We just didn’t know it yet.
a comparison between the beginning and the ending of bioshock infinite
"There’s always a lighthouse, there’s always a man, there’s always a city."
There’s a world of difference between what we see, and what is.
"An Ultimatum" - Rosalind Lutece
There’s a debt I owe the girl, and if it means paying her and not the man in New York, so be it.
Bioshock Infinite → Three Quotes (inspired by x)
Are you alright? by ~Brusya
Elizabeth or Ellie? (this is spoiler free btw)
Gameplay, Elizabeth wins hands down. I mean, who doesn’t like that flawless system? Just when you’re low on ammo or health or salts, you have a partner who chucks it at you. And lets not forget she sits back and lets you slaughter a bunch of dudes and is cool with it like 99% of the time and then runs off to explore some random shop and look completely bewildered.
Ellie does similar things. Except not as often (out of my 17 hour game she like handed me health like three times and ammo like…once?). She did chuck a hell of a lot of bricks at guys for me. And save my ass a few times by stabbing people who cornered me. And she’s constantly there to remind you of how fucked up you are and how fucked up everything is. And occasionally pull out her joke book and does the darnest things that make you smile despite facing humanity is at its lowest. But she’s nowhere near as flawless as the Elizabeth gameplay system.
Character/story wise, Ellie wins. Elizabeth goes through the motions of development. Naive girl locked in a tower, head full of fantasies and dreams escapes and becomes crushed with horrors of Columbia. She freaks the fuck out after watching Booker slaughter a few guys, but comes to understand that there are very little choices. She accepts it on moves on, even assisting you in the best ways she can. Her breaking point was her first kill and she dramatically changes. Not just personality wise, but physically by cutting her hair and clothes. From that point on she faces the world with a more dire approach, still with her goal in mind, and by the end she ascends into this godhood and becomes all knowing and suddenly she’s this different person…
Ellie, like Elizabeth, hasn’t been outside before, but she’s aware of what is out there, but she lacks the real feeling of fear because she hasn’t experienced it first hand. She’s a trooper though. She acts the voice of reasoning, pointing out how fucked up everything, including you, but she isn’t naive. SHe’s mature enough to keep her cool in bad situations, including emotionally/psychologically compromising situations. Her first real kill is not her breaking point (not that she’s entirely unaffected, but the scene isn’t fueled by drama). Nor is her third or fourth of fifth or whatever. Her breaking point takes a lot. Like A LOT. It’s not a cliched forced-to-kill breaking point like B:I or other books, movies and TV shows. And after that breaking point, she continues to keep going but there are a lack of jokes and she’s no longer humming or trying to whistle. But that doesn’t keep her from her goal. She still sees hope. She just has a lot of baggage to carry and she plans to make up for it. (and thus why the ending is so jaw dropping).
You can call me biased because I finished The Last of Us a week ago and Bioshock Infinite a few months back, but you can tell just by the size of the summaries of both girls that it takes a lot more effort to summarize Ellie than Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s character arc is fleshed, but it’s textbook. That doesn’t mean she’s a bad character—not at all. It’s predictable. Ellie doesn’t feel like a fleshed out character. She feels entirely human. You relate to her on levels like any character, but her mannerisms and the small unpredictable things she does make her feel less of a character and more of person you’re getting to know. Elizabeth is someone you know will succeed. You know from the get go that she’s getting a rude wake up call soon, where Ellie you’re on the edge of you seat praying she won’t need a rude awakening. That she’s already aware of the fucked up she she needs to do to survive. By the end Elizabeth takes on that stereotypical route where as Ellie you’re still not sure how she’ll react.
Partially a lot of these judgements have to do with the worlds these games take place in. Columbia is a fucked up utopia where The Last of Us is humanity at its lowest. Columbia is bright and shiny (and false) where The Last of Us is dark and bleak, just like the characters and enemies you face. Ellie had seen death way before Elizabeth ever had. You don’t know what lies ahead in TLOU and partially are afraid to move forward, where as Columbia it’s like a theme park. Where to next? Where does this lead? Lets ride the skyline! It’s easy to believe Booker and Elizabeth survive, but you can’t say the same for Joel and Ellie.
Oh the fucking irony.