Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon sees the player take the role of eye-patched cyborg protagonist Sergeant Rex Power Colt. As Rex Colt you are going into battle in the year 2007. Ubisoft has described the game as an 80s VHS vision of the future where the player must “get the girl, kill the bad guys, and save the world”. I like to think that this nails the story completely. The story does well in making fun of itself in a completely witty way. You will see yourself laughing the whole way through in this one of a kind setting.
The presentation of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is absolutely astonishing. You wouldn’t have played a game with this type of setting before and the 80’s vibe is conveyed excellently through sound and visuals. The colours make the games setting feel like a dystopian world and you will love every bit of it.
The cutscenes are animations that look like they’re straight out of a Super Nintendo game which adds to the overall setting and nostalgia strings that the developers are no doubt trying to pull on. The graphics are in no way amazing but it is way that they add to the overall setting that makes them so effective. The retro vibe that this game has going on is not to be missed.
There is plenty of content to get through in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. The main quest lasts about 5-6 hours with side quests providing attachments for guns. If you enjoy exploration and collectables then this is for you. TV sets, VHS tapes and other item boxes make up the collectables and will reward you with new weapon upgrades. I like that these are there for completionists and people that want to go the extra mile in adding more flair to their arsenal.
In saying this I wish that more gun attachments were made available whilst playing through the story. Thinking about what they could’ve done with weapons is absolutely limitless in a setting like this. I went in expecting over the top weaponry and didn’t receive it.
My favourite part of the game was definitely the Blood Dragons. They are present extremely early in the game and can be seen roaming the landscape. They are extremely strong in the way they attack and don’t react well to noise. I enjoyed the stealth required in order to take them down and get the first hit. I really enjoyed using them against the oppositions as well. For instance, you can throw a cyber-art to attract Blood Dragons near enemies and use them to your advantage. I thought the Blood Dragons fit in with the overall.:
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is more than worth it for the entry fee. It takes the mechanics of the critically acclaimed Far Cry 3 and completely reinvents them through clever presentation and narrative. Ubisoft were smart to make this a standalone DLC as I think it’ll appeal to just about everyone in one way or another.