Your companion in BioShock Infinite is Elizabeth, a young woman with a sweet haircut and the unique ability to interact with tears in reality. Previews have cited examples of this power such as pulling a wagon from another dimension into your own for cover and depositing crowds of sympathetic fighters near your enemies.
My concern is that this system will be relatively limited in scope. How many unique tears will be in the game? Will a conceptually creative mechanic become stale in practice as we see the same options recycled every few encounters?
Don't get em wrong - I have high hopes for BioShock Infinite. Everything about the aesthetic is compelling, and since Irrational Games has effectively killed thoughtful game podcasts by hiring GFW Radio's Shawn Elliott and Idle Thumbs' Chris Remo I pretty much have to buy their stupid game. That's why I've donned my game designer cap and come up with some creative uses of the tear system while the game is still early enough in development to implement them.
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