It’s a first-person shooter that Ubisoft describes as “an 80s VHS vision of the future.” That’s it. Stop reading and buy it now.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a stand-alone expansion to Far Cry 3 (obviously) set in the post-apocalyptic future of 2007. You play as Sergeant Rex Power Colt, a Mark IV Cyber Commando voiced by the great Michael Biehn who must destroy the evil, cybernetic Omega Force led by Colonel Sloan. The game is essentially a video game ode to the 80’s from the VHS tracking bar loading screens to the low-res cutscenes (Weathers/Schwarzenegger shake FTW!) to the amazingly authentic soundtrack to the cheesy one-liners and it’s all executed with neon-bathed scan-lined perfection.
Stripped down, FC3: BD is a fairly generic first-person shooter but it’s the level of detail, the atmosphere and superb writing that elevate it past mediocrity and into the realm of totally radical. Michael Biehn as Rex Power Colt throws our every lame one-liner from our favorite 80’s action films with a raspy delivery that emphasizes his cybernetic awesomeness. Colt himself is a visual rip-off of the Terminator with an exposed cyber-eye and scan mode that is almost identical to the T2 version.
The game itself never leaves the realm of the absurd. After the chopper assault set to “Long Tall Sally,” (Predator fans should recognize that reference,) you begin with a tutorial that mocks video game tutorials. The first screen asks you to press X in order to demonstrate your ability to read. Easy. A side mission has you hunting down turtles who live in the sewers and befriend rats. The turtles appear to be eating pizza and uhmm they wear masks. Oh and the Blood Dragons are massive dinosaur/dragon things that glow neon and shoot lasers from their eyes. Makes sense.
The soundtrack itself composed by Power Glove is spot on. Although at times the songs feel like slightly modified versions of tracks off of the original Terminator soundtrack, they are still executed with nostalgia-dripping synth perfection. I recommend tracking down the soundtrack to fully appreciate the work put into the score.
You don’t have to appreciate cheesy 80’s late-night sci-fi flicks to fully dig this game but it helps to fully understand the continuous onslaught of jokes and references littering the game. $15. Buy it and throw some hearts around.