First BioShock Infinite DLC released, second DLC announced

For those of you who have purchased BioShock Infinite‘s Season Pass (myself included), the wait for the first piece of DLC is over.

Titled Clash in the Clouds, the first “real” DLC for Infinite (the Columbia’s Finest DLC was just the preorder bonuses) is a horde-mode feature that is purely combat-related.  It includes 4 maps based on locations from the main game with each map having 15 waves.  Cash is earned as reward for completing waves and defeating enemies.  Bonus cash is awarded for chaining kills, headshots, Vigor combos, variety kills, and for completing “Blue Ribbon Challenges,” which range from completing a wave using only Sky-Line strikes or shotguns.  I’ve played 2 of the maps so far, and some of them are indeed challenging to earn (obvious, I know).  After the completion of each new wave, the player is given either an infusion or a gear and a chance to change weapons or buy weapon and Vigor upgrades before the new wave is started.  All acquired gear, infusions, and upgrades are permanent and carry over from map to map.

What else can be bought with the cash?  In the Columbian Archaeological Society, concept art, Kinetoscopes, Voxophones, and character statues can be purchased.  Each thing bought in the museum costs a lot of money, which adds to the replayability of the game mode.  Personally, I think this is a good addition to Infinite as it adds some much-needed combat to the heavily story-driven main game.  Each challenge I completed so far will test your skill with guns, Vigors and the Sky-Line.  If you cannot complete a Blue Ribbon challenge at your first go, play the other maps first so you can earn more money for upgrades and replay the wave when you are more powerful.

Clash will also serve to kill time until the next DLC, a story scenario that returns to where it all began: Rapture.  Titled Burial at Sea Episode 1, this DLC’s setting is Rapture before the civil war that turned the underwater city into the psycho-filled ruin that is present in the first two BioShock games.  This DLC will most likely feature the return of Plasmids, as Booker is seen lighting Elizabeth’s cigarette with the Incinerate! plasmid near the end of the trailer.   The Little Sisters are also seen in the trailer, but it is unknown if the iconic Big Daddies will make a comeback.  Irrational confirmed that characters from the first 2 games will make an appearance, and most notably, both Booker and Elizabeth will be playable characters.  This will mark the first appearance of a female player character in the series.  Burial at Sea Episode 1 is slated for an October release.  Both this and Clash in the Clouds are included in the Season Pass.

Having played the first 2 games to death and accumulating a sizeable Big Daddy body count, I am very exited about Burial.  Although October seems like a long time away, Irrational have consistently put out quality products, dating all the way back to System Shock 2.  The studio said that gameplay elements from Infinite will appear in Burial.  I wonder if the Sky-Lines will make an appearance, but it would be awesome if they did.

Sources:
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/07/30/bioshock-dlc-announced-some-out-today/
http://kotaku.com/bioshock-infinite-dlc-will-eventually-let-you-play-as-e-957393972

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Introduction: Welcome!

Welcome everyone, to my blog.  My name is Mr. Mir.  I am pretty much your typical geek: I love to play videogames, like to watch anime, listen to music, read, make videos of me reviewing videogames or anime, and writing about topics I like.  A few days ago, I decided to do something productive with my hobbies of videogames and anime: I was thinking about starting a blog in which I would write about my thoughts about videogame and anime related topics or even write text reviews because I’ve always been more comfortable with writing than speaking.  Well, now that thought is reality.

I plan to post at least twice a week.  My posts may be text reviews (with pictures, of course), first impressions of a videogame/anime, opinion/rant posts on videogame or anime related topics, or just post about whatever is on my mind.  I’ll link videos from my YouTube channel as I complete them.  Now onto details about me.

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I’ve been playing videogames since December 1988, which was when I got the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) as a Christmas present.  I still remember spending the whole morning playing the included Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt cartridge.  I was just 5 years old at the time.  Now, almost 25 years later, I have played games on the NES, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, GameCube, PSP, Wii, and Xbox 360.  I was (and still am) a huge fan of the video arcade and loved to go every weekend.  Now, I mainly play games on the gaming PC I built back in 2011.  I’ve been playing videogames for so long that I feel like they are in my blood.

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I’ve been watching anime since I was around 10-11 years old (I believe the earliest anime I watched was an Ultraman movie), but I really got into it around 2000-2001, which was when Tenchi Muyo! first started airing on Toonami on Cartoon Network.  I’ll admit, the main aspect about anime that got me interested at the time was the cute ladies in the shows.  😀  As I watched more anime such as Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, and .hack//Sign, I realized that the intricate storylines, well written characters, art style, maturity and overall quality of anime was what I was ultimately interested in.  I still like to look at the ladies, though, so that aspect of my interest in anime is still there.  Although I own quite a few anime series on DVD, I’m still more of a video gamer than an anime viewer.

I’ve been making videos on YouTube since March 2008.  I started out with gameplay videos of Doom with 3D sprites and enhanced textures, but eventually I moved on to Let’s Plays, reviews and rants, which I called “vent sessions” in order to try to sound unique (I got the “vent session” idea from Five.Bolt.Main’s album Venting).  Nowadays, I haven’t been making many videos mainly due to real life issues and my own laziness, but I plan to change that.  However, I plan to make more blog posts than videos for the aforementioned reasons.  I’m not completely giving up on video making, though.  Lately I’ve also been uploading videos to Blip because YouTube apparently does not understand the definition of “fair use,” especially when it comes to anime reviews.  Videogame reviews seem to be just fine to them, though.  Biased much?  Here is the link to my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/NLMir

Lately, I’ve been thinking about where to go in my life and what I can do to make my life better.  I think making this blog is a step in the right direction.  I plan to work on my writing skills, do something productive with my hobbies and maybe even meet new people with similar interests.

If you’re still reading this far, thanks so much!  I appreciate it!  Keep on hanging in there!