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It's easy to relegate games as the lesser medium in terms of fictional storytelling when comparing them to movies and books, but every once in a while a game comes along that really sets its own place in history as a fictional masterpeice and Ken Levine's Bioshock Infinite is one of those games.
Already garnering universal praise (and rightfully so), the atmospheric and brilliantly written Bioshock Infinite is a dramatic sci-fi adventure for the ages. YouTube user Dangs08 took 14 hours out of his day to play through Bioshock Infinite and then edit all the footage down to a three-and-a-half-hour “movie”, which you can view in its entirety above.
Dangs08 manages to keep all the important aspects of the story in context while also including the bridging gameplay aspects so there's a measure of continuity and flow to the story. Of course, if you haven't played the game yourself there are obvious spoilers throughout, but personally I think this is one of those rare cases where this game works better as a movie in game format than as a game itself.
If for nothing else, I really hope that Levine and the talented crew at Irrational Games are at least remembered when award time comes around later this year for the art direction. By and far the iron Patriots were a brilliant way of using mechanized fascism in the form of nationalism as a serious mini-boss to contend with throughout the game. Flags for wings...just brilliant. Oh yeah...and Songbird rocked!
You can pick up a copy of Bioshock Infinite right now for PC, PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. For more information be sure to visit the Official Website.