Take firefights to a futuristic new level in Blacklight: Retribution, a free-to-play FPS. See through walls with the HRV, deploy mechanized Hardsuits, and customize your weapons to dominate the opposition.
User reviews: Very Positive (10,524 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 2, 2012

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"It was at the time a really solid sci-fi multiplayer shooter. As it stands the business model leaves something to be desired. Try before you buy in."
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February 24

Update on BLR PC

PC Client Upgrade
It is about time that we talk about the next big Blacklight update - including new maps, new items, major infrastructure changes, and some balance changes. Hardsuit Labs and Perfect World are working hard to merge the existing PC US/EU versions of the game with the PS4/Russia version of the game while also making sure the whole process is as seamless for our veterans as possible.


Who Is Hardsuit Labs?
Hardsuit Labs is a totally new Studio formed by the veterans of Zombie Studios. HSL has acquired Zombie’s rights to Blacklight: Retribution and is working with existing partners. HSL is working hard to bring the latest and greatest that Blacklight has to offer to each and every player around the world. This means PS4, PC, and anywhere BLR is, HSL is behind it and actively supporting it.


Our Goal
Content parity. For those of you who are not familiar, content parity is the concept of making sure that your product is equal on all platforms that it is available on. Our main objective moving forward is to have a single version of Blacklight: Retribution across all platforms, and to keep it that way.


Technical Challenges
The current PS4/Russia version of Blacklight is very different from the US/EU version, especially behind-the-scenes. Upgrading the US/EU version to the latest version is going to be a massive undertaking, as we have multiple years’ worth of player data stored in our databases, most of which will need to be updated and made to fit into the new systems.

What this means for existing veteran players is that some of your items will change how they work, and in some cases be completely replaced. We will pay close attention to the balance between the values that is being removed from each player and provide equivalent value in return. We think you guys are totally on board with the idea of making things match up so we can bring out the update. We'll watch for feedback on this topic as well.

The actual upgrade process, after it goes through our battery of tests, will most likely take multiple days’ worth of downtime. The differences between the current version and the new version are so vast that players will also be required to uninstall their current client, then reinstall the new one. The new installers will be made available as soon as the upgrade process begins, which should allow ample time for players to get the latest version of the game while the servers are still down for maintenance.


WHEN?!
We are still early in the process, and with so many moving pieces, we don’t want to announce a launch date until we’re confident in the product that we would launch. Regardless of when we can ship the update – we want you all to know that it’s being worked on right now, every day.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming preview blogs on all of the new content. Kick the tires and light the fires, Agents – Blacklight is coming back in a big way.

To hear more from the team check out:
Twitter: @hardsuitlabs
Facebook.com/hardsuitlabs

Twitter: @playblacklight
Facebook.com/playblacklight


Kael Hammond
Producer
Hardsuit Labs

Matthew Pecot
Assistant Product Manager
Perfect World Entertainment


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February 12

Headshots and Heartbreakers: Double GP/XP Weekend

The quickest way to an Agent's heart is a hollow-point. Celebrate this weekend with double the XP and GP gain from missions

Start Time: 02/12/2015 at 11:00 AM PST
End Time: 02/16/2015 at 10:00 AM PST


This weekend, we're also bringing back the community-inspired Prototype Helmets, and having a 15% bonus to charging ZEN. Don't miss out, because these are only available this weekend!


For more information, check out the blogs below:

Bonus GP/XP: http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/blacklight-retribution/news/detail/9063943

Bonus ZEN: http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/blacklight-retribution/news/detail/9065683

Prototype Helmets: http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/blacklight-retribution/news/detail/9052503

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Reviews

"This is not only a great example of a professional and credible free-to-play game, but it's also one of the best first-person shooters I've played. I am quite serious when I say that, too. This game is a serious FPS contender, and its freemium status should not diminish your expectations. I wholeheartedly recommend you jump in and give it a try. It'll cost only your time to give it a whirl, and I am certain that it'll be time well spent."
90 - Destructoid


"Great shooting mechanics and deep customization options make for an addictive combination, and its free-to-play model makes it easy to jump into with no upfront cost."
85 - IGN


"The matter is simple – the game is free to play and, if you take my word for it, an excellent shooter. In a perfect world, it would knock the CoD series on its ass."
90 - Computer Games

4-Player Onslaught Co-Op

Get your team together to face the zombie horde in the Onslaught mode. Survive 10 waves of enemies, including civilians infected by the SIV virus and the highly-armed soldiers of The Order. Don't get too comfortable in your defense, though, because you'll need to sprint through the map to complete objectives and unlock more ammunition.

