The lights are on
Extended holiday weekends are my favorite time to revisit my
favorite movies. I celebrate Thanksgiving break with a marathon of James Bond
films, and always rewatch the best Christmas films ever, Die Hard and Home Alone,
during the winter holidays. This Labor Day is a great opportunity for you to do
the same with the best '80s action film that ever released as a video
game. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon's
ludicrous story about a cybernetic commando named Rex "Power" Colt is short and
sweet enough to finish in a day, but packed with enough laughs and carnage to
have a long-lasting impact.
Far Cry 3's lush, tropical open world is a blast to explore
in first-person, but Blood Dragon delivers out of the gate in a totally
different way. It begins with an NES-style story slideshow depicting Rex Colt
being powered up with cyborg enhancements and heading out in a chopper to
assault a neon-drenched enemy compound. Within minutes you're using a minigun
to mow down enemy robots that explode in bursts of blue goo while "Long Tall
Sally" by Little Richard blasts (a la Predator).
The '80s film references don't stop there. Colt packs
weapons straight out of Robocop and The Terminator while quipping cheesy
one-liners like "I call shotgun" while blasting an enemy. While these corny
one-liners are enough to make Schwarzenegger blush, they drive home Blood
Dragon's homage to the action/sci-fi films of yesteryear.
Blood Dragon is more than its aesthetic and humor, though.
Far Cry 3's engine is a solid foundation for the chaos, with precise gunplay,
reliable stealth mechanics, and fun first-person traversal across the glowing
island. The inclusion of giant, komodo-like blood dragons adds a unique fold to
the action as well. Tearing out enemy hearts and chucking them towards a
garrison filled with evil cyborgs causes one of the laser-vomiting monsters to
do your dirty work.
From its badass helicopter assault intro to the surprising,
over-the-top finale, you can enjoy Blood Dragon's big story beats in a single
sitting (including a fun nod for Hobo
With A Shotgun fans). Even better, it has a lot to enjoy after the credits
roll and the corny anthem from the lost '80s b-film Miami Connection plays. Rex still has enemy cyborg compounds to
destroy, side missions to complete, and killer weaponry to upgrade. Blood
Dragon is a wild, irreverent ride best experienced in one sitting.
To read more about games you can beat in a day, check back at our hub over the course of the day. If you want to know even more about Blood Dragon, read this in-depth article all about the making of the game.
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