If you played the original Far Cry 3, you’ll be expecting this game to match the original level. However, this level is not met. This game grabs that level, flips it over, and gives it a beautiful set of colors and jokes. This is Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
The year is 2007 and after a series of nuclear bombings and war, humans build cyber commandos to help in the war. You “Sargent Rex Power Colt” (probably the most bad ass commando name I’ve heard) are sent to an island to disable a military organization that has gone rogue.
From the very beginning you notice this retro style kind of graphics, and I think they nailed here. They used some of the graphics from the original Far Cry 3 and they blended in the shiny vivid colors, they did a retro shooter with today’s graphics.
Another big pro in this game are the well placed and unexpected jokes. From a very funny tutorial to a titanium plated dragon that has Vulcan Miniguns, this game has a lot of stuff that’ll make you laugh and also in the right amount: it’s not a big game (takes about 6 hours to complete) and it ends exactly when you think you’ve had enough of retro and silly jokes.
The general gameplay is a lot like Far Cry 3; the alert system is the same, the healing looks similar (with a cyber-commando touch) and even the cars are similar, but with some changes: the skills upgrade automatically (which is actually cool for a game of this length) and by changing the graphics and the character they managed to do a brand new stand-alone game.
The only two things I have to point in the game are that the cut scenes are a motion comic trying to look retro which in some cases leaves me asking for the game to show me an awesome cut scene with the in-game graphics (which almost never happens), this approach may or may not be of your liking but I understand Ubisoft’s approach in giving the cut scenes this retro style. The other thing is the weapon attachments which you can only unlock by doing those side-missions that sometimes are in the other corner of the map instead of buying them, this is bothering since the game has 6 or 7 missions and wasting time in the side-missions is not something you’ll be looking for.
For those who enjoyed Far Cry 3 and its mechanics, with a price tag of 12€ Blood Dragon is a very good option if you want to explore this new and small retro world that at the same time will crank up some laughs.
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