That being said, I've never played anything quite like Bioshock Infinite. Upon playing it, everything goes to shit. I miss assignments, I skip meals, I forget medication. I play it and play it until I get torn from the screen kicking and screaming. I've never really loved a character in mere milliseconds of being introduced to him quite like I love Booker DeWitt. I've never felt so powerful, so wonderful, and so brutal in my quest to wipe the cultist citizens of Columbia off the face of the Earth and have never wanted to kill anybody quite as much as I have wanted to kill their false prophet. The game is genius. I can run it on my system, and even at the lowest settings, in 896x504 resolution no less, the game is jaw-droppingly beautiful. I love every second, every hour I waste on this game. I feel like I was in love the moment I saw the obvious omen to my demise, the age-old lighthouse in the middle of the ocean, and have never loved anything quite as much as I loved grinding the zealots head when he first called me the "False Shepard". I was expecting trouble the entire time leading up to the game's actual combat, but I never expected anything quite so satisfying. I was introduced to an enemy not only evil, but thoroughly believing that they were the good ones and that I was the bad. The game has some of the most debased racism of any game I've ever played, and ever second of it makes me feel like if I don't smash the enemy to bits, they would continue their quest in their horrible indecency. Nobody is good in this game. Nothing is innocent. Every faction will stop at nothing, if not complete the brutal and senseless annihalation of each other. The Vox is brutal and will kill countless women and children for their cause. The cultists and their slogans of "protecting our race" and all of their nonsense with the worship of America's founding fathers makes the player truly want to go forward, but at the same time, you question your own morality, as the very character you play as isn't without his stains. Booker DeWitt is a terrible man, but in his heart there's some good to him. He has common sense- something that all of your enemies claim to have but don't.
I love the game almost, if not more than Doom itself. For me, that's a jaw-dropping statement. Doom is my life. It's my creed and credence, my end-all be-all. I will always love Doom, I will always enjoy the modding scene and every facet of its being. But to say that Bioshock Infinite is a perfect game would be a understatement. The game is legend. Every moment of me playing it has me captivated and engaged, the story is thought-provoking and plays with our most basic human instincts, and questions our logic, blurs the line between right and wrong and all the while having some of the best combat I've ever seen. Even Borderlands 2 has its faults... I've spent 250 hours in that game and bought everything, unlocked every gun and leveled up all that is there to be leveled up. But I still won't love it as much as the brief 5 hours I've played Infinite. Not by a second.
I came too late in the party. Bioshock Infinite has been out for quite some time, but somehow it's never been spoiled to me. Expecting it to be like the first game, I never gave Infinite the light of day. Oh how I was wrong in doing so. I can do nothing to show you how wonderful, immortal and timeless it is without first introducing you to the raw violence it has. And not just the violence, but how unique it is in its portrayal, how every facet of it is different from what you are used to, how well it does every tiny bit of its design and how it excels in everything that isn't multiplayer.
To even go on would be pushing it. Buy this game. Buy this game now. I don't care how. I don't care if you play it on xbox, ps3, pc or mac. Get it. If you don't have the hardware, buy it for this game alone. You'll love every second. That I guarantee. Even this article pales in comparison to the game I'm trying so hard to review. I can hardly find the words to describe it... besides the word "masterpiece".
Simply put, if you play two games in your life, make them Doom and Bioshock Infinite. You won't be disappointed.