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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon - A Leap Forward Into The Past

Grab your VHS tapes and Care Bears; we're going dragon hunting!

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“The year is 2007. It is the future.” starts the blurb on the wonderfully retro official Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon website which acts as a backdrop for perhaps the oddest game reveal of the year – even more so than Metal Gear Solid V’s abnormal pre-announcement misdirection.

The trailer pushes the 1980s aesthetic of the game. Also: try the Konami Code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A) on the website.
Ubisoft haven’t even really confirmed the game. Yes, there has been an official trailer – which doesn’t reveal very much – and, yes, the odd website is hosted on Ubisoft’s own domain. We can be sure that this isn’t just an over-running April Fools joke, however, as the Australian electronic group Power Glove have uploaded three tracks, which are part of the game’s soundtrack, to their SoundCloud.

Along with the trailer, website and sounds are the leaked achievements and Brazilian classification ratings confirming that the game – which looks to be a standalone venture rather than a form of DLC – will release on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

So yes, it’s definitely something and screens leaked via NeoGAF give us a little more insight on what it’ll be; there’s no real surprises here – these images paint a picture of a futuristic (80s futuristic) sci-fi shooter with lots of blue, purples and oranges, like you’d expect. This is going to be blow-your-own-brains-out awesome.

The rest of that blurb on the official website tells a tale from either the minds of absolute geniuses or lunatics, though I’m sure it’s the former:

Earth has been ravaged by a nuclear war and new paths for peace must be found. A U.S. cyborg army may have found a solution: a powerful bioweapon on a distant island. A Mark IV Cyber Commando, Sergeant Rex Power Colt has been sent over to gather information and figure out what the hell is going on.

Sergeant Rex Power Colt; It’s certainly a change from Jason Brody, the young protagonist of the not too out there Far Cry 3. All of this suggests a completely over-the-top and future-retro game which, stylistically, appears to be linked more to the original Tron and movies of that ilk than its own namesake.

The music is another fantastic throwback – I can’t even describe what it reminds me of exactly, other than the exact sound of future 2007 with Cyborgs, nuclear war and bioweapons. Maybe there’s a bit of the Crystal Maze in there, too.

And those achievements? They’re perhaps the most interesting of all, hinting at what the actual gameplay might contain. That includes actual dragons as the title suggests, things called braincages (very sci-fi) and, well, a quest to become the Ultimate Badass.

Some people not might get it but what Ubisoft is doing is very smart; essentially parodying the 1980s’ love of futuristic sci-fi action movies, while also providing some nostalgic references in the process, crafting an awesome-looking and very unique step forward in gaming which also has one foot set firmly in a time before games were really a thing.

That doesn’t mean games are now what movies were thirty or forty years ago; it doesn’t mean that games shouldn’t be taken seriously. No, it proves that games can be an extremely fun and exciting medium, allowing people to experience entertainment which couldn’t be achieved any other way.

No-one ever got a real chance to play a game just like this, but thanks to the success of Far Cry 3 and the probable insanity of the people at Ubisoft, we will soon be able to. This is pure genius – a stylistic step in the complete opposite direction of Far Cry 3, while still presumably keeping some modern traits with the gameplay, to create an experience unlike anything else you’ll see this year.

Hopefully we’ll find out more in the coming weeks – I’m glad Ubisoft aren’t resorting to standard press releases and reveals as these unusual snippets of information feel as though they’re straight from an alternate universe where current game technology existed in the 1980s. And that’s what I’d like to believe is true.

God bless you Ubisoft, you crazy bastards.

22 Comments
  1. Origami Killer
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity?…Taking a jungle shooter then turning it into a futuristic 80′s style game ravaged by nuclear war…yeah that’s insane.

    Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 12:05.
    • SilverCider
      Member
      Since: Jan 2011

      Ubisoft really explored drug use to better portray their effects in the game. This the side effect.

      Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 12:17.
  2. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Wait, this is NOT an April Fools joke? I didn’t pay much attention to this because I thought it was but this sounds absolutely crazy (in a very good way)!

    Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 12:12.
  3. bunimomike
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    That looks bat-shit mental and I utterly approve!

    Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 12:13.
  4. transbaconist (formerly bacon_nuts)
    Member
    Since: Mar 2011

    Coooool. I’m going to have to get Far Cry 3 first though I think

    Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 12:21.
  5. kjkg
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Slightly surprised (and disappointed) that it is a standalone game and not DLC. I can see it being fun…for a bit. But really? A full game like this? Duke Nukem Forever anyone? Dated but nostalgic, then just downright boring.

    Pessimistic as always.

    Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 12:28.
  6. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Okay, who outsourced the DLC development to Japan? Come on, own up. Wait, it’s by Ubisoft. Japan had nothing to do with it!? Holy cow! First Saints Row goes welll more crazy then FC3. I like it. I wonder if they will put the Terminator in as an easter egg? It looks very fun and more importantly, it doesn’t look generic. :D I see that you didn’t use A Far Cry from Far Cr as the subheading due to Origami beating you to the punch and you refusing to use preowned puns. I think someone should inform the Japanese that they are slowly losing their position as the number 1 producer of games that are batshit crazy. :P

    Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 12:29.
    • kjkg
      Member
      Since: Apr 2010

      It looks like it might not be DLC though and that worries me.

      Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 12:29.
      • Origami Killer
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        the achievement list suggests that it is stand alone, I don’t really see the difference though.

        Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 12:35.
    • Blair Inglis
      hisnameisblair
      Since: May 2009

      @Steven – they outsourced it to 1980s sci-fi movie makers.

      @kjkg – what difference does it make? Look at inFamous Festival of Blood.

      Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 12:38.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        Still looks like something Japan would make. ;)

        Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 12:43.
      • kjkg
        Member
        Since: Apr 2010

        It’s the difference on what I think I could cope with.
        IE, £5-10 add on for ~5 hours extra fun in the “retro” world, colour me interested.
        £30-40 add on for ~20+ hours. Nope, cannot seeing that being enjoyable.

        All personal opinion obviously.

        Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 13:15.
      • kjkg
        Member
        Since: Apr 2010

        Obviosuly not an add on at £30-40. Meant new game.

        Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 13:15.
      • Blair Inglis
        hisnameisblair
        Since: May 2009

        oh, no, it’s not going to be a £30-40 title, it’ll be a £10 or so PSN/Arcade game. Like DLC but available for everyone rather than FC3 owners only. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact I think it’s better.

        Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 13:31.
      • kjkg
        Member
        Since: Apr 2010

        Now if that’s the case then my opinion would change quite drastically.

        I assumed (wrongly) that this was a full title, hence the worry.

        Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 13:34.
  7. Klart
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    The cool side of the 80′s combined with Far Cry 3? I’m in.

    Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 12:54.
  8. RocketSOL
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    One of the most confusing teasers, reveals and previews for a game I’ve ever experienced. This article at least helped me understand what the game actually is!

    Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 13:02.
  9. DapperHayden007
    Member
    Since: Apr 2011

    From other rumors this game is going to be an arcade game :)

    Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 13:24.
  10. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Sold.

    Comment posted on 05/04/2013 at 14:47.

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