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Spoiler Bioshock Infinite Spoiler blog.

April 4, 2013


I would hope that you, dear reader would understand that this post about Bioshock Infinite will be chock full of spoilers. I will be talking in depth about the story and characters. I will not be holding back and if you are reading further you’ve either played through the game, aren’t bothered about having the story spoiled (I do not understand you) or just like reading my articles (I also don’t understand you). Hopefully this paragraph will fill out the preview window and I can get on with the juicy, delicious, plump story
So who guessed the ending before you watched it? Which part? Because there were so many incredible parts to the ending of Infinite that if you guessed it all then you, sir/madam are a liar. I played through the game in two sessions over two nights with the credits rolling at about 01:00. My wife had walked into the room in which I was playing to take a look at what the game looked like. She knows how much I love the Bioshock series and seems genuinely interested in the story. Yes I have an amazing wife. She sat down and asked a couple of catch up questions from when she checked in with me earlier. She stayed through the final battle while offering some encouragement and then the game was done and the ending began. 
We both sat in silence as Songbird smashed through Elizabeth’s prison and she transported us and the songbird to Rapture. I got chills as I realized where were were. It was one of the most perfect moments I can remember in gaming or film. It is this type of moment that really shows the emotional impact that a game can have. Only with the 40+ hours of game play you spend with the Bioshock series can the impact of being taken back to the very beginning of the first game really hit home. The only comparable experience I’ve had recently is with the end of the third series of Sons of Anarchy in which issues are resolved from all the way back in series one. Ken Levine and his team obviously recognize how much Bioshock fans love Rapture and while this scene was, in reality, nothing more than fan service it had such a huge effect on me that I will not forget it.
As the characters move through the corridors of rapture, Booker asking Elizabeth to explain what’s going on I was trying to prepare myself for what the answer would be. Trying to work out what the connection between Booker and Elizabeth as there must be something. I remember thinking earlier in the game that the twist would have to be that Booker is somehow connected to Comstock but the route was so expertly hidden that I couldn’t see it, even with all the evidence I’d seen or heard. 

I had a thought about writing down my interpretation of the ending of the game so that if my writing style doesn’t explain it fully you can at least reference the part you disagree with.

  • Elizabeth has the ability to move between and interact with all of the dimensions in existence.

  • She either had this power all along or gained this ability by being taken from one dimension to another and essentially existing in two dimensions at once.

  • Booker Dewitt was married, however his wife died during the birth of their child Anna.

  • Due to his depression from the things he’d done during wars and working as a Pinkerton agent he tries to get baptised.

  • In one dimension he accepts the baptism and takes the name Zachary Comstock.

  • In another dimension he turns away from the baptism and continues gambling.

  • Because of the gambling debt he cannot pay he is offered a deal by Robert Lutece acting for Comstock to bring him the girl (Anna) and wipe away the debt.

  • Booker then tries to go back on the deal and take his Daughter back but is successful. He watches Comstock take Anna through a closing portal which severs her little finger in the process.

  • Roughly twenty years later Booker is offered a way of getting Anna back by Robert Lutece.

  • He is then taken to the same dimension in which Comstock (Booker post baptism) took Anna (Now Elizabeth)

  • During the process of moving through dimensions his memory of Anna disappear. He then creates a new memory in which he is tasked with bringing the girl back and wiping away the debt. He also believes that his Daughter died with his wife during childbirth.

  • He is then shown that not only did he give his child away, but that she was renamed Elizabeth.

  • He is then shown that in another Dimension he becomes Comstock and creates Columbia.

  • In order for Columbia to not happen they revisit the dimension in which Booker get baptized and they drown booker. This stops Comstock being born, creating Columbia, creating dimension manipulation and taking Anna.

    If you haven’t played the game that must sound absolutely mental. However the way it is explained in the game is incredibly done. My wife and I watched the whole thing through in silence and were blown away. I remained in silence for a good long while as I tried to look back over the voxophones and other interactions in the game which could help me explain things.

The fact that Comstock knew so much about the battles that Booker had also been in seemed like the ramblings of someone trying to make himself out to be a hero. I completely bought that and used it as part of the summary of the game when explaining the story to my wife after night one. The reason why someone with AD branded on their hand would be seen as a false prophet. Why would Comstock know that Booker would be branded like that? Why would the Lutece’s help out over and over? Why in a Voxophone would you find out that Comstock wondered what happens when someone is baptised? Does the evil you remain, and the good emerge? We then find out the Comstock is still as ruthless given that he kills his wife and anyone that knows the secret about Elizabeth and that baptism doesn’t change someone, only a name.
You also hear Booker react to the fact that everyone in Columbia has to give half of their wages to the church as a tithe and mentioning how he should set up a religion. It goes on and on and during my next play through I hope to find the rest of the voxophones and hear the whole story. 
One thing I think I missed in my earlier post is that in no way did I feel cheated with the story. They give you so many hints in the game as to which direction the story is heading that the ending merely joins the pieces together. What they did well was show you a a beautiful abstract picture that you would be happy to look at and then rearrange that picture into a portrait that leaves you speechless. If you’d tried hard enough you would have been able to see both, but you were too busy admiring the original picture to care.

I just realized how much I’ve typed already and I’ve barely scraped the surface of the issues in Infinite. Seeing the Vox Populi turning from inspirational freedom fighters to terrorist butchers as soon as they get a foothold, looking to murder children as well as those who oppressed them.

How religion at it’s worst can just be a means for a few chosen to get richer and richer while neglecting those who need their help and money the most. How redemption is not found through one public act but by seeking to improve the world around you even if it means you don’t succeed as a result.

I would love to hear your views on this game. Let me know if you think I got the ending wrong or if you think Infinite just disappeared up its own ass and got to big for its boots. You aren’t going to change my opinion but I still want to hear yours.

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  1. criticalwrites permalink

    I keep finding myself going onto Youtube just to hear the Elizabeths tell me that I’m both Comstock and Dewitt before getting drowned. That is my favorite part in the game, even over when they go to Rapture (though of course that part is still amazing)! Never have I loved a game series like I’ve loved Bioshock.

  2. I feel very similar. While the COD series will be seen as the most successful series of this generation I think Bioshock will be the most loved critically. I’ve actually played through all three of the games in the last month so I’ll be following this blog up with a Bioshock retrospective before giving people who don’t like Bioshock something to read.

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