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  • Summary: Come back to Rapture in a story that finds Booker and Elizabeth on the eve of the underwater city's fall from grace. Developed by Irrational Games, the developer of the original BioShock and BioShock Infinite, this DLC features Rapture as you've never seen it before-a shining jewel at theCome back to Rapture in a story that finds Booker and Elizabeth on the eve of the underwater city's fall from grace. Developed by Irrational Games, the developer of the original BioShock and BioShock Infinite, this DLC features Rapture as you've never seen it before-a shining jewel at the bottom of the ocean, built almost entirely from scratch in the BioShock Infinite engine. Gameplay has been modified to give the player an original BioShock combat experience that merges the best parts of BioShock and BioShock Infinite: new weapons, new Plasmids/Vigors, Tears, Sky-Lines, and Big Daddies. Expand

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BioShock Infinite: The First Five Minutes
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Nov 11, 2013
    90
    It’s an affectionately crafted homage to the first game, retroactively building on the grim story and Ayn Rand-ian themes, galvanising them with a fresh perspective whilst simultaneously tying Rapture more wholly into the Columbian narrative. It’s intelligent, indulgent and nostalgic in equal measure, left dangling on a transfixing narrative hook. It’s everything we love about BioShock, condensed.
  2. Nov 12, 2013
    80
    After completing the first episode of this Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea, it clearly appears that mixing Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite universes was a very good idea indeed, and maybe the best reason for a solo DLC. Going through Rapture is a true joy, and the meeting with Elizabeth as a pin-up is great. The gameplay, the art direction and the scenario are still very interesting. The only drawback are the two hours of play sold for 15€. You should go for the Season Pack!
  3. Nov 22, 2013
    75
    Burial at Sea is potentially the best DLC of the year. Rapture has been beautifully brought to life, which has you reaching for you PrintScreen button multiple times throughout playing. The story is also brilliantly told, but the content has been split in two. This makes it a relatively short experience, and players will have to deal with that until they can get their hands on part 2.
  4. Nov 11, 2013
    70
    Burial At Sea tells an interesting tale with plenty of twists, but it doesn't have enough substance on the gameplay side of things to back it up.
  5. Nov 21, 2013
    70
    While the combination of frustratingly underdeveloped combat and a short length weigh the experience down, there’s definitely enough worth seeing here, at least from a visual and narrative standpoint.
  6. Nov 13, 2013
    68
    BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 1 is an excellent expansion in its fundamentals. It offers a new location, a completely new story and new things to discover. Especially returning to Rapture is e pleasant experience. But then, after ninety minutes, your presented with an ending.
  7. Nov 11, 2013
    50
    Burial at Sea seems a prime example of the tail wagging the dog, and the result is an adventure with fantastic sights and sounds that don't come together in a meaningful way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 97
  2. Negative: 13 out of 97
  1. Nov 12, 2013
    10
    Short for a $15 game, but then again, it's Bioshock. It's not about the length of the game, it's about the quality.

    I would rather have a
    Short for a $15 game, but then again, it's Bioshock. It's not about the length of the game, it's about the quality.

    I would rather have a quality A+, polished game, than a long and unfinished one.

