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Terminator and Aliens star Michael Biehn has spoken out about his recent flirtations with gaming voiceovers, slamming the team behind Aliens: Colonial Marines as "just going through the paces." However, recording Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was apparently a bit of a laugh.Click here to read more...
Sony have launched an apocalyptic sale on the PlayStation Store, which naturally includes lots of survival-themed games. The Oddworld series, I Am Alive, Tokyo Jungle, From Dust, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Dead Space Extraction and more have been sliced down to very attractive prices. Addictive SHMUP hybrid Shoot Many Robots is also incredibly cheap at £3.99.
As always, we've got the list of offers and prices below. Click here to browse the online SEN browser marketplace and queue up downloads.Click here to read more...
This week on the PWNCAST, we chat about Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and the difficulties that come with creating parodies in this industry, before moving onto the topic of comedy in games, and the gaming experiences that have had us in stitches.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be a few instances of strong language.
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Even as the Wii U seems to be floundering, gasping for air and energy without the nutritious bounty of new release, the 3DS appears to be soaring. Last month saw Mario's green-capped brother charm charts and critics alike, and the fantastic Fire Emblem: Awakening stormed into shops, boasting high sales and high scores this month.
There were disappointments too, games that we had hoped might set April alight -- Riptide and Defiance, we're looking at you -- but it's been a great month for titles away from the high street shelves. The likes of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and BattleBlock Theatre have shown that larger indie titles and double-A developments are forming a delicious middle ground, bolstered by digital distribution, and they certainly deserve honourable mentions.Click here for our pick of the best titles this month >>
On the face of it, so-called parody games shouldn't be too difficult to pull off. Or, perhaps more accurately, they shouldn't honk quite as badly as they usually do. Decades of gaming foibles and memes ought to give us a fertile stock of stupid genre clichés to mock, characters to lampoon and all manner of little grievances to rip to pieces. Surely it should be easy for a developer to trawl some forums, find out what we both love and hate about games and then extract the urine with reckless abandon.
Yet most parody games tend to stink, especially those that actively seek to riff on other games. Even the few successful examples, such as the recently-released Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, tend to fall short in one key area; committing one of the seven deadly sins in the process. Sloth.
See, the vast majority of parody games (even the good ones) fall prey to the laziest and least amusing form of satire. Mocking something... but then doing it anyway. Like cutting off your nose to spite your face, nothing kills a joke faster than a bit of good old fashioned hypocrisy, and it's holding the genre back.Click here to read more...
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a quad-barrelled slice of standalone retro action that'll cost you the same as a multiplayer map pack. Our 8/10 Blood Dragon review explains exactly why you really ought to download it later today, but if this trailer doesn't convince you, nothing will.Click here to read more...
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon looks to have been developed on a shoestring budget. Free to strip-mine Far Cry 3's engine and assets, this neon-tinted shooter cuts corners at every turn. It's supposed to resemble a cheap straight-to-VHS 1980s action movie after all; right down to a nonsensical script, hokey production values and art direction focused on using the least expensive props possible.
Indeed, you get the impression that Ubisoft probably spent about £8.50 all told, most of which went to Aliens star Michael Biehn who drawls through some of the most hilarious and hammy dialogue to have ever graced the medium. We assume that the talented musicians behind the truly exceptional original soundtrack must have been paid with a pint and an IOU scrawled on a beer mat.
Compared to the extravagant budgets of Square Enix and EA, who find themselves losing money hand over fist, this relentlessly silly little escapade is barely a drop in the ocean... yet it provides a few satisfying hours of fist-pounding, quad-barrelled, neon-edged, laser spewing, dragon killing, hard rocking, side splitting power-gloved fun for just £12.00. Better yet, Blood Dragon painstakingly captures the spirit of 80s blockbusters, everything from the omnipresent synth to overblown training montages. Pay attention, other AAA publishers, because this is how you deliver a proper romp without breaking the bank.
