Excerpt: This generation has seen no lack of open-world games ever since The Elder Scrolls series showed devs the ropes with Oblivion. The biggest problem that open world games face is that the world often feels empty with only a few missions or a couple of side quests to do at any time. Ubisoft has tried to remedy that with its latest offering, Far Cry 3. Does it manage to succeed where many others, including the previous game in the series, have failed? Let’s find out.
Summary: You are Rex Colt. Part man, part machine, all American. As a Mark IV cyborg on the tail of the maniacal Colonel Sloane, your mission is to destroy the Cyber Soldiers, rip out their Cyber Hearts, avoid Cyber Sharks and stop a man from becoming a Cyber God. It would be redundant at this point to mention Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a tribute to everything gloriously stupid about 1980s entertainment, wouldn't it?
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: It’s hard to think of a decade packed with more awesome action and sci-fi movies than the ’80s. This was the decade that had The Terminator , Aliens , Cobra , Predator , RoboCop , Commando , and two Rambo movies just to name a few, so it’s no coincidence that Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon borrows so heavily from them, creating a bizarre sandbox shooter experience that somehow manages to be one of the best gaming experiences.
Review: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (Sony PlayStation 3)
16 May 2013
Summary: Blood Dragon is the kind of DLC that makes the whole DLC practice worthwhile. It takes the core mechanics and ideas from Far Cry 3 and goes all out with them. Add in a fantastically glorious homage to the best and corniest of the eighties, and you have one hell of a game. It’s fun, funny, and worth every cent. As a stand alone title, it deserves your purchase whether you’ve ever played a Far Cry game or not.
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.