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  • Summary: Welcome to an 80s vision of the future. The year is 2007 and you are Sargent Rex Colt, a Mark IV Cyber Commando. Your mission: get the girl, kill the baddies, and save the world.

    Experience every cliche of a VHS era vision of a nuclear future, where cyborgs, blood dragons, mutants, and
    Welcome to an 80s vision of the future. The year is 2007 and you are Sargent Rex Colt, a Mark IV Cyber Commando. Your mission: get the girl, kill the baddies, and save the world.

    Experience every cliche of a VHS era vision of a nuclear future, where cyborgs, blood dragons, mutants, and Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens, Navy Seals) collide.
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  1. Mar 19, 2022
    8
    Radical..,..........................
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  2. Mar 31, 2022
    7
    Some standalone expansions could be considered full games in their own right due to their goodness of content and quality. Unfortunately, inSome standalone expansions could be considered full games in their own right due to their goodness of content and quality. Unfortunately, in some cases, their potential is foolishly undermined by non-ignorable major flaws.

    Blood Dragon's plot it's a witty and irreverent yet intriguing and brilliant sci-fi tale. Its writing based on 1980s grand American sci-fi cinema works incredibly well. Characters are ridiculous but credible and make fun of themselves and the pop culture upon which the plot itself rests. Humour never exceeds, it's never boring and allows the plot to keep the dignity of taking itself seriously just enough. The choice of narrating the events via cutscenes in slideshow-styled 16-bit animations might not like it to everyone, but it's done very well and fits the game's vintage theme.

    Blood Dragon is a standalone expansion which gameplay lays on the solid foundations of Far Cry 3. In fact, the gameplay is identical if not for a few minor changes. The island is a different, smaller-scale open world map than Rook Islands. As in Far Cry 3, there are main and side quests, however side quests are on the verge of fetch quests although some are very fun. There are outposts to be cleared from enemies. Stealth approach can be done but I think it's less feasible than in Far Cry 3, except with the use of the bow. Unlike Far Cry 3, the game has simplified mechanics: it's not possible to sell but only to buy items from automatic vendors and the XPs based levelling is automatic: each level up improves skills, on rotating basis, without the player being able to decide which one or in which order. Variety of weapons is very reduced compared to Far Cry 3, but their cool sci-fi aesthetic design does compensate, also there is one special weapon, absurd, ridiculous and cool, that is worth the whole Far Cry 3 arsenal. Enemies are mostly 1980s stylish sci-fi iterations of enemies from Far Cry 3. The game is pretty easy, even at the highest skill level, except when fighting the titular blood dragons which require more effort.

    I found the movement of player character, both in turning around and speed, a bit slow and woody, except when sprinting, in which it becomes a rocket. Also, despite good amount of content the danger of boredom is eventually always there.

    Graphically the game is like Far Cry 3 Classic with the same improvements: 1080p resolution and little more; lack of 60 frames per second is still disappointing. Artistically the game is great, stylish in the 1980s sci-fi aesthetics of weapons, characters and scenarios. Power Glove's synthwave soundtrack is explosive and fits perfectly the 1980s sci-fi mood of the game; one of the best works in game soundtracks.

    Ah right, it's a shooter: what about the shooting?! The saying goes: "If in a game where you shoot, shooting is bad, you don't have fun". Ubisoft seems to have forgot this cause Blood Dragon's aiming is bad and ruins most of the game: it's difficult to aim correctly, the aiming feels slippery and lacking proper response. Going forward with the game, getting upgrades and getting used to it, the problem has less impact but remains a major flaw.

    And yet, I wonder why the problem exists in the first place. Far Cry 3 Classic didn't have such problem (at least not in February 2021) and neither did Blood Dragon on PS3. How could this happen? How is it possible, goddammit, we need a patch released months or years later to fix such a major flaw with aiming in an FPS, which wasn't even originally there? Is this what we've come to in the video game industry now? Releasing a product in such poor state? And bad aiming aside, I didn't like at all the fact that I needed to have a Ubisoft account to play. You honestly make me sick, Ubisoft.

    The game at its core is very solid, fun, humorous; a nice video ludic trip in the 1980s iconic pop culture. However its bad aiming problem is a major serious flaw. If you play Blood Dragon now, on PS4, you will end up with a mostly negative experience that won't allow you to fully enjoy the game. At this point would be better to play the PS3 version as at the moment it has the same price but it works well and I doubt it requires a Ubisoft account to play. I wish I did it but it's too late for me.
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  3. Jan 5, 2022
    7
    Wow. I LOVE this game. $15 for the best far cry, in high rez.

    But there's one MAJOR problem. The controls. Specifically the aiming. It's the
    Wow. I LOVE this game. $15 for the best far cry, in high rez.

    But there's one MAJOR problem. The controls. Specifically the aiming. It's the worst of any FPS. It feels like I'm playing in the cloud. When you aim it takes a FULL SECOND to respond.
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  4. Dec 24, 2021
    5
    Its a shame that such a great game sees such little effort put into its remaster. 30fps On next gen consoles this far into their generation isIts a shame that such a great game sees such little effort put into its remaster. 30fps On next gen consoles this far into their generation is simply unacceptable right now. If you own this game already on any platform already, this re release is completely unnecessary. Expand
  5. Jan 1, 2022
    3
    Feels absolutely awful at 30 FPS And is a awful port of the game that works but nothing more.The most awful thing is the aiming controls thatFeels absolutely awful at 30 FPS And is a awful port of the game that works but nothing more.The most awful thing is the aiming controls that is just awful. It feels like you have to fight. the controller just to kill dem Expand
  6. Jul 14, 2022
    2
    If you want to play this game on ps4 I highly NOT recommend it. Aesthetics and story seems cool but it's just a pain to play this game becauseIf you want to play this game on ps4 I highly NOT recommend it. Aesthetics and story seems cool but it's just a pain to play this game because of the frame rate. Shame. Expand