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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Review

 
 
Welcome to our CHEATfactor Game Review of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. We review the game and then factor in how the available cheats affect the overall game experience.
 

Reviewed on: PC
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Rated: "M" for Mature

 
CHEATfactor Game Review
by Joe Sinicki
Presentation 7/10 
It’s like Far Cry 3...but with a lot more Neon. Blood Dragon does a decent enough job taking the island setting of Far Cry 3 proper and returning it to the cheesy 80s and 90s glory from most of our childhoods.
Gameplay 7/10 

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a dumb, dumb game...but it’s meant to be that way. It channels all of your favorite cheesy action movies from the 80s and 90s while still managing to make a point about the current state of games

Lasting Appeal 6/10 

It’s only about the size of the south Island in the original game, but there’s enough to do in Blood Dragon’s nuclear wasteland to keep you busy for eight hours or so. 

Overall 8/10 
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is successful for every reason it shouldn’t be - it’s dumb, cheesy and even a bit stupid - but it’s supposed to be, and the joke mostly hits.
CHEATfactor 8/10 
 
 

It was almost too perfect for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon to be confirmed on April Fool’s Day.

Blood Dragon may be the dumbest game you’ve ever played. You’ll throw dice to distract super-soldiers, fight cybernetic sharks and heal yourself by welding your robotic arm. But here’s the kicker - it’s better for it. The folks at Ubisoft have taken their magnificent tropical shooter that for the most was grounded in reality (well, as much reality as a rich kid learning new skills by getting tattoos in the jungle could be) and taken it back to the 80s in a love letter to the action movies we all grew up with while still making a decent point about the state of games these days. Be warned, Blood Dragon looses some of what made Far Cry 3 one of last year’s best game, but it’s an enjoyable spoof nonetheless.

 
   

It’s the year 2007 (no, really), and the world is reeling from complete nuclear meltdown. You’ll play as Rex Power Colt (as voiced by Michael Biehn from Alien), a cybernetic super-soldier. It’s on a recon mission to a distant island that you realize that not everything is as it seems and its up to you to stop an evil terrorist named Sloan. While the plot may sound predictable (that’s kind of the point), what makes Blood Dragon so special is all in the details. Blood Dragon does not take itself seriously at all - it presents itself as a 90s VHS version of the future, complete with cybernetic enemies, and a whole lot of neon.

Blood Dragon also spends a lot of its time calling back to the movies it finds its inspiration from, and if you’re old enough to remember - these sections are worth more than a chuckle. The opening scene is ripped almost completely from Predator and there are references strewn to properties like Die Hard, Ninja Turtles and The Terminator. The game also uses its goofy premise to make a point about the current state of gaming - the opening tutorial is laughably basic ("walking is like running...only faster"). The game also pokes fun at companies charging for everything and calling it DLC by offering the player the chance to purchase the ability for the game to play itself.

"...like the game lost some of what made the original so remarkable"

 
   

If you played last year’s delightful Far Cry 3, most of Blood Dragon’s mechanics should feel pretty familiar to you, as the game plays nearly identical to its predecessor. You’ll start the game already knowing a lot of the skills you had to acquire throughout the original game, which let’s you get into Blood Dragon’s unique form of mayhem sooner. Still though, I couldn’t help but feel like the game lost some of what made the original so remarkable, the aiming doesn’t feel as sturdy and you feel a hell of a lot more confined here. They’re small changes, but that doesn’t mean they’re less noticeable.

I get that Far Cry 3 is supposed to callback to the action movies of games of yesterday. I’m in on the joke - but playing through, I couldn’t help but think of another movie from my childhood - Groundhog Day with the immortal Bill Murray. During my first day with the game, my playthroughs were marred by a glitch that refused to save my progress. Oh, it did register that I had been playing - gave me the correct save file, complete with the checkpoint name I stopped at, but I was forced to start the game over again each time. It required me to uninstall the game, then reinstall it and start over completely to get past it, and it seems like I may be the only who experienced it, but a word of warning no less.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is successful for every reason it shouldn’t be - it’s dumb, cheesy and even a bit stupid - but it’s supposed to be, and the joke mostly hits. If you’re not old enough to remember the source material, you’re likely to have less of a good time, but there’s still enough here to keep you entertained. Just be warned, if you’re looking for something to the scale of the original Far Cry 3, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

 
 
CHEATfactor
 
CHEATS USED: Indestructible Vehicle, Invisible, Unlimited Health, more
 
One of the most awesomely goofy parts of Blood Dragon is the ability to summon an actual giant blood dragon to attack your enemies, and I have to admit - I was hoping for some sort of cheat that let me summon one as much as I wanted. Sure,  combining a few of the cheats gives you the option, but I was hoping to just be able to do it.

That being said, there’s a ton of options in the trainer, like the ability to instantly tag your enemies, making them easier to hunt and unlimited resources. The trainer does a remarkable job of making you feel like even more of a super-soldier, which makes Blood Dragon even more fun that it was in the first place.

 
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