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…

Get it as an in-app purchase within the base game from the Mac App Store:

BioShock Infinite

by Aspyr Media, Inc.

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2013-08-29

  • Genre

    Games

  •   $29.99
  • Platform

    Mac OS X

  • Version

    1.3.2 ⋅ 38.4 GB

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BioShock Infinite

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• • • PLEASE NOTE: Bioshock Infinite is a LARGE game. Please expect long download times and contact our Aspyr Support with any problems • • •

• Complete your BioShock experience with the thrilling new Burial at Sea - Episode 2 available via in-app purchase

BioShock Infinite puts players in the shoes of U.S. Cavalry veteran turned hired gun Booker DeWitt. Indebted to the wrong people and with his life on the line, DeWitt has only one opportunity to wipe his slate clean. He must rescue Elizabeth, a mysterious girl imprisoned since childhood and locked up in the flying city of Columbia. Forced to trust one another, Booker and Elizabeth form a powerful bond during their daring escape. Together, they learn to harness an expanding arsenal of weapons and abilities as they fight on zeppelins in the clouds, along high-speed Sky-Lines, and down in the streets of Columbia, all while surviving the threats of the air-city and uncovering its dark secret.

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In order to run the game with satisfactory performance, your Mac must meet these minimum system requirements: 2.2 GHz CPU Speed | 4 GB RAM | 30 GB free disk space | (ATI): Radeon HD 3870; (NVidia): GeForce 640M | 512 MB VRam

Supported Video cards:
NVIDIA GeForce 640M, 650M, 660M, 675MX, 680MX, 750M, 755M, 775M, 780M
ATI Radeon HD 3870, HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750, HD 5770, HD 5870, HD 6750, HD 6770, HD 6970, FirePro D300, D500, D700
Intel HD Graphics 4000, 5000, Iris, Iris Pro

If you are unsure about your system specs, head over to GameAgent.com and let the MacMatch feature do it for you!

GAMEPAD SUPPORT: BioShock Infinite supports the Microsoft Xbox 360 wired gamepad AND the PlayStation 3 Dualshock 3 Wireless Controller

NOTICE: Bioshock Infinite does not utilize Steam for encryption and will not work with Steam Bioshock Infinite DLC.

NOTICE: The following video chipsets are unsupported for Bioshock Infinite:
ATI RADEON HD 2000 series, HD4670, HD 6490M, HD 6630M, HD 7950
NVIDIA 9000 series, 320M, 330M.
Intel HD 3000, Integrated GMA 950, Integrated x3100.

NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (CaseSensitive)

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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 it from the Mac Game Store.

Note from Ric: This article comes from Resident Author Mark Gregory.

  • Chris Tallant

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

    • http://www.macgamerhq.com/ MGregory666

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

      • http://macgamerhq.com/ 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 son..lol

          • 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!