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This is a stand-alone game, rather than a piece of DLC for Far Cry 3. It's also right at the top of our most wanted lists. This homage to the 80s straight-to-video action movie is packed with ridiculous levels of neon, cheesy one-liners and epic cool times. And a cyborg dragon. It's all about the cyborg dragons.
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Corridor Digital's live action take on Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is handily the most radical, mega and totally legit thing you'll watch today. Blood Dragon strives to achieve a terrible 80s action movie feel, that's 'so bad it's good,' and this 5 minute tribute/trailer absolutely nails it.
I recently got hands-on with Blood Dragon, and can report that it's shaping up nicely.Click here to read more...
This week, we find ourselves playing devil's advocate a lot. First we defend Windows 8's honour, and argue not only that it's possible the OS might not actually be the reason PC sales are down, but that it's made PC's accessible for many for the first time in years; we look at the latest rumblings from the rumour-mill, specifically Durango's backwards-compatibility or lack thereof, microtransactions potentially coming to Halo, and the resurfacing of Ryse on our radars; we chat a little about Bethesda's noise about noise, beg them to finish Prey 2, and look at Pete Hines' words on day-one DLC. Finally, we briefly discuss the emergence of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, the new Dark Souls II gameplay footage, and the Flashback sequel from Paul Cuisset.
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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is real, and utterly ridiculous.
It's clearly built on Far Cry 3's DNA. Despite being a downloadable marketplace title destined for Steam, the PSN and XBLA, you'll explore an expansive patch of open world real estate, liberate garrisons, commandeer vehicles and hunt all manner of dangerous wildlife.
But now, the whole thing has been punched up to 11... or should that be 1981. Instead of a displaced party boy, you play as Rex "Power" Colt, a Mark IV cyborg commando hammed up by none other than Aliens and Terminator star Michael Biehn. Rather than a lush paradise, we'll romp around a neon-soaked 80s blockbuster movie set, populated by an army of overblown extras wielding cheap props cobbled together from bits of old vacuum cleaner. And the wildlife? Enormous glowing dragons who shoot omega-lasers out of their eyes, and can be tamed to your advantage by feeding them the cybernetic hearts ripped from your fallen foes.
Put simply, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon does its best to embrace the silly, brash and downright stupid aspects of every terrible action movie you've ever seen. After playing through the first 45 minutes, I'm hard-pressed to think of another game that takes itself less seriously in the pursuit of big, nostalgic fun.Click here to read more...
We already had a hunch that Blood Dragon was going to be a little nuts, but today’s new trailer from Ubisoft confirms it’s going to be certifiably retro, TO THE MAX. We’ve got a Hands-On Preview coming later on today, but in the mean time you can watch the neon-based carnage, complete with cyborg T-Rex, after the jump.Click here to read more...
It's official: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a standalone XBLA shooter that allows players to "experience every cliché of a VHS era vision of a nuclear future." Expect every shlocky flourish from every single 80s straight-to-video action movie, even including Michael "Corporal Hicks" Biehn.Click here to read more...
Ubisoft still haven't formally announced Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon yet, but Ubisoft's ship has been leaking buckets over the last few weeks. We recently learned that it's probably an XBLA tie-in, and now, several screenshots have found their way onto the internet.
From the looks of things, Blood Dragon will resemble the future we thought would happen in 1980: copious neon, great big rocket ships and spiked fingerless gloves all over the shop. Behold:Click here to read more...
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon has been churning around the rumour mill for a few months, and Exophase have managed to get their hands on an achievement list for the mysterious property. Since there's 400G up for grabs (the traditional amount for an XBLA game), this is likely to be a downloadable spinoff rather than a beefy expansion - tying in with some box art dredged up earlier this year.
So we're in the bizarre position of having to issue a spoiler alert for a game that hasn't even been announced yet. Ubisoft are bound to announce something soon, so watch this space.Click here to read more...