Nine-minute trailer shows BioShock Infinite gameplay

Irrational Games may have only unveiled BioShock Infinite a little over a month ago, but it’s already shown a somewhat lengthy gameplay session. The trailer has landed at Shacknews and some other sites, but you can watch it over on YouTube, as well—which conveniently lets us embed it here:

The trailer shows a little under 10 minutes of gameplay in BioShock Infinite‘s floating city of Columbia. It’s all about exploration and atmosphere until, about three minutes in, the player picks up a rifle from a barrel… and is immediately attacked by an old man who summons a flock of crows. The rest of the video is very action-packed, with some sections involving sliding around a rollercoaster-like rail system that connects Columbia’s different floating islands.

Fans of the original BioShock should feel right at home, since BioShock Infinite seems to have fairly similar core gameplay: exploration, fighting hordes of aggressive enemies, and using various superpowers to do the job. I don’t know if it’s just me, though, but everything looks just a little bit more cinematic.

Comments closed
    • Convert
    • 9 years ago

    I fail to see how his hook works with the rail system.

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      Sssh, a wizard did it.

    • mi1stormilst
    • 9 years ago

    I think it looks fun, what can I say I am old 😉

    • Fragnificent
    • 9 years ago

    Bioshock was possibly the worst, most uninteresting game I ever played, bar none. I didn’t play BioShock2, and won’t be trying this, the trailer makes NO sense, much like the first game. Epic YAWN.

      • dashbarron
      • 9 years ago

      Wha…? Between the intriguing gameplay, the polished graphics, and the nostlagic, creepy story, the original had a facet in it that everyone should be able to enjoy, if everyone didnt enjoy all three in perfect harmony.

        • ImSpartacus
        • 9 years ago

        Don’t feed the trolls, we all know Bioshock is one of the greatest games in recent years.

          • Fragnificent
          • 9 years ago

          I’m not trolling, it flat out sucked balls, I was never at any point even remotely entertained, and to be honest I thought the graphics were kind of grainy and underdone. Half Life 2 was a great game. Big difference.

            • swaaye
            • 9 years ago

            Not that I disagree, but it’s interesting to see Half Life 2 and Bioshock being directly compared. It says volumes about how the game actually plays, which is one of the more disappointing aspects to it IMO. Too much endless mindless shooting and respawn on top of it. The shooting isn’t all that great either.

            System Shock 2 has the same endless shooting of respawned bad guys, but the setting and atmosphere made up for it. Of course that depends on the player enjoying that sort of sci-fi setting. I liked it a lot more than the weird Bioshock world.

            • dashbarron
            • 9 years ago

            I think it is interesting seeing the two compared. By comparison, I think Half Life 2 is the product of a well-worn, recycled formula used by Valve, over, and over, and over. I see Bioshock as bringing a breath of fresh air to the trampled fps scene, with a good dash of creativity and story to boot. Not so much the terrorist/Nazi/Iraq insurgent/zombie shoot shoot in some generic warehouse/battlefield/children’s camp “story.”

            • Kaleid
            • 9 years ago

            SS2 was more of a survival horror game. It had respawns but certainly not as much as Bioshock…the latter of course being much more of console mainstream dumbed down game in general.

    • clone
    • 9 years ago

    I liked it but way too much and made no sense.

    pretty looking to be sure but so are Micheal Bay movies and that doesn’t save them from being disposable trash & painful to watch once let alone a 2nd time, I loved Bioshock and I’ve got Bioshock 2 but the more they focus on the “superpowers” the less interest I have.

    I could be wrong but they seemed to be drifting with the series as they try to make more uber powers mandatory to get anywhere, I really liked using the old style weapons in concert with the powers…. this video came across as almost totally powers only, even the sniper rifle shot wasn’t required when he could have swung down the line and taken them out up close.

    to boot the whole jumping and sliding along the interconnecting lines didn’t do anything for me….. takes it too far beyond anything real.

