From the Cheapskate: "Packed with entertaining action and hysterical writing, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is an '80s-inspired blast." Plus: two bonus deals and a giveaway!
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I don't know about you, but I could use some distraction today. A videogame, perhaps, one that lets me enjoy a little vicarious destruction and mayhem. Work out some frustrations, you know?
I've got just the thing -- and it's free! For a limited time, as part of its 30th-anniversary celebration, Ubisoft is offering Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (PC) for $0. It would cost you at least $15 elsewhere.
As a longtime (but lapsed) gamer, I was familiar with the Far Cry series of first-person shooters -- but I'd actually never heard of Blood Dragon. Turns out it's a 2013 spin-off of Far Cry 3, and a highly rated one at that.
Whereas previous Far Crys were deadly serious, this one's a hilarious, '80s nostalgia-fueled romp. It stars beloved '80s actor Michael Biehn and features all manner of throwback gags, lines and settings. That said, parents should take note that the game has an "M" (Mature) rating and definitely earns it.
Want to learn more? Read GameSpot's Blood Dragon review. Spoiler alert: It received an 8.5 rating and this summation: "You don't have to love the decade of Rubik's Cubes and Pac-Man Fever to get a kick out of Blood Dragon. But if you do, then all the better: this action-packed shooter will strike all the right synth-pop power chords."
By the way, to take advantage of the freebie, you need a Uplay account -- also free -- and the Uplay PC client software.
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