Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon feels like an indie studios attempt of ripping off the Far Cry 3 formula, poor character models, ugly world design and a limited selection of weapons make this the second-worst Far Cry DLC, (Far Cry 5: Lost on Mars is by far the worst).
Far Cry games are so enjoyable due to being a sum of all parts a huge and diverse arsenal of weapons, great dialogue, fantastic cut scenes, a sweeping narrative and a massive open world to feel epic in.
Blood Dragon somehow manages to avoid every one of these aspects and release one of the most disappointing DLC in the series.
Look at how you butchered my boy.
The World Design, Character Design and narrative wee sacrificed on the altar of becoming a meme of 1980s action movies; everything looks and feels like a neon nightmare future, if the game offered a wider selection of content it would have been passable, as it stands you drive from one identical base to another, to kill the same identical enemies, while using the smallest selection of weapons since the original Far Cry.
RPG elements have been similarly stripped out, as skill points and perks are auto-assigned by level, removing any possibility of customising your characters loadout/ abilities.
Cutscenes have been replaced by 1980s style bitmap slides, and while I get the joke, it’s just not that funny after a few minutes and feels like suffering though an afternoon of dad jokes with your estranged uncle larry.
Why was it popular?
The memes, people; who love the 80s culture and memes around it clearly fell in love with Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon for its cheeky take on the 1980s dark future aesthetic, and as with the herd, once a large enough minority liked it, people felt they needed to also.
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon is not a bad game, but its nowhere near as good as Far Cry 3, a title that holds up very well in 2020.
Honestly, I grew bored after completing roughly half the map, every outpost felt the same, the map was hideous to look at, all NPCs looked alike, and the weapons selection felt sparse and frankly uninteresting to use.
For me, it’s a hard pass, but your mileage may vary
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