Hope your shotgun's ready, Agent...

About This Game

Take firefights to a futuristic new level in Blacklight: Retribution, a free-to-play FPS. See through walls with the HRV, deploy mechanized Hardsuits, and customize your weapons to dominate the opposition.

In Blacklight, mastering the futuristic tech is half of victory. You'll need to carefully balance your loadout, from the extreme customization possible in designing your firearms, to the equipment you carry and the in-match bonuses you can unlock. The Hyper Reality Visor (HRV) allows you to look through walls and spot enemies, and attack from where they aren't expecting - but be careful, because you're vulnerable while using it.

The other half of victory? Raw skill, same as it's always been. Good hunting, Agent...

PUNKBUSTER INCLUDED
PunkBuster™ Anti-Cheat from Even Balance, Inc. is required to play Blacklight Retribution. This program will be installed alongside the game client.

Key Features

  • Hardsuits - Use a variety of upgrades in each match, including calling in the hulking Hardsuit mech. Powerful but slow, this armored suit packs a one-shot, one-kill railgun and a high velocity minigun to clear rooms... fast.
  • Hyper Reality Vision - HRV Technology allows Agents to scout their enemies through the walls, pinpoint vital mission objectives, or locate weak points in an enemy Hardsuit.
  • Weapon Depots - Scattered across the battlefield are Weapon Depots that supply your team with additional ammo, heavier weapons such as a Rocket Launcher, or provide the ability to call down airstrikes and Hardsuits.
  • Free to Play! - Blacklight: Retribution is a fully Free-to-Play shooter. Earn Game Points (GP) after every match and use them to unlock various armor and weaponry for your Agent in game.
  • Customize Your Loadout - An Agent’s gun is their livelihood. Choose from 1000 different gun combinations by modifying your receivers with customizable Stock, Muzzle, Barrel, Magazine, and Scope, Camo, and Weapon Tags.
  • Protect Yourself - Whether your play style is run and gun, or survivability, or long range sniping the choice is yours to make in fully customizing your armor loadout.
  • Level Progression - Gain experience and levels through combat to unlock access to additional weapons, armor, and equipment.
  • Tons of Game Modes and Maps - Combat is engaged on a number of different 7 different game modes across 9 beautifully detailed maps. Game modes includes classics such Team Death Match, Domination, Capture the Flag, and Kill Confirmed while introducing new favorites likes Netwar.
  • Private Servers - Want to scrim with your clan mates? Challenge someone 1vs1? The private server option allows Agents to set up their own password protected server away from the pesky trolls.
  • Spectator Mode - Learn tips and tricks from the top players in Spectator mode, or simply enjoy the chaos from the best seat in the house.

System Requirements

    Minimum1:
    • OS:Windows® XP / Vista / Windows 7 (32-bit)
    • Processor:Dual-Core CPU
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256MB DX9 GPU (Geforce 8xxx or Radeon HD2xxx)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7 (64-bit)
    • Processor:Quad-Core CPU
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1GB+ DX11 GPU
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
75 of 92 people (82%) found this review helpful
402.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
This is an absolutely brilliant game (check my hours on record to verify this), but sadly has died on the operating table. Arc no longer provides support for BL:R; no new items, maps, updates, etc. Worse is that the servers have fallen to pieces, and you're now lucky if you can play more than two or three games before it kicks everyone off. They're fully aware of this issue, but it's been a year without any hint of resolution, and trust me, there won't be any coming, ever. This game has been completely and totally abandoned by its developers. And as a result, the dedicated player base it possessed has fled to greener pastures. It's a massive disappointment, as there still exists no other free FPS of BL:R's caliber to replace it, but such is life. RIP to a once great game.

