Ubisoft has been celebrating its 30th anniversary this year by giving out a free PC game every month since June. Last month, the company was offering Beyond Good & Evil as part of this promotion, but this month they’re giving away something that came out more recently—Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. A 2013 stand-alone expansion to Far Cry 3, Blood Dragon places players in what Ubisoft once described as “an 80s VHS vision of the future.” It’s quite a trip, and if you haven’t played it yet (or just want to take it for another run), I highly recommend you do so. This offer will last only for a month, so head on over to the Ubisoft Club website, log in with a Uplay account, and grab your copy before it’s too late!
With every new month, a new set of free games is released for the proud owners of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions. The month of November should definitely scratch a few itches as the list of free games is quite diverse. The two Xbox One games available will be Super Dungeon Bros., an isometric brawler, and Murdered: Soul Suspect, a ghostly adventure game. The free Xbox 360 games will be the point-and-click classic The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and the epic shooter Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
Super Dungeon Bros. will be available throughout the month of November, while Murdered: Soul Suspect can be downloaded from November 16th to December 15th. The Secret of Monkey Island will only be available from November 1st to the 15th while Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon can be picked up from the 16th to the 30th.
As always, if you do not have Xbox Live Gold, you can still purchase and play The Secret of Monkey Island and Blood Dragon on Xbox One backwards compatibility now.
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Last November, Microsoft launched their backwards compatibility program, which allows users to play Xbox 360 games on their Xbox One. Microsoft is continuing to add to the library, and they’ve just announced Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon as the most recent addition. The Far Cry 3 spin-off put a 1980s twist on the game’s world, and it originally released in April 2013 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is the first in the series to come to Xbox One backwards compatibility, so hopefully this means other Far Cry titles will be joining the program soon.
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Ubisoft has just revealed a new game called Trials of the Blood Dragon at their E3 2016 conference. The game has Trial‘s motorbike racing gameplay with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon‘s retro graphics. As well as motorbikes, you will also be able to play on tracks with mine carts, jet packs, and even on foot. The game is available now on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 for $15.
According to studio creative director Alex Hutchinson, Ubisoft Montreal has no sequel in the works for 2013’s Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Though the satirical first-person shooter homage to 1980s action films immediately captured the hearts of both fan and critic alike, the studio responsible does not intend to reprise Blood Dragon.
During an IGN podcast, Hutchinson recently remarked that “[Blood Dragon] was a great use of the Far Cry 3 base, and had an awesome soundtrack. But no, you won’t get another one of those.”
Perhaps to assuage the concerns of his misty-eyed audience, Hutchinson also insinuated that Ubisoft might have some surprises in store for the consumers. “That’s what was cool about [Blood Dragon]: it was surprising,” he recalled. Though there may never be another Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Hutchinson upholds that “[…] hopefully [Ubisoft]’ll be able to surprise you with something just as much.“
Hopefully indeed—for at the moment, all one can do is hope. Neither Hutchinson nor Ubisoft has elaborated any further as to the particular details of their projects. After all, where’s the fun in a spoiled surprise?
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!”
No ChannelImages 8 Our Verdict Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon 80’s nostalgia. Excellent gameplay. Hilarious dialogue and cutscenes. Short campaign. Repetitive side-content.
Far Cry 3‘s standalone DLC, Blood Dragon, is set to hit Xbox Live, PSN, and PC on May 1st, and it sure looks “80s-tastic” – but in a good way that certainly has me interested enough to spend all my money on it.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon won’t require the actual Far Cry 3 disc to play, and, based on its Xbox.com listing, it plays on multiple 80s action flick clichés and stars Michael Biehn from The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, and Navy Seals.
“Welcome to an 80’s VHS vision of the future. The year is 2007 and you are Sargent Rex Colt, a Mark IV Cyber Commando who’s fighting against a cyborg army gone rogue. Your mission: get the girl, kill the baddies, and save the world. Experience every cliché of a VHS era vision of a nuclear future, where cyborgs, blood dragons, mutants, and Michael Biehn collide. Playing Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon doesn’t require a copy of Far Cry 3.”