I love Bioshock. I even really liked Bioshock 2. I was REALLY looking forward to Bioshock Infinite, and I still am, but I must say that I can’t help but feel ashamed for such a uniquely visual game to have such a generic actionbro cover. Check out a full sized image of the terrible, terrible artwork after the jump mixed with a generous helping of patented Joe Cam Bitching™.


First things first, check out the artwork, which honestly, for any other dudebro shooter, would look fantastic, but this isn’t just some generic dudebro shooter. It’s Bioshock Infinite, and I feel that fans of the Bioshock series expect more out of Irrational Games than just some generic dudebro crap.


Chin down, eyes up, is the right way to do things anymore, right Mega64?

Let’s see, what does the cover do right? Well it has pretty colors, you have that. It has the proper name of the game, too. They get points there. But then you have the generic action shooter pose, angry guy holding a gun, fire, stubble. And let’s not forget some good ol’ orange/blue contrast! Good lord, I want to play Bioshock Infinite, not Call of Uncharted: Battlefield of Honor.

Where is Elizabeth? Where is the Columbia cityscape? Where is the Songbird? Where is some of the incredible art design that went into the creatures and people of the game? Can he at least hold some kind of non-generic looking weapon?? I guess I can hold out hope that the Ultimate Songbird Edition has some kind of distinct, non-crappy artwork.

At the absolute very least, at least we can all take solace in knowing that despite whatever artwork was crapped out for this game, the actual game itself will probably be one of the highlights of 2013. I guess we will see when Bioshock Infinite hits store shelves for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on February 26th, 2013.

3 Responses so far.

  1. Toastie says:

    For the love of God.. its only a Cover, why do we make such a fuzz about a simple Game Cover?
    It doesnt matter what they use as long as the Game is great, yes it may seem that we had MANY MANY games featuring such Poses, but i dont see a problem with it.

  2. mike says:

    why do we make such a “fuzz” about the cover? well.. in the past bioshock has been an artistic tour de force.. ok maybe thats an overstatement.. but the bioshock cover art always hinted at the dark and beautiful game within; it showed us that the game designers very much cared about the aestetics of the game and werent just cranking out another piece of crap because the fans who bought the last one would buy this one (something i have witnessed in other games, and so far the only sequals i have been willing to buy were bioshock and portal)..

    sure.. i’ll buy the next one.. or maybe i’ll just wait for the game reviews to make sure this isnt just another piece of crap shoveled out by the game industry..

  3. Michael O'Connor says:

    I honestly don’t mind the cover.

    The pose is fitting. The theme of the story is centered around people’s warped perceptions of heroism and patriotism, and when those kind of ideologies are taken to an extreme. From what I’ve seen of the game so far, it seems Booker has something of an excessive ego himself in regards to that theme, so it suits him.

    That and it’s just great art anyway, predictable looking as it may be.

    Hey, at least he’s not positioned centre stage of the box, walking towards the viewer…

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