Far-Cry 3’s stand-alone expansion offers a more fine-tuned experience that is worth a look at for both fans and newcomers
The Phrase “Less is more” comes to mind when I think of Farcry3’s stand-alone expansion ‘Blood Dragon’.
I liked Farcry 3 when it came out, but I found many of the characters to be annoying and unnecessary; many of them just died for the sake of the plot and I didn’t really feel connected to any of them. There were so many things to do in that game but by the time you got to the halfway point you were so overpowered that you would pretty much have to try to get yourself killed.
Add to this a tacked-on multiplayer mode that everyone stopped playing six months after the game’s release, and you have a game that is bursting with content but half of it will probably go untouched because the focus is too sporadic. An ocean-wide but a puddle deep so they say.
Enter ‘Blood Dragon’ A game with a lot less to do but more of an incentive to do it.
Blood Dragon makes no attempt to hide the fact that it was inspired by late 1980s and early 1990’s pop culture. In fact, it embraces it.
You play as Rex Powercolt a Cyborg Commando tasked with stopping an evil scientist from taking over the world.
You do this by invading said doctors island, killing all his henchmen and liberating the scientists who are being held captive.
Oh, and did I mention that there were friggin Dinosaurs with laserbeam eyes.
Though this is a Farcry game at its core the amount of filler that was trimmed to make the game more fun and feel Sci-Fi-ish is commendable.
For example instead of having to grind for hours on end to decrease your fall damage like in the base Farcry3, here since you are a Cyborg no matter how high of a distance you fall from you won’t take damage.
Also, enemies who are standing together can be chain killed once you get the drop on them. Yet another ability that had to be unlocked through hours of grinding in the base game
After the start of the game where you go in guns blazing you are treated to probably one of the funniest tutorials in video game history.
Pressing the melee button when an enemy isn’t around will cause your character to give the middle finger to the direction he is looking at.
The cheesiness and fun factor have been amped up to 11 in this game.
Your character; voiced by Michael Bein of Terminator fame, gives off hilarious quips and 1liners that would make even the saltiest of players chuckle. Just read this dialog between the two characters and tell me it’s not hilarious
Spider: Well it ain’t me cause’ I’m god damn near perfect. Men wanna be me-
Rex Powercolt: And you wanna be with men, yeah, I got it.
Though the game isn’t anywhere near as big as a traditional open-world game, the replay value is here, and in droves.
There is so much fun to be had when the dev team is able to focus on a cohesive narrative, instead of just making one giant world and flooding to the brim with so much stuff to do it can get over cumbersome.
The main story will take around three to four hours if you just want to rush through it, however, there is so much variety as to how each mission can be tackled that if you were to just rush through everything you would be depriving yourself of half the fun.
Upon getting to an enemy bunker should I go in guns blazing with an armored jeep, snipe the enemies from a distance, or should I lure a berserk Blood Dragon to the enemies camp by throwing an enemies heart as bait and have it diminish their numbers for me?
Towards the end of the game, you will acquire the Killstar; A device that you strap to your hand that grants you the ability to shoot a laser beam that feeds off your health bar as ammo.
My only real complaint here is that towards the tail end of the game you get to ride on the back of a robotic Blood Dragon, and it’s awesome. You plow through waves of enemy soldiers as if they were made of pudding. However, it only lasts for a few minutes.
After the credits roll there is still much to do, however, it probably won’t take you more than 10 hours to 100% the game even on the highest difficulty.
Also, there is no new game plus. It’s a shame too, I would have loved to be able to replay the game from the beginning as an overpowered badass.
Still nitpicks aside, Farcry 3 Blood Dragon is a shining example of what happens when a development team is passionate about creating something fun and unique. I just wish we could get more games like this nowadays.
An homage to the 80's ans 90's done right
If you were as pissed off over games like Duke Nukem forever as I was, and wanted a game with a sense of self humor and excellent gameplay, then look no further than Farcry 3: Blood Dragon.