Hello everybody, Sean Strife here and I've decided to forgo this week's Forgotten Gem to talk about a game that actually came out a couple days ago: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was released by Ubisoft on May 1st, and is a stand-alone expansion on Far Cry 3. The only thing Far Cry 3 and Blood Dragon have in common is they have similar gameplay and similar animals. That's about it, and no, Far Cry 3 is not needed to be able to play this (I myself don't own Far Cry 3, so that's proof). Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a loving nod to the 80's in multiple ways, but primarily the cheesy 80's b-movie sci-fi action movies and stars Michael Biehn (best known for playing Kyle Reese in the original Terminator and Corporal Dwayne Hicks in Aliens) voices Rex "Power" Colt (an 80's action movie protagonist name if I ever heard one), a Mark IV cyber-commando sent on a mission to take out his former superior, Sloan, who had gone rogue on the US government.
- The 80's aesthetic is a nice contrast from the usual million shades of grey and brown we usually get from first person shooters these days, opting instead for a very colorful 80's neon scheme.
- The side missions are actually a lot of fun, whether it's hunting down things like old TVs and VHS tapes or trying to kill 2 of each animal in a fucked up Noah's Ark kinda way.
- The voice acting is fittingly 80's: over-the-top, cheesy and comically macho one-liners and doesn't take itself seriously in the slightest.
- The upgrading system for your weapons is amazing: you can take a normal sniper rifle and turn it into a long-range grenade launcher, a shotgun and turn it into a quadruple barrel fire blaster, a regular old pistol and turn it into Robocop's gun, and a standard rifle into something out of the old GI Joe cartoon. YO JOE!
- The easter eggs are a LOT of fun, including one that is a nod to cultural touchstone of the 80's: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I will not spoil anything.
- The game also makes fun of a lot of things in video games these days: like flag collecting (except with the old TVs and VHS tapes and what not) to the opening tutorial mission... you will laugh your ass off at the opening tutorial mission.
- One of the most fistpumpingly awesome final battles to ever happen in a video game.
- In short, this is everything Duke Nukem Forever should have been. 2K, Gearbox, if you guys decide to revisit the Duke Nukem franchise, play this game and take notes because you're gonna need them.
- The story mission itself is EXTREMELY short
- There are some minor graphical glitches here in there, but nothing game-breaking.
- On the PC version, there seems to be a slight problem with the voice acting in that it won't play. Hopefully this gets addressed because the voice acting I heard in other videos has been outright hilarious.
All in all, despite it's flaws, I have to give this game a five out of five. While, again, the story mission is extremely short, the game itself is definitely worth the 15 bucks, and I hope there are sequels to this that not only expand on the universe, but also gives us a longer story because, frankly, this game leaves you wanting more. If this is the birth of a new franchise, I fully embrace it and it's neon 80's glory.
I suppose if one picture best sums up the game, it's this:
Yeah, this pretty much sums up the game. I'm Sean Strife, and I'm off to see The Wizard.