Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is still nearly a month away, but some lucky PC gamer has managed to acquire the neon-soaked spin-off. The subsequent playtime resulted in a fifteen minute video that made its way around the internet before Ubisoft pulled off some rapidfire takedown actions to suppress it. We managed to snag a copy and give it a look. There doesn’t appear to be any spoilers, so we’ll recap what we can!
The game begins with a motion comic explaining that nuclear Armageddon has ravaged the planet. Countries rebuilding, you are cyber-commando (Mark IV, no less) Sergeant Rex Power Colt, a.k.a, Michael Biehn. You come to in a helicopter – thanks to buddy-soldier Spider – now racing to an enemy bunker somewhere in the tropics. After a light on-rails sequence and a hilarious tutorial, you discover that the enemy forces are, in fact, your guys. Turns out that your former commander, Sloan, has splintered his command of the new Army for his own nefarious purposes. There wasn’t enough in the video to determine any story beats, but it looks like some serious Heart of Darkness/cyber nightmare is well on the way.
The game is a reskinned Far Cry 3, minus anything that could tie this back to Far Cry 3 aside from the mechanics you know and love. being part of a generation of gamers that mostly got Grand Theft Auto: Vice City‘s numerous references, this will be right up my alley. From Tron-style lighting and music to VHS tracking adjustment, this game swims in eighties references. As you dispatch foes, you can rip out their cyber-hearts for… something. I don’t know.
I’ve seen probably more of this game that I need to at this point, but I can’t wait for more Blood Dragon. I’m not sure if the whole affair is a strictly-linear mission affair or if it opens up a bit like Far Cry games are known for. The game is pretty like a pony and doesn’t take itself seriously in the slightest. By all means, this looks like a hit.