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TrueAchievements (May 09, 2013)
Issues concerning length aside, the flaws present in Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon can't hold it back from our highest score. The humor can be appreciated by all, and this radical spin-off offers something quite different. My hope is that this isn’t the last we see of Rex Power Colt and Blood Dragon. I'm eagerly awaiting new content, or (hopefully) a sequel.
GameTrailers (Apr 30, 2013)
What happens to a dream deferred? Something to do with dehydration and fruit… so, what happens to an April Fool’s joke becoming a reality? With the Far Cry series, you get a cybernetic-fist in your face, retro-raunchy, hyper-violent, cyber-clad bootleg VHS to the 1980’s R-rated action movie and marketing power house of yore. You get Blood Dragon. Pastiche or parody, we felt the dragon’s roar would be best assessed in a manner and method reflecting its own nature. We give you… Ten Ways Blood Dragon Rules and Drools.
games xtreme (May 21, 2013)
Yes, it has a lot of value for money and it's a superb downloadable game which sits alongside Mark of the Ninja as one of our favourite 360 downloadbles for ages. 1200 points will let you sample the delights of the neon island hellhole - and the price is just about right! Come on down!
90 (UK) (Apr 30, 2013)
Blood Dragon wears its idiocy like a shield. With its mechanisms borrowed from a bona fide blockbuster and its cornball retro swagger rendering any artistic criticism surplus to requirements, all that's left is to have fun, and that's in plentiful supply. Blood Dragon condenses all the best bits of Far Cry 3, sprinkles them with cheesy nonsense and blazes its way through to a finale that will leave you grinning like a loon.
Joystiq (Apr 30, 2013)
It'd be wrong to say Blood Dragon is simply dumb, 80s-inspired fun, even if that's largely what it provides. Parody's a thorny thing, tricky to execute and often limited in appeal. It's to Ubisoft Montreal's credit that Blood Dragon broadens the appeal of its source, thanks to a hilarious, accessible dollop of nostalgia, coated in the mechanics that made Far Cry 3 great. This easily could've been a great idea greenlit into something terrible. We do love it when a plan comes together.
Game Revolution (Apr 30, 2013)
Still, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is so bad that it's oh-so good. Though it doesn't aim to be the best shooter open-world experience ever, it's thoroughly gratifying—the amazing title screen, the jokes in loading screens, the heavily synthesized soundtrack, the whole damn thing. Throughout its roughly fifteen hours of gameplay, campaign and free-roam missions combined, Blood Dragon manages to transform much of its flash into actual substance. It is artistic by intentionally not being "artistic." Best of all, it's a standalone title that doesn't require the original Far Cry 3, and it's only $15. I pity the fool...
AusGamers (May 01, 2013)
While we bitched and moaned about the angles attempted (and often failed) in Far Cry 3, Blood Dragon very skillfully promises very little and delivers quite a lot. It’s more than Far Cry 3 reskinned, and the effort gone into the soundtrack, voice-acting, scripting and all that unfortunate research the team probably had to do to get their references just right, is top-notch. If you’re a child of the 80s and want to play a game that pokes fun at the modern gaming landscape while throwing back to a simpler time, you can’t go wrong with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. It’s mechanics and systems are nice and familiar, which means you can spend the majority of your time laughing and feeling like a 13-year old kid again, and as far as I can see, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
ZTGameDomain (Apr 30, 2013)
(...) Blood Dragon offers a fair amount of game play. The main story took me a few hours to complete, and the side missions are worth an additional few hours, not counting the various collectables scattered around the island. The upgrades received from leveling up and completing side missions are good, and made me want to go back and finish them all. It’s more of what made Far Cry 3 so enjoyable, in a nice, self-contained package that’s worth checking out just to see how crazy it can be.
Blood Dragon vale la pena. Si te gustó Far Cry 3 no te lo pienses dos veces, si no probaste ese juego, quizá el bajo precio de Blood Dragon pueda animarte. Yo sigo prefieriendo el juego original, más variado y bonito, pero esta expansión es original, atrevida y muy graciosa. Bien trabajada, pulida y divertida, si te gusta su estética y su humor te lo vas a pasar como nunca. Es más, casi me da pena que sea una descarga digital: si se vendiera en formato físico, deberían empaquetarlo en una funda de VHS y quedaría absolutamente perfecto.
Worth Playing (Apr 30, 2013)
Blood Dragon may not be as big as Far Cry 3 (most players will complete the main missions in a day, all of the optional missions in two), but it fires on all cylinders pretty much every step of the way. It'll have you laughing one minute, saying, "WTF?!?" the next, and topping it off with a, "Holy sh*t!" It's awesomesauce in a digital package, and it's sure to appeal to anyone who isn't named Jack Thompson. What more could you want for a mere 1,200 MSP ($15 USD)?
Game Informer Magazine (Apr 30, 2013)
Like many of the '80s action flicks it mimics, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon has the potential to alienate people with its crass sense of humor and repetitive one-liners. But if you long for an era when smart-mouthed badasses were more concerned with making things go boom than catering to social sensitivities, Rex Power Colt is your man, and Blood Dragon is your game.
GameSpot (Apr 30, 2013)
You could charge through Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon in four hours or so if you are determined, but why rush such a great thing? There's joy in the discovery. Finding all those videotapes isn't busywork for busywork's sake, after all: there's a hysterical film description in it for you, and maybe a weapon upgrade to boot. You could easily double those hours if you go in search of every collectible, perform every side mission, and take down a few dozen dragons along the way. You don't have to love the decade of Rubik's Cubes and Pac-Man Fever to get a kick out of Blood Dragon. But if you do, then all the better: this action-packed shooter will strike all the right synth-pop power chords.
