Publicada: 24 Novembro
I ended up recommending this game but it was probably one of the hardest decisions I've made recently here in Steam. This is a game that is not fun to play outside of few interesting moments and kind of funny scenes. But please don't misunderstand me. I absolutely love the theme and the idea behind the Blood Dragon.
This is a very stylish game with some really funny stuff in it. Especially for those of you who understand the references to the 80's action films and animated cartoon series. You can get a lot of out of this by just wanting to know what's the next thing the developers put into the game. But I guarantee that it's going to require hard work. It's also the only real motivation to make progress in this game.
You see, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is not fun to play. The gameplay revolves around mostly just running from point A to point B. And it's boring as hell. You run around, do simple kills, and then run around again. Killing the stuff is so easy that even on the hardest difficulty level I never really died unless I became so bored that I lost focus and then died because I didn't bother to even try.
The main objective in Blood Dragon is to collect stuff, so you can buy more stuff, that allows you to kill more things more efficiently. To be able to get more stuff you need to perform series of tasks, but you just cannot do them without liberating a garrison and unlocking those tasks, these tasks involve usually killing certain things in a certain way, and oh boy, it's annoying as hell. When you're travelling you need to collect random stuff along the way.
This is a game where the main story can be completed within a four hours or less. Collecting the stuff takes probably another four to five hours. After the main story is complete the end game is easy and boring marathon. Especially if you're planning on getting all the achievements like I did.
There are few rare moments when you're playing in a closed hallways and arenas which are used to advance the story. The story is mostly just as meaningless and cliché as most 80's action film plots are but in a wrong way. Result is a boring and meaningless mess of things. The script writers had the right idea but they were the wrong people to do it.
I found it funny that although you cannot reach the kind of speed you can reach in Daikatana or Doom, players can still run faster than the vehicles in this game. Blood Dragon in overall has probably fastest gameplay I've seen in a recently released game. However the gun mechanics don't work like they'd work in an old school shooter. That ♥♥♥♥ed me off the most as the game is mostly optimised for gamepads.
I could write more about the gameplay but I doubt anyone would read all that. Let me just sum it all up. This game is boring. Just as boring as the Far Cry 2 and Far Cry 3 are.
Most things in Dragon Blood are suitably 80s. I don't need to pick them up and pull apart one by one.
Visually the game functions mostly OK. Sometimes there are really weird slowdowns but usually just restarting the game it starts to work again. The neon lights and the colour palette in the Blood Dragon can cause huge eye strain and I'd recommend taking 15 minute breaks after every one hour spent playing the game. My eyes were bleeding dragon blood after playing this for a while. Blood Dragon also crashes every now and then without any apparent reason but at least it makes automatic saves after any and every meaningful event so you don't lose progress.
The only thing I can honestly say was really awesome in Blood Dragon was its sound design and especially its soundtrack. It's full of really good FX and music with hints to various films and TV series but it still manages to sound fairly original and suitably 80's. It's just the perfect thing in this game. And I dare to suggest that you rather go to Amazon.com and order the soundtrack instead of buying this game. The voice acting is suitably bad in a good way that fits the game's mood.
The controls work fairly well in the game but it's just weird how many actions there are which require you to hold a key pressed. Why not just pressing once to do the action? It would have made this game a lot more pleasant to play if instead of stopping, holding E, and then moving again players were able to just tap once when they're nearby something they can loot. I do however understand the need to keep Q pressed down to heal. The healing mechanic worked fairly well but I would have expected to have a separate key for the health packs that instantly give maximum health. I also just loved the fact that there's a dedicated "F*ck you" button in the game bidden to F.
Blood Dragon uses Ubisoft's Uplay which means that you don't get to play the game before you've installed and upgraded that thing and oh boy, it can take time. I probably spent 5 to 6 hours in just trying to get the Uplay to work. It constantly kept disconnecting while it was downloading updates. It was awful. And when I finally had it updated and installed... I swear that every single time I started the game Uplay was updating something. It completely stripped me of any will I still had in me to buy other games made by Ubisoft that use Uplay. As a funny side note the Uplay apparently disables screen capture and pressing PrtSrc does nothing.
That pretty much sums up the game. It's a game about funny 80's stuff without being actually a fun enjoyable game. There are much better games out there but at least to my knowledge this is the only one where you can play as a kind of funny walking parody of a Terminator T-800 that uses Robocop's pistol, has the Rambo's attitude, Cobra's moves, and overall is a generic 80's cartoon action hero with Viatnam War II stories to give the character little backstory, and you fight (and later in the game ride) a f*cking dinosaurs that shoots lasers from its eyes just like in the Dino-Riders.
And yes, it even has a sex scene like the one you can see in 80s and perhaps in some early 90s films. The 80's theme goes up to the point that it even is little bit racist in a funny and politically incorrect way which earns it a lot of points. Oh yeah, this game also has Michael Biehn as the voice of the main character. I'll give more points to for that cleverness. I'd say it's worth checking it out if you can get it cheap.