Edited to add: Game ownership has transferred to a new company, though retaining most of its current employees and developers. Only time will tell if they intend on resurrecting the PC version of the game, or whether all developer attention will remain on the PS4 version.
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95 of 131 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
My experience with this game:

>Download from Steam
>Launch game
>Wait until the launcher finishes patching the game
>Hit "Play"
>Greeted with login page
>Create account
>Alt+Tab
>Confirm account via email
>Alt+Tab
>Try and log in
>"Incorrect username or password"
>Ok no big deal maybe I just entered it wrong
>Type in password more carefully this time
>"Incorrect username or password"
>Oh well, maybe I typed it in wrong during the registration
>Alt+Tab
>Open Chrome and go on the website
>Try to log in there because maybe it's just a problem with the game
>"Incorrect username or password"
>Click "Having trouble logging in"
>Reset password (have to go through 2 Captchas do so not usually a big deal but I was pretty irritated by now)
>Alt+Tab
>Try and log in
>"Incorrect username or password"
>*Sigh*
>Alt+Tab
>Reset password to something super easy to remember (hooray for more damn captchas)
>Alt+Tab
>Try and log in one more time

I want you try and guess what happened next. Just go ahead and take a guess.

>"Incorrect username or password"
>Alt+F4
>Litteraly made the exact same face as my profile picture

At least the uninstall worked

Edit: For any future readers, you have to enter your email as your username, according to the comments below.
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117 of 170 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Great game when it came out. Then it went to PS4 and got screwed there and at some point they decided to switch over to a new client or something called ARC, and every time I tried to play the game it would not let me sign in unless I made a ARC account and downloaded the client. This game was great but it has been screwed, plus the free to play/ paid parts slowly got terrible too. RIP great game, just like Bullet Run
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227 of 352 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
this game is one of my favorites ever

too bad the developers don't care about it anymore
it's really sad
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211 of 330 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,948.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
game is dying so don't waste your time here not worth it, play planetside or cs instead
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
440.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Though it may seem like I don't play this game much, I just haven't been playing on the Steam Client. If you know me pretty well, I've probably put well over a thousand hours into the game. Nevertheless, let's get into the review of this game.

STORY
Blacklight Retribution is a sequel off of Blacklight: Tango Down where a known Military commander known as 'Klein' from 'Merica gets lost in a post-coldwar apocalypse somewhere in Russia and that 'Merica sends off the team known as 'Blacklight' to rescue Klein using their futuristic smart armor and X-Ray Vision. As you can expect off most Free-To-Play shooters, it's not very eye-grabbing, but it definitely sets the tone for what this game will have to offer.

GRAPHICS/AESTHETICS
Blacklight Retribution features an adequate number of options to choose from. There's no setting to change all of them, but the game supports up to 1080p and will allow for multiple monitor support.* VSync, Dynamic Shadows, Static/Dynamic Decals, Dynamic Lighting, Post-Processing MLAA, Depth of Field, and DX11 Tessellation are just some of the many options you can choose from when coming into the game.

As far as aesthetics go, it's very difficult to play the game under the lowest settings without saying that the game looks like your average Call of Duty-esque shooter with a twist. As a minor suggestion, turn off Depth of Field to see more contrasting colors, because the main color palette behind most maps are Grey and Brown. Don't get me wrong though. There are a lot of colors being used, but the more vibrant ones tend to be out of place or areas where it was placed because it was a requirement set out from the manager.

GAMEPLAY
90% of the Game's content is based on customizing your weapon and yourself. It's definitely worth a try customizing some things, because you won't know what awesome new build you can create. I myself can tell you this reliably as most of my YouTube videos consist of making random builds and trying them out. If on the off chance however you're not up to customizing weapons and you just want to jump into the game, that is perfectly fine too.

There are premades created by the community that you can purchase and try out for yourself. There's definitely no shortage of those builds too, where they have elemental ammo to silenced laser-like machine guns to explosive boll-action rifles, as well as poisonous shotgun pellets that you can attach. As far as the most powerful gun goes, it really depends on what kind of player you are, because when you customize these parts, these stats aren't just "+1 Sweg". They are quite literal game-changing stats.

Of course, when you're finally done finding that holy grail of a weapon, that's when you also need to find that holy grail of an Equipment Build. Yes, you can customize literally everything you could ever want. If that didn't stop you, there are taunts, titles, and numerous voices you can choose your character to have. For what they plan to add on, the combinations you can achieve through this game is truly unsurpassable.

