Music Monday: Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon is peculiar followup to 2012’s excellent Far Cry 3. It’s a standalone product that doesn’t require ownership of Far Cry 3 and on the surface doesn’t seem to have a lot in common with Far Cry 3 aside from sharing an engine, gameplay systems and some assets. Thematically, Blood Dragon is a re-imagination of the Far Cry 3 gameplay through a filter of 1980’s action movie aesthetic. Set in the nuclear devastated future of 2007, war rages between the US and Russia. Rex ‘Power’ Colt, an elite Mark IV cyber commando must infiltrate an island and stop a rogue commander bent on launching missiles at what’s left of the world. If you played Far Cry 3 the gameplay will seem familiar, mostly consisting of liberating garrisons punctuated by story missions and side quests. Gone are the lush and beautiful island scenes however. They’ve been replaced with something that looks more like Daft Punk meets The Terminator.
It would have been easy for this game to become a complete mess, wallowing in it’s inspiration without any solid direction, but Blood Dragon comes in at a solid 8-10 hours and it’s a blast the whole way through. Too often a game will ape an aesthetic or theme without really demonstrating understanding. Blood Dragon is every bit as ridiculous as its source material is but it understands what made those movies so great.
Power Glove’s work on the soundtrack absolutely crushes it. Reminiscent of Brad Fiedel’s work on The Terminator, pretty much anything John Carpenter wrote or more recent stuff by Kavinsky, the Blood Dragon soundtrack is a solid, pounding tribute to a decade dominated by the synthesizer. The entire soundtrack is infinitely listenable but there are a few standout tracks that I’ve listed below. I recommend you snag Blood Dragon on Steam and give it a go, and then I recommend you snag the soundtrack too.
Blood Dragon Theme: