Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a ridiculous game. It's what would happen if you took the gameplay of open-world shooter Far Cry 3 and mixed it with your favorite sci-fi action flicks from the '80s and early '90s — there's a little Terminator, a little Alien, and a whole lot of neon. It's a modern game with a retro aesthetic, a big dumb shooter that isn't ashamed to be what it is.

If you haven't played Far Cry 3 or any of its predecessors, there's nothing to worry about as Blood Dragon is a stand-alone experience, available today on PS3 and tomorrow on Steam and the Xbox 360. You'll be placed in the cybernetic boots of Sergeant Rex "Power" Colt (yes, that's his real name), a cybercommando with a love of explosions and really bad puns. During the opening tutorial, when you're initially unable to fire a weapon — or even move — he complains: "I just want to kill people, damn it!" Blood Dragon takes place in the future as it was imagined three decades ago — it's 2007 and the planet has been devastated by nuclear war. There's a story that involves saving the world from a formerly good soldier gone rogue, but really it's all just an excuse to blow stuff up. Missions will have you infiltrating laboratories to set bombs before zip-lining away, using a flamethrower to destroy a lair filled with mutant dragon eggs, and hunting rare and dangerous animals with your rifle.