A spoiler free list of recommendations to take you deeper down the rabbit hole…
Likely the most obvious of comparisons, LOST was riddled with mystery, cliffhangers, and out-of-place elements that somehow made sense on the mad world of “The Island.” The world created by J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber, and Damon Lindelof flourishes with rich characters, deep mythology, and unique storytelling mechanics.
Indoor Kids reporter Matthew Burnside summed up Bioshock Infinite the best:
“If you like a Stanley Kubrick movie and you like anything Damon Lindelof has ever done, if the two of them got together, made a novel, and then someone adapted that novel into a game, there you have it.” – Matthew Burnside, The Indoor Kids Podcast
Like Infinite, LOST is as much sci-fi as it is a psychological and philosophical case study rooted in a universe with a history so palpable you can nearly chew on it.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz1yHmUW05Y]
If you’re in need of another game to curb you craving for mystery, look towards Myst.
Sucked into a book and stuck on a mysterious island, the player must find a way back to reality. Along the way, one finds that the island is actually a hub for several other worlds harboring clues to unlock the secrets of the island. The journey also involves choice as the player comes across red and blue pages, each fragments of two brothers lost in their own books, twisting the decisions of the player.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKCawALGeXw]
A remarkable masterpiece by writer and director Darren Aronofsky, The Fountain follows two lovers across three timelines, each depicting the lengths we will go to save the life of the ones we love. The Fountain explores several spiritual themes and the inevitability of our existence. Like that of Bioshock Inifinite, the film jumps between realities, yet these span the course of one thousand years. The film also features a fantastic soundtrack by Clint Mansell.
“[The Fountain is] very much like a Rubik’s cube, where you can solve it in several different ways, but ultimately there’s only one solution at the end.” – Darren Aronofsky
Vanilla Sky may be more similar to Bioshock Infinite than any other media. Without giving too much away, it holds it’s cards in until the very end with one great twist, builds a world with clever references to pop culture, and delivers it’s puzzle pieces by seemingly jumping through past, present, and future. And for those that love the Lutece twins, characters like Edmund Ventura will likely whet your appetite.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHtF8PADoN0]
Billie Holiday Pandora
One of the greatest parts of the original Bioshock was hearing the muffled sounds of the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s as Jack paced down the dark and abandoned halls of a 1960s Rapture.
While Infinite takes place in 1912, audio recording quality varied very little compared to Billie Holiday’s era. Billie wasn’t born until 1915, 3 years after the events of Columbia, but her voice (and the music of the time) are just as haunting as those captured in Bioshock Infinite. And like that of Booker, Billie’s life and death were filled with dark horrors of addiction and loss.
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