Achievement Preview Spotlight: BioShock Infinite

By Jonathan Barnes, 5 years ago
Every once in a while, a game comes along and simply blows the industry away, raising standards across the board and makes gamers, critics, and the general public take notice. Back in 2007, Irrational Games' BioShock (Xbox 360) was that game. It currently sits as the best reviewed FPS ever and has inspired countless gamers and developers.

But that was 2007. Next week, Irrational is prepared to drop the spiritual successor to their masterpiece, BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360), on the gaming public. After its announcement in August 2010, the game has had almost three years of build-up. In short, games don't get more hyped than this.

The question many of you are no-doubt asking, though, is, "How are the achievements?"

Fortunately, we've got you covered.


Let's start with the basics. BioShock Infinite has 50 achievements, nine of which are "Secret". Of the remainders, there are four achievements tied to completing the game on various difficulty levels (including the punishing throw-back 1999 mode), there are eleven focused around killing enemies with various weapons, and the rest are ripe for our examination.

Let's kick things off with one that will delight fans of the original game's plasmids.

Combination Shock in BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)
In the Main Campaign, perform all 8 of the Vigor combinations.

One of the great joys of BioShock games is throwing the kitchen sink at enemies, switching plasmids (or vigors) and weapons on the fly, and seeing just how creatively you can lay waste to your enemies. With that in mind, popping this achievement should appeal to the carnage artist in all of us.

Speaking of getting peanut butter in your chocolate or chocolate in your peanut butter, the next achievement will encourage you to put weapons and vigors together like peas and carrots.

Vigorous Opposition in BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)
In the Main Campaign, kill 75 enemies with a Vigor or while the enemy is affected by a Vigor.

Nothing like being rewarded for using your powers to the fullest, right?

The Handyman enemy was one of the first ones introduced (going as far back as the game's iconic reveal trailer). With a metal body, quick reflexes, but still a beating heart, nailing this achievement may take a good bit of dexterous skill.

Heartbreaker in BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)
Heartbreaker102 (50)
In the Main Campaign, kill a Handyman by only shooting his heart.

Let's hope your aim is steady!

One interesting tidbit about Infinite is that their punishing "1999 mode" requires unlocking, making this achievement a must if you're looking to pull down some hefty ratios.

Should Auld Acquaintance... in BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)
Unlock 1999 mode.

For those curious about exactly what "unlocking" will entail, I would suggest reading the Q&A that Irrational posted on the subject.

Speaking of "1999 mode", Infinite appears to have the spiritual successor to BioShock's Brass Balls achievement.

Scavenger Hunt in BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)
Complete the Main Campaign in 1999 mode without buying anything from a Dollar Bill vending machine.

I'm no expert, but this looks like it's going to be the ratio champion of the game, and I couldn't be more excited to test it.

Other highlight achievements include finding all of the game's Voxophones (which one can deduce to be Infinite's answer to audio diaries), spending money at vending machines, and collecting upgrades.

This achievement list looks like it has a little something for everyone. The absence of multiplayer (and its pesky achievements) means that solo gamers can enjoy this one without having to worry about setting up BioShock 2 (Xbox 360) -style boosting sessions. While the difficulty that "1999 mode" teases might be great, there's little else that should dissuade completionists from picking up Infinite next week.

BioShock Inifinite is set for a world-wide release this coming Tuesday, March 26th. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the front page for our official review next week!

If there's an upcoming game that you'd like to see featured in the Achievement Preview Spotlight, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.