Bioshock Infinite Burial at Sea Mac Review

Burial at Sea Episode 1 is BioShock Infinite’s first fully-featured DLC.  Building upon 2013’s Best Mac Game of the Year and taking place in the infamous under water city of Rapture (which made video-game history along the original BioShock back in the day), expectations were high.

Aspyr took care of the Mac version of the game, bringing it on the same date as on PC (a remarkable feat by the way), does Burial at Sea meet mac gamers’s high expectations? The answer below…

Where to get it? You can get Burial at Sea Episode 1 for Mac from GamersGate


Enter Burial at Sea 

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 1 (Mac)It’s hard to know exactly what to think of Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea (part one). In my opinion the game still suffers from the same bland gun-play that stopped the core BioShock Infinite from being a masterpiece.

The game’s RPG elements really are poor, it’s more of a story driven game with standard FPS mechanics (still trying to be Call of Duty at times). I thought Irrational Games would have taken the opportunity to take on board the concerns of the community and re-think their strategy on gun-play, but alas they have chosen to over look it.

That’s not to say the story isn’t well executed even if you can see the plot line from a mile away. Being a Ken Levine game, you know what your getting into and I’d hope you played System Shock 2 and the original BioShock (if not fore-shame on you) to get a full sense of what he’s capable of.

You play Burial at Sea again through the eyes of Booker DeWitt. This time there’s no debt to wipe away, but you are tasked by a freshly modelled Elizabeth, with finding Sally, who has disappeared within the under water utopia of Rapture. Upon leaving your office you realise this is a very different Rapture from what we have experienced before. This is a place for the rich and famous to come and play. The mood is bouyant and there is a party-like atmosphere in the air. This is transmitted on screen through the absolutely jaw dropping art style and the use of lighting is splendidly done with both natural and artificial lighting setting the mood and tone.

BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea Mac

The way in which the story unfolds is fairly unspectacular to be frank. As Booker you find yourself fetching and carrying items for the story to progress. Sure, the areas allow for some exploration but you can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed as Fontaines isn’t an area rich of content or side missions.

The port itself is stable as always from Aspyr. I played the game at 720p on medium settings and was pulling in around 25fps. I did however suffer some significant frame-rate drops during heavy combat scenes but that will likely be down to my GPU in my Mid 2011 iMac. Something to be aware of though.


Final Word

If you are a massive fan of the BioShock universe and the Booker/Elizabeths story, then this is probably for you. Alas, I had my fill at the end of the main campaign. I managed to blast through the DLC in just over 2 hours and for nearly £12 I personally just don’t see the value.

Another sterling and well done port by Aspyr but a cynical cash-in from 2K Games. Some things are better just left alone.

You can get BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea (Mac) from:

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  • Chris Tallant

    So compared to some of the Borderlands 2 DLC such as Tiny Tina, how would you compare the value/play?

    • MGregory666

      Personally Chris, I don’t it is even a contest between the value you get in Tiny Tina’s DLC and this.

      • Mac Gamer Ric

        And we know Mark knows his Borderland 2 DLCs……… 😉

        • Chris Tallant

          That’s why I wanted to know! I don’t have any of the Borderlands 2 DLC… Although I’ve heard excellent things about them. I’m still enjoying just playing with my

          • Th3taJ

            I feel Burial at Sea was made more around connecting the two events (Rapture and Columbia) though in their attempts to make the game relevant, it did end up being as entertaining as either or make that much sense.

            With Tiny Tina, it fits in the Borderlands universe and is a ton of fun!