By Luke Kirtley ’15 | Graphics Editor
Recently, Ubisoft released “Blood Dragon”, a spin off of “Far Cry 3.” on April 30 for $15. Although not similar to “Far Cry 3″ in hardly any way, “Blood Dragon” has become my all-time favorite game of the year.
The game takes place in an overdeveloped 2007, consisting of robot soldiers and basically robot everything including sharks, alligators, etc. Aside from the robots, mega-shields, and massive futuristic buildings, the weapons and landscape are pretty “2007”. The game is very dark though, (it is always night time) and the main spectrum of colors bases off of orange and pink.
What I just love about the game is how 80’s style the art is. The style brings me back to the original Terminator feel, just with even more lasers. The darkness of the scenery is a key factor when it comes to showing off the bright weapons and characters as well. The world is post apocalyptic, after a nuclear war between a multitude of countries, and the player must find and kill Col. Sloan to stop him from furthering his nuclear raids.
Players start off with the player commanding the character Rex “Power” Colt, with his accomplice Spider, who investigates Col. Sloan, an ex-agent. Spider is then killed and Colt is knocked out, leaving it up to the 16-bit style cutscenes to explain what was happening. Colt is then taken to a base where the game is basically free-roam but still has the main objective lie prominent.
Blood dragons are then introduced, which are not really dragons, but dinosaurs that change colors, which have poor eyesight but acute hearing. This comes in handy throughout the game. There is a plethora of animals, such as goats, snakes, turtles, leopards, tigers and dogs, which all hurt you unfortunately.
The absolute best part of the game is the humor that comes with it, ranging from the cheesy side comments by Colt, the in game tips, such as “We spent too much money on font colors”, and the comments made by other characters. The game is politically informed as well, tackling subjects such as the correlation between violence and videogames, or lack thereof.
Even the side missions they provide the player with are jokes. Most of them consist of saving scientists from hostage situations. Other missions involve killing animals, where are completely self-aware. For example, one of the missions is “Tigers ate some scientists. Thats a no-no. Go murder the big cats for being big cats.” Another way the game is self-aware is the fact that it will make fun of itself, like when it makes fun of how long the tutorial is at the start.
Also, let’s not forget, this game consists of literally everything, lasers, guns, zombies, dragons, and vehicles. It pertains to basically every interest even if the player isn’t interested in first person shooters.
Sadly, the game is really short. I beat the entire main mission, played all the side missions, and captured all garrisoned bases in 3 hours and 35 minutes. The story is the classic cliche saving the world story, which is what I love about it. The dialogue is forced and similar to most action movies in the 80’s. Colt is overly patriotic, claiming his blood is “red, white and blue”, which just adds to the humor of the whole game. The classic twist ending is also cliche, which leaves room for a possible sequel (fingers crossed).
The game makes multiple references to movies and television ranging from Terminator to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. Not only is the dialogue funny, Colt’s actions are hilarious, for example regaining health will consist of Colt using a hand exerciser really fast or rewiring his left arm (which is robotic). There is even a button dedicated to giving other characters “the finger”.
Overall this game is a must-buy! It’s only $15 and will supply the consumer with hours of entertainment, laughs, and even some political topics to debate among their peers. I give this game an A+, supplying me with the best experience I have had while playing a game in all of the year.