Platforms: Xbox 360, PC, Playstation
Price: ($15 USD)
Hello everyone and welcome to my review of Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon. Blood Dragon is in fact NOT an expansion pack for last year’s phenomenal Far Cry 3, but instead a stand-alone downloadable title you can get online, meaning you can play it without having ever touched Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3.
First off, this game does well to portray itself to be an overly testosterone fueled shooter. The premise of Blood Dragon is a short but sweet one, as Sargent Rex Power Colt, born from the ashes of Vietnam War 2 and fitted with cybernetics and an attitude to kill (see what I mean by testosterone filled?). The entire game references old television shows like G.I. Joe from the 80’s and properly references popular culture such as Robocop. I even found myself laughing at a few of the references myself despite not having grown up around 80s culture.
Going into gameplay, Blood Dragon uses all of the mechanics from Far Cry 3 as a base, so veteran players will familiarize themselves with the stealth system and shooting quite easily, but provides a lengthy, humorous, and downright humiliating tutorial for new and old players alike, just in case. The environment is completely rendered with plenty of neon and bright colors (and as a result may be a hazard to anyone suffering from epilepsy), and is wonderfully colorful.
The storyline is passable, although it definitely isn’t the main point of Blood Dragon and said in the words of Rex himself “Blah, blah, blah… kill. Blah, blah, blah… shoot.” On the flip-side there are plenty of sidequests and collectibles that provide you with attachments for your weapons, from saving scientist “nerds” from the horrible helmeted menace of the Omega Force, to hunting down and killing the giant T-Rex like Blood Dragon (which shoots lasers from it’s eyes, I said this game was testosterone filled right?)
At $15, and having played Far Cry 3, Blood Dragon is an absolute steal. I haven’t had this much fun from an arcade title in a while, and I wholeheartedly encourage purchase. Although the storyline isn’t strong enough to keep you glued to the screen, running from robo-sharks, shooting a giant minigun named the Terror 4000, and throwing “going ninja on my enemies asses” are quite enough to keep you going for a while!