'Repeating well-worn clichés isn’t an inherently novel idea. The cliché-ridden ‘80s throwback has become a cliché in itself and is so overdone that it takes something special to stand out. Mostly the videogame homages are in the form of the decade’s games and done by small teams. They are love letters to 8-bit design, all the good memories of a simpler time made current through a humble development process. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon’s instead follows filmic influences and is made by a larger team under a major publisher, a rare breed of throwback that paves the way for experimental budget releases in the downloadable space. When it works, Blood Dragon makes even the most clichéd concept feel new.'