Achievement Preview Spotlight: Burial at Sea DLC

By Jonathan Barnes, 5 years ago
Kids, I'm going to try and cut down my schoolgirl excitement and bring you the most objective preview of next week's hot DLC release, BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)'s "Burial at Sea", as possible. This task will be as difficult as denying a "Would you kindly" request and I appreciate all of your support in this matter.

Since it was announced that Irrational's first story-based DLC for Infinite would take gamers back to Rapture, the setting of the original BioShock (Xbox 360), gamers everywhere began to count down the days until we could take the bathysphere back to Andrew Ryan's underwater utopia (especially in the days before its fall). That day is coming next Tuesday and it's high time we take a look at the achievements in store.


"Burial at Sea" will add an additional ten achievements and 250G to Infinite. Of those ten, three are "Secret" and are (in my opinion) best left that way so as not to spoil any of the delicious story. The seven that remain have some definite highlights that will be sure to please BioShock fans.

As plugged-in gamers know, "Burial at Sea" is set to introduce two new plasmids/vigors, "Old Man Winter" and "Radar Range". The first achievement in our examination will reward gamers for expanding their genetic repertoire.

Fully Equipped in BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)
Purchase any two upgrades for Old Man Winter or Radar Range in Burial at Sea - Episode 1.

Not much needs to be said here, aside from make sure you save some of your dollars to buy and upgrade these new powers.

Our next achievement is sure to make fans of the original BioShock smile.

Confirmed Luddite in BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)
Destroy ten Turrets in Burial at Sea - Episode 1.

One of my favorite things about Irrational's 2007 classic was the hacking and turning of turrets and other security systems. While the original, Pipe Dream hacking system is unlikely to return (fingers crossed, though), taking out ten turrets shouldn't be too difficult if they're as plentiful as they were after Rapture fell.

The next two achievements tie back into the first one at which we took a look.

Cook and Serve in BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)
Make 5 enemies explode with the Radar Range in BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 1.

Break the Ice in BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)
Shatter 5 enemies who have been frozen with Old Man Winter in Burial at Sea - Episode 1.

To reiterate, you best learn to love those new powers because quite a few of the achievements (five of the ten) depend on you using them.

The last achievement to attract my attention warms the cockles of my heart like a nice whiskey after a cold, wet day.

Audio Enthusiast in BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)
Collect all Audio Diaries in Burial at Sea - Episode 1.

Audio Diaries are some of the best collectibles in any game ever, adding richness, life, and depth to an already amazing environment and story. The fact that Irrational is putting such a heavy (50G) emphasis on collecting all of these delicious nuggets shows how much love and work they put into them. I, for one, am excited to scour ever inch of Rapture to find every drop of story.

While we don't have details on those "Secret" achievements (which make up 100G of the 250), it's reasonably safe to assume that they're story-based and will be uncovered at key points in the game.

All-in-all, these achievements seem to be pretty basic: a heavy emphasis on the new powers, a good dash of story, and a reward for taking out one kind of enemy. If you're one of those gamers who's desperate to keep up their 100% completion on everything Infinite has to offer, it looks as if you have nothing to fear from "Burial at Sea" (as opposed to "Clash in the Clouds" which has the completion destroying Blue Ribbon Champ achievement) when it's released next Tuesday.

If there's an upcoming game or DLC pack 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.