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  • Awesome Music: The game's entire soundtrack is a magnificent tribute to the 80's.
    • Power Glove's original score is a fantastic homage to the film soundtracks and style of the era. A prominent Synthwave soundtrack which serves as a gateway drug for many to the fledgling genre.
    • "Hold On To The Vision", borrowed from No Retreat, No Surrender, which plays during the Training Montage sequence.
    • "War" from Rocky IV, which plays when you get to ride the dragon.
    • "Friends (Forever)", borrowed from Miami Connection.
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    • If you accept the WMG which states that Blood Dragon is an 80s action movie series and Trials of the Blood Dragon is it's 90s Saturday Morning Cartoon series spinoff, the soundtrack for the latter supports this. Power Glove scored the sequel again, but this time manage to achieve a blend between the 80s Synthwave stylings of the original game and a newer, 90s House Music/rave influence, suggesting one possible route for musicians of the genre to go down to emulate the 80s/90s transition period. It makes for some excellent tracks, and also features even more use of epic panpipes for that unique jungle geurilla warfare feel!
  • Broken Base: Many people who played Far Cry 3 loved this cheesy, testosterone-fueled, 80's nostalgia-fest. However, many others complained it was "extremely stupid" and even created a formal petition asking for main game story DLC.
    • However this seems to be only a Vocal Minority as most seem to find Blood Dragon better. The facts that there are already talks of a sequel support this.
    • The split is largely between gamers who grew up in the '80s (And as such get the references and nostalgia better) and more modern gamers of the '90s and the 2000s, who think of it as a bit too... nutty, and just can't wrap their head around how this is supposed to be connected to Far Cry 3.
      • And gamers from the latter era who, even though they think it's completely incomprehensible, still love it and think it's hilarious.
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  • Complete Monster: Colonel Ike Sloan was once the leader of cybernetically-enhanced soldiers, and the ideal hero, but upon learning that America and the Communists are making a peace agreement, he goes rogue with his soldiers. Enhancing himself with the blood of the Blood Dragons, Sloan considered himself the strongest and best suited to be leader. He plots to use the blood to enhance nukes which he'll launch all over the worlds, resulting in a new apocalypse and then he'll build a world where the strong rule over the weak, with him as supreme leader. When he first encounters two of his former soldiers, Sergeant Rex "Power" Colt and Lieutenant T.T. "Spider" Brown, he kills Spider and later praises Rex for killing some of his men, as he sees it as culling the ranks of his weaker soldiers.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: "Send for a medic, so I can kill him, too!"
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  • Ear Worm: Power Glove's soundtrack is bound to stick with you for a while. Special mention goes to Warzone, which sounds close to the theme of The Terminator.
  • Game-Breaker:
    • The Kobracon with Explosive Rounds. This basically makes all its shots explosive and deal incredible damage, being able to instantly explode trucks (and everybody inside), deal very good damage to the Heavy units, and also kill Blood Dragons within a few shots to their weakpoint. Put in Semi-Auto fire, and increased magazine for even more breakage. Its only downside is that the shots tend to accidentally kill hostages via the explosions.
    • The Galleria 1991 once it's been upgraded with four barrels and incendiary rounds is hilariously overpowered. At close range, it can even chew through a blood dragon's life bar in ridiculously short order.
    • Once upgraded with laser rounds and fully-automatic fire, the Fazertron becomes an excellent close-to-medium range weapon that kills mooks in only a couple of shots. Even heavy soldiers fall quickly to it.
  • Genius Bonus: "Aaah! It's an exothermic chemical reaction!" (He means fire).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, but done in a very campy, Black Comedy sort of manner. The series proper would eventually do its own canonical After the End scenario in Far Cry: New Dawn.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Back during Yahtzee's review of Far Cry 3 he made a joke about how you don't unlock the "magic pussy laser" (Yahtzee uses a picture of a tiger shooting lasers out of its eyes to illustrate this idea) until the end of the game. Amusingly Rex does unlock a magic laser during the end of the game, the Killstar device which allows him to fire a massive death ray from his left hand along with the Battle Armored Dragon Assault Strike System which is a dinosaur that does shoot lasers out of its eyes.
    • Michael Biehn used to fight cyborgs back in the 80s, he is now turned into one.
  • Ho Yay: Rex and Spider. The opening scene between the two of them should spell it out pretty well.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The sound Rex makes when he levels up and do the horn sign with this metal hand.
  • Narm Charm: It's an over-the-top parody of cheesy 80's action movies. This game wouldn't even be half as good as it is if weren't so incomprehensibly stupid.
  • Spiritual Licensee: It's one of the best Duke Nukem games ever made. Deliberately cheesy one-liners, nostalgia and lots of fun gunplay: check check check.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: One of the songs has a drum beat and synthesizer melody eerily similar to that of the main theme from The Terminator.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Blood Dragon 2 would most likely not happen, and the official reason for that is that Blood Dragon's ideas would only work once. They do hint about a different spin-off, though.
    • Far Cry Primal would become the next proper spin-off game, introducing a prehistoric setting to the series.
    • There is Trials of the Blood Dragon, however, which takes the theme and story in a different direction, basically covering other aspects of the 80s while running with the general theme without retreading stuff from the first game. Thus it's more of an Affectionate Parody of the numerous children's cartoon spin-offs of said action movies. However, it doesn't escape this trope entirely though, with some Trials fans upset over its departures from the traditional Trials formula.
    • And then Far Cry 5 rolled around and brought with it the Lost on Mars DLC, which takes Blood Dragon's basic idea to provide a hilarious romp across Mars where you shoot lots of Big Creepy-Crawlies with Energy Weapons and a Robot Buddy by your side. It's not quite as awesomely silly as FC3BD, but it certainly gives it its best shot and does come pretty close on occasion.
  • Too Cool to Live: Spider is killed after the very first mission.
    • The Battle Armored Dragon Assault Strike System is alive for the span of about three minutes.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The reloading and weapon swap animations are just awesome. Not to mention the neon glow most things have, including the Blood Dragons, look incredible.
    • The completely different lightning, coloring and setting nicely covers up the graphical issues Far Cry 3 had on consoles, and as a result looks surprisingly good.

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