It’s hard to know just what to say about BioShock: Infinite at this point. Seen as the spiritual successor to the original BioShock, it seems that developer Irrational Games has told us just about everything that will be made public before the game is actually released. So while more story details or another extensive gameplay section may have been missing from Gamescom 2011, the developer has released a handful of screenshots showing the kind of tension and uneasiness fans can expect from BioShock: Infinite.

If you’ve been keeping up to date on all the Infinite news, then the various scenes of politically-charged violence will come as no surprise to you, nor will the images captured from the E3 gameplay demonstration. Still, with each new bit of information or glimpse of the airborne city of Columbia, it seems that the potential for the game’s story and tone increases.

It’s no surprise that Infinite‘s female companion Elizabeth is taking over more and more of the spotlight from protagonist Booker DeWitt, given what a landmark achievement she is for the developer. And while the new screenshots may once again show the time the art team has put into making her a sympathetic figure, her character’s role in the greater game is still largely a mystery.

But that case likely won’t be solved until we’re all playing the game for ourselves, so we should all get used to seeing plenty of Elizabeth sooner rather than later. Check out the new screenshots below:

It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that BioShock: Infinite is at its core a FPS, especially given how much time the developers at Irrational have spent building the world of Columbia. Still, considering how the final version of BioShock managed to be even greater an experience than the unique art style and architecture that initially defined it, we may have no idea what’s in store for Infinite.

Are you excited to see what surprise Infinite has in store, or are the gameplay mechanics seen so far enough to convince you that it’s worth your time? There’s going to be plenty of competition next year where compelling stories are concerned, so it might be best to mark your calendar now.

BioShock: Infinite will finally spill all its secrets when it’s released for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime in early 2012.

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