Bioshock Infinite’s 1999 mode has a hint of Dark Souls

January 26, 2012

Bioshock Infinite’s 1999 mode has a hint of Dark SoulsEarlier this week Irrational Games revealed that Bioshock Infinite would have a mode called 1999. This new mode is supposed to be a hardcore difficulty setting paying homage to the games of the past.

Back in the day games were challenging with no hand holding we see in a lot of the games today. Games did not have regenerating health, maps and infinite continues like today.

According to Irrational Games, the 1999 mode was created in honor of the studio’s classic title, System Shock 2, which was released back in 1999. After putting out a survey to fans of the series, the developers decided to take many of the hardcore elements from System Shock 2.

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The upgrade choices you make in Infinite’s 1999 mode will actually be quite permanent. If you decide to upgrade a shotgun instead of a sniper rifle, you will have to live with that short distance weapon. In addition to weapons, ammo and health will be scarce.

The game will also penalize you for dying as every time you respawn it will consume a particular resource in your inventory. Once that resource is completely depleted you will be greeted with a ‘Game Over’ screen, meaning you will have to start from scratch.

The 1999 mode sounds rather harsh and reminds me of Dark Souls in many ways as the game offers up challenges which prevents players from just getting a free pass through difficult areas.

39 Responses to “Bioshock Infinite’s 1999 mode has a hint of Dark Souls”

  1. CON:

    Cannot wait for this game!

  2. Roca.:

    with the lack of exclusives on 360 – I understand why you can’t wait.

    You already admitted being tired of this gen..and since you’re a Xbox only user you probably meant to say that you’re just tired of your Xbox..

    I understand your pain ;)

  3. CON:

    Poor little troll trying to flame.

    Bioshock Infinite is looking fantastic. You’re probably just bitter it will look better on xbox….BO0YA! LOL

  4. oldschool1987:

    Ain’t this being developed for the PS3 then ported?

  5. Roca.:

    what a lame come back CON

    it will look so much better..just like the last 2 previous Bioshock games\sarcasm.

    The point is I can wait for that game and every other game that’s coming this year since Sony has many great exclusive coming down the pipe.

    Next month I’ll be playing Twisted Metal – what exclusive are you going to be playing?

  6. phranctoast:

    “Next month I’ll be playing Twisted Metal – what exclusive are you going to be playing?”

    Don’t interrupt him Roca. He’s playing fruitcake ninja ;)

  7. oldschool1987:

    “Don’t interrupt him Roca. He’s playing fruitcake ninja”

    Not the swimming game, or the Disney game?

    *Impression of Disney kids at E3*

    OH NO, WATCH OUT FOR THE ROCK …phew that was close” lol

  8. Roca.:

    Time to get a PS3 CON

    LMAO @ Phranc & oldschool

  9. ncaissie:

    Pass!

  10. CarlB:

    “Next month I’ll be playing Twisted Metal – what exclusive are you going to be playing?”

    I’ll probably be playing Kingdoms of Amalur, it looks brilliant:

    http://ps3.ign.com/articles/121/1216517p1.html

    Then again I have yet to get around to:

    Arkham City
    Portal 2
    Dead Space 2
    Deus Ex: HR
    LA Noire

    In fact, of the 25 highest rated games last year, only around 4 were exclusive for PS3/360.

    h**p://www.metacritic.com/features/more/games-quarterly

    Next month:

    Never Dead
    FFXIII-2
    Soul Calibur V
    Kingdoms of Amalur
    Binary Domain
    The Darkness II
    Fallout New Vegas Ultimate Edition
    UFC Undisputed 3
    Grand Slam Tennis 2
    BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extended
    Syndicate
    Asura’s Wrath
    Heavy Fire Afghanistan
    SSX

  11. CON:

    “Time to get a PS3 CON”

    I would actually consider it for a game like this

  12. phranctoast:

    Your loss carolb but we all already know you don’t play multiplayer-centric games anyway. But thank you for chiming in on your backlog and wish list of games not as good as twisted metal.

  13. phranctoast:

    Sorry for the weird phone predictive test BS carlb. That honestly wasn’t intentional.

