Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 2 - Recap Review

What's good

- Wonderfully realized environments to lose yourself in
- Playing as Elizabeth is a refreshing new take
- Interesting new approach through stealth gameplay
- Great parallels connecting all the Bioshock games
- Gameplay in Rapture as well as Columbia
- Nice fan-service moments and twists
What's bad

- Few weapons
- Few new plasmids
- Pretty easy due to weak enemy A.I.
- Primary focus on monotone fetch quests
- (Story expects you to have played every Bioshock game before it)


- Not being able to hurt but only stun enemies with frontal melee attacks.

The Verdict

While the first episode of Burial at Sea had the expected high quality of presentation, it was severly lacking in worthwhile content in its short playtime, disappointing many fans of the series.
However, the now released Episode 2 mostly redeems this through its more extensive and new gameplay as Elizabeth.
Fittingly the game's new stealth gameplay approach suits the feminine and less rambo-esque character of Elizabeth while offensive strategies ala guns-blazing are still possible although far more risky.
Nevertheless Episode 2 remains a pretty easy game to beat in its roughly 2-3 hours of playtime, due to enemy A.I. being quite weak considering stealth standards. It really shows that Bioshock was originally designed as a full-on shooter rather than a stealth game.
With that said, this doesn't hurt the value of Episode 2's entirety too much. Aside from some repetetive fetch quest objectives throughout the game, switching dimensions between Rapture and Columbia is fun and greatly combines and connects events and stories of all the Bioshock games into one big structure.
Still, some players might rightfully argue that Episode 2 overly convolutes the storylines of all the games into said cluster, yet Episode 2 nevertheless manages to mark a fairly satisfying ending of Irrational Games time in the Bioshock universe.
Burial at Sea: Episode 2 is mainly a big love letter and fan service to players already familiar with all the previous Bioshock games. With that said, due to its heavy focus on spoiler-endings of previous titles, players not familiar with all of the previous games should avoid Episode 2 for their own good.

Final Verdict: 7 out of 10

Status: Good

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