    • bthylafh
    • 9 years ago

    Oh, for fuck’s sake. Are the mods completely ignoring the front-page comments now?

    • VILLAIN_xx
    • 9 years ago

    I just love how the characters in the bioshock series just inject them selves or drink random liquids.

    • GrimDanfango
    • 9 years ago

    l[

      • ImSpartacus
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, the game would just suck if this is how the gameplay plays.

      I think it’s meant to be watched as a movie/trailer, not as gameplay.

    • hurleybird
    • 9 years ago

    Looks stupid and random.

    • Krogoth
    • 9 years ago

    Geez, it is just Bioshock in the Sky. Same social-political commentary, same steampunk feel, same “SUDRAPOWER!”.

    Color me disappointed.

      • TaBoVilla
      • 9 years ago

      no yawns?

        • GrimDanfango
        • 9 years ago

        Yawn! Wake me up when they make Bioshock IN SPACE with a super-intelligent computer trying to kill you.

        …waaaait-a-minute!

          • Krogoth
          • 9 years ago

          System Shock called, it wants its theme and plot outline back. 😉

            • GrimDanfango
            • 9 years ago

            It’s testament to their genius that they started with the most awesome game/setting possible, and worked back from there 😛

            I dunno, this might be good… it might even be very good, but something tells me that for all it’s originality of visual design, the gameplay is already looking a little tired.

          • ModernPrimitive
          • 9 years ago

          Pigsssssssss Innnnnnn Spaceeeeeeeeeeeee !!!!!!!

          • cegras
          • 9 years ago

          ……… HAL?

      • Grigory
      • 9 years ago

      Shouldn’t we be waking you up at some point?

        • ImSpartacus
        • 9 years ago

        Excuse me, I’m going to go jump off a building.

        • stdRaichu
        • 9 years ago

        Wake me up when he actually goes to sleep.

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      Wrong, Yawngoth. Seems to have a number of exciting game mechanics that would not have even been possible in the first BioShock, and yet, the atmosphere is what seems to fall terribly flat.

    • rhysl
    • 9 years ago

    mm over bioshock series.. too same ole

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 9 years ago

    Considering current events, I find a lot of the background stuff to be in extremely poor taste.
    This game is pushing the limits of “fictional” dystopianism.

      • scpulp
      • 9 years ago

      I disagree, I think what they’re doing is exactly what we need right now.

      The propaganda and xenophobia in the game is remarkably close to the current political climate in the states right now, a climate that deserves to be vilified and satirized to the nth degree exactly like it seems to be in this game.

        • TaBoVilla
        • 9 years ago

        I agree on disagreeing with him

        • WaltC
        • 9 years ago

        /[

          • Irascible
          • 9 years ago

          The same in virtually every nation… true, except the US is by far one of the most open and accepting nations on Earth.

          -Other nations shoot their trespassers. We give them welfare, healthcare, schooling and an ACLU attorney.
          -Other nations pass laws cracking down on certain Islamic practices. France and Denmark come to mind. The thought police in this country wring their hands because we in US might be (rightfully) *[

    • potatochobit
    • 9 years ago

    who is peggy and why is she telling me she is 18

      • TaBoVilla
      • 9 years ago

      has a rather suspicious deep strong male voice…

    • finchyo
    • 9 years ago

    This looks amazing, jaw dropping. This is the only future game that is worth getting, can’t wait.

      • Chrispy_
      • 9 years ago

      Ahah! Someone who isn’t anti-Bioshock….

      I too think that trailer looks awesome, and I’m not totally against on-rails gameplay – The whole Half-Life franchise has been heavily scripted to give that on-rails, cinematic gameplay.

      It’s hard to find people who don’t like the Half-Life games having played them, why should all gameplay be open-world? I’d rather see the bits of the world that the designers and artists have spent effort on.

    • urbain
    • 9 years ago

    another jewish game made by NWO

    • Goty
    • 9 years ago

    I think it looks pretty good, so far.

    • swaaye
    • 9 years ago

    I thought the original wasn’t so great, but it certainly has its own little crowd of fans.

