BioShock Infinite Debuts Heavy-Hitters, Plus 5 Other Video Game Mega-Threats
Things have finally been really moving on the upcoming third game in the critically acclaimed BioShock series of first person shooters. Set years before the original Rapture Saga, Infinite takes place on a flying city called Columbia where ultra-nationalism has plunged the city into chaos and violence just as ultra-Randian philosophies did to Andrew Ryan's undersea utopia. Our hero, a former Pinkerton named Booker DeWitt travels to Columbia to rescue a woman named Elizabeth with amazing powers, and becomes involved in the civil war being waged high above the Earth.
Though many characteristics of the original games have been retained, absent is the iconic dive suit-wearing enemies called the Big Daddies. Obviously, there is not much use for them in a flying city, but that doesn't mean that Infinite is devoid of major threats outside of its regular armed populace.
The creators have developed four so-called heavy hitters to replace the drill-armed protectors of the Little Sisters, and have released promotional videos for two of them so far. The first is a madman's version of the Hall of Presidents automatons called the Motorized Patriots. Crafted to look like George Washington, these clockwork Terminators wield gatling guns against you.
Just revealed are the gorilla-like Handymen. These poor souls have been permanently wrapped in large metal suits with giant hands and great strength. Their primary offense is either a devastating shoulder charge, or hurling other characters at you. This makes them as deadly to your enemies as they are to yourself. Two more heavy hitters are scheduled to debut in the coming weeks, and the game itself finally has a solid release date of October 16.
Mega-threats like the heavy hitters are nothing new. Plenty of games have enemies that don't qualify as bosses or mini bosses, but are just as deadly since they often are found out and about in the regular game world. In order to welcome the Motorized Patriots, the Handymen, and others to come, we celebrate those bad guys.
The Creeper is a terrifying enemy. Not only does it rush up to you and explode, doing mega damage to both you and to the surrounding construction, it is totally silent except for a low hissing noise. Most likely, you'll only know you've been attacked by one when you're picking yourself up off the ground after the boom.