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Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon screenshot
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon screenshot
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon screenshot
First-person Shooter

DEVELOPER: Ubisoft Montreal
GENRE: First-person Shooter
MODES: Single-player
STEAM RATING: Very Positive


DEVELOPER: Ubisoft Montreal
GENRE: First-person Shooter
MODES: Single-player
STEAM RATING: Very Positive

REVIEW: Played Aug 2016
REVIEW: Played Aug 2016

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon is a comedic stand-alone spin-off to Far Cry 3 and was a surprisingly huge hit, surpassing all expectations at over one million sales and which, of course, made Ubisoft a very happy camper indeed. The game borrows its template from Far Cry 3 and retrofies it to a 1980's feel. Meant to be a parody, it's not over-the-top comedy, but some of the dialogue will give you a chuckle.

The theme is timeworn, although always a winner – kill the bad guys, save the world, and get the girl. You play as Rex "Power" Colt, a cybernetics super-soldier sent to investigate a rogue agent. Like other Far Cry games, the map is dotted with garrisons that must be liberated from enemy forces. Once liberated, a store and side missions become available. The other inhabitants are wild animals, (where would Ubisoft be without killing its animals) muttering, homogeneous scientists who remind you of Half-Life, and dangerous Blood Dragons, which roam the island.

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon screenshot

There are main mission objectives, but in between you can do several side missions. The premise is the same as Far Cry 3 – defeat the enemy garrisons and once clear, the area becomes friendly, opens a store, and offers two types of additional quests. One type is “Free the Hostage” and the other is “Predator”. There are thirteen garrisons in total, indicated on your map by a red circle, but you can also see their location by the red beams shooting straight into the sky. Once they are free, those beams turn green. Each garrison has an alarm you can disable to stop reinforcements from pouring in. The stealth mechanics work fairly well, and you can sneak up on the enemy for a melee kill. However, dead bodies can be discovered, automatically triggering the alarm. You can also disable the megashield, which will let any Blood Dragon in the area into the garrison and let it do your work for you. So, you have a few choices about how you do things.

There is a selection of weapons, but you are limited to carrying four plus your explosives. As you progress, upgrades unlock, which you can then buy at the store. You can also buy consumables such as ammo, health and body armor. Finding consumables within the world is quite rare, so you will need to mostly rely on the store. The stores are only located at the freed garrisons and you can only switch to a weapon you are not currently carrying, or detach or equip attachments, while in the store interface. Currency can be found in chests or lying around loose throughout the map.

There are a number of collectibles and upgrades become available through reaching a set number of them and completing missions. Collectibles come in the form of Tvs, Vhs tapes, Dr Carlyle files and discovering and killing a dozen animal types. (I'm beginning to think Ubisoft has something against animals) Skill upgrades for Rex are automatically applied through gaining experience points playing the game.

The world is free roam, which you can traverse on foot or in vehicles. However, land vehicle controls really suck and I did all of my travelling on foot as Rex can move cross country very quickly and take no damage from falling. When I suddenly started sprinting in crouch, I thought my control was broken, but it turned out to be a skill. Initially, the world is populated by enemies, but as you progress, numbers fall off. Animals are always a danger though, and particularly the Blood Dragons, which can do great damage. You can distract them by throwing cyber hearts that you can rip out of dead cyber soldiers.

The game is not quite as polished as it could have been. Switching between molotovs and grenades is tied to the mouse wheel, which means that switching weapons isn't. These are by default tied to the keyboard numbers, which proves a bit awkward. If you keep one of them depressed, a weapon wheel will come up, but it doesn't work very smoothly during a fight.

You cannot manually save during missions, but you can outside of these, so save often to preserve your collectibles. Missions instead use checkpoint saving. Outside of this, dying will have you re-spawning at the nearest freed garrison.

The visuals are a cornucopia of neon. However, cut-scenes are presented as small cut-out stills. The game suffers from the same problem as Far Cry 3 in that once areas are liberated, there are fewer and fewer enemy encounters throughout the island. Many people were disappointed in the ending as well as there is no one-on-one fight with your primary antagonist. Instead, it plays out in a cut-scene. Overall, however, the game is a fan favorite.

Game Issues Experienced

Make sure your Uplay app is up-to-date before launching

The game sometimes opened in windows mode. Press alt + enter for fullscreen

The game may have to be installed to C//: drive to work

Development Note

The developers of Blood Dragon readily admit the game is stupid and just mindless fun. When they pitched the idea, they actually didn't think they would get the go-ahead.

Due to its success and that of Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, which released a month later, Ubisoft spokeman stated that these mini-AAA titles would continue to be a part of their future line-up. Originally only digital download, Blood Dragon did so well that Ubisoft released a retail version.

The game, although universally acclaimed, was not without criticism, particularly for the bad story and cheesy dialogue. It also has some mechanical glitches. Most users, however, seem to agree that it's a lot of fun for a stand-alone spin-off of Far Cry 3. So far, there has been no talk of a sequel.

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Other games in series:   None
  • Genre: First-person Shooter
  • Developer(s): Ubisoft Montreal
  • Publisher(s): Ubisoft
  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PS3, Xbox 360
  • Release: May 2013
  • Mode(s): Single-player
  • Media: Download, Optical Disc
  • DLC Available: No
  • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 & 8
  • CPU: 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6700, 3.00 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Hard Drive: 3GB free space
  • Video: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c compliant
  • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compliant
  • Shader Model:
  • Input for PC: Keyboard & Mouse, Partial Controller
  • DRM: Uplay
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  • Version:  Steam Download
  • OS:  Windows 7 SP1
  • CPU:  Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz
  • Ram:  8GB
  • Disk Drive:  DVD/CD
  • Video:  ATI Radeon HD 7870 2GB
  • Shader Model:  5
  • DirectX:  11
  • Resolution:  1650 x 1050
  • Input:  Keyboard & Mouse
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