BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode One

Rating Summary

Based on 33 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

30%

Critics Recommend

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74 / 100
Nov 11, 2013

Burial at Sea, Episode One is good but not essential - the only piece of BioShock story content you could say that about.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2013

Part 1 of BioShock Infinite's story-centric DLC returns to Rapture but doesn't give you long to enjoy it.

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7 / 10
Nov 10, 2013

And, of course, it takes us back to Rapture, one of gaming's most compelling spaces, where we can draw expansive parallels between its present and its past and feel clever for connecting the dots. How heavily invested you are in Irrational's artistry will ultimately determine how much you get out of this slender expansion.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2013

The mystery of how these characters fit into this setting is the big draw, but don't expect a complete answer until the second (and final) episode hits

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7 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2013

The return trip to Rapture is welcome, but Burial At Sea's first episode is confusing

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5 / 10
Nov 10, 2013

BioShock Infinite's mechanics don't play nicely with the underwater city of Rapture in Burial at Sea - Episode 1.

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Nov 10, 2013

Practically oozing fan service from every pore, Burial at Sea is both as glorious and as imperfect as Rapture itself. The visuals are sensational, the combat a reasonably healthy marriage between Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite. Booker and Elizabeth both take well to their detective noir roles. Yet, like the promise of Rapture itself, Burial at Sea's splendor doesn't last forever. Things go unexplained, shrugged off as the too-short DLC rushes towards its conclusion.

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6.5 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2013

I wasn't too impressed by Burial at Sea Episode One, mostly because it just doesn't add a whole lot to the overall franchise outside of the last 30 seconds, and it's simply not compelling enough. While it's quite possible that Episode Two will tie everything together in a neat bow and blow us all away, Irrational Games has yet to make a legitimate case for a return to Rapture.

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7.3 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2013

Burial at Sea is a worthy return to Rapture, but by the end you'll wish you could've spent more time absorbing the sights and sounds of the city's unspoiled areas. The grand tourism of the game's opening versus the constant combat in the rest of the DLC creates a disconnect that makes both halves feel underdeveloped. Hopefully episode two will mend the tear of Burial at Sea's two disparate parts.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2013

Ultimately, the recreation of Rapture is work worth doing, and Irrational Games deserve the credit for the sweat of their brow. Anyone thinking of playing this already has a sunk cost in BioShock Infinite – if three hours of the upper quartile of that game's level of world-building and combat justifies the expense, you should not be disappointed.

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