a more full fledged retail title instead of short DLC.
  30. Mar 31, 2014
    70
    Great level design and brilliant dialogue in the second act have you thrilled for the resolution of this well crafted DLC. But that's where Levine overdoes it a bit. It feels forced in a way, as the steps he has to take to get us there, aren't too believable. In some ways he even takes away some of the first Bioshock's magic in the process, which leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
  31. Mar 28, 2014
    70
    Burial at Sea is fun, looks lovely and makes a valiant attempt to tie together the fiction of Irrational's BioShock games. Some of these ties are elegant enough to not seem like the retcon they of course are. But the game has to go through so many narrative contortions to do so, it's hard to escape the sense that the whole thing feels more like well-made fan fiction than the final piece of one of gaming's most beloved canons.
  32. Mar 27, 2014
    70
    If this is to be Irrational’s last hurrah then it’s a mixed but compelling swansong for a company that often took bold, divisive design and narrative avenues. It might not hit the highs of some of its best work, but it’s a fitting testament to the studio’s unbridled creativity and theatrical magnificence.
  33. Mar 25, 2014
    60
    A quaint stroll through Rapture, but not nearly enough focus in the right areas to make this a must-have BioShock experience.
  34. 40
    What it gains on atmospherics, it lacks in gameplay and the story is uneven, saved only by a few brilliant scenes. [Issue#241]
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 404 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 57
  2. Negative: 6 out of 57
  1. Mar 26, 2014
    10
    My goodness. Just when you think the game can't get any better, it does. If you enjoyed Bioshock 1, this DLC completely wraps everything up.My goodness. Just when you think the game can't get any better, it does. If you enjoyed Bioshock 1, this DLC completely wraps everything up. It explains all of the things you think you didn't quite understand with Infinite, and lots of things from Bioshock 1. They even explain the Vita-chambers.

    Seriously though, this is the kind of DLC that's justifiable. Bioshock Infinite with the added DLC is nothing short of a masterpiece. It takes the cake as my favorite of the Bioshock games.

    Pros: The story
    The atmosphere
    The cinematic gameplay (the directing and perspective work on this is amazing)
    Completely new type of game play. (Combat isn't necessary, you have to find other solutions to situations besides just hack and slash)
    The characters

    Cons:
    It's the end of Bioshock.

    Overall, the DLC provides a good 6 hours of extra game time, if you take the time to explore most of the areas to do some side questing. I think I missed some voxophone recordings, still. Also, if you plan on playing through an even harder mode, they have 1999 mode and an extra 1998 mode.

    I don't give many (if any) games this kind of score, but to me, it's definitely a 10/10.
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  2. Mar 25, 2014
    9
    Burial At Sea Episode 2 is easily the best DLC I have ever played. Unlike the first part of Burial At Sea, episode 2 focuses more on story. IBurial At Sea Episode 2 is easily the best DLC I have ever played. Unlike the first part of Burial At Sea, episode 2 focuses more on story. I won't spoil anything, but this DLC goes off constants and variables and connects BioShock and BioShock Infinite's universes. You play as Elizabeth instead of Booker in Burial At Sea Episode 2 and use more stealth. You get the skyhook, but can only knock back enemies as well as a few weapons and plasmids. The new weapon is the crossbow, which includes a noisemaker that distracts enemies, a poisonous gas one, and a tranquilizer dart. You also get the plasmid peeping Tom which makes you invisible. 1998 mode is also featured, which involves no killing and is similar in difficulty to 1999. Unfortunately, when you die it goes back to the auto save instead of being revived, the screen after every time you die gives interesting details. Overall, the gameplay is almost identical to BioShock Infinite, with a couple differences since Elizabeth isn't as strong as Booker. The DLC, like I said focuses on story and relates to BioShock and BioShock Infinite, so play this after you beat both games. The ending will leave you just as shocked and surprised as the ending of BioShock Infinite and if you loved the BioShock series, you will love this DLC. Full Review »
  3. Mar 28, 2014
    6
    I wanted to love this game, but had mixed feelings in the end.

    As usual, it has a terrific opening sequence. The gameplay is competent, but
    I wanted to love this game, but had mixed feelings in the end.

    As usual, it has a terrific opening sequence. The gameplay is competent, but nothing fantastic or ground-breaking. Rapture is as detailed and fun to explore as ever, but we have already been here a few times. And the game is lengthy enough, given the price, if you do take the time to explore (BaS pt. 1 took me about 2 hours, while this took a little over 6).

    My biggest problem with the game is that it feels more like a Bioshock 1 prequel than an expansion of Bioshock Infinite's story. The game focuses on filling in the plot holes of a 6+ year old game rather than addressing what unanswered questions you might have leftover from Infinite. It seems like it was made more for people who hold up Bioshock 1 as the gold standard, while those of us who preferred Infinite will probably find it disappointing.
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