  14. Roca.:

    @Carl
    I’ll be playing most of those titles ALONG with Twisted Metal..and at least 3-5 Vita games

    The only game I’m interested in from your list are SSX, Kingdoms of Amalur & maybe FF13-2 but I’ll doubt I’ll get any of this day 1

  15. phranctoast:

    I think Neverdead looks terrible. Binary Domain, and Syndicate look like potential sleeper hits. It’s not on CB’s list but I was pretty impressed with the videos of Inversion I saw on PSN.
    I really enjoyed the first Darkness so I’m sure I’ll like the sequel. Of course I bought the Darkness when it was $5 though … :) I don’t see that changing much for the sequel.

  16. CarlB:

    No problem phranc.
    I guess what I’m trying to say is that 360 and PS3 gamers both have plenty of quality games to play without even having to bother with exclusives.

    “wish list of games not as good as twisted metal”

    It’s possible that not one of those games listed could review as high as twisted metal… let’s revisit this point when the reviews have come out, shall we? I think I also recall you were looking forward to Kingdoms of Amalur and SSX also.

    “I’ll be playing most of those titles ALONG with Twisted Metal..and at least 3-5 Vita games”

    You must have more time than me on your hands, and I’m retired. I might be able to get through 4-5 of those 14 games next month, and that’s not even counting Kingdoms of Amalur, which could be a 100+ hours alone.

    “I bought the Darkness when it was $5 though”

    Yes, but did you buy it new??? ;)

  17. CarlB:

    “I think Neverdead looks terrible.”

    Like Shadows of the Damned, still, it was a fun romp regardless.

  18. phranctoast:

    200+ according to a speed run I’m pretty sure I read.

    Yeah. I’m interested in those two also but SP games can wait as they’ll always be the same.

    I wish KOA well. My favorite fantasy author pens it :)

  19. phranctoast:

    Yeah but I thing SOTD still looked better. I wasn’t impressed with early stuff I’ve seen. The dismemberment angle I found to be kinda stupid.
    It is nice to see Japanese develops embrace western games though.

  20. CarlB:

    I don’t think they had a large enough budget for the graphics to look as good or better as SotD (SotD’s sales might have had something to do with that). I also don’t think the dismemberment angle was meant to be perceived as intelligent, but I could be mistaken.
    I look at these types of titles as basically some of the first steps for games on the path towards a relative equivalent to what the Evil Dead series was for film. And yes, I agree they have a long ways to go. SotD still seemed distinctly Japanese.

  21. phranctoast:

    Speaking of evil dead you should give Sam railmi’s produced legend of the seeker a shot on netflix.
    Also
    -Dresden files
    -Nikita

    Have also been pretty good.

  22. Roca.:

    @Carl
    “that’s not even counting Kingdoms of Amalur, which could be a 100+ hours alone”

    I’m pretty sure you’re going to boycott Kingdoms of Amalur…

    http://playstationlifestyle.net/2012/01/27/kingdoms-of-amalur-reckonings-online-pass-required-to-access-seven-quests/

  23. CarlB:

    That’s actually all I was watching before I left for Japan (Jan ’10). Havn’t gotten back around to it since, there is so much more available on Netflix now. I enjoyed Dresden also, but haven’t tried Nikita yet. Still in my queue though.

    @roca,

    Not at all. I already linked to that in the ms point thread saying it is actually a decent way of incentivizing new purchases. From what I understand, the game content was created as stand alone content from the main game (and hence the platinum), and will be offered as DLC later anyway. Doesn’t affect me in the slightest.

    http://www.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/10589.html

  24. CarlB:

    Btw, thanks for the link… I didn’t know you could unlock in game content just by playing the demo. I think that’s a pretty cool idea to get people to play them. Downloading it now to play later, and I’ve got the game in my queue at GameFly presently for when it comes out the week after next.

  25. Roca.:

    “Not at all. I already linked to that in the ms point thread saying it is actually a decent way of incentivizing new purchases”

    same as the online pass…check mate dude.

  26. CarlB:

    It is not the same because it doesn’t require you to pay in order to plat the game.

  27. CarlB:

    viz. Kingdoms of Amalur does not seem to require you to pay extra in order to plat the game like UC3 does.

  28. Roca.:

    Batman:AC does

    idk about KoA:R yet

    so are you going to boycott Batman?

