I have to let this off my chest. I'm really nervous for Bioshock Infinite.
For me, Bioshock was one of the best games I've played in all my life of gaming. I've played it 16 times already, and still play it today just to roam around Arcadia, Neptunes Bounty, Medical Pavillion, etc...
I LOVED the atmosphere in Bioshock. Everything else, the narrative, the combat, the characters were just brilliant icing to a magnificent cake.
The atmosphere in Bioshock was awe inspiring. It evoked emotions, happy and sad. It was the first time in a game where I actually dreamt of living in such a setting.
I love bioshock with such a passion. It's the type of game where you'll still remember and play when your 80+ years old.
Now I'm excited for Bioshock Infinite. I really am. On paper it sounds amazing: Ken Levine is back at the helm, Irrational Games is back at the helm, it seems like there taking there time with the game rather than being rushed by the publisher. Everything sounds like this will be as memorable as Bioshock was.
But at the same time, I don' t know. I know the narrative will most likely be awesome, I know there'll be great characters, and I'm sure the combat will be great as well. But like I menitoned above, the MAIN REASON why I loved Bioshock was it's atmosphere. An for me, so far at least, the atmosphere of Columbia doesn't really hold a candle to what Rapture had.
edit: why is there spoiler marks around Bioshock? I didn't put them there..
Personally, one of my favorite things to do in Rapture is just walk in Fort Frolic, go in some store with the beautiful 40's art deco, with some old 40's song playing in the background while I stare out into the window watching the blue ocean. It's weird, but I really enjoyed doing that. It's just one of those things that made Rapture so special.
Now, we don't know much about Columbia, and we haven't really seen much of it. So I guess I'll stay optimistic. But I sadly, sincerely doubt that the atmosphere of Columbia can match the magical atmosphere of Rapture...