80s-themed Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon no joke?

April Fool’s Day is always filled with pranks, and this year was no exception. One of the most amusing things to hit the web April 1 was this website for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, a first-person shooter set in 2007 but apparently created during the 80s—while on acid. The site is still up today, and according to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, it’s not a hoax. The game appears to be legit, with screenshots and everything.

You can see more images in the gallery below. Polygon says the shots originated from Xbox.com, so it doesn’t look like there’s any funny business going on. Except for the game itself, of course.

Before the screenshots hit the web, EuroGamer took a closer look at the teaser site and found some interesting clues about the project’s writer and main character. Our own Editor-in-Chief also pointed out some parallels with the original Crysis, which came out in 2007 and had a similar (although less outlandish) B-movie presentation style. Crysis developer Crytek made the first Far Cry game before handing off the franchise to Ubisoft, so the connection doesn’t come completely out of left field. The storyline detailed on the Blood Dragon site even makes a reference to what could be Crysis‘ nanosuit and island setting:

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.

Regardless of whether Blood Dragon has anything to do with previous games, the premise sounds like a lot of fun. How can you not be intrigued by a game whose box art shows a dinosaur shooting lasers out of its eyes? Unfortunately, that box art suggests Blood Dragon will be an Xbox Live Arcade title. Let’s hope the game makes its way to the PC, too.

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    • Jason181
    • 7 years ago

    Going to the store page and clicking on the floppy disk sends you to a list of [url=http://static2.cdn.ubi.com/emea/gamesites/fcbd/static/images/fc3bd.jpg<]achievements[/url<].

    • Aprilg039xoxo
    • 7 years ago
    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    Games don’t have to look realistic to be pretty. In this case, the graphics are a refreshing escape from what we see too often these days.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Knock off of Bulletstorm? Ridiculously fun shooter on rails btw if you haven’t played it. Great all around game.

      • CuttinHobo
      • 7 years ago

      I agree. Bulletstorm is a lot of fun and man, does he say some funny stuff 😀

    • brute
    • 7 years ago

    the plot seems so unique and fresh i might take the box into the shower with me to see what it can do to my arm pits. i may never need deodorant again due to the freshness alone

    • fellix
    • 7 years ago

    For some strange reason, the game’s design and style reminds me of this music video: [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMjCxV7u8OA[/url<] Ahh, the 80's -- where's my DynaTAC now...

    • albundy
    • 7 years ago

    come get some!

      • FireGryphon
      • 7 years ago

      I see what you mean… !!

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 7 years ago

    Glad to see the engine used for something more silly instead of (yet another) jungle + beach + generic mess.

    • ludi
    • 7 years ago

    Ok, let’s get CroTeam involved and drop the pretense that this is a FarCry title, and then it will definitely be moving in the right direction.

    Time to get Serious.

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      After SS3, I never want to see another game from CroTeam.

        • ludi
        • 7 years ago

        I thought 3 was okay. Not quite as good as 1 & 2 but definitely a cut above the run-and-gun-on-rails stuff that the FPS industry is saturated with at the moment.

          • Meadows
          • 7 years ago

          I felt it bucked the balance of fun and annoyance, and went into “irritating” territory quite often. Especially in the last third of the game.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            Meadows doesn’t like himself personified as a game. 😉 Strange!

    • FireGryphon
    • 7 years ago

    This could put the fun back in gaming.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    Needs more neon.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      And giant robuts.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 7 years ago

    Will there be sharks with freakin laser beams attached to their heads?

      • axeman
      • 7 years ago

      It’s frickin freezing in here.

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