BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea Episode 2 review round-up: a sweet farewell

All the verdicts in one place

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 is the final chapter in Booker and Elizabeth's narrative arc, and also the last entry in the series from Irrational Games following the studio's surprise closure in February.

To give you a taste of what critics thought, we've rounded up a number of early review scores below, along with short excerpts from the verdicts. We'll add more reviews to the round-up as they're published.

  • PC Gamer: 80 - As Irrational's final work, Episode 2 is a fitting epitaph; both in its ability to offer a fresh perspective on the series, and in the way it obsesses over past triumphs. Rambling plot aside, Burial at Sea, Epsiode 2 is an entertaining stealth-lite shooter with a likeable lead.
  • Joystiq: No score - It's unfortunate that Burial at Sea has been released in two parts, because players turned off by Booker's disappointing detective story may never experience Elizabeth's interdimensional trip through Rapture and Columbia. For everyone in our universe, I hope you paid for the season pass.
  • Eurogamer: 8/10 - While its narrative achievements are significant and Burial at Sea: Episode Two is enjoyable to watch and listen to, it's also fun to play. As with Episode One, its mission objectives boil down to basic fetch-quests, but the stealth mechanics suit the mood, feel well integrated and are enjoyable. It's also a poignant release, for it's not only the concluding part of Irrational's BioShock story but the final chapter of the studio itself. Impressively crafted and polished, it's a fitting end to Irrational's body of work. The story of BioShock might belong to Ken Levine and Irrational Games rather than to its players - but it's a story that's been well worth telling.
  • Strategy Informer: 9.5 - . It's better than Episode 1, and despite being "just" DLC is still one of the best games I've played in a while (better than Thief for sure). If you're a fan of Bioshock you'll be crying by the end, simply because it's over. You'll be shocked at how great it all was.
  • God is a Geek: 9/10 - Part Two of Burial at Sea delivers on the promise set out in Part One, and is a fitting close to BioShock Infinite in general. It's become cool to hate on Infinite in recent times, but bandwagons be damned, this is a fantastic piece of content, if a little pricey. You already know you're going to play this if you grabbed Part One, but I'm here to tell you that you won't be disappointed with Part Two.
  • IGN: 8.8 - Burial at Sea Episode 2 feels very much like a send-off for the Rapture and Columbia eras of BioShock - a carefully crafted, appropriately mind-bending sendoff. If this is indeed the end, it's been a hell of a ride from the bottom of the ocean up to the clouds and back down once more. Then again, Elizabeth herself taught us that there's always a lighthouse, there's always a man, and there's always a city.
  • Game Informer: 8.5/10 - Finishing Episode 2 is bittersweet, since it's the last piece of content created by Irrational Games as we know it. However, Burial at Sea also ties together the landmark creations of the talented team in a satisfying way, making it an appropriate curtain call for this amazing studio.