    I could plat U3 and it won’t cost me a dime…why you keep saying it cost money to plat games – if you buy the game it won’t cost you anything…if you rented it, stole it, pirated it, bought it used..then you must pay the fee in order to play online (which shouldn’t be a problem for you since you are still saving a ton of money by not buying the game).

    you’re whining about two 3 things you don’t care about (online gaming & plats).

    so are you boycotting KoA:R and Batman?

    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2012/01/kingdoms-of-amalurs-online-pass-continues-a-slippery-slope-for-used-games.ars

  29. CarlB:

    “Batman:AC does”

    False.
    The catwoman missions are DLC.
    You can earn the platinum in Batman AC by earning every non-DLC trophy.

    http://www.ps3trophies.org/game/batman-arkham-city/guide/

    And even if online pass was required, I didn’t boycott UC3 so why should I boycott Batman or KOA?

    “I could plat U3 and it won’t cost me a dime…”

    It cost you much more than a “dime”, it cost $60.
    For renters, instead of just paying the rental fee (to the rental companies that support the publishers by buying and selling millions of dollars worth of games new all the time), they now have to pay 10 times more just for a few minutes of online play in order to plat.

    “you don’t care about (online gaming & plats).”

    When did I ever say I don’t care about plats in any games whatsoever anymore?
    Link please.

  30. Roca.:

    “It cost you much more than a “dime”, it cost $60″

    and it would’ve cost you much less…you still saving a ton of money so stop whining….if you don’t care about online, then online pass and online trophies shouldn’t concern you.

    You stated before that you don’t care as much about platinums anymore since you have a huge backlog of game (and many more to come) you now move on to the next game instead of wasting time trying to plat any game.

  31. CarlB:

    “you still saving a ton of money”

    By having to spend 10x more for the same content?
    That’s kind of fuzzy math don’t ya think?

    “if you don’t care about online, then online pass and online trophies”

    That’s just the point. I do care about online trophies when they are required for a plat in games I care about.

    Yes, I do have a backlog, so do most gamers. But the problem is still going to be there when we’ve cycled through it, and probably even more widespread by then.

  32. Roca.:

    “By having to spend 10x more for the same content?”

    You are still not buying the game new ($30-$60) and saving a lot of money buy renting and buying used.

    Game developers and publishers dont not see a dime from you.

    Look I understand where you’re coming from..it sucks that gamer who rent and buy used have to suffer because of these but because of piracy, used game sales, rental, etc we see many studios shutting down..gaming devices becoming useless (Wii, PSP, PC, Dreamcast, etc) and many IP not getting a sequel (Enslaved anyone?)

    If you love gaming you will support wouldn’t like to see developer shutting down their studios, afraid of creating risky and new IPs, milking the market with rehashes, and making your gaming device useless.

  33. CarlB:

    “You are still not buying the game new”

    The only difference now is millions of gamers have to pay a tacked on $10 fee whereas they didn’t before.

    “saving a lot of money”

    Saving less money now and having the games I play gimped thanks to PSN Pass.

    “because of piracy, used game sales, rental, etc we see many studios shutting down..”

    Please link to the example where even one single studio had to shut down because of rentals. Rental companies buy new games. They support the industry.

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-11-21-video-game-rentals-to-eradicate-pre-owned-sales

    “gaming devices becoming useless (Wii, PSP, PC, Dreamcast, etc)”

    Wii? 95M in hardware sales this gen. Even shovelware like Just Dance 3 is still topping the sales charts.

    PSP? 75M in hardware sales this gen. Over 50 games for it sold over a million copies. What killed it wasn’t rentals, it was a combination of iOS, Nintendo’s pricing, Sony’s clunky UMD, and lack of adaptation to the market.

    PC “useless”? You’re kidding right? Skyrim says hello.

    Dreamcast, etc? Consoles failed have both failed and succeeded in the past regardless of the rental market.

    IP’s don’t get a sequel because the market is already saturated, not because of rentals.

    “If you love gaming you will support”

    I do. I spend approximately $500/year in “support”. I have a PSN Plus subscription that I pay $50 a year for. I buy a few new games every year and I rent. All of this is supporting the industry.

