In this second episode of our Heavy Hitter series, we go back to the very first enemy most fans saw in the BioShock Infinite announcement trailer: the powerful, gigantic yet agile Handyman. Man? Machine? Hand model? You’ll have to find out for yourself when the game launches February 26th, 2013.
Check back next week for part 3 in the Heavy Hitters Series!
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Update: BioShock Infinite will be released on March 26, 2013.
svenderson | March 14, 2012 8:50 am
I love it!! Really reminds me of the Brute Splicers from BS2, with that agile Gorilla-like behavior.
I like this head, but I sure hope they will bring back the other head with the mustache as well, that one has this real steam-punk, late 19th century feel to it. Would be nice to still have that head around, even just for variety.
xander | March 14, 2012 10:30 am
Awesome stuff. I too liked the mustache head, especially with the bowler hat.
crowcontrol | March 14, 2012 11:16 am
I too prefer the moustachioed head with the bowler hat.
bc5389 | March 14, 2012 11:17 am
Ya I was a big fan of the mustache head as well, but either way this game and this world looks amazing.
hunterdavidross | March 14, 2012 11:49 am
The handyman can!
shocker22 | March 14, 2012 12:17 pm
quancro | March 14, 2012 12:30 pm
The handy man … i want to be a handy man and trow my friends any where
ericj.gruenfelder | March 14, 2012 12:46 pm
It is such a terrifying character because of the little details put into making him. The facial features, body and hand design, and the explanation of his name builds this Frankenstein monster where you feel sad for him because what he must have gone through, but at the same time you are terrified because of how grotesque he looks. It is like taking the helmet off of the Big Daddy and seeing the pain firsthand.
losstarot | March 14, 2012 1:39 pm
Same as above, I’d like their gentleman look back if possible.
And I’m wondering if they’re gonna be able to throw horses, ennemies or whatever comes into their hands including cannon balls etc.
Otherwise, great but short vid ^^
strawhatmoose | April 26, 2012 1:19 pm
Well they threw the horse in the demo and try did say he will throw allies so yes.
precipice66 | March 14, 2012 2:08 pm
A nice few tidbits there. Describing them as ‘tragic’ – very intriguing.
japester | March 14, 2012 2:09 pm
Can’t wait to learn the tragic background of these characters–I still think Fink is involved somehow. Since these are obviously made from humans, there will be a range of faces. People shouldn’t get hung up on one style. (Or one piece of facial hair. LOL)
Since we know that the Motorized Patriot has no sense of self-preservation, I wonder if other enemies might scatter when a Handyman enters the area? Kind of makes for a nice self-contained boss fight since the Handyman seems like a handful (no pun intended).
Along those same lines, if a Handyman picks up a Motorized Patriot to throw at you, will he yell, “Fastball special!”?
icegrove | March 14, 2012 2:16 pm
The Handyman feels like a mix of a Brute Splicers, head and a Big Daddy, body and colour change if friend or enemy.
solcod | March 14, 2012 4:29 pm
I really hope you have variants of the Handymen (both bald and ‘attachable’ mustache/brawler hair) that appear in the final game.
apollo | March 14, 2012 5:13 pm
When I saw the name Handyman, I immediately thought of the Handyman from Timesplitters, they’re somewhat different however.
theidealist | March 14, 2012 6:51 pm
I cant wait for this game!
Sucks it comes out in October though, would`ve been perfect for playing in summertime 😛
miiamigo | March 14, 2012 8:43 pm
I kinda like the first face that was put on this character. You know the one that was featured on the cover of Game Informer. But this still works for me.
magicmaker | March 14, 2012 11:13 pm
Enemies of my enemies are my friend? Nope he’s stil my enemy too.
batchick21 | March 15, 2012 12:07 am
This is incredible. The Handymen kind of resemble Robert De Niro’s version the Monster from Frankenstein, I love it! The detail put into it is amazing, genius work.
blahz7 | March 15, 2012 3:05 am
Everything looks great. These vids show a lot of passion for games at Irrational. I l love it when their faces light up and say WOW when they talk about Infinite.
Also, that is some great music in the background. The symphony of sound effects is wonderful too. I read that Ken tries to make out with the designers when he likes their stuff. Anything like for the music/sound team?
Man? Machine? Hand model? Why not all three? Just call them H-men. It is an easy segue from G-men, somewhat connecting back to the underlying theme of the Infinite.
muskellounger | March 15, 2012 12:03 pm
I picked up on that too. The excitement in their eyes when talking is awesome. You know we are in for a ride.
alcoholicartist | March 15, 2012 8:20 am
I’m beyond excited to get a closer look at one of the handymen in the game but PLEASE give some of them the detachable hair. I thought the original design we saw in 2010 was brilliant!
nintendoll | March 15, 2012 9:49 pm
Also, thanks for always being discreet when revealing new aspects of the game. It gives me something to look forward to 😀
devilturnip360 | March 18, 2012 12:01 am
now i want to know how they got the suit
jonathancrossley | March 20, 2012 4:51 pm
If the handyman is somehow related to Alexis Carrel and the immortal chicken heart, well, the history nerd inside me is going to be very happy.
slackyb141 | March 26, 2012 2:51 pm
the bio shock series has always been a favourite of mine and i think that the new bio shock will top the best games of 2012 for sure. i think the handyman is an awesome addition to the re-vamped bio shock without a doubt!
derwin75 | March 28, 2012 4:11 am
Look like a Juggernaut
trugamer97 | April 17, 2012 8:33 am
Its going to be fun to fight these things.
joshimarston | August 9, 2013 5:37 pm