Watch the full E3 demo for BioShock Infinite: 15 minutes of gameplay, countless moments of awe

Why did BioShock Infinite win our “best of show” ribbon at E3 2011? How did the game earn over 70 awards at the conference in total? Just what did I and my fellow journalists experience behind closed doors that had us so exhilarated, so awestruck, so presumptively positive that Infinite would end up Game of the Year in 2012?

Stop wondering and see for yourself! The complete 15-minute gameplay demo is available for viewing right here:

That’s a helluva lot to absorb, so please share your mind-blown thoughts and observations in the comments section below.

Jul 8, 2011



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  • ConservativeGamer - July 13, 2011 3:25 a.m.

    @NightCrawler_358, Yeah but Portal 2 is a puzzle game in the shoes of a FPS, so it is almost required to be scripted. Bioshock had been more how do you want to kill the bad guy using your own brand of tonic/weapons/environment(shocking water). I just hope this isn't lost when you add in the extra NPC's and hoards of enemies.
  • Crackseed - July 12, 2011 9:02 a.m.

    I'm not a Bioshock fan since I actually found the first 2 games very repetitive and uninteresting, besides the story having a couple of cool twists. No offense to anyone who loves those games of course! I was a huge System Shock 2 fan so it was sad to feel a bit disconnected but man, Infinite may definitely be Levine's game to finally surpass SS2! Very much looking forward to this one now :)
  • NightCrawler_358 - July 11, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    Awesome. Although the scripted events make it look like most playthroughs will be the same, that didn't stop Portal 2 from being amazing.
  • Helios - July 11, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    When Booker was going after that big blimp thing, but then he circled back over the area where Elizabeth was, did anyone else notice Elizabeth fighting some guy? I thought that was pretty interesting. She'll stay out of trouble when she can avoid it, but she'll defend herself to get out of situations.
  • ConservativeGamer - July 11, 2011 5:01 a.m.

    As great as this video looks, I wonder how dynamic verse scripted the new world of BioShock will be. It seemed that the game tester or player that made this video made all the right moves in positioning of Booker in relation to the scene at hand. When Song Bird first appears (around the 2:00 mark), Booker hides in a perfect position to see Elizabeth face and reaction. I wonder what would happen if you looked out the window, walked around the room, or just started shooting at random objects. Does the world react to this or does the scene play out scripted (a very well done scripted action) as usually? While this is not a big deal, it was just the start of the bigger question I had. Another one was what if you just walk up and shoot the horse (with the gun, not holding A to do the directed action of euthanasia)? Does the game react does it just play the same way? What about the crowd/Vox Populi on the way to the execution scene? Can you shoot the guards or the man who cat called Elizabeth? If so, does this start the fight earlier and change the execution scene? Maybe I am reading too much into it, but as well as this video looks, it seem extremely scripted (which all game play videos are to some extent) and I wonder how thing will play out in a real game playing setting. (I understand the first two games were heavily scripted, but they also did not have nearly the same level of minor NPC’s and environmental space/freedom) The fight scene left me one part exited and one part confused. The large battlefield, the list of environmental and “tonics”(I think that’s the new name for plasmids) tools to use, Elizabeth’s abilities, and other examples makes gunplay look really exiting and expansive. But I will admit that I was confused as heck on what was going on. The enemy seemed to be coming from everywhere, the action became pure chaos as some points (the sky rail especially) and where and what Elisabeth was doing seemed undefined most of the time. Plus, Booker seems to be an absolute bullet sponge and the health system looked broken in some parts. I know it looks like I am tearing the game apart, but I do think it will be an amazing game. But I just hope what looks amazing will be what plays amazing when this game comes out. If the two previous games are any indication, I will not be disappointed.
  • Lemons - July 11, 2011 2:51 a.m.

    Loved the first two Bioshock games myself and when I had first heard they were coming out with a new one with almost no details I was somewhat skeptical, I have tried to stay away from as much news as possible about this just to not raise or lower expectations. When I read this demo was on here I could not resist....and god damn!!! It looks nothing short of amazing considering how wrong it could have gone. Interesting place to go with it and I'm glad they did something different with it. Not to say they couldn't have made it in the same setting as before and still came out awesome but man this game looks to be quite an experience. Definitely going to pre-order this.
  • Yeager1122 - July 11, 2011 1:08 a.m.

    Amazing i actually ran across this on tv accidentally but i could watch it again and again.
  • twewy13 - July 10, 2011 7 p.m.

    haven't played bioshock yet but i heard the gameplay was not its strong suit. this looks like it has some interesting gameplay. it completely immersed me too, i felt like i was watching a movie.
  • SDHoneymonster - July 10, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    Mackly - I see where you're coming from. I liked the scavenging in the Bioshock games; it set them apart from most other shooters (well, that and the fact that you could shoot bees from your arm!) and it lent to the atmosphere a huge amount. Scrambling around to find some health and ammo before Big Sister came to kick my ass was terrifying and brilliant and a feeling you can't find in Halo or CoD. In all honesty though, I don't particularly play Bioshock for the shooting mechanics - it's all about the story and the setting, and Levine looks like he's coming up trumps again here. Hugely excited for this.
  • yoshiking - July 10, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    Two things that must be said: 1. Songbird is THE greatest/scariest thing I've ever witnessed in the Bioshock Series (I was screaming at Booker to duck the hell down in the shop) 2. "Four score and seven years ago-" " Keep looking Elizabeth" The chemistry between the two during those 15 minutes left me very devastated that she left with the Songbird... and then angry enough to buy the game and get her back. Also, I want my whole city to convert to skylines for transport. I'd pay higher taxes, government. SO MAKE IT HAPPEN!
  • Mackly - July 10, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    Edit: Everything else looks extremely good. This one thing isn't going to stop me from playing it at all. It also looks like that enough people will be firing at you at once that it would be hard to regain health. I like that part.
  • Mackly - July 10, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    I think i saw a major flaw that would possibly ruin it for me. I see no first aids like in the first two bioshocks. This might mean theres a regenative health system. This ruins it for me a little, but not completely. I just wish that they wouldn't go and put THAT part of modern gaming into it.
  • Crypto140 - July 10, 2011 3:04 p.m.

    I hope this game comes with a spare pair of pants. Becasue this game is jizz in your pants awesome! But I am really curious on how this game will tie into the Bioshock world of Rapture. I was shocked to see thatyou couldnt be a one man army with 8 weapons at once, to be honest I am going to miss that.
  • Headstandz - July 10, 2011 1:46 p.m.

    I didn't like the first Bioshock games. They weren't my taste. This just looks amazing.
  • Fro4show - July 10, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    OH. MY. GOD.
  • shawksta - July 10, 2011 8:52 a.m.

  • Zeb364 - July 10, 2011 6:59 a.m.

    @purple_omlet: That's how you know this game is truly above anything else ever made. You sincerely can't believe it's real.
  • Zeb364 - July 10, 2011 6:55 a.m.

    This is like my tenth time watching this video and I still can't get my head around how awesome it is.
  • Gameguy94 - July 10, 2011 3:18 a.m.

    Its just nice to hear you character's voice, but EVERYTHING in this demo was just awesome.
  • CancerMan - July 10, 2011 3:03 a.m.

    After watching this, I had to stop and weep. This game is going to be so good.

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