Bioshock Infinite has finally released the DLC for which everyone has been waiting in the form of Burial at Sea – Episode 1. It is, to a certain extent, well worth the wait. The add-on takes us back to the preferred location in Bioshock, Rapture, the underwater dystopia, and lets us see it before it really started to fall apart.
Elizabeth is there with you as you search for a young girl who may or may not be your daughter. She provides the same assistance she does in BI, although she seems less adept at finding supplies than she was in the game proper. Interestingly enough, ammo is far more scarce than you might expect and you will find yourself relying on melee much more that you might have in BI. I found myself dying a bit more at the same skill level I used in BI.
Graphically, it looks gorgeous in the non-splicer areas. The splicer areas that you end up in are suitably creepy, and the fact you are fighting/exploring a sunken department store makes things all the more engrossing. Interestingly enough, the fact that the “powers” are called Plasmids (from Bioshock) instead of Vigors (from BI) adds to the nostalgia.
There are a few problems, however. The first is that it is damn short, and even if you explore every nook and cranny you will be hard pressed to get three hours out of the DLC. Some might balk at paying $15 for a three hour experience. It is especially poor when compared to the recent DLCs from DX:HR and Dishonored. The second issue is that the combat is more BI than the original Bioshock and thus a tad clunky at times. The fact you are limited to two plasmids & two guns is irritating as well.
Short though the trip back to the Rapture is, it is an engrossing one and the plot does have quite the twist to it. As with Bioshock Infinite, this DLC is more style and story over substance, but you are still hard-pressed not to enjoy it.
The nagging problem is the value for money and it probably lies on the fine line between rip-off and just enough. If you can resist staying away from Rapture for a month or so you might want to wait for the inevitable Steam sale or even wait a bit for the GOTY edition of Bioshock Infinite. Here is hoping that the second episode is a bit longer.
Bioshock Infinite is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Mild Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco.