Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (Video Game Review)
In Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, you are Sergeant Rex Power Colt--a cyborg with genetically and robotically enhanced powers that make him the only man that can save the post-apocalyptic world of 2007. Through a series of ridiculous NES Ninja Gaiden meets 80s action flick cutscenes, players will rescue the girl and take down an army of cybernetic freaks looking to destroy the world, led by a former brother in arms. Michael Biehn, of Terminator fame, steps into the lead role as Rex and excels as the star of the game, though it must've been difficult to keep a straight face and serious tone in a game as silly as this one. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is hilarious and addictive for anyone that has ever enjoyed the cheesy one liners and over the top action that was so prevalent in the 1980s. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon rewards players for sticking through its relatively short campaign with non-stop laughs and an ending mission you've got to see to believe.
As a Mark IV cyborg, Rex has superhuman abilities that make him jump high, swim and run at incredible speeds, have unlimited stamina and nearly impossible to kill. As such, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a relatively easy game even on the hardest difficulty setting. The game's arsenal includes a shotgun, assault rifle, sniper rifle, pistol and even bow and arrow for stealth and a minigun for the heavy gunfights. These too make the game feel a little too easy, but then, what classic action film doesn't star a nearly indestructible badass? Massive dragons that fire lasers from their eyes and tigers hiding among brush offer larger threats than most soldiers armed with guns or even helicopters, making the game feel a bit unbalanced as well. Killing enemies and completing missions will earn players additional experience points, credits and upgrades for weapons, which can be used to automatically level up and gain new skills, purchase additional ammo and weapon upgrades and give your shotgun quad-barrels or your sniper rifle rocket rounds respectively. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is absurd in every conceivable way, and we love Ubisoft for making such a fun game.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is now available for PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE Arcade and PC and can be purchased for $14.99 or 1200 Microsoft Points. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is rated M by the ESRB for Blood, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language & Violence. For more information on the game, check out the official Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon website.
Developer & Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE Arcade (reviewed) & PC
Release Date: May 1, 2013