    • Voldenuit
    • 9 years ago

    Loved System Shock.
    Didn’t dig Sytem Shock 2.
    Didn’t like Bioshock.
    Hated Bioshock 2.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me 3 or more times…

      • dukerjames
      • 9 years ago

      you fooled me can’t get fooled again

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      REALLY dug System Shock 2. One of my all-time favorite games. I went back and tried SS and couldn’t get past the pixels. It was too ugly by the time SS2 was out.

      Didn’t like Bioshock after 5 levels. Art direction was gorgeous, plot was somewhat interesting, it was a pretty crappy game though, thanks consoles.
      Never bothered with Bioshock 2.
      Will give this a try when Bioshock Infinite is 5$.

      I don’t understand people’s desire to watch trailers and ruin the joy of first watching a game IRL for the first time. but whatevsg{<.<}g

      • swaaye
      • 9 years ago

      I think SS2 is better than the original. But SS1 was so very innovative and I can totally see how in 1994 it would have been astonishing. There was nothing outside of fantasy CRPGs that came close to that kind of gaming experience. It was a sci-fi cyberpunk lover’s dream come true for sure.

      I wasn’t all that impressed with Bioshock either. I haven’t tried its sequel and I don’t know if I will. I’m waiting until it’s bargain bin material at least.

      Dead Space was almost a great System Shock style game but they went for way too much mindlessness and dumb action.

        • Voldenuit
        • 9 years ago

        Well, I did like the Ultima Underworlds even more than System Shock, so the franchise had been on a downhill run for me since 1994 :P.

        Ultima Underworld 2 was just mind-blowing.

        SS had great atmosphere, but really klunky controls, and the level and monster design wasn’t as varied and interesting as UU2, because it was limited to one space station. But Shodan was a fantastic antagonist, easily matching The Guardian from Ultima, if not one-upping him.

          • swaaye
          • 9 years ago

          Does that mean Arx Fatalis is a fav too then? 😀

            • Voldenuit
            • 9 years ago

            You know, I completely missed that one. Will have to check it out. Plus, it’s only $5 on Steam these days! Thanks for the heads-up.

    • Shinare
    • 9 years ago

    Bioshock
    Bioshock 2

    …And now for something completely different? /Monty Python

    • Legend
    • 9 years ago

    That’s so over the top. Probably the similar reason I wasn’t able to get into the original. This does look a bit more “fun” however.

    • Fighterpilot
    • 9 years ago

    Yawn…wake me up when Krogoth arrives…I want to know if he is disappoint.
    Flip-mode is flirting with off pointness using “Boss” twice in one month too.
    🙂 /rib jab

      • Pongo
      • 9 years ago

      At least he said Boss instead of Beast.

    • Rectal Prolapse
    • 9 years ago

    3 minutes until a barrel eh? How would Old Man Murray rate this game? 🙂

      • kvndoom
      • 9 years ago

      You will NEVER become Cratemaster.

      …be the box…

    • Duck
    • 9 years ago

    It looks weird. Like a dream. It makes no sense. And it looks so scripted it might as well be a movie.

      • mesyn191
      • 9 years ago

      Its a free roam movie. Lots of scripted events, but its up to you to participate or not participate in those events.

      So far looks good to me.

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      Absolutely what I was thinking!

      If I were to compare this to the original BioShock, I’d say it’s trying to make fun of the game. I mean seriously, this is nothing more than a joke at this point. No doubt fun to play however, but a sacrilege if you have the original in mind.

    • Pongo
    • 9 years ago

    Ummm, Bioshock…in the sky? What?

    • cavedog
    • 9 years ago

    Holy crap!

      • provoko
      • 9 years ago

      I was blown away!

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    It looks totally boss. Count me in.

      • grantmeaname
      • 9 years ago

      I’ll still think you’re on point even after Fighterpilot has abandoned you.

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 9 years ago

        Who in the hell is FighterPilot? /[

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This