Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Review
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Dev: Ubisoft
Genre: FPS
Platforms: XBLA, PSN, PC
Release Date: 01/05/13

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Review

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8.5
Good: A hilarious romp through a twenty something’s interpretation of all 80s media
Bad: Base takeovers have a very rinse, repeat vibe to them
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8.4
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Rating: 8.4/10 (8 votes cast)

far cry 3 blood dragon 3Far Cry 3 was a ruddy great game, wasn’t it? Now, if only some bright spark could combine those mechanics with the same cheese and retro nostalgia people in their mid-twenties project onto the 1980s. The effort would hopefully create the world’s greatest, most amazingly self-deprecating but ultimately delightful videogame ever created. What’s that? Ubisoft have already done it? And it’s called Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon? Ruddy fantastic!

You take the role of Rex Power Colt, a Mark IV cyber-commando type lad living in the futuristic post nuclear war-torn time of 2007. Accompanying Rex is his best friend and fellow commando T.T. ‘Spider’ Brown, whose friendship has only increased due the events of Vietnam 2, their subsequent deaths and transformation into robots. After a Predator-inspired introduction scene that takes the meaning of homage to a whole new level, Rex is dumped on an island to investigate the strange goings on. Things quickly escalate following some generalised eighties-style tomfoolery and you soon find yourself alone and striped of all high-tech weaponry, with only a radio connection to Dr Elizabeth Veronica Darling. Under the guidance of Dr Darling, Rex is charged with taking down his former commander and mentor, Colonel Sloan and putting a stop to the threat he poses to the entire world.

During the overall story arch Rex has the option of completing various Far Cry 3 style side quests that can be used to gain CP (XP) and unlock new abilities. They come in the glorious guise of garrison take-overs, which lower the presence of enemies within the area as well as opening up different types of mini-missions. far cry 3 blood dragon 5The first is very much the same as the rare animal quests from Far Cry 3, but bleed into fun set pieced style narratives, such as investigating a sewer with pizza boxes strewn all over the place for some ‘mutant’ turtles. The second is essentially a stealth based encampment attack where you must locate and free a hostage without being detected or the enemy will attack them. The third requires you to take down a target with a specified weapon. These are nice little breaks within the game and offer great rewards in the guise of weapon upgrades, but become to feel slightly monotonous later on in the story. If Blood Dragon was longer I would say the quests are detrimental, however the fact that this download is only seven missions long the design team got the timeframes spot-on.

Other optional quests within the game are expressed as retro influenced collectables such as faux VHS tapes and synopsis, notes and TV sets. Although the notes offer a brief but hilarious insight into the game’s back story regarding Dr Darling and a penis-less work colleague, the TV’s however (as far as I can tell) do nothing. There is an achievement that claims if you collect them all you will get a secret message, yet once I did… nothing happened. Perhaps satire to highlight people’s addiction to TV’s as the ‘cheevo is called ‘The Drug of the Nation’, or maybe this will be a day one patch – I am unsure.

Outside of the game’s core re-jigged Far Cry 3 mechanics, Blood Dragon really hits its stride in its unique and shameless content delivery. From the neon title screen and barrage of amazing synth music (it really does have one of the best soundtracks I’ve ever heard), far cry 3 blood dragon 4it’s the kind of game you really can’t play without a smile on your face. It has some of the funniest loading screens I have ever seen, like ‘your character has a cyber eye, it does stuff’, ‘enemies can knock you over. They’re dicks like that,’ and ‘ziplines are in the sky, why aren’t they called skyropes?’. Smiles continue to pour in when the ambush of nostalgic references become so deeply ingrained into Blood Dragon that it will leave most players rolling around in a bright pink shell suit by the end of the game. There’s an Alice Cooper quote within five minutes of turning the game on, as you perform one of your first stealth kills, while late in the game you unlock a Krull looking hand laser weapon and every now and then scientists can be heard quoting Die Hard Trilogy. Yes that’s right, the actual Die Hard Trilogy videogame!

Whoever gave this game the nod at Ubisoft is a fucking legend; Blood Dragon takes everything right about Far Cry 3 and then multiplies it by not giving a single fuck about convention. Everything about it screams an acute awareness of what videogamers of a certain age find humorous, but never get to see in a game. From the amazing adventure with the Battle Dragon to the in-game rant about violence in videogames, it’s like someone has watched me when I come home drunk and pooped a game into my brain that runs on 80s power ballads and rainbows.

- A hilarious romp through a twenty something’s interpretation of all 80s media

- It pulls no punches; it’s loud, vulgar and delightfully full of bad taste.

- Gotta applaud Ubi for not tacking this on as ‘DLC’

- BATTLE DRAGON!

- The game having a misty red hue does begin to get tiresome

- Item/weapon collection detection is a bit off

- Base takeovers have a very rinse, repeat vibe to them

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon is a tricky one. Do I score it high just because it’s a budget downloadable title and thus offers more bang for your buck? Or do I score it based on the fact it is simply a smaller re-skin of an already existing game and could be construed as DLC? It doesn’t matter really, because none of the details affect the fact that Blood Dragon is a great time, made all the sweeter by its low cost.

Ryan Syrett


Smelly beard man who has no right talking to anyone about computer games.

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Review, 8.4 out of 10 based on 8 ratings

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  1. Eric Sam
    April 30, 2013, 5:08 pm

    Just read this via freeglance, sounds ‘rad’ !

  2. Rob Hestar
    April 30, 2013, 9:12 pm

    Damn,Now I’m pumped to play this game later today when teh psn store updates!

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