I know this is a blog about the Punk lit but I mean, I couldn't resist. Read on and you will understand why.
Today is the official release of Bioshock Infinite and if I hadn't been working 12 hours yesterday, I would have been one of the people waiting in front of a Best Buy, sleeping in a tent and eating MREs.
The creators of the Bioshock series aren't new to the Punk world. They hooked me with their first two games : Bioshock (2007) and Bioshock 2 (2010.)
Bioshock and Bioshock 2 take place in the underwater city of Rapture during the 1960's. The city was built so people could live in a utopic society without any control from the government. The residents were offered freedom in their way of life and in research -- so much so that ADAM was created - the basis for plasmids (genetic manipulations) that allowed residents to manipulate their DNA to gain super powers!
The player ends up fighting his way through the sea of various plasmid twisted survivors who have gone crazy from their exposure with ADAM. The two most memorable characters being, of course, Big Daddy and Little Sisters:
I can't tell you much about Bioshock 2 without revealing some of Bioshock' story denouement so you'll just have to play to find out. Just know that it was filled with more biopunk goodness.
Now, back to Bioshock Infinite - the creators inched away from the Biopunkish feel to immerse the player into a Steampunkish aesthetic.
"Set in 1912, players assume the role of former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, sent to the flying city of Columbia on a rescue mission. His target? Elizabeth, imprisoned since childhood. During their daring escape, Booker and Elizabeth form a powerful bond -- one that lets Booker augment his own abilities with her world-altering control over the environment. Together, they fight from high-speed Sky-Lines, in the streets and houses of Columbia, on giant zeppelins, and in the clouds, all while learning to harness an expanding arsenal of weapons and abilities..."You've read this right, A FLOATING CITY WITH ZEPPELINS!!!!! I'll probably write another post gushing over the darn thing but as much as I want to do that now, it wouldn't be fair until I finish the game (right?) If that summary doesn't convince you to play then check the preview out :
[gone to play Bioshock Infinite]