Now that most gamers have already finished BioShock: Infinite, analysis articles are slowly popping up on the net, each of them discussing either the complexities of the game’s plot revelations or its thematic motifs. This compilation is still a work-in-progress, so expect more to be added in the future. As always, beware of SPOILERS.
1. Understanding BioShock Infinite’s ending – ending explanation, by Michael Kyle
For those who have difficulty understanding the ending and its ramifications, this easy-to-comprehend article should make things clear. Be sure to also check out the comments section where some users have posted some interesting speculations.
2. The Gilded Cage, by John Titi
A mostly spoiler-free review of Infinite, where Titi explains some of the game’s thematic flaws, lack of credibility, and failure to live up to the high expectations of its predecessor.
3. The Hall of Heroes: BioShock Infinite’s Fort Frolic? , by Tom Bradwell
One of the game’s most memorable locations, the Hall of Heroes, is given a thorough analysis by Bradwell where he discusses the implications of its historical context and how the game’s ending changes our understanding about the characters.
4. On BioShock Infinite, by Robert Florence
Florence explains how Infinite isn’t just a step forward for videogame storytelling, but for videogames as an intellectual art form. He also explains how the game taps into a primal truth of the human spirit: we all want to raise and protect our own children.
A highly academic article discussing the social, political, and religious themes of Infinite, and whether the game was intended to be anti-American and an attack on the Tea Party movement.
Plante argues that the violence and gore in Infinite was unnecessary, and detracts from the game’s storytelling. It also alienates the game’s potential, non-gamer audience.