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A closer look at mysterious heroine Elizabeth in new BioShock Infinite screens

Any new BioShock Infinite screen is worth writing about as far as we’re concerned, but the four released today are particularly great. This is our closest look at enigmatic sidekick Elizabeth – both her crazy powers and her compelling personality – outside of the E3 demo video we posted last month.

Just look at how much emotion and expression is conveyed in a single image:

That is a character you want to know, and want to protect, without even hearing her speak. The second screen showcases Elizabeth’s “tear” ability – she can rip through the fabric of BioShock Infinite’s universe to pull your choice of objects from a parallel timeline. Here, she’s bringing a new cover object into existence, but notice that the player has two additional options in the menu:

Sometimes Elizabeth’s tear ability is so powerful that it will transport you both into a parallel universe. Say, where the year is 1983 instead of 1912 and Return of the Jedi is in theaters under its original title, Revenge of the Jedi. This mind-melting scene was in the E3 demo, but only as a brief flash – this screenshot implies, quite intriguingly, that you can explore the alternate 1983 as well.

Irrational sent us one last image today. It doesn’t have anything to do with Elizabeth, but it does hint at the possibility of a deranged dentist villain to thematically replace the demented Dr. Steinman in BioShock. Now the question is… can the developers create a creepier version of Sander Cohen, too?

Aug 17, 2011

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  • Wolfrank13 - August 19, 2011 8:48 p.m.

    If this game doesn't turn up to be amazing, I will lose all hope, forever.
  • LeSieg - August 18, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    My eyes are loving the colors of this game. After playing dozens of hours in New Vegas, it's nice to be reminded brown is only just one of many colors. Oh and I'm thinking that the 1983 sections have something to do with a game-altering plot twist near the end. Say...maybe this actually takes place after Bioshock I & II.
  • marioman50 - August 18, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    She looks like a character you'd might expect to see in the "James in the Giant Peach".
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - August 18, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    Funny that you called so much attention to that first picture. I think Elizabeth's face sometimes comes across as really goofy looking, and that shot pretty much epitomized why. Still, this game is going to be badass.
  • Crypto140 - August 18, 2011 2:23 p.m.

    Ok, everybody on the internet, I will be the guy who has to say this: Elizabeth's boobs are NOT that big, there is room for improvement. But yeah I can't wait for this game, why do they tease us so?!
  • GrandHarrier - August 18, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    So, the first image looks kind of scary. Like, "Real Doll" level of uncanny valley creepy.
  • Clovin64 - August 18, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    Elizabeth's face bears an uncanny resemblance to my 5 year old little cousin. Boner lost.
  • Marcunio88 - August 18, 2011 11:04 a.m.

    Really liking the art style of this game. Just goes to show how important good design is rather than just trying to be "realistic".
  • Yaro - August 18, 2011 8:34 a.m.

    Man, seriously fix her face please....She has giant baby face with huge eyes, cries a lot and has big tits. I'm seriously getting confused here...
  • codystovall - August 18, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    Im the only one it seems not interested in bioshock. Her head looks to big for her body in that first image.
  • g4m3rk1dd - August 18, 2011 4:28 a.m.

    a creepier version of sander cohen? did you not listen to his audio diary "The Ears"? not gonna happen...
  • ObliqueZombie - August 18, 2011 3:56 a.m.

    I feel... the need to protect.
  • practicallyhitler - August 18, 2011 3:56 a.m.

    Damn you Charlie Barrett!! Seriously, like I need to want this game any more than I already do! You merciless bastard...
  • jdoreslahti - August 18, 2011 3:43 a.m.

    No. No they can not make a creepier version of Sander Cohen.
  • jasoncarter - August 18, 2011 3:11 a.m.

    UberNoob Like how you stuck that little gem of a comment in there. Troll away sir. On topic I'd actually like to see some more game footage soon if possible. Still it looks quite good.
  • McSpermie - August 18, 2011 3:11 a.m.

    This game looks great, but I really want a System Shock 3. This looks like it's going in the action direction, which is fine and all but I liked System Shock because of the RPG elements, that's what I want from Irrational.
  • MechaGecko - August 18, 2011 3:08 a.m.

    The first picture really made me want to cry.
  • 510BrotherPanda - August 18, 2011 2:59 a.m.

    I like how the word "painless" on the dentist sign is so tiny an 'unimportant'; it's like those Terms of Service notices at the bottom of commercials... Weird. the reCAPTCHA had a word that was almost "oppai"=Elizabeth's boobs?
  • UberNoob - August 18, 2011 2:16 a.m.

    I cannot wait any longer for this game. Oh well, as I like to say to myself, the more time for development, the more mistakes and imperfections that are to be found and fixed (except Duke Nukem Forever; that was just a fail).
  • codejunkie83 - August 18, 2011 1:41 a.m.

    Really can't wait for this game. Looks amazing.

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