Oh yeah, and there's HRV. I don't think I need to explain the "Temporary Wallhex" that the rest of these reviewers may have done, but they all know that despite being a "Game-breaking" item, it definitely accounts to pretty much 85% of all the deaths we have, aside from sheer derping. If you're still wondering whether the game is actually fun, I think you should let the hours played do the talking. It's a really fun game for those willing to put some time into it.

BUISNESS MODEL
If you came from a series of Free To Plays from 2007, this game will give your wallet a lot of leeway. You won't need to spend $1000 let alone $100 to get everything you want. Perfect World as a premium service already gives out so many things for free, it'd be eye-opening to see how much money they would earn if they didn't put this much effort to keep this game as free as possible. To keep the amount of time spent to get a new type of gun into perspective, there will be times where you just spend One Match (10 mins) to get a new receiver. Other times it will take you five matches (1 Hour).

There's NO REPAIR SYSTEM, by the way. Everything that you purchase permanently will not break or rust at a certain point and disappear. The only items that will are ones that explicitly say "7Days" or "30Days", and even then you can choose to activate those weapons or keep them on the rainy day that you want to try it out. Great feeling to not have to care over having to maintain your weapon.

YOU GET A LOT OF STUFF FOR FREE. It's gone to the point where a lot of the community in the Perfect World Forums are super-entitled to receive stuff for playing for "X" number of years. I've been playing since the release on Steam, and I think I can say that there's a lot of bull-oney going on over there. For what people get for free over here, it's really just armor / weapon camos (CSGO Skins). Like I said, Perfect World Entertainment seems to give a lot of stuff out for free without recognizing it, and the community just eats it up.

If on the off-chance you do decide to deposit money into the game and you're new, you can purchase higher-level items as an early-access tool. You can however, just level up and purchase it. So if anything, I highly suggest depositing the money to buy the skins. Some will definitely entice you, as I reminisce the days where I thought I'd never put money to buy a skin. THE SKINS WILL ENTICE YOUR SOUL.

OVERALL THOUGHTS
It being a great game is an understatement. People can say all they want about whether I'm a "fanboy" over this game, but like it or not, this game took many steps outward to really make a name for itself especially within the Free-To-Play community. There's just so much to be said, and yet my review merely describes the tip of this iceberg.

Out of all of the Free-To-Play FPS Games, I still would have to place this as number one after the past 3 years. If you managed your way through my review, I would love to hear your opinion in-game!

CURRENT SITUATION AS OF 4/24
Blacklight Retribution is in a rut at the moment. The issue is that Perfect World Entertainment is trying to find a means to transition the older accounts into the newest version. This means that there's a new client, and wholly different mechanics involving how inventory is monetized and how it will be utilized by the players. If you would like to voice your opinion, be sure to check the Arcgames forums for more information.
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78 of 119 people (66%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
81.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
I have had played this game for a huge amount of time, in those times i spent hours in a row playing blacklight with friends, it was great, but as soon as the PS4 version of BLR came out, the game died completelly, all admins in PC where moved to ps4 or fired, and the game hasnt had an update in around 1 year (a real update with something added, not bug fixes). anyways, the servers in which i had 150 ping came to be over 600, anyone who isnt from usa cant even play. BLR please come back to who you were :´(.
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89 of 142 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
The game itself is pretty fun, the artstyle and cyberpunk feel is amazing, however the Free to Play model they use is about as bad as it can get. You can customize anything for cheap...as long as you're willing to shell out more credits to renew the rent, each item can either be rented or permanently owned however the price scaling is ludicrous. The price scaling runs about like this, 1 Weapon Accessory that costs about 395 GP (InGame Earned Currency) to rent, usually the rent scale is 3 days to 7 days, however to own it permanently, it's going to cost you about 3750 GP for ONE accessory, to put this in perspective you earn ABOUT ~200 GP per match (Start to End), that means you're going to be playing about 19 matches just to get one. single. item. Alternatively you can pay Zen which is obviously the cash-currency of the game and to give you an idea of the cost of items through actual money, $10 nets you 1000 Zen, to get that previously mentioned weapon accessory it'll cost you 300 Zen or $3 for 1 single accessory. This game would be amazing if it provided players with more options to customize their character without having to spend actual money. If you're looking for another Sci-Fi F2P game, I'd recommend Warframe instead
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56 of 87 people (64%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
89.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Great game with a lot of customization. Highly recommended
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23 of 35 people (66%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
165.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
BLACKLIGHT RETRIBUTION- BL:R is a spin-off of BL:Tango Down

