Anyone who has been following me since I started this site knows that I do not have positive things to say about the video game Far Cry 3 (I HATE IT). If you would want to read my review, you can do so by clicking on the link here. So when I heard that Far Cry 3 had an awesome DLC called Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. I did not even think of giving it a shot. First off, I do not review DLCs and second, more importantly, why would I want to play a DLC of a game I do not like. All it will do is add some more maps or at best decent side plot like they did in Skyrim. Then… I saw trailers for the game… And I just had to play it… Jesus Christ! This is a game that I have been missing in my life!!! This game is amazing! Why couldn’t this game be the main game?! A game set in the ‘distant future’ of 2007 with all the cheese and glory that only science fiction action 1980’s glory can bring us, this game is a blast to the past.
Set in the distant future of 2007, the world has been ravaged by a Nuclear Holocaust between the United States and the Soviet Union. Our protagonist, voice by none other than Corporal Dwayne Hicks himself Michael Biehn, Rex Power Colt is an All American cybernetically enhanced super soldier who has been sent to a remote island to investigate a rogue agent Colonel Sloan. Upon arrival, it is revealed that Colonel Sloan has turned to the side of evil and kills Rex Power Colt’s partner Spider!
Rex awakens by Sloan’s Canadian assistant Dr. Darling who decides to help Rex Power Colt (I’m never shortening this glorious name) stop Colonel Sloan from plunging the Earth back to the prehistoric times! Rex Power Colt is empowered by the Blood Dragon and sets forth to foil Colonel Sloan’s nefarious schemes!
Michael Biehn Being 80’s as Shit!
Michael Biehn is the living embodiment of what it means to be an 80’s action hero and is really underrated for his time. Of course you have your Arnold Schwarzenegger’s, your Sylvester Stallone’s, and Jean Claude Van Damme’s. But Michael Biehn was always that tough as nails, down, and dirty fighter. Being in movies such as Aliens, The Abyss, Logan’s Run, The Terminator, Rampage, Navy SEALs, and Terminator 2: Judgement Day this guy is about as 80’s action as they come and he is AWESOME in this game as American Cyborg Soldier Rex Power Colt.
He has that awesome gruff man body attitude and voice that is reminiscent of science fiction action heroes for the time like Snake Plissken with the voice that is similar to Duke Nukem. He is that tough as nails, rough, and tumbling 80’s action hero. Biehn brings the whole 80’s feel together and it is clear that he is having the time of his life with each awesome line.
This game is the most 80’s thing that I have seen since… Well 1989… Even the Ubisoft logo that plays before the game starts, pays homage to one of the living embodiment of 80’s Sci Fi Action; none other than Golan and Globus’ Cannon Studios. The story itself is set in the ‘distant’ future of 2007 and features the very bombastic colorful tones and the ‘retro futuristic’ feel that the 80’s envisioned for today.
Computers are gigantic yet completely immersive machines, the world has been devastated by the not-so Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, and soldiers are now all gruff manbody cyborgs ready to kick massive amounts of ass. The beginning of the game sends you head first in a helicopter gatling gun fight with Little Richard playing in the background and hands you every single weapon for you to annihilate anything that even thinks of coming your way. Just like the movies of the past, this game does not take itself seriously. It borrows from awesome movies like Escape from New York and Blade Runner as well as the classic B-Movie Sci Fi action flicks that Cannon was famous for like Cyborg and Alien from LA.
Another wonderful addition to the game is the fact that all cut away scenes are done in the still shot pictures that you see in most video games of the late 80’s to early 90’s, back in our lesser developed days. It is a great throwback to classic video games and gives you that old school gaming feel that as died away as we have progressed in graphics and cinematics.
The game is just an all around wonderful throwback to the 80’s in every way imaginable. It isn’t even in the way you would create a parody, this is almost a moment to moment recreation of stories that came out during that time and it is a big pile of awesome nostalgia for anyone who gives it a go.
The Way DLCs Need to be Made
Video games need to take a lesson from the developers of Far Cry 3 on how to create a DLC. Instead of just adding a handful of new maps or a somewhat interesting side plot, Ubisoft took the template of Far Cry 3 and create a whole new and original DLC. It is groundbreaking in its succeeded attempt at creating a new, original, and by all means awesome game to complement the game that came before it. I would even be willing to say that this is the greatest DLC of all time!
This game is one big glorious homage to the 1980’s wrapped up in a pretty nostalgic package. Michael Biehn is spot on as 80’s action hero Rex Power Colt and the whole environment screams the Sci Fi nostalgia I’ve been missing since movies and video games. Do not pass on the opportunity to play this amazing DLC!
Final Score 4.5/5
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