    This is definitely worth the purchuse
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  2. Nov 12, 2013
    10
    (Review in spanish)
    Yo ya me lo he terminado en PC, casi 4 horas muy intensas (me gusta ir pausado y fijandome en todos los detalles que
    (Review in spanish)
    Yo ya me lo he terminado en PC, casi 4 horas muy intensas (me gusta ir pausado y fijandome en todos los detalles que pueda, conseguí 16/17 diarios de sonido, para daros una idea).
    En estilo visual genial, como ya nos tienen acostumbrados, y la recreación de Rapture no puede ser mejor.
    La jugabilidad ha mejorado lo justo para que, personalmente, parezca algo fresca respecto a los anteriores (nuevos equipos, 1 arma nueva, y un plásmido nuevo), y la IA de los enemigos también la he notado mucho mejor.
    La historia... no quiero spoilearla, pero GUAU, no podría ser de otra manera teniendo a Ken Levine de guionista.
    En fin, excelente dlc para una obra maestra de juego.
    Y a los que os quejáis tanto de la duración... Digamos que 3 horas de la primera parte, más 3 de la segunda, son 6 horas(sin contar el tiempo que juegues al modo horda) 20 (season pass).
    6 horas son más de la mitad, me atrevería a decir 3/4 de la duración del Bioshock Infinite, el cual tenía un precio en su fecha de salida de 60 €.
    Yo no sé dónde veis el problema, en serio.
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  3. Nov 12, 2013
    9
    Just finished it! The atmosphere was captivating,brings back memories of the old Rapture.Although it is short in terms of story lengthJust finished it! The atmosphere was captivating,brings back memories of the old Rapture.Although it is short in terms of story length wise,still a great DLC.Can't wait for part 2! Expand
  4. Nov 17, 2013
    8
    Knocked it down a couple of points because i finished it in an evening, but that;s knocked down from 10. It is a total joy to be in raptureKnocked it down a couple of points because i finished it in an evening, but that;s knocked down from 10. It is a total joy to be in rapture again and the storyline plays brilliantly with the quantum possibilities hinted at at the end of infinite. Thoroughly enjoyable mashup of bioshock and B:I. get this! Expand
  5. Nov 14, 2013
    7
    Burial at Sea is interesting and enjoyable, but it has a lot working against it. Let's start with the good. It's great visiting RaptureBurial at Sea is interesting and enjoyable, but it has a lot working against it. Let's start with the good. It's great visiting Rapture again (the Booker in this specific setting is sort of an alternate reality Booker), and the atmosphere and visuals are, as always, wonderful. The storyline is interesting, and sets itself up with a cliffhanger for the next episode. Aaaaand... that's about it, really. Depending on how you play, Burial at Sea can be extremely short, maybe 2 hours if you're more action oriented. I explored every area (particularly the beginning segment) and got around 3. That ties in to the next minus, the price. $15 is way too much to buy this thing piecemeal. I don't know whether it's an encouragement to buy the season pass or not, but if you plan on getting any of the DLC, the season pass is the way to go. I myself got the season pass when it was 50% off a while ago. Bottom line, what you're getting is quite good, but you're not exactly getting a lot for your money. Expand
  6. Nov 13, 2013
    6
    Decent enough, but very short and it almost feels like it was only made as fan service for BioShock 1 fans. i'm in the relative minority thatDecent enough, but very short and it almost feels like it was only made as fan service for BioShock 1 fans. i'm in the relative minority that didn't like BS1 yet loved Infinite, so this almost feels like a step backwards for me. Rapture still is not very fun to me even with the improved Infinite gameplay. The story reveals absolutely nothing in the context of the main game's story which was a bit of a let down, but i'm hoping that part 2 will tie it together nicely. Also as others have said it is very, very short. Took me 1 and a half hours and that was even with searching every corner of the map for items. I really would've preferred DLC in Columbia again. This DLC is not "bad" by any means it's just so shockingly average for the game that it is supporting. Expand
  7. Mar 18, 2018
    0
    Soundtrack: 8/10
    Graphics: 10/10
    Story: 8/10 Gameplay: 5/10 The soundtrack for the DLC complimented the game's setting, as I have come
    Soundtrack: 8/10
    Graphics: 10/10
    Story: 8/10
    Gameplay: 5/10

    The soundtrack for the DLC complimented the game's setting, as I have come to expect from the BioShock series. The graphics, I had no issues at all with. The story really just sets up the sequel to this DLC, not a ton happens. However, it is enjoyable to go back to rapture and get some insight into the previous condition of the city, before the events of the original BioShock. The gameplay is where I had some big issues. All of the weapons I used seemed to do uch less damage compared to the base game. This made it very difficult to play on hard mode. Despite this, it did fix some issues that I had with the original game like ammo being a little too plentiful at all times and the difficulty was even throughout even though it was very hard. The skylines in the DLC felt kind of out of place, but I understand that they wanted to keep some things from the base game to make it an easier transition from each other. Overall, I enjoyed the story and atmosphere but loathed the combat. I strongly suggest this DLC because it sets up the second DLC, which goes further in depth into the origins of certain enimies in the game and bridges the gap between the end of this DLC and the start of BioShock.

    Overall: 7/10
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