It's the year 2007, and the world has been devastated by a nuclear war. Now evil cyborgs threaten to take over what's left of humanity. Only cyber commando Rex Powercolt can stop them.
That's the world of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. A paean to gaming's pixelated origins, Blood Dragon is an over-the-top mashup of classic tropes with a modern sensibility. For gamers of a certain age, it's a must-play homage to those carefree days spent in 8- and 16-bit heaven. For everyone else, it's hours of retro-themed action. Either way, Blood Dragon is a hell of a lot of fun.
Calling it an expansion is something of a misnomer, however. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is standalone DLC that has virtually nothing in common with the Far Cry franchise.
Superficially, the game is flawed in all the right hyperstylized ways. The cutscenes are gloriously low-res, the music is cheesy synthpop, and the dialogue would make any B-movie director proud. It's worth pointing out that this isn't a game for kids. The language is salty enough to make a sailor blush. That's okay because... well, were any of the good action movies of the 80s rated PG-13, ever?
Cyber commando Rex Powercolt is hilariously voiced by Michael Biehn, who has a deadpan, profane, one liner for any occasion.
Like Far Cry 3, Blood Dragon features enemy compounds spread across a tropical island, with side missions and multiple options for reaching and accomplishing your objectives. But unlike Far Cry, there's no need to take your time or exercise restraint. You can dive right in and start blasting from the get go, which suits the full-throttle sensibility of the game perfectly.
There aren't any factions because, of course, the nuclear war wiped everyone out, but Rex can still find plenty of Omega Force cyborgs to unleash his arsenal on. Most of the weapons are adapted from Far Cry, although the upgrades take some of the toys in a new direction.
Of course, there are the animals to worry about. Since this is the apocalypse, the beasts are all mutated and neon or cybernetic (or both). Especially those Blood Dragons. For the record, they're just like regular dragons, only with frickin' laser beams coming out of their eyes.
The game isn't perfect. The missions need a little more variety, and if you're so inclined, it's possible to blaze through the game in a matter of hours easily. However, for a $15 download, you'd be hard pressed to find a better deal than Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
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