This week in Steve (11-20-2013)

I have not played The Last of Us or Grand Theft Auto V, and Assassin’s Creed 4 is downloading as we speak, so there I can’t say that I’m batting a thousand on having played all of this year’s game of the year contenders.  If you forced me to choose right now though, based on what I have played, I would have a very clear winner for you; Bioshock Infinite.  Back in March when the game was released, it stole my heart in mere minutes.  The game was gorgeous right from it’s first moments, the gentle golden glow of Columbia making you nostalgic for a period you’ve never even lived in.  The characters (especially Booker and Elizabeth) were complex, emotive, and very easy to connect with.  The story beautifully wove together science-fiction, political and social commentary, and philosophy in a way that I hadn’t experienced since the original Metal Gear Solid.  Then I beat the game, and my utterly wonderful romp through Columbia was over.  So I waited.  And waited.  And waited some more.

I was busy this week so I’m not sure what day the “Buried at Sea” DLC actually got released, but this Saturday I was able to make my return to the world of Bioshock Infinite (or is it really a return to the original Bioshock?).  After many months of waiting, I got to spend a bit more time with some of my favorite video game characters.  Buried at Sea return players to the original world of Rapture before it’s destruction, but keeps the characters of Booker and Elizabeth (semi) in-tact.  If you finished Infinite, this premise will seem pretty understandable.  If you haven’t, none of this makes any sense.

When I first saw the trailer for this DLC I thought it looked awesome.  It had a very film-noir style that hadn’t really been prevalent in a Bioshock game before, it took us back to our beloved Rapture, and it even managed to fit Booker and Elizabeth back into the story.  The thing is, Buried at Sea kind of sucks…maybe…I’m not really sure yet.  Here’s the problem.  Buried at Sea (unbeknownst to me) is episodic DLC, so what was released last week is only episode 1.  It’s short (I finished it in under two hours), and it’s somewhat boring.  In typical Bioshock fashion, there is a twist at the end, but it’s not earth-shattering, and it doesn’t shed much light on the cryptic events of Infinite.  But it’s only episode 1.  That’s what I keep saying in my head.  Until the DLC as a whole is released, and I can finish the entire story-line, it feels premature to make a distinction as to whether or not I liked it.  All I can say is that I hope that episode 2 and beyond are a bit more…interesting.

In addition to playing Buried at Sea, the lady and I watched a movie.  It was a bad movie.  To be more specific, it was a very bad movie that had no business being anything less than pretty decent.  Elysium is a giant pile of crap, and Neil Blomkamp and Matt Damon should be ashamed of it.  Blomkamp is obviously capable of making great films, and Damon seems to make pretty good career choices lately, so how this steaming pile of absolute dog shit made it to theaters is beyond me.  If given the opportunity to watch Elysium or get a root canal, go with the latter.  Of the two, the root canal is less painful.  The only decent part about that movie is the “bad guy”, and he’s only good in that, ‘let’s laugh at this because it’s so ridiculously bad’ sort of way.