Originally posted on May 14, 2013
Where can I start with this game? I did not play any of the FarCry games so I came into this game wondering whether I should have played the other games. Like I said, I did not play or even get FarCry 3. I thought this was some kind of DLC when I first heard about this. I looked so cool. When I seen the trailer for the game and seen the text at the bottom saying “This is a standalone game”, my heart skipped a beat.
The main theme of this game is right out of the 80’s. You play as cyber commando Sergeant Rex “Power” Colt (voiced by Terminator actor Michael Biehn). This half man, half machine spits out one liners like a gatling gun shooting bullets and celebrates high body counts by throwing up the longhorn symbols with his cybernetic fingers. He’s with another cyber-soldier named Spider, and they’ll take on an island overrun by your average 80’s nameless, faceless enemy. So to start things off Blood Dragon mocks the unnecessary tutorials that lead off most FPS games.
As you play the game you will encounter a variety of different enemy types. Androids(they sound like Cylons), mutant animals and dinosaur looking menaces known as blood dragons also roam this island. Pro tip: stay low and stay away from the Dragons! You have 13 garrisons around this island. During the tutorial you will liberate a garrison. Each of these garrisons have a different layout but all have high walls so you just can’t take the high road. In one of my encounters, I could not get in the walls without being seen. I took to the small building on the hill adjacent to the garrison. Zip-lined across to the lookout of the garrison. Pro tip: Use your Cyber-eye to mark the enemies. If a blood dragon is nearby, I recommend turning off the base shields and throwing a cyborg heart toward one of the doors to lure it in. These beasts will decimate all living things in the base.
I would also recommend going after all of animal types. You only need 12 types. This will give you upgrades to your weapons. Explosive sniper rifle rounds can take out a jeep and all nearby soldiers in one shot. The quadruple-barrel shotgun makes short work of the extremely dangerous blood dragons.
As for the story, there’s not much other than your typical 80’s movie. In a classic 80’s movie plot you have landed here because of a mission to stop a nuke from lifting up. Rex and Spider get abducted by the enemy after disarming the nuke. Now it is your turn to stop this! There are many humorous lines in the story. One of them has Rex saying ” I’m saving myself for a special lady” while showing a graffiti laden Statue of Liberty in the background. Rex is the typical 80’s hero, in line with Rambo to the cast of Red Dawn. It does get a little repetitive with the liberation of the garrisons but they do give you different layouts to play around in. The art style is amazing with a sunset-like color palette. Along with the art style there is the sound of the game. If you stop and listen, you can hear the crackle and pings of the large computers in the garrisons.
I love this game! The music is totally awesome! I would like if they would up the AI of the androids. You can stand in one of the garrison towers and the Androids will just stand there. They will shoot and find a better place to shoot you but will not come after you if you’re in a tower. I also would like it to be longer and for it to have more side missions. This is an open-world. They need to use this to their advantage.
The director of this game Dean Evans is already considering According to Michael Biehn, Rex “Power” Colt’s voice actor, the director of this game (Dean Evans) is already considering a sequel. Biehn told Microsoft spokesperson Major Nelson in an Interview: “I think he wants to turn it into some sort of franchise. He’s got a sequel in mind.” If they ever do this they need to add multiplayer. Now I don’t have any friends but I will get them for this sequel.
If you like the 80’s, mindless androids, faceless enemies, and Powerglove style music, then Rex Power Colt is your man, and Blood Dragon is your game.
Do you agree or disagree? Would you like a sequel or just this one-shot game? Answer in the comments below. This is your friendly neighborhood MXAGhost writer… Signing off for now.