Gameplay (Benelux) (May 29, 2013)
Een schaamteloze spoof op eighties Action Hero-films waar ongebreidelde fun en chaos primeren op enige vorm van verhaal- of karakterontwikkeling. Een B-film ervaring in triple-A verpakking.
Calm Down Tom (Apr 30, 2013)
It’s a bit of a Frankenstein game. The great bits of Far Cry 3 crudely mashed together with VHS sci fi movies of the 80′s. Despite this, the setting is so engaging, the soundtrack is so Goddamn groovy and the gameplay remains so groundbreakingly brilliant that I have to recommend this to anyone who likes Far Cry 3. And if you missed out on the original last year, you should play both.
IGN (Apr 30, 2013)
Blood Dragon’s playful focus on humor, nostalgia, and self-aware absurdity allows it to delve into a subject far more important than African arms races or tropical sociopaths: Video games are really, really fun. This comical, explosive shooter takes everything that makes Far Cry 3's gunplay great and dresses it in the kind of wit and over-the-top fun that Duke Nukem Forever is so desperately missing. Blood Dragon is a different beast – and it’s something you shouldn’t miss.
77 (Apr 30, 2013)
Und dann habe ich nicht schlecht gestaunt... nicht im Spiel, wohl gemerkt, sondern vorm Fernseher, als ich mit nostalgischer Recherchebrille Commando, Terminator und Predator sah. Denn während ich im Spiel noch geschmunzelt hatte, klatschte vor dem Fernseher meine flache Hand auf die Stirn: Blood Dragon überzeichnet viel weniger, als mir bewusst war! Die blöden Sprüche, das absurde Waffenarsenal, die verquere Geschichte – das war fast im Wortlaut genauso. Natürlich wurden hier mehr Klischees reingequetscht als ein corellianischer Frachter transportieren könnte, aber das Spiel trifft den Nagel auf den Kopf. Das heißt natürlich auch: Die Action ist ebenso modern und explosiv wie sie schnell ermüdend und eintönig wird. Die Geschichte ist verdammt knapp und jedes Laufband ereignisreicher als die zahllosen Sammelaufgaben.
Destructoid (Apr 30, 2013)
The result of all this is a deep and well crafted premise in a somewhat shallow game. Blood Dragon is well made, and thoroughly entertaining to lovers of the eighties, but in many ways, it becomes a victim of its own success -- the core ideas are so fun, so lavishly crafted, one aches to see them in a game equal to their quality. Blood Dragon is a good little game, and I highly recommend checking it out, with the caveat that it's one of those games that does a few things well enough to inadvertently highlight its own flaws.
Gamereactor (Denmark) (Apr 30, 2013)
Ubisoft selv har sagt, at længden på spillet er omkring otte timer, men får at nå derop skal man vist aktivt opsøge baser og sidemissioner. Jeg nåede i hvert fald gennem spillet på den halve tid. I forhold til prisen på lidt over 100 kroner, føler jeg mig bestemt ikke snydt - dertil er underholdningsværdien i historie, dialog og koncept alt for stor. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon er ikke en ubetinget succes, men det er stadig værd at spille.
70 (May 04, 2013)
Ubisoft Montréal s'est offert un énorme délire débridé, plein de références et de vieux codes désuets qui sauront charmer ceux que les années 80 font encore rêver. A condition d'adhérer à l'humour 28ème degré, on ne manquera pas de rire à certaines répliques bien débiles ou de verser une larme sur la vision du futur façon new wave. Attention toutefois à la durée de vie un peu chiche pour 15 euros et surtout à l'éventualité de ne pas nécessairement accrocher au délire ringard. En revanche, si vous êtes un fan des productions de l'époque, vous devriez largement trouver votre compte de nanardise boursouflée de testostérone.
Chip Power Play (May, 2013)
Far Cry 3 ist ein toller Open-World-Shooter (4,5 Sterne auf der Lenhardt-Skala). Der Serienableger Blood Dragon ist dagegen höchst ... merkwürdig. Das Grinsen über Klischeesprüche und Selbstparodie-Tutorial verging mir bei einigen konfusen, schlampig designten Missionen. Obendrein erschwert der Neonlook der dauerdüsteren Spielwelt die Orientierung. Die ganze Oldie-Stimmung passt nicht so recht zur Fülle an modernen Spielsystemen und Steuerungsdetails. Und sind KI-Aussetzer wie stecken bleibende Blutdrachen nun ein Bug oder ein Retro-„Feature?“ Als günstiger Heiß-und-fettig-Jux noch okay, extra Lob für die Musik — aber der große Bruder Far Cry 3 ist das weitaus bessere Spiel.
Factornews (May 01, 2013)
Un copié collé de FC3 avec du fluo et une ambiance du tonnerre qui ne parlera pas à tout le monde.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Apr 30, 2013)
Michael Biehn är tokrolig i rollen som Rex, svär och ber berättarrösten att hålla snattran eftersom han vill ha lugn och ro när han mördar. Det är ett avslappnat och skojfriskt koncept proppat med charm. Men som spel betraktat är Blood Dragon ihåligt, fult och enformigt och jag längtar nästan omedelbart tillbaka till fjolårets tredje bästa, Far Cry 3.