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Soundtrack review: Far cry 3 – Blood dragon (Power Glove – 2013)

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“Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon” is a 2013 comedic first-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is a stand-alone expansion to the 2012 video game Far Cry 3 and the eighth overall installment in the Far Cry franchise. The game, a parody of 1980s action films and video games, takes place on a retro-futuristic open world island with players assuming the action role of the military cyborg Sergeant Rex “Power” Colt. The music was written by Power Glove. The guys from Power Glove have the pseudonims Michael Biehn and Michael Dudikoff. It doesn’t get better than this for an 80s fan.

Now there are a few key words like “80s”, “retro”, “1980s action films” that raise the most wonderful flags for me. It’s like a switch is hit and nostalgia overflows inside me. And when I see the cover of the album with the neon signs and thunders I feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This score is going to make me tingle in all the right places. Plus the guys from Power Glove have the pseudonyms Michael Biehn and Michael Dudikoff. It doesn’t get better than this for an 80s fan.

Hello dark synth goodness, my old and trusted friend! Hello “Blood dragon theme” that sounds like an anthem of my childhood! Hello synth magic! The retro vibe is strong in this one and I remember arcade games and smoke and neon lights and I don’t want to leave this place. Yeah, I know it feels as if “The terminator” is chasing me but I’ve been here before I know all the twists and turns and I can enjoy myself. A cue like “Warzone” actually sounds as if it was taken from the first “Terminator” score, complete with the heavy pulses.

The game might be a parody but the composers took it seriously and wrote what of the best 80s synth retro scores I’ve heard. They got the sound so right that I can’t believe I’m listening to such a score in the 2010s. A cue like “Moment of calm” with its different moods shows everything I love about this sound. Most of “Far Cry 3: Blood dragon” is atmospheric which makes it even better for me. Energy surges like “Power core” delight me as well and I feel as if I’m in a dark labyrinth where I know that around every corner I’ll find something exciting.

What’s even more exciting is that this score is for a computer game so I can actually be part of the awesome 80s story, not just watch. I am there on the streets, the cyborg scouting for enemies. The music is so immersive that it will make the experience perfect and genuine. I love the trio of “Combat” cues that are so wonderfully gamey that I am looking for my controller.

For me this is easily one of my favorite game scores ever. I can’t get enough of it.  This is my favorite sound in the world and the guys from “Power glove” surely love it as much as I do.

Cue rating: 97 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 55 / 62

Album excellence: 89%

Highlights:

Rex Colt

Blood Dragon Theme

Warzone

Moment of Calm

Dr Elizabeth Darling

Power Core

Sloan

Sloan’s Assault

Combat I

Combat II

Combat III

 

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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