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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Review

Written by  Jón Haukur Pétursson
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: First Person Shooter 
Release Date: 01.05.2013
Official Site: http://far-cry.ubi.com/fc-portal/

 

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a spin-off of Far Cry 3 featuring the same open-world exploration and game mechanics with a few key differences. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is insane. It's a neon-glazed tribute to 80's action films, featuring a gloriously stupid plot and gameplay that takes the best of Far Cry 3 and does it as over the top as it can.

You are Sergeant Rex "Power" Colt, a "Mark IV Cyber Commando", a one man army facing the evil Omega Force in addition to mutants and the eponymous Blood Dragons. Gameplay is largely unchanged from Far Cry 3 except this time you are not a desperate survivor trying to learn the ropes of killing and blowing stuff up.

You are an elite soldier, cybernetically enhanced and generally super-powered, something that's felt very clearly from the start. Rex annihilates the cyborg enemies with ease, with the game having ditched the skill tree level progression of Far Cry 3 in favor of a more linear system that makes Rex exponentially more powerful with each level. Chained stealth takedowns and the more advanced unlockable skills from Far Cry 3 are available almost from the start in Blood Dragon, with more health, weapon attachments, and more becoming available as the body count rises and you gain levels. This makes getting to the action faster with no time wasted collecting and upgrading your arsenal as in Far Cry 3.

Rex begins with access to most of the weapons in the game, which are interesting but not numerous. In Far Cry 3 you had a few weapon types with a small selection weapons in each category, but now there's only one weapon per type. These feature deeper customization options per weapon than Far Cry 3, and have some of the best names I have heard. The minigun is known as the Terror 4000, the assault rifle is now the Fazertron. The weapons are satisfying to use from the start, they sound and feel awesome and destroying the cybernetic enemies en masse is exhilarating.

Besides the main story mission, returning from Far Cry 3 are the enemy controlled bases which can be liberated for rewards. These bases seem to be quite a bit more varied than the small compounds found in Far Cry 3, and are much more satisfying to liberate, offering a greater number of tactical options than in the previous game. The Blood Dragons feature heavily in liberating bases as you can lure them to the enemy via throwing the carved out "cyberhearts" collected from dead enemies, where they will proceed to kill every motherf*#$&% in a mile radius. These Blood Dragons are cybernetic dinosaur-like beasts that fight by mauling and crushing the cyborg enemies and shooting explosive laser blasts out of their mouths. Awesome.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon takes everything that was good about Far Cry 3 and makes it over-the-top and arguably more fun. The game holds nothing back and is extremely enjoyable as a result, it nails the 80s sci-fi aesthetic with its ridiculous visuals and story, combined with awesome "bad" voice acting and hammy dialogue. The game is a huge risk by UbiSoft, something that bigger developers are not know for, but for all intents and purposes it's a success. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is an excellent first person shooter and a worthy addition to the success of the former game. Being a stand-alone expansion, you do not need the original Far Cry 3 and I definitely recommend it to anyone with a taste for 80s nostalgia, and first person shooters, to pick this game up as soon as possible. 

We liked Awesome design, satisfying combat, ridiculous characters & story

We disliked A bit too short, can become repetitive & not a full game

 

 

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