Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon – Game Analysis and Review
By Dan Maurer
Developers: Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Shanghai
Director: Dean Evans
Producer: Fabrice Cuny
Writer: Lucien Soulban
Composer: Power Glove
Engine: Dunia Engine 2
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release Date: May 1, 2013
Genre: First-person shooter, action-adventure
Generally I’m not too big of a fan of downloadable that is released not too far after a full retail release emerges. In this case however, this downloadable content is loads of fun. The Blood Dragon stand-alone expansion DLC departs from the main campaign and throws you onto an island filled with neon colors and classic 80’s synthesizer sounds. If you’ve played through the main campaign of Far Cry 3 and unlocked abilities, these abilities are available to you in Blood Dragon.
The graphics in this game are colorful and draw inspiration from the 80’s to early 90’s era of neon lights and colorful designs. Character models are detailed and environments are a riot to play through. No issues with pop-ups or clipping issues. Everything seems to flow together very nicely and blend into each other. All in all very pleasing to look at.
Besides the eye pleasing graphics, the gameplay is also a top notch experience. The game doesn’t take itself seriously and actually embraces its over the top cheesy 80’s inspired story references. The blood dragons that appear every once in awhile and put up quite the fight, seem more like a rushed effort for Ubisoft to not have to put more work then they already did into this game. Instead of the Far Cry 3 stealth kills we have all grown accustomed to, Blood Dragon fills you with plenty of health and firepower to enable you to charge blindly into enemy strongholds and slaughter them. The campaign is a fun and exciting play-through and is well worth the $15 asking price.
Unfortunately there is no multiplayer here to speak of or co-op campaign. This is strictly a kick ass single player experience.
This is a fantastic stand alone DLC for Far Cry 3 that doesn’t even require the main game to play it. Anyone who is a fan of shooters and classic nostalgia will enjoy this title even after multiple play-throughs. For $15 you cannot go wrong with purchasing this. I highly recommend this even if you are not a fan of the Far Cry series.
FINAL SCORE: 9 out of 10
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