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Did everything in this, including collectibles and garrisons, took around 6.5 hours. Really enjoyed it, wish I could reset the garrissons though. Did they learn nothing from the FC3 feedback? ;)

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I've done about 50% of everything so far and it's hard to muster any more fucks.

I'm on the 4th of 7 story missions and I have a question. How many of the remaining bits contain some stupid escort element? Anything with a friend NPC and a health bar.

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There are no escort missions.

Completed it 100% last night, only need to kill a few more Blood Dragons and fully upgrade one of my weapons.

Loved it. It's definitely true that it isn't much of a looker, but it probably has a budget that is not even comparable to that of FC3. It improves upon it in other ways though. Narrative-wise it doesn't take itself seriously at all, which is a big plus after 3. Brody is a bore compared to Biehn's Rex Power Colt. Gameplay-wise I wouldn't call it generic at all. Neither was FC3 for that matter. Few shooters are this open and allow for so many different approaches. This one just has far less bloat. Where Blood Dragon improves upon vanilla FC3 is that you move much faster (you don't need to use any vehicles at all), you can jump off a mountain and don't lose any health and you have lots of abilities unlocked right from the start, meaning you can start toying around with its systems immediately. The music is absolutely brilliant and a contender for soundtrack of the year.

Also, its main missions are more fun. The last one is particularly great, I mean

it starts with a series of Serious Sam style arena fights in which you shoot the crap out of zombie scientists, then you get a fucking awesome montage with cheesy song, the best weapon in the game, complete with 'I got the touch, I got the power', a sex scene, using the Killstar to blow the crap out of anything and to top it all off, you get to ride a cyborg dragon that takes down helicopters and standard blood dragons in mere seconds. That and cheesy rock song playing over the credits.

Great fun.

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Yeah, I played this last week. It's extremely disposable but that's absolutely fine. It's £6 for 6 really fun hours.

I read John Walker's (who I normally like) moaning at RPS and he really is overthinking it. Whilst I don't like the visual style a great amount (I was a big fan of how bright Far Cry 3 was), it'd take a real sourpuss to turn his nose up at how tongue-in-cheek it all is. Don't expect a meaningful 80s pastiche and you won't be disappointed.

With this and Dead Rising: Case Zero I'm realising how much I like small open-world games. Cram a smaller area with lots of stuff and don't make it too long. I realise an AAA open world title isn't going to follow that but I really like the focus.

Everything in Vemsie's spoiler above was incredible. Brilliant ending with no bullet sponge boss to spoil things, just pure empowerment. And the credits song - oh yes.

Throwaway and ultimately pretty forgettable but its grin-per-minute rate is unmatched this year.

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Yeah, I was glad there wasn't a boss fight, as they are often terrible in these type of games anyway. Empowerment is a great thing.

And while I'm not too keen on turret sections, a short one set to Little Richard's 'Long Tall Sally' gets my seal of approval. :)

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I love the falling from any height. It reminds me of Crackdown in that there's a good feeling of weight to it - you don't land softly and continue on your journey, you smash into the ground with a mechanical thunk and take a short bit of time to recover whilst also feeling like a bad ass.

A personal express elevator to hell, going down.

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Yeah, I was glad there wasn't a boss fight, as they are often terrible in these type of games anyway. Empowerment is a great thing.

And while I'm not too keen on turret sections, a short one set to Little Richard's 'Long Tall Sally' gets my seal of approval. :)

I still haven't bought this yet, but stuff like that is making sure I do at the weekend.

I'm gonna have me some fun. I'm gonna have me some fun.

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This game is the antidote to games aspiring to be art, this is Commando, the Videogame.

If you haven't brought it yet then fucking stop reading & splash out, it's epic.

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Finished this a couple of hours ago, still smiling from that ending

Just when you think this can't possibly get more awesome

Battle armor dragon!

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Finished this there now, it's been a fantastic weekend playing Call Of Juarez Gunslinger and FC3 Blood Dragon :D

Just a load of fun from start to finish. Awful cheesy one liners which made me smile like a loon, good ol 80s tropes, Rex Colt, awesome weapons, no fall damage, fast run speed and awesome dragons. I easily enjoyed this more than the standard FC3 tbh. Also, that last mission :lol:

Great fun. I'm definitely a fan of these smaller $15/£10 experiences. Doesn't mean I want big open world games to disappear but these are great. They don't outstay their welcome either.

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Just finished it. Really wasn't into it to begin with, but it gets better and better. Much leaner and tighter experience than FC3, which I also loved. Only downside to this game for me was how damn dark the whole thing was.

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I'm not sure I can get into this.

Loved FC 3 but this game is just so damn dark! Adjusting the ingame brightness to full I still can't see the image I'm only supposed to "barely see".

Part of the reason I love frolicking about in a lush tropical island is that I'm frolicking about in a lush tropical island. Replace it all with neon and deep blacks and I can't see anything.

Feel a little like I've wasted my money...

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If you can't see the image, then either your physical environment is at fault (don't play it during the daytime with the sun streaming through the windows), or your monitor's own settings need adjusted.

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As the game is essentially a parody of modern shooters, how would a sequel work? A parody of a parody?

"Haha, they're recognised how silly up-front tutorials have gotten and they're taking the piss..."

"...oh, they're still forcing me to do a tutorial anyway, these descriptions are a bit try hard... "

"...ah, a stealth bit, how will they subvert this? I'll just walk the other way around this big rock..."

"MISSION FAILED"

*POWER OFF*

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I bought this in the summer sale and only just got round to playing it (on my housemate's computer, mine's too rubbish). Does it run any differently to FC3 for anyone else? Farcry ran perfectly on high settings on this computer, but Blood Dragon was unplayable even on Low.

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