Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. What’s In a Name?
What is in a name, indeed. This reminds me a bit of the slasher movie Communion in the early 80s which was a re-release of Alice, Sweet Alice from the 70s. The posters blared that the movie featured the newly minted movie star, Brooke Shields! Brooke had recently become big news after her role in The Blue Lagoon. Very-long-and-detailed-story-short, Brooke Shields’s first movie role was as a little girl taking her first communion and being burned alive in the process. She was SIX YEARS OLD at the time. Years later the producers used her name and teenaged likeness to repackage and re-release the film. Which is how I found myself reliving the trauma of seeing all that gore – a second time!
My point in bringing this up is simply that Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon will likely have as much in common with Far Cry 3 as teenaged Brooke Shields had with Communion. Check out this non-trailer trailer and let me know if you agree.
FC3:BD was sort of announced by Ubisoft on April 1st in a pseudo-practical joke fashion to amuse and confuse. No one outside Ubisoft’s own offices knew the announcement wasn’t a joke until the downloadable game surfaced in the arcade section of Microsoft’s XBLA as a title coming on May 1st. That translates to March 31st for us PlayStation 3 fans.
According to information made available on the game’s own website, here’s the plot: “The year is 2007. It is the future. 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.”
The first two sentences in the plot description are terrifying and awesome. As in, “Aaaaawsome, duuuuuude…jhyah bra…”! The game design and accompanying materials are all designed as 1980s throwbacks. The website design is filled with late-80s era graphics. The game is designed to look like it’s being seen on a 480i resolution TV set. But the most intriguing element on the website is a small square area which looks like a TV picture paused with two live actors sitting in an office. Could this mean the game will incorporate FMV? Will Full Motion Video be making a comeback? Or at least an appearance? The design seems to be hinting at just that possibility!
Go take a look at the website and peruse. Move your mouse around and click on all that is clickable. Then come back here and let’s chat, shall we? Don’t be a spazz!