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Scheduled release date:

May 1, 2013

Publisher:

Ubisoft

Developer:

Ubisoft Montreal

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

FPS

Release Date:

May 1, 2013

Yeah, we all thought it was an April Fool's joke. A standalone Far Cry 3 that embraces a campy "futuristic" 80s theme with a smirking, attitude-laden, Duke Nukem-like main character named Rex "Power" Colt? Right. No way. But it wasn't long before Ubisoft made it perfectly plain that Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was very, very real, and it was coming to the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and PC on May 1. You will also start seeing a recently published interview with the voice of the protagonist, Michael Biehn ("Aliens," "Terminator"), who really is a perfect fit for this role.

If you're a fan of those ludicrous B-movie settings and themes, and you have a fond memory of lines likeó "I'm here to kick ass and chew bubblegum...and I'm all out of bubblegum," then you're ready for Blood Dragon. It's 2007 - which, given the background of the game, is the future - and Sergeant Colt must bring down his former cyborg commander who is trying to take over the world. Colt is indeed part cyborg and a veteran of the second Vietnam War (I would love to know the back story behind that), and he's got that cheesy bravado that resonates with retro lovers.

The story is delivered via old-school 16-bit cut-scenes that remind one of the Super Nintendo era, as well as the cartoon style of the 80s. In brief, the game is one massive nostalgia trip that combines Saturday morning cartoons from the good ol' days and classic arcade goodness. However, beneath all that is the fact that Blood Dragon is still distinctly Far Cry. Players will hunt, search for collectibles, and liberate outposts. The only difference is that it'll be a more linear experience, which is of course quite reminiscent of old-fashioned games. Overall, this spin-off promises to feature at least eight hours of original content, and that sounds worthwhile.

You needn't have played Far Cry 3 to enjoy this new iteration, as the two seemingly aren't really related at all. The combat mechanics are mostly the same, though, so you don't have to worry about adapting to outdated gameplay. Interestingly, we will still have the option to choose our approaches; if we want to adopt a stealthy, tactful strategy, we can do that. However, you may also run into things like sharks that shoot lasers from their eyes, so there's no doubt that Blood Dragon will be much more over-the-top. And when Rex starts flipping off baddies thanks to tremendous firepower, you can laugh freely.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon obviously isn't supposed to be taken seriously. It's designed to be an homage to the days when campiness and cornball comedy was actually at the core of most video games. If you really think about it, most plots, stories and characters were downright absurd in those days. Just look at something like Double Dragon or Contra. Dudes taking down armies of other dudes. Silly dialogue, outlandish situations, and simplicity; these comprised the majority of video games in the 80s. However, nothing was easy and I doubt Blood Dragon will adopt that particular feature of yesteryear. No, this is all about good...uh...clean fun.

4/18/2013 Ben Dutka

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Comments (10 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 11:19:22 PM
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Being a child of the 80's I gotta get this at some point. That whole age of greatness is just lost on people now who are used to somewhat realistic military campaigns. I prefer the "Predator" method of sending in a team of "special forces" who use no tactics and don't even aim their guns when they shoot. All along spouting one liners "Stick around," and just generally tearing sh*t up and hunting whatever alien creep happens to be on a rampage.

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Huey
Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 7:38:08 AM
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Insert the "Expendables" crew.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 8:32:45 AM

those movies are hilarious

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gumbi
Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 9:19:45 AM
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I find myself sporting a huge cheesy grin after watching that trailer.

Between this and Bioshock Infinite, I may be forced to lift my ban on FPS games...

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___________
Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 9:21:48 AM
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oh joy yet another developer has created a new IP and slapped on the name of a famous franchise for the sake of sales!
should of known DLC for the truly brilliant FC3 was too good to be true!
:(

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 11:22:00 AM

...what...the HELL...are you TALKING about?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 2:06:43 PM

oh my

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___________
Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 9:00:37 AM

pretty obvious dude, this is harkonen back to the old 80s styles of shooters.
something VERY different to what FC3 was like.
so why is the far cry name on it, when it has as much to do with far cry as it does Jurassic park!
im so sick to death of developers creating totally new IPs than slapping on famous well known franchise titles on them just in the sake of gaining a few sales!
why couldent they call this blood dragon, why does it have to be FC3 blood dragon, especially when it has NOTHING to do with FC, let alone FC3!

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Simcoe
Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 12:33:26 PM

It's part of the joke.

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Lairfan
Saturday, April 27, 2013 @ 1:39:33 PM

I love how blanky complains about this DLC when he keeps whining that games aren't trying to be fun anymore. He rips apart games nowadays for not being like Duke Nukem, then when something like this rolls around he complains that it doesn't belong in the franchise. Not only does he forget what the first Far Cry was like, he forgets his entire opinion and rants and raves like an idiot. How typical.

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