Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was a smash hit with gamers, combining the FPS gunplay of Far Cry 3 with the neon-soaked synth-filled glory of the 1980s (and Michael Biehn) to create a homage that had fans wanting more. Now, Ubisoft has returned to that universe with Trials of the Blood Dragon, a semi-sequel game with gameplay of the ever-frustrating Trials series. But where the predecessor managed to capture the glory of the 80s in one game through story and gameplay, Trials of the Blood Dragon aims for the same but misses by a mile.
Our cybercommando hero Rex ‘Power’ Colt (still voiced by Michael Biehn… I think? If not, the replacement is close) and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Darling have retired from the business of harvesting the mysterious Blood Dragons. But when Dr Darling goes missing and Rex is presumed dead while fighting Vietnam War 4, it is left to the next generation of cybercommandoes to take over – Roxanne and Slayter, the children of Rex. It is up to them to stop the ‘Commies’ from threatening the United States of America and harvesting the Blood Dragons for their power, all the while keeping radical with wicked tricks and totally awesome skills.
You’re probably going to want to break out a pair of sunglasses for this one. Trials of the Blood Dragon does its absolute best to fulfil that 80s stereotype – with hot pink neon coming at you from every angle, and rolling synth beats that’ll pop your collar up another three notches.