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PC Game Review: Farcry 3: Blood Dragon

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The game is cliche’, has dire dialogue and a daft storyline that is cringe worthy. And it is also one of the most fun and entertaining games you will have played in a very long time. If you are a gamer and remember the 80s then you need to buy this post-haste. It is a case of “spot the reference” in the dialogue, plot and even the music. It even mocks the plot of Farcry 3 for good measure.

Ostensibly it is a DLC for last year’s Heart of Darkness inspired first person shooter Farcry 3 but it is so much more. This is old school in the sense of nostalgia for something that never actually existed, we only imagined it. It is what Duke Nukem Forever should have been. The humor throughout is lame and cringe-worthy but always in (good) bad-taste. Think of Michael Mann, of “Miami Vice” fame, doing a futuristic future war first person shooter. Or maybe even a game based on the original “Universal Soldier”.

Did I mention it has glowing T-Rexs that shoot lasers out of their mouths and glow in the dark sharks? The 16 bit cut-scenes (which you can pause if you need to) are worth watching every time for their tweeness and references. Watch any 80s era action flick and you will get the gist.

Because the game is based on Farcry 3 it works like a charm. The graphics are great despite it being always dark. Everything works just like it does in Farcry 3 except for the simplification of your skills. The weaponry is decidedly over the top and silly. Upgrades are earned for getting collectibles and doing side missions. I confess to skipping most of those, but I still managed to get the upgrades I needed. The animals are far more nasty and hurt a hell of alot if you are not careful but then again there is a reason for that.

The voice acting, despite delivering some dire dialogue (on purpose), is first rate and they have obviously studied some of the most over the top 80s TV and action flicks. The detail is quite amusing right down to dorky round earnings and a power–pantsuit (big shoulders of course) on the love interest Dr. Darling.

Despite the fact this is DLC it is nowhere near as long as the original Farcry 3, it will still occupy a decent chunk of your time. This is especially true if you want to be a completist and get all the VHS tapes/TVs/notes. There is online action too in all its neon glory.

I am sure I am not the only one to want Ubisoft Montreal to create a sequel to this game soon. How many games have you spent the entire time you are playing it with a goofy grin on your face? If you pay attention there are lots of guffaws in this game. I was sorry when it was all over. Clearly the people who made this game had as much fun making it as you do playing it. It plays like a Total Conversion done by a bunch of fans for an old game everyone loved.

If you own Farcy 3 then you owe to yourself to pick this up. It is probably the first and only DLC I have ever played which needs to be bought. This is absolutely essential for all fans of fun first person shooters. Oh yeah and one more bit of good news. It is actually a stand-alone that doesn’t even require you to have Farcry 3. So no FPS fan has to miss out on this neon-colored piece of awesomeness. Buy it or Mr. T is going to come round and yell at you until you do!

GameXYZ is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for Content Descriptors. This game can also be found on: PS3 and Xbox 360 .

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