Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon [official site], Ubisoft’s wacky ’80s parody FPS, is free this month. Trot off this-a-way and you can get it for keepsies through Uplay. Blood Dragon is a smaller spin-off from the sandbox FPS series, with all the trappings of What Is Broadly Accepted By Modern Pop Culture To Be What All Eighties Movies Were Like Even Though They, Y’Know, Weren’t. It’s silly and colourful, it has bad one-liners and honking great dragons who scream lasers, and it’s free.This is the latest freebie in Ubisoft’s 30th birthday celebrations, where they’ve been giving away one game free on Uplay each month. Others have included Rayman Oranges, The Crew, and Beyond Good & Evil. Blood Dragon came out in 2013 and still costs £12 so that’s not too shabby for the price of registering an account and launching the game through a daft but unobtrusive client.
Our John wasn’t best pleased with Blood Dragon’s eighties-o-wack-wack-wicky-wack-wack-neon-laffo tone but beneath that, hey, it is still Far Cry 3 – not a bad foundation. I’m not into the wacky exagerrated eightiesness that’s been all around in recent years, as I’ve grumbled before, but I do know plenty of folks who dug Blood Dragon. Don’t let ol’ Grumpy Guts Alice Alice Bo-Balice Banana Fanna Fo-Falice Fee-Fy-Mo-Malice ruin your fun.
Me, I’d be more up for Far Cry 2: Blood Dragon, a grim, punishing sandbox with all the mirth and colour of Ronnie Reagan.
Actually, I would be delighted to see an eighties-o-rama aping the physical special effects, cobbled-together costumes, and wobbly sets of B-movies. A bit like how ACE Team’s Deadly Tower of Monsters has faux-fifties special effects mimicking stop-motion animation, hand-painted energy effects, and monsters who are clearly people squeezed into costumes. Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon is far too fancy.