Warning: This analysis contains spoilers for the endings of Bioshock Infinite and the original Bioshock, as well as minor spoilers regarding Mass Effect 3 and the film Looper. You’ve been warned.
As I write this, I am still reeling from the experience of just having beaten Bioshock Infinite about an hour ago. Very rarely am I comfortable with instant labels, but I can already tell that it’s one of the greatest games I’ve ever played. Not just because it’s ludicrously fun or because it’s got an incredibly well-told story with great characters with wonderful interactions. The thing that truly transcended it was its ending, which turned this narrative that hinted at the ramifications of free will and choice into a wholly profound and beautiful statement that celebrated the very nature of choices and possibilities, as well as the medium as a whole. Continue reading