Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Have you ever wanted to be a cyber commando hellbent on saving the day and killing all the bad guys for America? Then I might just have a game for you.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was released May of this year as a standalone expansion, meaning you don’t have to own the original copy of Far Cry 3 in order to play it. Like Far Cry 3, it is a first-person shooter set in an open world environment on an island filled with dangerous predators of both the human and non-human variety.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is set in the year 2007, a “futuristic” world where the US and Soviets waged nuclear war. You play as Sergeant Rex Colt, a Mark IV Cyber Commando and all-around action hero. Your mission? Stomp out an evil cyborg army with extreme prejudice.
A fair bit of warning, if you decide to play this game without hearing anything about it, do not take it at all seriously. Fry Cry 3 Blood Dragon was engineered (by scientists) to be utterly and completely ridiculous. Your HUD calls you a nerd for distracting guards by throwing dice. There is a button purely to give people the finger. Rex Colt regularly pulls off horrible (wonderful) puns. His name is Rex Colt. Nobody names their child that. The game is completely saturated with 80s references and over the top action. Which seems to be exactly what they were trying for.
As you journey through the game, killing various things, you gain cyber points (CP) which serve as experience points for the game. Gone is the skill tree from the original Far Cry 3, instead as you level up you are automatically awarded with different skills and health bars. Though this does take away a bit from your ability to customize your killing spree, it does make the entire process more streamlined.
This streamlining is seen throughout Blood Dragon. The campaign itself can probably be polished through in about four hours, if you were running and gunning the entire time. But there are plenty of side additions that you can use to distract yourself. You can liberate strongholds from their oppressors and earn yourself new bases of operation; perform side quests to earn CP, money, and weapon upgrades; a slew of collectibles; or you can just hop in a jet ski and run over cyber-sharks. It’s really up to you. Either way you cut it, with all the extra content you can easily get a solid eight hours of gameplay under your belt before deciding to put it down and play something shinier. Metaphorically shinier, of course, with all the neon you’d be hard pressed to find something quite so glaring as Blood Dragon.
Graphically, much like every other facet of the game, Fry Cry 3: Blood Dragon is very much a callback to popular 80s styles at the time. The cutscenes are all done in very low resolution frames, while still leaving the actual gameplay fully rendered. Everywhere you look in the game you’ll be greeted with bright neon colors splashed against a dark and gritty background. Though perhaps not very forgiving on the eye, it does make for a fantastic stylistic approach.
Though it is quite fun, after everything is said and done Blood Dragon does not have much in the way of replay-ability. The game play, compared to Far Cry 3, is very linear and once the campaign is said and done there’s not too many reasons to come back. Granted this is an expansion, and a moderately priced one at that.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is an incredibly fun romp. I don’t recall ever using the word ‘romp’ for anything, but it fits this situation like a glove. It’s outrageous in just about every manner of the word and it fills a void in me I wasn’t aware needed filling. Definitely a great game to play to pass the time on a weekend or maybe just to round out a day where you weren’t killing everything moving with lasers.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon: 5/6
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