So. Just finished Burial At Sea Episode 2.
Liked: Again, gorgeous game and captures the claustrophobic environment of Rapture much, much better than the first (which leaned much too heavily on props from Columbia inserted, inexplicably, into the underwater city. Those elements are still here, but downplayed - no pointless skyline insertions. The combat is completely difference, worked to be much more stealth-oriented, and for the most part works decently well. Levels are incredibly tight on med kits and ammo, and Elizabeth herself is frail.
Luckily she finds the Peeping Tom plasmid fairly quickly. This is the key to the stealth - it lets her see enemies through walls and become invisible for short periods of time. The stealth hangs almost entirely on this, but it is fun to use, and you can grab upgrades for it which allow you to cloak and view enemies indefinitely while standing still. It does break somewhat though; most later portions of the game are beatable by aggroing enemies, cloaking as soon as they run up to you, and then whomping them on the head as soon as they disengage. This works even while standing cloaked in the midst of 5-6 enemies, systematically whomping them one by one. It is ridiculous, but it does help Elizabeth to feel like less of a helpless girl.
Disliked: Man the story in this DLC is confusing as balls.
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All in all, I find the Burial At Sea DLC to be a strange bird. It's as if Irrational were dismayed with Columbia and, having little faith in Infinite's own merits, decided to take the opportunity to tell another Rapture story. In so doing, though, they take Columbia and they make it feel small, a weird side-project to its more genre-defining forebear. Everything in Columbia turns out to be cribbed from Rapture, such that, at the end of Burial At Sea, Columbia feels like a knock-off, a weird Chinese copy of Bioshock 1. It's hard not to get the impression that this stems from Irrational coming to basically the same conclusion, and it's disappointing to me because there's so much potential in Infinite. That Burial At Sea chooses to end the story of Infinite (and possibly the franchise) by abandoning most of Infinite's ideas and revisiting a setting from a decade ago, not to mention ending on such a low note, depresses me.