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I've been playing for a while now, I'm apparently looking for a girl or something, but unless I missed it, there was absolutely no introduction to who I am, or what I am doing, what I'm looking for, where I am, what any of this is.

Have I missed something (perhaps cos I didn't play the earlier bioshock games?) or am I supposed to have no idea what's going on?

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This will all make sense in hindsight, don't worry. –  Humungus Mar 30 at 17:54
    
I too found the beginning of the game incredibly confusing, but I felt it added to the sense of immersion. I felt almost as confused as I assume I might were I to sit in a dentist chair in a lighthouse that subsequently became a rocket to a city in the clouds. Take a page out of Booker's book - steady on, stay alive, and get the girl. –  Chris O'Kelly Mar 31 at 3:03
    
It's hard to be immersed when I feel I'm just gunning down innocent people for no reason. I'll stick with it though, the visuals and the looting are fun. –  SLC Mar 31 at 10:20
    
What makes you feel like you're just gunning down "innocent people"? –  The Annoying Pyro Apr 3 at 11:41
    
Basically the game starts with me on a boat, I have no idea who I am or what I'm doing, then I end up in this city in the sky, they are gonna stone a couple of people to death so I then decide to just start killing hundreds of people because I don't like their customs, none of whom have done bad to me, they're just doing their job of protecting the people in the city. Then I'm kidnapping one of their citizens for reasons unknown whilst still mowing down loads of them. I feel like I am the bad guy, but I just don't know what's going on. –  SLC Apr 3 at 13:20

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Bioshock: Infinite starts in medias res. There are a lot of details of the "hows" and "whys" that will be explained as you play.

From the outset, you should know that the player character is Booker DeWitt, a private detective who has been hired by a pair of rather unusual people to retrieve a rather unusual girl from a rather unusual city.

The game is quite linear, so there's little to no chance that you'll get lost and not be able to figure out what to do next. Just keep following along, and eventually the plot will start to come into focus.

However, the plot can be relatively difficult to understand, so I won't go so far as to say that eventually things will make sense :)

There is little to no dependency between Bioshock 1/2 and Infinite. If you haven't played the first two, you might miss out on some understanding of a few late game moments, but it's nothing major. I believe the "Burial at Sea" DLC is more tightly tied to Bioshock 1, so you might want to play that game first if you plan on playing the DLC.

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Phew, that's ok then. I am finding it hard to really care about the game though, like running through an exploding building to save someone, I have no idea why I'm there, who I'm saving, where I am, why they're a prisoner, why I'm saving them etc. so I don't feel any kind of tension or sense of urgency :( –  SLC Mar 30 at 19:12
    
@SLC, I added some basic info about who you are and what the job is to the answer, in case that's not clear to you. If you don't really feel invested now, chances are the plot twists that are coming aren't going to make much sense, unfortunately. The original Bioshock was famous for its twists, and they tried to "one up" them for the sequel. –  agent86 Mar 30 at 20:01
    
Thanks. That helps a bit. –  SLC Mar 31 at 10:15

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