You are Sergeant Rex Power Colt. A Cyber-Commando with a penchant for killing and spouting one-liners. You’re tasked with taking down Omega, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world. Luckily, you start off a lot more badass than kidnapped trust fund baby. Being a Cyber-Commando means taking no fall damage and being able to breath underwater thanks to your “cyber lungs.” You’ll also have most of Far Cry 3’s upgrades right off the bat and won’t have to choose between upgrades when you level up. Unfortunately, the only way to upgrade your weapons is to complete optional missions which can only be accessed after you clear out base camps. It’s totally worth it though to make your sniper rifle rounds explode and make your gun shoot lasers instead of bullets. You’ll need all the firepower you can get to take down the titular Blood Dragons, too. These dinosaur-like creatures are resistant to most attacks and they even shoot gosh darn lasers out of their eyes.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (Xbox 360 [Reviewed], PC, PlayStation 3)
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Released: May 1, 2013
While the gameplay of Blood Dragon is straight up Far Cry 3, the presentation is definitely what makes it so unique. The post-post-apocalyptic island setting is constantly dark but just about everything that isn’t part of the landscape is neon. You’re bow and arrows? Neon. You’re enemies blood? Also neon. Even the wildlife. That’s right. CYBER-FUCKING-SHARKS! There’s a great level of detail in just about everything, too. The backdrops feature nuclear explosions on the horizons. Every collectible VHS has a hilarious description of an 80’s-esque B-movie. You constantly see scanlines in the distances. It also features a fantastic synth soundtrack by Power Glove, which the sounds of lasers and explosions compliment so well.
The campaign doesn’t drag but that’s mostly because it’s only about 3 hours long. It’s quality over quantity because those few hours are a blast. All the 2D cutscenes are presented in 4:3 in a tiny window and barely animated, just like the games of old. Scenes feature references from things like Terminator, The Karate Kid and even features a training montage and some actual Cyber-Sex. It all leads up to an incredibly rad finale which had my jaw on the floor the whole time playing through it. While the story is pretty short there are still hours worth of side quests to do like hunting missions, saving hostages and finding collectables.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is completely ridiculous. And that’s why it works. It’s an homage to everything awesomely stupid from the action flicks and shows we grew up with, and has more references to them than one can count. And even though sometimes the jokes don’t really work or are a little too forced it will still put a grin on your dumb face. Totally worth the asking price, especially considering you don’t need Far Cry 3 to play it.