Ken Levine defends BioShock Infinite’s Burial at Sea DLC over length concerns

Bioshock Infinite

By on November 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

The Burial at Sea DLC for BioShock Infinite, released just yesterday, is reportedly only about 2-3 hours long depending on how much you stop to smell the roses.

Speaking to Eurogamer, creator Ken Levine defended the length, saying “I think there are definitely people who are like ‘Well, I want hours and hours of gamplay’. I think if that is your primary metric, this probably isn’t the thing for you.”

“If you want to feel like ‘Wow, I just got a whole new experience’ – that’s what you get out of this.”

Levine said that he, as a gamer, always chooses quality over quantity and that “Very few people would judge a movie based on how long it is.”

“If you look at it, [Burial at Sea] is really the first level and a half of a new game – or maybe not a new game, but of a sequel. And we knew that meant it wouldn’t be the longest gameplay experience.”

Source: Eurogamer

18 comments (Leave your own)

Yet i clocked up 700 hours on Borderlands 2 and im not complaining about DLC’s. These kids need to get over them selves.


Meh, I got the Season pass for close to free with the Store credit that gave out as part of the pre order combo deal. Haven’t finished it yet – But I did spend close to an Hour just visiting all the shops and listening to all the Conversations from every NPC in the beginning (Like I did with the Base game).

Though I think currently – now – the DLC and/or Season pass is pretty overpriced for what you’re getting if you can’t find a deal on it.


Price on steam – $19.99

Game time: 3 hours

Average time played in infinite: 13.56hrs

Average cost of game in Australia: ~$100

100/20 = 5

5 x 3 = 15hrs

Math checks out. We’re getting what we paid for. No need for hyperbolic anger guys.


Ironically I thought Bioshock Infinite was a perfect example of quality versus quantity gone wrong.

The gunplay and combat in Bioshock Infinite was awful and didn’t tie in with the narrative, yet interminable hours was spent gunning down hundreds and hundreds of enemies. To what end? The enemy AI was poor, balancing of guns and powers was poor, it was just series of hurdles you had to jump through to get to the next cut-scene, and the worst part of it is that it makes no sense to the narrative. Is our hero REALLY the type of person able to murder hundreds of humans in cold blood? With no effect on his psyche or character?

It felt like they padded out a 4 hour game into 20-25 hours with nonsensical, underwhelming combat sequences…



I agree. I think that game developers have to make a choice between narrative and enemy meat grinders. It’s really jarring when a character says: “Oh, what a waste of life!” just after mowing down literally hundreds of people. At least Spec Ops: The Line tried to make you feel bad about it.


I actually at first glance thought that 20 seemed a lot but Russ’ explanation makes perfect sense. I think I’ll pick it up come winter sale might be a little cheaper. I just blew 45 on Enemy Within haha so that will do for now!


Russacky: Price on steam – $19.99Game time: 3 hoursAverage time played in infinite: 13.56hrsAverage cost of game in Australia: ~$100100/20 = 55 x 3 = 15hrsMath checks out. We’re getting what we paid for. No need for hyperbolic anger guys.

Cost doesn’t equal what we generally pay from buying smart.
Though judging from your “off-the-handle” immature outburst of petty name calling you directed at me in the other article I’m not quite sure why I’m even engaging you. You’ll most likely call me a foolish idiot or somesuch drivel to make yourself feel better.


“Confession Bear Meme”

I spent $20 on a season pass, played Burial at Sea for 3 hours, loved every minute of it, and can’t wait for episode 2.



For anyone interested you can find mine and stoibs’ super aggressive internet fight here. If you feel as strongly as either he or I do please continue it there.



Where’s my upboats?


Yeah I couldn’t be bothered putting that much effort into my post. ;p


Yeah I couldn’t be bothered putting that much effort into my post. ;p


Pax is only ~340days away Makena. *points two fingers to his eyes, then to Makena’s eyes.”



I’ll take the photos.


Awww, man, I hate being right about things I enjoy :(. I flipping knew this was going to happen!

It is not the DLC length by itself which is the problem, it is the fact that the length of the DLC does not really justify the Season Pass which implies much more content to play with…



Math only checks out if you’re foolish enough to pay the price gouged $100 you suggest…



A hilarious, handsome, smart, sexually proficient man like myself, and I assume you, would never pay such silly prices but alas some do. I just used it cos it validated my incredible math skillz.

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