BioShock Infinite: characters with character

What defines a character? It’s the kind of question we tend to ask more with novels and movies than games – but when it comes to BioShock, it’s a valid query. We’ve got two exclusive videos that dig into the evolution of character in BioShock Infinite.

We recently had an opportunity to chat with actors Troy Baker (Booker DeWitt) and Courtnee Draper (Elizabeth) about their characters and how they built the roles they’re playing. What’s most interesting: How they’ve worked together, along with Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine, to craft their evolving personas. Watch the video for all kinds of nifty insights.


And speaking of Ken Levine, we chatted with him as well. Fascinating stuff, especially how Infinite defies Levine’s previous approach to the performances in his games. Check it out.


So, whaddya think? Are you as excited as we are for Infinite? And do you agree with us when we say that Troy Baker is poised to be the next Nolan North? (Which we mean in the best way possible – Baker's got some serious vocal chops, and we’d love to hear him in even more major roles.)

Sep. 6, 2011


  • ObliqueZombie - September 7, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    BioShock is my number one, undisputed favorite franchise of all time. I've never played a more refined, deeper experience than what Ken Levine (and whoever made BioShock 2 that wasn't Irrational) has produced. This is looking to further improve on everything I've loved about the original BioShocks: gameplay, lore, story, characters, voice acting, art style... it has it all and even better. And Troy Baker is way, WAY better than Nolan North in my humble opinion. North sounds almost... cliche. Like that voice-over guy in movie trailers.
  • codystovall - September 7, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    I dont know...seeing her powers and design...this is starting to look stupid.
  • philipshaw - September 7, 2011 6:56 a.m.

    Troy Baker is a awesome voice actor, he done great voice work in Catherine
  • CitizenWolfie - September 7, 2011 12:58 a.m.

    I wasn't a fan of the original Bioshock, thought it was a bit overrated. However after seeing the 15 minute walkthrough trailer from E3, this is definitely on my watch list. I like how you can use Elizabeth's powers on the fly for a number of outcomes (cover, ammo etc). Should mean everyone will have a unique play experience. If only Elizabeth didn't have that weird lolita baby face on top of that ample bosom. Couldn't the designers decide between child or sex bomb?
  • ObliqueZombie - September 7, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    It's already been asked a ton of times. And it's been answered in equal amounts that they're not going for realism, they're going to expressive design.
  • CitizenWolfie - September 8, 2011 1:44 a.m.

    Well I've only recently been following this game but I can see that the graphics are obviously stylised. However, expressive design or not, it still looks odd. Regardless of the artistic direction, it still looks like the designers couldn't decide between a young girl or sex object and in the end went for both.
  • IsaacShadow - September 6, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    I want this game more then I want a new car.
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - September 6, 2011 11:40 p.m.

    If I witnessed the second coming of Christ on my way back from buying this game, id run straight past so I could get home a bit faster
  • IsaacShadow - September 12, 2011 4:21 p.m.

    Damn straight
  • DualWieldingIsNotFeasible - September 6, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    Ken, please, just finish the game so I can play it. Seriously, if it's half as good as the original BioShock, it would still be a strong contender for GOTY 2012.
  • c-c-c-combo breaker - September 6, 2011 4:13 p.m.

    I cannot fap over a baby's face.
  • bboyd - September 6, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    "What defines a character?" Cleavage. Massive amounts of cleavage. . . oh, and emotion and all that.
  • UberNoob - September 6, 2011 6:03 p.m.

    Well, considering this game takes place in the early 20th century, the corset dress Elizabeth wears was common back than. It looks like it is for sex appeal, which in some cases it was back then, but it also had an aesthetic/fashion and medical purpose.
  • Money - September 6, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    Ken Levine is a god
  • Redeater - September 6, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    I am VERY excited for this game. Bioshock was one of the finest games this generation. Bioshock 2 was just as great because of the refined game mechanics. This one is a call in sick day one buy for me.

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