Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon ReviewClayMeow - May 22, 2013
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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Conclusion
While I feel any first-person shooter fan will enjoy Blood Dragon, if you're an 80s kid like myself, you'll especially enjoy it. The game certainly has a modern aesthetic, but the cutscenes are pure 8-bit NES-era – you have the rectangular image that takes up only the top half of the screen on a black background with the subtitle written in white below it. There are also some references to 1980s pop culture that I will not spoil. The dialog is appropriately cheesy, but the voice acting is top-notch, aided in no small part by Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens) voicing Rex.
There aren't a whole lot of negatives, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Blood Dragon's UPlay account requirement, even if you by the Steam version like I did. I certainly wouldn't consider it a deal breaker, but I know some people hate any digital DRM outside of Steam. Unfortunately, if you're a fan of achievements, there are curiously no Steam Achievements, despite them existing on UPlay. Other than that, there were some minor texture glitches (though you may never even notice them unless you look hard), and vehicles can only be driven in first-person, which can be quite jarring if you're used to switching to third-person view when in vehicles like I am. All these things are minor qualms, but they are worth mentioning. The other thing that is worth mentioning is the game's Mature rating. Blood Dragon certainly has its fair share of foul language and sexual content, not to mention its extreme violence. If those things offend you, you may want to steer clear.
As I said when I started this review, Blood Dragon is an amazing value at a mere $15 USD. And while you will probably 100% the game in ten hours or less, the game thankfully doesn't end there if you want to continue killing. In fact, that's exactly how the game presents it, posing you with a simple option, "Return to the island and continue killing?" If you click OK, you get an equally straightforward mission objective: "Be badass all the way." That final mission objective sums up the Blood Dragon experience perfectly. Not since the Batman: Arkham series has a game made me feel so badass. Those games made me truly feel like Batman. Blood Dragon made me truly feel as I'd expect a cyber-soldier to be – badass and nearly unstoppable.