|«Farcry 3 Blood Dragon» cover by James White|
«Farcry 3 Blood Dragon» is the first game I have seen fit to pre-order solely on account of the pure awesomeness of its cover art design.
This is a game which definitively doesn't take itself too seriously. It might be appropriate to call it a spoof on 80s action B-movies like «Eliminators», but based on the amount of readily apparent enthusiasm and care which has been channeled into the project, I am rather leaning towards tribute.
Ubisoft even convinced Michael Biehn, co-star of «Aliens» and «The Terminator» to voice the main character. Also, it has 16-Bit era pixel-art cut-scenes and fluorescent dinosaurs who shoot LASERS! What's not to like :)
Of special note is the soundtrack, composed by Australian duo Power Glove who has managed to create a truly inspired synth-based soundtrack of the kind you rarely find anymore.
The tracks generally have a thematic resemblance to compositions from legendary movie composer Vangelis. Particularly the main theme has a strong «Blade Runner» vibe to it. Other tracks like «Blood Dragon Theme (Reprise)» invoke the sonic imagery of Harold Faltermeyer with a slight dash of Jean Michel Jarre. Brilliant stuff.