Foreword: This is an overall review of BioShock Infinite’s story and it’s spoiler free. It took a lot of self-discipline to talk about the story at all without divulging any details or going on any tangents of theories. xD
BioShock Infinite’s story is one of the best I’ve ever experienced. The game is dense with themes that are captured in a great narrative that isn’t direct until the time is right, and it’s not so subtle that it doesn’t give the players the insight to get a sense for it all without being told. Its characters have such a relationship to each other because of the story that they all build on top of each other to create a dynamic that complements one another at every turn, and the themes of redemption and absolution resound at the center of it all because of it. It has a concise sense of characterization in that it offers it only in the ways that matter to the story, which is the character’s values, morals, and motivations. It’s complex and meaningful without losing its heart, which is so hard to accomplish. From Booker to Comstock the characters deliver what matters in a great way. The potential fault it carries is that you are always in the meat of the story, and never the fat. There’s rarely a time in the game where things aren’t revolving around any of the major characters, and the lack of interaction with most of the citizenry of Columbia beyond the oh those guys are against me made it feel like it was simply a plot device, instead of a city full of imagination.