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  • Summary: In this DLC pack, you become Elizabeth as she seeks to bring closure to her story, and to BioShock Infinite's. Like Episode 1, this DLC features Rapture as you've never seen it before and gameplay has been modified to give the player an original BioShock combat experience that merges the best parts of BioShock and BioShock Infinite. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 90
    Burial at Sea: Episode Two is a great slice of DLC and a fitting end to the BioShock: Infinite universe.
  2. May 4, 2014
    89
    Engaging gameplay, and a fine way of tying up one of the most brilliantly crafted narratives around. [June 2014, p.70]
  3. Apr 10, 2014
    88
    If you are even a mild fan of Bioshock then you should definitely play this expansion, it is single player greatness that redeems the former episode.
  4. Apr 2, 2014
    85
    Burial at Sea - Episode 2 is the perfect ending for both of Bioshock games created by Ken Levine. The references and interconnections between both worlds are perfectly justified. Playing stealthy will test our skills because, due to Elizabeth's fragility, the enemies look really fearsome. State of the art visuals, but again, a disappointing lack of Spanish dubbing.
  5. May 2, 2014
    70
    A good game, but one that feels a bit emotionally bankrupt after the wonders of Infinite and the original BioShock. [Issue#243, p.56]
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 27, 2014
    10
    A beautiful piece of art. This game puts all of the Bioshocks together in a perfect way. A way I never expected. This shows what a piece of DLC should be like. This is what an ending to a series should be like. This shows what game are able to accomplish. This is simply perfect. Expand
  2. Apr 21, 2014
    10
    Towards the end of this DLC I started fangirling like crazy. My jaw was constantly hitting flaw and I kept pressing pause just so I could ...take in what just happened. While some people weren't fond of the ending. I loved it. It was oddly beautiful. I suck bad at stealth so playing as the amazing Elizabeth was a bit hard until I got me some good stache of weapons. The price while steep is worth it for the fan experience. Episode 2 is much longer than episode 1. Elizabeth heels click as she walks. What a gorgeous character. Anyway I enjoyed this much! Want to play it again and again. Going back to Rapture is always fun. I love this place...just a smidgen more than Columbia! And I am OBSESSED with Columbia. Expand
  3. May 28, 2014
    10
    I'm just here to say that if you're a fan of the franchise, buy Burial at Sea. The gameplay is far more akin to that of Bioshock than that of Bioshock Infinite, and everything is wrapped up beautifully on the narrative front.
    Confession: I have played the original Bioshock from start to finish thirty-one times. It is my absolute favorite game of all time. Bioshock Infinite was fantastic, but coming from someone who had analyzed every bit of gameplay footage and noted every one of Ken Levine's promises like they were scripture prior to release, I was a little disappointed with the final product. But Burial at Sea: Episode 2 makes it all worth it; it really delivers. This really ties the series together as a whole (at least the Levine canon; none of that Bioshock 2 nonsense here) and wraps absolutely everything up. Bioshock Infinite's story came full circle, but Burial at Sea's story makes that satisfying conclusion an even more complete circle, somehow. Characters are given closure and Rapture's story is brought to satisfying end. R.I.P., Irrational Games. You will be missed.
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  4. Apr 11, 2014
    9
    While the first episode was terribly paced and felt rushed, this episode took it down a tone and introduced stealth, which is one of the best parts of this episode. The only complaint I have of this episode is the story, but even my problem wasn't major.

    Surprisingly, stealth feels great in Bioshock. While most gamers are used to the high paced battles in Bioshock Infinite and Episode One, this episode feels more calm and very welcoming to anyone not familiar with the stealth genre. The graphics are great as usual and the story of Elizabeth now being played by you and Booker talking to you through the voice recorder is a great change.

    However, the story gets very complicated at times and can be a bit overwhelming if you're not paying attention.

    About the ending, I think that it is fine and closes the Bioshock Infinite timeline well.

    Overall, Burial at Sea Episode Two is a HUGE improvement over the first and is a great closure to the Infinite series.
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  5. Apr 10, 2014
    9
    Excellent conclusion to the franchise (as far as I'm concerned). Also, the change in pace and the stealth action makes this entry stand out and encourage taking in the scenery. On top of that, the story is engaging and ties up some loose ends along the way. Definitely worth checking out. Expand
  6. Sep 7, 2014
    7
    I know i'm bucking the trend here, but I found Episode 2 less enjoyable than Episode 1. I absolutely adore the lore of Bioshock and any opportunity to take in those magnificent views of Rapture are always welcome, but I found the gameplay to be quite the opposite of what you would expect in a Bioshock game. Obviously with a character like Elizabeth you cant really be running-and-gunning but I found the overuse of stealth to be frustrating at times. I would have preferred if the game focused more on puzzle solving, storytelling and the occasional stealth segment than constantly having to sneak through rooms of 15 splicers who are ultra-alert to your every footstep. But thats just me. Just be prepared to stay low and slowly sneak your way through this 3hr story DLC. Expand