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Best Stand Alone DLC this Gaming Generation!,
This review is from: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon [Download] (Software Download)
Like most people, I thought the announcement for this downloadable content was literally an April Fool's joke. Luckily, it was not. What do you get for $14.99? Oh, positively one of the best, if not THE best Stand alone DLC experience you can buy right now. Ubisoft Montreal have somehow combined the humorous nostalgia of 1980s action movies with their current Far Cry engine; to create an experience that would make Arnold Schwarzenegger wish he was young once again. To top off the look and feel, Michael Beihn (known for Aliens, The Terminator, Navy Seals) even offers his gruff voice to portray Rex Power Colt, the Mark IV Cyber Commando you control to thwart the evil schemes of your previous commanding officer. The adventure is full of one liners, crazy action situations, and just plain over the top stupidity that you can't help but love and laugh at. Even the soundtrack provided by electronic band, Power Glove, fits with Blood Dragon's look providing familiar yet needed sound queues for every situation. Although the in game cut-scenes are not what you call "current generation," they do however provide a wonderful ode to old school story telling for video games from the 80s. If you don't laugh at the Terminator or Predator references within the first 5 minutes, you must not have a funny bone within you...or you are too young to understand.
*For PC, you have to use Ubisoft's version of DRM game management, UPlay, no matter if you are already using Steam or Origin. It's a minor inconvenience, but you can simply set it to go into offline mode after you install and register Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
*PC default controls seem off to me like Far Cry 3's did. The game feels more comfortable using an XB360 controller, even though my aim suffers this way. It's either hit or miss here.
*The game's length is considerably shorter than Far Cry 3's single player gameplay. There are no multiplayer modes within it. So if this upsets you, what were you expecting? Wait till it's cheaper if this offends you.
*Some additional objectives/side quests can get repetitive and lack variety, but somehow are still fun to do. The downside is there are no skill trees like Far Cry 3 had to coincide with your XP gain. Skills are automatically unlocked per level. Also there is no crafting. So in order to obtain weapon upgrades, you have to complete these additional missions and spend money to customize your weapons.
*The Island's look is either hit or miss. People will either complain that it's too dark, or it fits perfectly as a "neon hot pink" Tron styled environment.
*The game is pretty damn easy. Fun, but way too easy. Play on Hard for a boost in challenge.
If this was a risk for Ubisoft to create Blood Dragon, I sincerely hope they take more like this. So far the 7 hours I played of Blood Dragon have been pure 80s bliss. After 4 hours of playing it, I immediately wanted to go watch the Terminator and Robocop for the 1000th time. It's such an awesome and hilarious ode to games and movies that I loved as a kid. So, if you don't own or have played any of Far Cry 3? No problem, once again, this is purely stand alone content(2.98 gigabytes big). Did you grow up, experience the 80s and that era's movies? Also, are you a fan of first person shooters particularly open world like what Far Cry and Crysis have to offer? Then what are you waiting for? Stop reading this and download this now! (queue in Ahnold) Come on! DOOO EEEETT DOO EEEET NOOOWW!!!