Summary: Far Cry 2 and I have a very special relationship, as I don't think I've ever enjoyed a game that I hated so much. I've played it many times, loving and loathing every second of it. For as much as it infuriated me with its glitches and stodgy pacing, it continued to delight me with its promise of close-to-the-bone survival in a uniformly hostile savanna.
Excerpt: Repeating well-worn clichés isn’t an inherently novel idea. The cliché-ridden ‘80s throwback has become a cliché in itself and is so overdone that it takes something special to stand out. Mostly the videogame homages are in the form of the decade’s games and done by small teams. They are love letters to 8-bit design, all the good memories of a simpler time made current through a humble development process.
Excerpt: It’s difficult to be too critical of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon when the homage is so pitch perfect. When the writing is this sharp, the action so outrageous and the references so rich with rose-tinted reminiscence, it’s tough to accuse the game of emphatically doing anything wrong. Blood Dragon has been created with such apparent love for its source material that the reverence is seeping from every neon bloom.
Conclusion: This is a downloadable game that dares to dream big and pulls it off by throwing caution to the wind and letting loose, but on a very solid base of gameplay mechanics. It’s Far Cry 3 with a cyborg hero, a new lick of paint and a heavy dose of imagination. Fans of the FPS genre and anyone with fond memories of the 1980’s owe it to themselves to experience the self-parody that is Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
Summary: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a triumph of ridiculous creative energies, and plays just as fun as its incredible concept would imply. The combat and levelling system may not be as detailed or complex as Far Cry 3, but the main elements that made the original game a great experience are still here to be enjoyed, with an added heaping helping of cheesiness and over-the-top insanity that will appeal to anyone who claims to be a fan of the sci-fi action genre.
Excerpt: If you’re a child of the 70s or 80s, you may miss those cheesy, tongue-in-cheek, ridiculously silly themes found in many action movies. Nowadays, it seems like such films (even the ones obviously designed to be absurd) take themselves far too seriously, and you might miss the corny innocence of the good ol’ days.