As great as the world of Columbia maybe, it wouldn’t be itself without the sweet little details and subtleties that one can so easily overlook. However, overlooking is a not in the dictionary of serious gamers, particularly those who search every nook and corner of an in-game territory, even if it’s a floating city filled with people who want to kill you.
BioShock Infinite’s rich world also gives you an opportunity to look around for some Easter Eggs. They’re small, they’re nice, and they just make this lovable game even more lovable.
Here’s the list of Easter Eggs in the game, and how you’d find them:
If there’s one complaint I have (which isn’t a complaint at all actually), it’s that BioShock Infinite is rather easy. That’s why people are preferring Hard mode, which really just plays like normal, and those wishing for more challenge might be left out.
However, fear not fellow brothers! For there is an additional mode called ‘1999 Mode’, an extra-hard mode which is normally available after finishing the game, but can be unlocked with this secretive Konami Code:
PC: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Cancel Key, Confirm Key
Xbox 360: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
PS3: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, O, X
It’s called the 1999 mode because it is a reference to the then-famous game System Shock 2 by the same developers, which was an inspirational precursor for the BioShock series.
You’ll be facing the following penalties/restrictions in the 1999 mode:
- Reduced player respawn points
- Reduced ammo
- Any weapon upgrade specializations are permanent
- Any Vigor upgrade specializations are permanent
- Enemies inflict greater damage
- Player has reduced and faster-depleting health
Return of the Wrench
Remember that brutally effective wrench in BioShock? Well, you can find it in Columbia (what’s it doing here anyways?) near a broken vending machine, right after collecting the Murder of Crows Vigor.
A Wounded Knee
No, this isn’t (thankfully) pointing to the over-used arrow-to-the-knee joke from Skyrim. You’ll see Booker handle a box with his name emblazoned on the front. For those who don’t know, Wounded Knee was the site of a massacre perpetrated by the 7th Cavalry against the Lakota Sioux in 1890 during the last days of the American Indian Wars. Clues, clues.
Singing With Elizabeth
I’ll confess that Elizabeth is quite a lovable character actually, and her magic adds to her personality. Who knew she could sing too? In the bar at the Shantytown, there is a guitar in the basement. Interact with it and Elizabeth will start to sing.
Delayed Three Times
Irrational Games seems to know that you were quite displeased with the three times BioShock Infinite was delayed. When you enter the arcade, Elizabeth will approach one of the games called ‘Flintlock’, stating that it’s the ‘latest in the series’, and has been delayed ‘three times’.