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Two weeks ago Ken Levine teased on Twitter that some news was going to break on Tuesday July 30, 2013 . Fans were abuzz with anticipation. Some fans speculated that the story based downloadable content (DLC) was going to be released. Most know by now that was not the case.
“Clash in the Clouds,” the first DLC released was a combat themed romp through four new maps with some minor story related content thrown in to satisfy those who pined for more expansion from BioShock Infinite’s amazing story. The story based aspect came from Voxophones left by Rosalind Lutece (the scientist behind Columbia’s ascent into the clouds).
“Clash in the Clouds” places protagonists Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth back in Columbia fighting against just about every enemy encountered in BioShock Infinite (except the Boy of Silence) on new maps which condense the Columbia’s iconic environments down to four battle fields. In each map (with fifteen battles per map) players combat enemies while having the option to complete “Blue Ribbon” challenges which provide some added difficulty to each battle.
Money is awarded for each enemy killed and players can either use this money to upgrade weapons or buy artifacts for their museum. While money is easily stacked up in “Clash in the Clouds,” it will be needed to purchase each map thereafter.
The museum provides some behind the scenes from the making of BioShock Infinite. Such behind the scenes include voice actors Courtnee Draper (Elizabeth) and Troy Baker’s (Booker) first audition for the game and a motion capture scene performed by Heather Gordon for Elizabeth.
In addition, character models can be purchased, and most notably the Voxophones can only be heard if the player purchases both of the Rosalind and Robert Lutece models located at the back of the museum. These five new Voxophones give some insight into how Rosalind Lutece feels about the events which transpired before the events of BioShock Infinite. Other than the Voxophones, the other character models are neat to look at but do not add anything else to the story. However, it is interesting to see the first model of Elizabeth from the early gameplay demonstrations.
“Clash in the Clouds” is not much in terms of entertainment. For those in love with “BioShock Infinite’s” combat system, this is the DLC for you. For those players intrigued by the added Voxophones there isn’t much else. However, those waiting for the highly anticipated next DLC “Burial at Sea” you will want to complete “Clash in the Clouds.” There is a neat little Easter egg which alludes to “Burial at Sea.” Simply complete the maps (no need to conquer every Blue Ribbon challenge) and purchase every item for the museum and Elizabeth will be standing next to it once you return to the museum.
Rating 2.9/5- For $5.00 USD “Clash in the Clouds” is a short combat themed DLC which can be completed within a few hours. It makes an attempt to tide fans over until “Burial at Sea” is released, but unfortunately it simply is not enough.
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