Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 70
    You would think that borrowing elements from two of the greatest games in the last decade would make for one awesome experience, and while it feels mesmerizing, it doesn’t live up to either predecessor.
  2. Nov 11, 2013
    70
    The story isn’t ruined for sticking to the same playbook, but its impact is certainly diminished.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 98 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Nov 13, 2013
    9
    Few stories make you feel overwhelmed. Most narratives are composed of straight-forward elements. “This and this happens and period”. InFew stories make you feel overwhelmed. Most narratives are composed of straight-forward elements. “This and this happens and period”. In stories like Bioshock Infinite, however, that’s not the case. These indirectly tell you “No, go look for clues and figure it out! Think outside the box!” And when you figure it all out, you’re mind blown. Still, you know there are details that escape you, and there’s great curiosity triggered because of this, making you go back to find out exactly what happened. When we do this, it means the narrative has done its job. We've been engaged to it.

    Having finished Burial at Sea, I’m glad to say I felt emotionally engaged to the very end. Rapture’s return is quite a solid one and it looks as beautiful as ever. Gameplay mechanics are pretty much the same as it were in Infinite, so if you enjoyed them there you will enjoy them here. This being Rapture, however, brings back that horror theme Bioshock 1 had. Ammunition is way more scarce and Eve is not so abundant. This proves even more challenging if played in 1999 mode, which should be the mode to play this in as it's the best way to get the most out of this DLC. It’s the very last minutes of this journey that, just as it was in Infinite, make the journey even more worthwhile. Just have in mind that by the end that curiosity and amazement Infinite caused upon you, if any, will be triggered once more.
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  2. Apr 21, 2014
    9
    YES YES YES! I loved every moment of this game. I read alot of mixed reviews about this DLC but I was very very happy with the ending of partYES YES YES! I loved every moment of this game. I read alot of mixed reviews about this DLC but I was very very happy with the ending of part 1. It was really fun to go back to Rapture with the wonderful characters from Infinite. Elizabeth especially, she is such an amazing character. But I will say this DLC is probably for fans of the series. If you aren't a fan of Bioshock 1 & Infinite you probably will not enjoy this all too much. Even though some fans didn't like it. Yes the price is a bit steep. The first episode took me about 2-3 hours but that is because I play VERY slow. I wanted to absorb Rapture in its beauty. Stopping at everything....and I didn't even get all the tapes! Anywho. If you are unsure about the price....if you are a fan...yes. Not a fan..probably avoid. You could wait til sales but you might read a spoiler and ruin the whole thing :( Loved it. Full Review »
  3. Jan 31, 2014
    9
    The soundtrack is excellent, the gameplay is improved, the setting is overwhelming, the story is interesting and the ending lets a big windowThe soundtrack is excellent, the gameplay is improved, the setting is overwhelming, the story is interesting and the ending lets a big window for an even better episode 2. However, even if you're a die-hard fan of bioshock, its still hardly worth $15. Id say buying the season pass would be the smartest choice. Full Review »