‘BioShock Infinite': Three downloadable episodes detailed

July 30, 2013 | 1:47 p.m.
A look at "Bioshock Infinite" DLC "Burial at Sea." (Irrational Games / Take-Two Interactive)

A look at “Burial at Sea,” downloadable content for “BioShock Infinite.” (Irrational Games / Take-Two Interactive)

Additional chapters in 2013’s hit first-person shooter “BioShock Infinite” begin rolling out Tuesday and at least two more episodes of downloadable content (DLC) are in production, revealed developer Irrational Games.

The episodes will allow players to once again inhabit the role of hard-boiled detective Booker DeWitt and, later, as his “Infinite” partner Elizabeth, a character previously under computer control.

The DLC will be split thematically. The first, “Clash in the Clouds,” is focused almost exclusively on action, while a two-part noir-looking “Burial at Sea” aims to emphasize narrative and sends the “Infinite” characters back to the Rapture location of the first “BioShock.”

All three episodes can be purchased via a $20 “season pass.” A release date for the “Burial at Sea” chapters has not yet been set. “Clash in the Clouds” should be available on most platforms and regions starting today, and will cost $4.99.

“Clash in the Clouds” promises 60 different challenges in four new environments. The episode will focus strictly on “BioShock Infinite’s” mix of shooting, magical prowess and over-the-top violence. The fast-paced game will include a leader board to add a more competitive aspect to the gunplay.

A look at "Bioshock Infinite" DLC "Clash in the Clouds." (Irrational Games / Take-Two Interactive)

A look at “BioShock Infinite” DLC “Clash in the Clouds.” (Irrational Games / Take-Two Interactive)

Those action-oriented aspects of the original game are the ones that some, including Hero Complex, took to task. “BioShock Infinite” has grand ambitions, presenting the player with reprehensible racist image after reprehensible racist image in an alternative vision of America’s worst tendencies, but the more typical shooting-and-looting aspects of the game tended to muddle any attempt to say something profound with the setting, our review contended.

“The result,” Hero Complex wrote in its review of the game, “is that the distressing realities of America’s past — and present — are downplayed as they are turned into one-dimensional set pieces.”

With the downloadable content, Irrational Games is attempting to isolate the two disparate aspects of “BioShock Infinite” into separate games. The two-part “Burial at Sea,” for instance, is given a more cinematic trailer, with DeWitt and Elizabeth seen in the underwater utopia known as the Rapture just before the events of the first “BioShock.”

The second part of “Burial at Sea” promises to bring “closure” to her story as well as the open-ended “BioShock Infinite.”

– Todd Martens | @toddmartens

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