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.
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.
Excerpt: Few game developers pull off good satire. Sure, there are plenty of examples of tongue-in-cheek humor in video games but not many dedicate themselves to ridiculing an entire cultural era, either intentionally or unintentionally. This is exactly what Ubisoft has done with their 80s action movie knock-off in the form of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
Conclusion: "It's a collection of the best 80s action movie cliches, wrapped around Far Cry 3's deliciously violent gameplay" "Cut-scenes, done using Contra-style 2D character models, are incredibly well observed" "You need to kill or remove Blood Dragons to claim outposts" "The jokes never get stale, and the game definitely goes out with a bang...
Pros: Fantastic retro style and music, It's a decent chunk of game, Genuinely funny dialogue
Excerpt: Great 1980s movie montages featured plucky underdogs, perhaps played by Sylvester Stallone, or maybe Ralph Macchio, demonstrating their determination to triumph over the forces of communism, bullying, or stodgy adults who don't believe in the power of young love. They were accompanied by properly cheesy pop hits, possibly performed by Joe Esposito, or maybe Deniece Williams, creating a wonderful audiovisual time capsule that could have only originated in that fabulous...
Pros: Hysterical dialogue and collectibles, Lots of smart references to 1980s pop culture, Taking on blood dragons is always a delight, Smart levels and missions make for rewarding stealth, A lot of terrific open-ended action for a great value
Cons: A few enemy behavior quirks, Some crass jokes land with a thud