The Far Cry series is known for many things, but holding back is not one of them. That’s on full display with this game, Far Cry 3 – Blood Dragon, a 1980s neon-infused installment in the series that revels in madness and nostalgia. A refreshing take on the series, this game is also surprisingly relevant given the current mood in gaming. Rocking a deliberately cyberpunk aesthetic, this game hearkens back to the glory days of 1980s action flicks and the absurdities that they often explored. You’ve got a bit of everything here from Escape from New York to Aliens to Terminator and, of course, Bladerunner.
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The Game Review
A true love letter to the era, Blood Dragon seems like it just came out and that’s a good thing. Perhaps now that Cyberpunk 2077 is officially out games like Blood Dragon will enjoy a renewed life. It should and we’ll tell you why.
To start, Blood Dragon brings all of the quintessential elements of Far Cry to the table. You’ve got action-packed gaming, compelling stories, quirky interludes, and a robust system supporting it all. Gameplay mechanics are seamless and the controls truly help with the immersion. This game is polished to a mirror shine and you won’t be distracted by quality issues as you make your way through it.
As far as the story goes, it is somewhat difficult to spoil it since it is quite out there. At the same time, however, it is quite central to the experience. Let’s just say that if there is a 1980s cliche out there that you think might not make an appearance in this game, it will be happy to prove you wrong. We do have to caution in this area that if you don’t typically like games that do not take themselves seriously then you might struggle through Blood Dragon.
What little bits of earnestness there are in this title is either undermined or parodied by the set dressing surrounding it. We loved it from start to finish, but we could see a really serious gamer that likes their high stakes to actually matter not really caring for this title’s 80s blase attitude.
When it comes to music and sound, Ubisoft rarely disappoints and Blood Dragon is no exception to this rule. Pumping bass, synthesizers stroking out, and enough explosions and bangs are here to let you know the sound team did their job.
Of course, the sound is pretty important considering that the game aspires to be some sort of campy version of a 1980s VHS action flick. Music and explosions tended to make those experiences move right on along and that vibe is here and we’re all for it.
If you’re looking for something neon-drenched but don’t want to play yet another dirge-like cyberpunk adventure game then give Blood Dragon a look. It eschews all of that existential drab in favor of a pure adrenaline-fueled experience that would make the greatest of 80s action flicks green with envy.