  34. Roca.:

    “The only difference now is millions of gamers have to pay a tacked on $10 fee whereas they didn’t before”

    and the only difference is that games now offers gamers online functionalities…whereas games didn’t have any online function at all before and those functions cost money to maintain, run the server, physical space for svers, etc

    “Rental companies buy new games. They support the industry”

    used games were once “bought new” – the logic is pretty dumb…

    PSP is useless for gamers (unless you’re a pirate) and publisher now.

    Wii is worthless for publishers bisides Nintendo (and Just Dance is the exception, not the rule)

    Skyrim on PC…again this is the exception, not the rule. Developers don’t invest much in PC gaming now days…There are more PCs than 360…how come 360 game sells MUCH better than PC?

    “IP’s don’t get a sequel because the market is already saturated, not because of rentals”

    or because people chose to rent the game or bought it used instead – you contributed to Enslaved having poor sales and not getting a sequel…did you you helped the game and purchased it new?

    “Saving less money now”

    Still saving

  35. CarlB:

    “games now offers gamers online functionalities…”

    Games have had online functionality for generations without having to charge for it.

    “the logic is pretty dumb…”

    Millions of rental stores and rental companies buying new copies equates to millions of sales that could not be matched if they were cut out. It’s simple logic.

    “PSP is useless for gamers (unless you’re a pirate) and publisher now.”

    Really?

    @Retail this year:

    Dual Pack Patapon & Loco Roco
    Dual Pack Motorstorm and Twisted Metal
    Dual Pack Hot Shots Golf & Tennis
    MLB 2K12
    Grand Knights History
    Growlanser IV
    Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood
    Monster Hunter Freedom 3

    “Wii is worthless for publishers”

    an install base of 95 million is hardly “worthless”

    “Just Dance is the exception, not the rule”

    Do you really think Just Dance is an exceptional game? The point is even games like it can still sell millions. But it’s not the only one:

    Skyward Sword
    Mario and Sonic
    Skylanders
    Kirby RTD

    all sold over a million copies.

    What is hurting Wii is that it graphics are extremely outdated and they have already shifted focus to WiiU.
    Not rentals.

    As for PC, games for it are much more reasonably priced through avenues like Steam and GoG than even used copies. The developer and publisher still profit without profiteering.

    “how come 360 game sells MUCH better than PC?”

    Because it doesnt’ cost $1000+ for the hardware alone.
    Because you don’t have to spend another $500 every year to upgrade to enjoy the games best settings.
    Because you don’t have to deal with half the headaches involved with a gaming rig.
    Because 360 allows you to rent games.

    “or because people chose to rent the game”

    Again, please link to where Enslaved or any other game does not have a sequel because of rentals.

    “did you you helped the game and purchased it new?”

    GameFly will continue to buy and sell it new years after retailers have removed it from their shelves.

    “Still saving”

    So now everyone should be excited about having to pay for something they didn’t have to before?
    The definition of “saving” is “reduction in cost”, not increase.

  36. Roca.:

    “Skyward Sword
    Mario and Sonic
    Skylanders
    Kirby RTD

    “all sold over a million copies”

    Make a list of all the games that sold horrible..have fun ;)

    “an install base of 95 million is hardly “worthless”

    I only need one Wii (not 95 million) and one will be as worthless as the other 95M since there arent anything good to play on it besides the few games you listed above.

    “Again, please link to where Enslaved or any other game does not have a sequel because of rentals”

    poor sales (rentals, used games, etc)

    “So now everyone should be excited about having to pay for something they didn’t have to before?”

    U3 online always had an online pass attach to it…it was never “having to pay for something they didn’t have to before?”

    if U3 online didn’t require an online pass and few months down the line Sony start charging for its online mode…than you would be right…but that was not the case.

  37. CarlB:

    “Make a list of all the games that sold horrible”

    No need. They’re all the horrible ones, but hell, even the horrible ones sold well. ;)

    Wii is old and dated. That’s it’s problem. Not rentals.

    Still no link to any game studio that closed because of rentals. Because there are none. Because rentals support the industry.

    PS3 exclusives with online play didn’t always have PSN Pass attached to them. Now they will and now renters have to pay for something they did not have to before.

    If PS3 exclusives with online play always had PSN Pass attached to them since the start of this gen then you would be right, but that was not the case.

  38. Roca.:

    “Because rentals support the industry”

    so does the online pass – win win for the industry then :)

  39. CarlB:

    So would paying twice as much as we do now – win win for roca then :D

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