I loved FC3. And now I'm hearing about FC3:BD. They look very (very) different. They don't seem to have anything in common except the title. Are they the same series? Is Blood Dragon a sequel?
What's the story?
The gameplay of Blood Dragon is largely based on Far Cry 3. Most of the enemies are identical to FC3, except for their graphics. The terrain is also very similar to FC3.
Many unique gameplay aspects from Far Cry 3 were used with almost no modifications:
Notable FC3 features which were dropped are:
Notable new features are:
While the overall gameplay feels very similar to FC3, the whole atmosphere and the tone is completely different. While FC3 has a very serious tone with a dark and tragic storyline, Blood Dragon is a lot more light-hearted. It has a completely ridiculous plot with over-the-top characters, is ripe with parodies of movie-cliches of the 80s and game cliches of the 2000s and doesn't take itself one bit serious.
Or in different words: FC3 portraits the serious kind of insanity, FC3:BD portraits the funny kind of insanity.
Blood Dragon is a totally new game built using the engine and assets of Far Cry 3. Think of it as an officially sanctioned Total Conversion mod that has been released as a standalone game.
Their stories have nothing to do with each other, so they're not really related in that aspect. In FC3: Blood Dragon, some of the characters have comments that may be seen as a nod or a quip related to Far Cry 3. A similarity could be that they both take place in an island.
I've played both and noticed that most of the assets (the island details, textures, weapons, vehicles, animals, enemies, etc.) and most of the gameplay elements (outpost taking, skills, etc.) in FC3: Blood Dragon are just re-skinned or slightly modified versions of their counterparts in Far Cry 3.
Notable differences of FC3: Blood Dragon from Far Cry 3 include: the Blood Dragon creature, which doesn't have a counterpart in Far Cry 3, and that tediously climbing radio towers is not a significant part of the gameplay anymore.