Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Review
developer: Ubisoft Montreal
|ESRB rating: RP
release date: May 01, 13
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It must be said that I consider Far Cry 3 to be one of the most interesting releases in 2012. Ubisoft Montreal’s open-world first-person shooter relies, rather heavily as a matter of fact, on a well-known and all-too familiar formula. You’d think that people would be tired of that formula, having seen the very same thing in video games in well over a fucking decade. Of course, that’s not the case. Hell, even here at ActionTrip we had a blast playing it. Although the story and characters are its weakest points, the overall experience is satisfying thanks to the game’s exciting combat and free-roam mechanics. All in all, it was a well-executed and well-balanced action game; one that can keep your attention for quite some time. We enjoyed the countless hours we’ve spent exploring the huge map, discovering treasures or just simply enjoying the hell out of the action, set in a surprisingly fitting (albeit way too familiar) tropical paradise.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, on the other hand, has little to do with that. As far as the backdrop goes, it’s almost so far away from the original game, that it’s practically baffling. Fair enough, it’s still a first-person shooter and nobody can deny that. However, the developers basically took several aspects of the game and turned them completely upside down. Blood Dragon is essentially FC 3 but with a massive makeover that transformed the whole setting into a trashy 80s style sci-fi themed action flick with a cheesy Duke Nukem kind of male protagonist who spews out cheesy catchphrases.
No glasses of water on the dashboard to alert you of these dinosaurs.
Sharks. Love sharks.
Once you kick off you realize that everything has changed. The landscape, the characters, the whole setting, the weapons and the enemies. So, instead of enraged AK 47-weilding islanders, you are now facing armies of rogue cyborgs, colossal (and awesome-looking) blood dragons, mutants and so on. At this point, you’re probably thinking: “WTF?” Unless you’re an insane badger who goes around saying “WTF” all the time, this is more or less a normal reaction to the huge change they’ve made since the previous game.
The thing is that this uncanny switch is actually an unexpected breath of fresh air. The more you push forward, shooting at everything in sight with your tacky cheap-tech weaponry, the more you have fun. Once you master the new arsenal of weapons, you should be well into the spirit of this twisted, wacky FC3 spin-off.
There are a few aspects of this standalone release that make it worth your while. The absurd new sci-fi setting is hilarious to say the least and the battles are immensely fun, marking a welcomed change of pace from the original. You may find the odd AI bug here and there (nothing too serious) and don’t expect too much depth and characterization. Also, once you upgrade characters, the game gets a bit too easy on ‘Normal’ difficulty. However, they did kind of compensate for that because there numerous challenges all over the place and some terrific action sequences that are surprisingly entertaining. Coming up against the giant, neon-lit dinosaurs, is just one of the many challenges. Seriously, these fuckers are hard to bring down. Mind you, they’re not frustratingly hard to beat, but just tough enough for you to make an effort. So, expect some serious fun there.
Also, the whole game looks and sounds cool. In fact, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is excessive, cheesy and utterly ridiculous, but above all else, it doesn’t take itself seriously and that’s really all we ask for, seeing as we’ve been killing dinosaurs with lasers for the last several hours.
8.5 Very Good
An off-the-wall neon-lit mix of cheesy sci-fi moments with familiar but solid FPS mechanics, altogether hilariously entertaining;
Well, it's not as lengthy as we expected, some AI weirdness here and there.
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