Bioshock Infinite‘s newest DLC, “Clash in the Clouds” (CiTC) was released July 30th, as Irrational Games’ farewell to the floating city of Columbia. CiTC is the first of 3 DLC expansions promised as part of Bioshock Infinite‘s season pass, and is available for non-season-pass holders for $4.99.
While the following two DLC packs will follow a narrative storyline, CiTC’s gameplay follows wave-based combat. The player faces increasingly difficult enemies and unlocks points which can then be used to unlock weapon and vigor upgrades, or various pieces of concept art or easter eggs from the game’s main storyline.
Overall, the gameplay is quite rewarding. Although CiTC is essentially “Horde mode” for Bioshock, it offers a few unique challenges that make is special, such as Blue Ribbon Challenges. Blue Ribbon Challenges require the player to perform certain tasks, such as: “Only kill enemies with headshots and Shock Jockey” or “Kill the Handyman without shooting him in the heart.”
Another difference between CiTC and other games is that between every wave you get a health, shields, ammo and salts refresh. Essentially, you go into each wave with full stats. Before each wave starts, the player is told what type of enemies they will be fighting, and is allowed to customize their weapon set accordingly. With the gameplay being as chaotic as it is, it’s beneficial to have a moment between waves to catch your breath.
My favorite part of CiTC is the “museum” section where the player can unlock items using the money they earned from combat. Players can unlock various concept art, 3D character models, Kinectoscope videos, and songs from the main story. There are 35 total unlockables, and they can be accessed at any time from the museum inside CiTC. It’s reminiscent of Modern Warfare’s unlockable “museum” that is earned from beating the campaign, but with a gentler atmosphere and a greater feeling of accomplishment.
Clash in the Clouds is an absolute buy for any Bioshock fan. If you enjoyed Bioshock Infinite‘s gameplay, and if you appreciate a good collection challenge like I do, this $4.99 DLC expansion is a bargain.