This game is by far the best game i've ever played, the graphics are amazing, gunplay feels so fun, this is your typical run and gun game

What makes this game iconic and different from CoD?

well this game does not have a mini-map like we've seen in other shooters, in BL:R players will use "HRV" aka "wallhacking" no no, this game is not about hacking, its how the game mechanics is, players use HRV to see "enemies through walls", the player is only able to move around, jump, and sprint, which may increase the chances of a HRV user being easily killed, and it's limited after using. By that, after using the HRV players will have to predict the next move their enemies are going to.

Control
By far smoother, fast, the weapons all handle differently it depends on how you modify your weapon,

Level Design
BL:R map designs are amazing

Business Model
This game is full of microtransactions, you are limited to 1,3 and 7 days and if you want a permanent weapon it might take hours to get GPs as for starters.

On the other hand real money would be easier to get more weapons and items

Verdict
Overall this game is hell of a lot of fun, you might get frustrated by getting new weapons as for starters but later you'll get the hang of it
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
425.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
My hours are well beyond the boundaries of human imagination, I'm also a nine lived Beta Tester that has managed to live long enough to telling his tale.

After countless years of FPS experience, I must say Blacklight sits at the top of my list. I consider this the best game ever made in FPS genre. Considering how old this game is, it still makes the latest BF and CoD look like childsplay, even graphicswise. Here's why.

Customization - modern day shooters often tend to be limited in weapons quantity, as one can only fit so many into the game before the files gets too large. Absolutely not the case with blacklight, there're as many weapons as your imagination allows there to be. And there's always a perfect weapon for everyone. And by perfect, I mean perfect perfect. Same goes with your playable character, you get to decide exactly how tough and how agile he will be via choosing a variety of armor / helmet / leg combinations. It also supports rare decorated cosmetic helms collectables and camos. There's nothing that'll limit you from doing what your heart desires. If running around the battlefield in some shiny ♥♥♥ camo reflecting all the sunglare and at the same time attracting all the bullets is what you want, then go for it.

Gameplay - there's so friggin many gamemodes and maps. There's the classical last team standing, search and destroy, capture the flag, team deathmatch, deathmatch, domination, netwar, seige, onslaugh, king of the hill, over a ever growing pool of maps that currently holds 17 , which are Decay, Containment, Vortex, Deadlock, Center, Helodeck, Metro, Seaport, Dropzone, Slumlord, Heavy Metal, Evac, Offshore, Vertigo, Nuken., Safehold.

Diversity - For those of you who just wants to show off and merch your way into glory, there're awesome collectables such as shiny camos and trophies thats worth a fortune, along with cosmetic helmet variants up for grabs, ensuring that you can be the fabbest person around. For those of you who are simply so damn skilled, blacklight offers everything you need to swag it off to the community, stomp in a few pugs and you'll find clans of all sizes essin your dee. For those of you that are just starting out on yer FPS career, blacklight provides you with the perfect opportunity along with everything you'll ever need to pull yourself up from the bootstraps and be the best gamer evar, as the ladders are totally climbable, even to the very top.

Cost - Free game it is, you don't have to pay anything for everything. Just about verything ingame are perm-able from your Game Points that you acquire easily by playing, which also means P2W is nonexistent. If you don't like the genre or Blacklight's just not your cup of tea, simply delete it out of your computer.

Cheers, no tears.

