It goes without saying that the 80’s were a “great” time for sci-fi films in the industry where you pretty much had every main character star as a cyborg or scientist/child caught up in alien events. Be it Mad Max, the Terminator, RoboCop, or E.T., we were obsessed with sci-fi genre as a whole, now it’s all about people with supernatural/magical powers like Superman or Harry Potter, but like those films we’ll look at them as we did the 80’s and think to ourselves, “That was really stupid.” And if there’s anything Blood Dragon excels at, it’s pure stupidity in the best possible way.
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon is all about the 80’s, just with a lot more neon pink. It’s pure fun from start to finish and it never misses a chance to poke fun at the 80’s and it never takes itself seriously. From its dialogue to its characters the game smells of 80’s cliches that will have you laughing from start to finish.
Players take control of Sergeant Rex Power Colt, half man, half robot, all-around 80’s action star. Rex is out for blood as he takes on the enemy cyborgs known as Omega Force and along the way he encounters mutants, new friends, and dragons that shoot laser-beams out of their eyes.
Those who have taken a trip or two through Far Cry 3 will immediately recognize a few of the game’s mechanics, but Blood Dragon trades such features as the tattoo-level-up system for a simple approach that just improve’s Rex’s stats, if nothing more than his health.
The game’s world, which is just a small island, is pretty large considering the game can be completed in as little as 3-hours if you’re just blasting through its story. Players can travel to other garrisons in order to clear them of enemies for new fast-travels spots, but it almost feels as if it serves no real purpose considering everything is less than one or two minutes away at all times.
“Look at all those neon colors! Futuristic Brah!”
Unlike Far Cry 3’s overworld though, the world inside Blood Dragon is almost always dark and filled with some dark hues of purple. It’s not bad, but a change in scenery would be nice every now and then.
The core gameplay is the same as Far Cry 3’s in that players can use a variety of guns from pistols to heavy machine-guns, travel via zip lines, take out alarm systems, use hang-gliders, speedboats, and jeeps for traveling, and stealth is required at almost every given opportunity. The game only hands you about 6-8 weapons in total, but there’s enough to keep you satisfied for the duration of the game’s campaign.
There are a few minor adjustments made to Far Cry 3’s animations though, but these are most notably seen via Rex from his simple flip of the middle finger to his ridiculous reload animations and even how he chooses to heal himself by using hand grippers for a quick workout.
Where the game really shines is its campaign. Cutscenes look like they were taken straight out of an old-arcade system, or at the very least an NES. Characters generally move in still sprites during these events which helps gives the game some charm and humor, especially when executed properly.
Characters are often filled with cliches and the reflect this not only in their designs, but their dialogue as well such as Rex being a patriot and referring to himself as bleeding “Red, white, and blue.”
Almost every other line of dialogue or cutscene is a reference to an 80’s film or cliche and sometimes even internet memes make their way into a few lines. The game isn’t trying to be original in any way, it’s just trying to make fun of old action films by taking from them and it works exceedingly well in the end.
The game never takes itself seriously, especially near the end of the game, and that’s probably what makes the game so good and enjoyable. It’s meant to be nonsense that simply exists to give you a few good hours playtime filled with laughs from beginning to end. Of course if you’re just going to play the game for its campaign then its $15 asking price might be a bit overboard considering its short-length, but the developers made sure to add in a bunch of sidequests and collectables that can easily increase your playtime by a good handful of hours.
In the end, despite Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon’s short-length it’s a blast from start to finish that never feels like it overstays its welcome and well worth playing through at least once and by the time you’re done with the ridiculously absurd campaign you’ll most certainly want to come back to play it again if for nothing more than a few good chuckles.
“It’s not an 80’s action-film without a training montage!”
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
80’s nostalgia. Excellent gameplay. Hilarious dialogue and cutscenes.
Short campaign. Repetitive side-content.