I love the original Bioshock. Everything about the story, the aesthetic design... Hell, even the gameplay (arguably it's weakest aspect) had me enthralled when I first played it and it's atmosphere has me coming back again and again. As good as I think that game is, Bioshock Infinite is a whole new kind of good. Granted, when it first came out, Infinite had things working against it that were coming from my side of the experience: a personal trait of mine is that I will HATE something that I believe doesn't deserve to be incredibly hyped (i.e. Jennifer Lawrence, Joss Whedon, Frozen. I know, I know. I'm a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥). So when people claimed that this game was amazing, and then I played it and I could only carry two guns at a time, I got upset. And when I got through the ending, I was furious. I felt like they wanted to make this whole new game with a whole new story that ended up crumbling in on itself because it was cheap. But after that short state of mind, I started looking around the internet, trying to figure out what I just went through, and what I uncovered made me appreciate this game and the whole Bioshock universe even more.
I realised that the Bioshock games need to be analysed. They need to be thought about, talked about, read about, generally investigated because the depth of these games go beyond their narratives. They reflect on stories and games and stories IN games, and they do it in such a beautiful way, spreading the message throughout the whole game but never shoving it down your throat.
Besides that connection between the games of the series, there is very little that has stayed the same in Infinite. There are still Plasmids (now called Vigors), similar combat, and audio logs to collect, but the art style, setting, story has change significantly, but remain to be just as impressive. And as much as it has changed, I still felt it to be a true Bioshock game (I'm talking about the everything before it is OBVIOUSLY a Bioshock game). I felt it create a whole different atmosphere to the first game, and yet it was so familiar. This is what I'm talking about in terms of depth, as I felt it's theme of (POSSIBLE SPOILER) 'constants and variables'
was reflected in more than just it's story.
If you liked the original Bioshock, I would say there is enough here to justify a purchase. Just don't think of it as 'Bioschock 3', think of it as 'A Whole New Bioshock'.