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The Gaming Review - Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Release Date: 
04/30/2013
Rated: 
ESRB: M
Game Platform: 
Xbox, PS3, PC
Star Rating: 
8 out of 10

The game that features all of your ‘80s fantasies (except Christie Brinkley).

The Pitch: If you took every cliche, misconception, and overzealous idea that the world of 1985 had about the year 2007, and jammed them all into a first person shooter built on Far Cry 3’s framework, you wouldn’t just have a great idea for a game, you’d have Blood Dragon.

What It Really Is: Despite it carrying the Far Cry 3 title, Blood Dragon is a standalone FPS campaign. It may be a bit too short for our tastes, but what it lacks in length it more than makes up for in style. Blood Dragon is Ubisoft’s ode to the action heroes, neon lights, radical catch phrases, and the inevitability of bowing to our cyborg overlords. Blood Dragon also borrows one more thing from the ‘80s: a plot that is both flimsy and ultimately unnecessary. But if we told you that you could fight through a dreamscape that’s one half Blade Runner and one half Terminator, mowing down legions of cybertronic henchmen like a pissed off claymore with legs, would you really care about why you were doing it? No, you wouldn’t. Instead, you’d grab a neon bow and arrow, give somebody the finger, say “this mission just got a helluva lot more impossible,” and tear into the nearest baddie that was dumb enough to show you the whites of his eyes.

Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb:Blood Dragon had us Far Crying tears of joyous nostalgia.” - Maxim.com

Fun Fact: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon first saw the light of day on April 1st, 2013, when it was thought to be an April Fool’s joke from Ubisoft. The joke was on us, though, because, less than a month later, Blood Dragon was ready for download in all of its overblown, superficial, spectacular glory.

Who It’s For: While the core FPS audience will certainly enjoy the re-envisioning of Far Cry 3, it’s the gamers who grew up on ‘80s staples like Terminator, Alien, and Predator that will catch the jokes and references that Ubisoft’s team has jammed into Blood Dragon. And if you’re still crying about the disaster that was Duke Nukem Forever, Blood Dragon delivers on every front where Duke failed.

 




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