When a game features a mix of various genre elements and offers the player choices, everyone is going to approach the adventure in slightly different ways.
But for the hardcore, those who plan to tackle Bioshock Infinite with the meticulous nature of the role-playing lover, developer Irrational Games has a special mode just for you…
Today, 2K Games has announced the "1999 Mode" for the hotly anticipated Bioshock iteration, and it's "designed to challenge players in a variety of ways – each requiring substantial commitment and skill development." Essentially, it's a nod to the golden age of the industry, when video games "demanded more of the player." Irrational creative director Ken Levine said that while 94.6% of gamers polled said the upgrade options in the franchise enhance the gameplay experience, 56.8% said that being required to make permanent decisions about their character would be even better.
And so, welcome the new challenge. Said Levine:
"We want to give our oldest and most committed fans an option to go back to our roots. In 1999 Mode, gamers face more of the permanent consequences of their gameplay decisions. In BioShock Infinite, gamers will have to sweat out the results of their actions. In addition, 1999 Mode will demand that players pick specializations, and focus on them."
So not only will you be faced with permanent decisions, 1999 Mode will also feature demanding weapon, power, and health management. Oh, and if you don't have the resources necessary to respawn…it's Game Over. As the press release concludes- "it's not for the faint of heart."
Related Game(s): Bioshock Infinite