I was actually hoping that GameTrailers had just the Bioshock Infinite gameplay clip up, but it turns out it’s 30 seconds after several minutes of The Force Unleashed II during their GT TV show. But I actually didn’t mind, because the new gameplay footage of TFU2 looks pretty good. The platforming looks much better — meaning it looks average instead of awful — and the gameplay has a nice God of War scope to it. “A-ha, Bricken!” you yell. “What shenanigans are these? You keep lambasting Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for being a God of War clone, but praise TFU2 for the same?” Actually, no. See, my problem with LoS is that the gameplay looks exactly like GoW, same combat, same combo system, practically the same weapon. What I like about TFU is the GoW-type scope of giant monsters fucking around with the environment, while you kick ass with insane Force powers. Note: If Castlevania: LoS had shown me anything as exciting as God of War with Force powers, I’d be all over it.
As for Bioshock Infinite, the gameplay footage is so brief, but so good. I don’t know if those are scenes from just one level where shit is hitting the fan, but holy shit is shit hitting the fan. I’m also excited that you seem to be killing regular people and not some type of splicers, but I’m fucked up like that. But most importantly, if you didn’t immediately decide to purchase the game the instant you saw the protagonist hit a dude hanging on a monorail line knocking him into a building and leaving a massive blood splatter… well, you’re not me, that’s for sure.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.