Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Do you like 80’s movies? Predator, Terminator, Robocop, you name it, FC3: Blood Dragon pays tribute/homage to all of ‘em. The game takes place in an 80’s vision of the near-future, a neon-coloured wasteland where dumb quotes get thrown out, everything is more dangerous as a cyborg, and also dinosaurs, cause why not?
You play Rex Power Colt (a fantastic dumb name for a character), voiced by Michael Biehn (Kyle Reese from Terminator) himself. The game seems like a fun experiment by the Far Cry 3 team to give out an extended demo of the main Far Cry 3 game, while having the ability to be balls-out insane due to the smaller scope in general.
I really enjoyed Far Cry 3, giving it my Nr.1 spot last year even, due to what I felt was a very enjoyable, nice looking world with exciting gunplay, mobility and fun missions and gameplay mechanics. Blood Dragon takes all of this, puts a ridiculous spin on most of it, and just lets you go wild into the world right after finishing the prologue mission.
FC3: Blood Dragon in part feels like a massive in-joke, which might bother some people, but as someone who really enjoys all of the things that Blood Dragon draws inspiration from, I felt satisfied with almost all of the aspects of the game, and as a downloadable title, it is a fantastic title to jump into whether you’re skeptical of Far Cry 3, or just want a game as crazy as Blood Dragon can be at times.
Top 10 Runner-up: Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger stars Silas Greaves, an aging outlaw who talks about the glory days with a bunch of curious listeners at a bar, which is the main conceit for why gameplay includes running commentary by Silas, which can change depending on your actions. In this regard it draws similarities with Bastion, where the narrator Rucks provided commentary depending on the actions the player had taken during gameplay.
Gunslinger is a mostly straightforward shooter in most regards, with one major difference being duels that you engage in, which occur at fixed points in the story. Despite all this, the game visually looks really great, showing off Techland’s technical prowess, and the gunplay feels satisfying as well as including a scoring-based XP system based on how you go about playing the game.
While I thought Gunslinger was a very solid downloadable game, and didn’t have any real expectations going into it, I still feel a bit let down by the very linear structure of it, which I know is going to sound weird considering some of the games I will be including in this list. I still absolutely consider it worth a play, which is why I felt it important to at least receive a runner-up spot and a proper write-up.