Monday, 3 June 2013

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon


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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a FPS published by Ubisoft. It's a stand alone expansion to the highly popular Far Cry 3. The game is dripping with references to 80's culture be it from films or music (I will go more into that later on).

The year is 2007 and the world has gone into war, you are Sergeant Rex Power Colt who is a 'Mark IV Cyber Commando' sent to with his friend Spider to investigate Colonel Sloan who was an elite who has gone rogue. You confront Sloan who then kills spider and leaves Rex for dead. Rex is a woken by a voice in his head who tells Rex that she is Dr Darling, Sloans assistant who has turned against him after learning of his plans. They team up together to stop Sloans plans on attacking the world with his rockets which are filled with the blood of the dragons that roam the islands.

Well if you have played Far Cry 3 then you will be able to pick this game up and play it straight away as the controls are the same (that's not a bad thing). The graphics are dark but neon filled, red lasers flying around and a the sky is a constant deep blood red.

To unlock weapon attachments you have to complete the hunting and rescue side missions just like in Far Cry 3 but you also need to turn off old style TV's and collect these mystical items called VHS tapes (I think a fair few people playing this game will have no idea what they are). But what I did miss was the skinning of the animals to make things but we can't have everything can we?

Now on to the 80's references:
  • Predator reference - At the start of the game you are in a helicopter firing a mini gun while "Long Tall Sally" by Little Richard is playing.
  • TMNT reference - In one of the side missions you are sent into the sewers to clear them out but come across 4 big turtles and random pizza boxes
  • Terminator reference - Rex is voiced by Michael Biehn who played Kyle Reese in The Terminator, rex also has a glowing red eye and a robotic arm (Terminator 1 & 2) oh and the opening music is just like the main Terminator theme.
  • Ropocop reference - A computer gives you a count down just like ED-209 does. The pistol Rex uses is just the same as the one Robocop does.
Now I could go on with them but I would be here all day pointing them all out and I can bet theres a fair few that have got by me.

Blood Dragon was a fantastic game and I personally couldn't put it down, I was hooked from the start all the way through the end and that was the problem, for me the end came too soon but then again it was a Xbox Live Arcade game but I think they should of worked on it more and had to come out in the shops.

You can get Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon  for PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation Network and Microsoft Windows and for Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Arcade. 

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