Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon: nostalgia nightmare or retro love-letter?

far cry 3 blood dragon

Let’s be honest, Far Cry 3’s off-beat spin-off, Blood Dragon, is pretty weird, but its probably the greatest thing ever thought of by anyone, ever.

The stand alone expansion has been released upon the world, and its 80’s inspired camp-sci-fi action has been examined by the international critics; so is Blood Dragon as cool as a dragon shooting lasers?

The Metacritic scores are 81, 79, and 79 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 version respectively. The GameRankings percentages sit on 85, 81.41, and 81 for the same three platforms.

But what we really want to know is what is making this game so awesome, so let’s see what the reviews had to say:

Game Informer: 8.5/10

“Like many of the ’80s action flicks it mimics, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon has the potential to alienate people with its crass sense of humor and repetitive one-liners. But if you long for an era when smart-mouthed badasses were more concerned with making things go boom than catering to your social sensitivities, Rex Power Colt is your man, and Blood Dragon is your game.”

IGN: 8/10

“This comical, explosive shooter takes everything that makes Far Cry 3’s gunplay great and dresses it in the kind of wit and over-the-top fun that Duke Nukem Forever is so desperately missing.”

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Joystiq: 9/10

“Parody’s a thorny thing, tricky to execute and often limited in appeal. It’s to Ubisoft Montreal’s credit that Blood Dragon broadens the appeal of its source, thanks to a hilarious, accessible dollop of nostalgia, coated in the mechanics that made Far Cry 3 great.”

Eurogamer: 9/10

“Blood Dragon condenses all the best bits of Far Cry 3, sprinkles them with cheesy nonsense and blazes its way through to a finale that will leave you grinning like a loon.”

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Gamespot: 8.5/10

“You don’t have to love the decade of Rubik’s Cubes and Pac-Man Fever to get a kick out of Blood Dragon. But if you do, then all the better: this action-packed shooter will strike all the right synth-pop power chords.”

GamesRadar: 4/5

“Minor criticisms aside, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon does a fantastic job of servicing the demand for retro nostalgia, but inside the comfortable setting of a very modern, very well-made shooter. It’s the best of both worlds: it looks like a fun retro game, but plays like a properly modern one.”

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Edge: 7/10

“This isn’t Far Cry 3 at its best mechanically, but it’s definitely the game at its most charismatic. Because as a bunch of well-worn VHS tapes at Ubisoft Montreal undoubtedly prove, the ’80s knew how to do personality.”

Videogamer: 7/10

“It’s slightly disappointing, but I found myself returning to Blood Dragon after I’d finished it. The compulsive appeal of the parent game carries over, and it’s nice to play a sci-fi shooter that’s not trying to tell a so-called ‘epic’ story. Here you shoot people, a lot, and for most of its short running time that’s good fun.”

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