Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platform(s): XBLA, PSN, PC
|Everything here has an 80's flare, |
even the old-school cutscenes.
If this all sounds like a movie you might see on TV at 3 a.m. on FX, that is kind of the point. Everything from the weapon design to the dialogue screams corny action, and the team behind the game nailed it. The joke here is more than just on the surface, you feel like you are an old-school action hero. You can run incredibly fast and fall from great heights, having zero effect on your health. Even the more ambient lines seem like something Ahnold himself might utter. For example, pilfer a cyber-heart from an enemy and you might here Rex mention how he is a “real heartbreaker”. If you are a fan of things that are bad in a good way, this game’s style will be right in your wheelhouse.
|Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon just oozes style.|
Unfortunately, while the open world leaves a bunch of gameplay options open, the story missions are much more linear. Sure, you can sneak around instead of going in guns blazing, but you will be eventually heading towards the same spot down the same hallways. It would have been nice to see some of the missions set in more open areas, allowing for a consistent gameplay experience throughout your time in the world. Regardless of how you decide to approach a combat situation, though, one thing has not changed from base Far Cry 3; the bow is still the way to go.
|Much like in base Far Cry 3, the bow is still the best weapon in the game.|
While the story missions themselves are maybe not as interesting as the rest of the open world, they are still worth the price of admission. The writing is mostly witty, although they run with their jokes for a bit too long at times. This is especially the case in the tutorial, but it does show up in other spots as well. In traditional cheesy action movie fashion, the story itself goes some pretty crazy places, so even if the side content is more your speed, they are still worth doing. Blood Dragon is a relatively short experience, with the main story clocking in at around 4 hours, but there is enough side content available to keep you playing for at least twice that, if not more. It is not nearly as much content as base Far Cry 3 contained when it came out last year, but for $15, one cannot really complain. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is an experience worth having for fans of all things dumb yet amazing, and the fact that you do not even need to own Far Cry 3 proper to play it is a smart move and a nice bonus.