~Arthropod

Epilogue - good things just doesn't seem to last, Blacklight was such a great game, but the devs / publishers couldn't get their ♥♥♥♥ straight for years and the development was delayed to a significant degree. You may encounter a hacker here and there nowadays. Since the punkbuster anti-cheat's mostly a placebo nowadays. Along with being pitted against old guys as a newbie may seem frustrating to deal with, for the difference in skill level is grave. 'tis all due to the lack of a large playerbase for a game 'tis great, but I do tell ye that the renaissance for BLR is underway,

~Ardwopawd
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
The game is very unique because of the customization for weapons and characters. Damage per weapon is pretty damn balanced and again, can be customized to the player's liking. So in short, very awesome game!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,503.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
When I started it was one of the best FPS I have ever played. The HRV mechanic encourages agressive play with minimal "camping" of spots and customization is unbelievable. Some of my source-engine-or-die friends have said that it "feels strange, but I attribute that to their refusal to broaden their horizons as much as anything. The weapon balancing leaves a bit to be desired - some receivers are just plain better than others. Fortunately for new players, the hands down, universally agreed upon best weapon in the game (well, except for that one that glissa dude) is the basic assault rifle, which every player starts out with. From there, the other receivers are just specializations to suit a particular preferred playstyle.

At this point, the game is far past its prime and the victim of neglect by both its publishers and its developers (shame on the publishers for awful servers and even worse server maintenance) and shame on the developers for sabotaging the game by putting out that horrible slumlord port from tango down that broke more things than it fixed.

Regarding whether it's p2w or not, it certainly is not pay to win. It takes a while to earn the gp to unlock things permanently, but not nearly so long in this game as it does in games like planetside 2 et. al, and everything in the base gme can be unlocked/accessed without needing to pay any real dollars. At the curent time, I would not recommend paying any sort of real money into the game because its future is up in the air, but to each his own.

TL;DR BLR is a visually pretty game that is poorly optimized and suffers from a myriad of developer and publisher related issues. It should be completely dead by now but its just so damn fun to play that whats left of the community just cant seem to let it go. I would definitely give it a try if you haven played it, but I would not invest any money into it, as the several hundred dollars I have spent have clearly been used as fuel at the Perfect World company Barbeque.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
So good I almost spent real money to play it
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18 of 30 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
129.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
this game is amazing though zombie needs to come back and update it so it can go farther . this thing has major potential
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,011.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Blacklight is one of those games where you are not sure what you are getting yourself into. But once you are in, you do get enjoyment out of it. But more importantly its the people you meet there aswell. Sad to see it dwindling away like a fading star, although there is still die hard followers of the game that won't stop playing it ever. The shooting game play is very fast paced. For best results to win in team matches, working as a team is important. The starting default gear isn't too bad, weapons included, i have known to deal quite some damage with default gear. There are different game modes in this game but out of all of them melee was my favorite. Not suitable for starting players but very fast paced and action packed to where the real key to this mode is in skill and not the gear. I have to say that Blacklight was one my all time favorite free fps games that i have come across in a while. Mostly because of the people i met there. If you choose to play this game, play to meet other individuals, play to have fun. You may need to grind it out for the gear you may want, thats how I did it mostly. Above all, treat players with respect and you will earn their's.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
419.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Once upon a time I would have recommended BL:R without a second thought and it still stands as one of my favourite shooters, but in it's current state I cannot suggest that you play it. A technically competent shooter, with nice visuals, an awesome cyberpunk aesthetic and a pretty fair F2P model to boot - it's downfall was a developer who failed to push any meaningful content in a reasonable timespan before the playerbase by and large had moved on coupled with some poor business choices.

Presently, the studio behind the game (Zombie Studios) has disbanded, the IP has moved to a new studio Hardsuit Labs (previously Builder Box?) who has also taken on some of Zombie's staff, and the game kind of just exists in some kind of limbo supported by Perfect World Entertainment (the game's publisher). For the Aussie players like myself, the AU servers have been shut down indefinitely as well.

Perhaps we'll see some kind of resurgence under the new dev team in which case I'll change my review to reflect this but until then I feel this game is well past it's glory days and not worth picking up seriously.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
About a year ago this game was absolutely near perfect. As it stands now? I can not for the life of me recommend it, Here is why.

1 The hit registry about a year ago was really good you pointed at their head & it actually hit their head, The hit registry was almost always spot on.

1 Hit registry as it stands today? Hit marker after hit marker after hit marker.... Your shots are no longer spot on & half the time they don't even register on the enemies side.

2 Connection issues about a year ago was really good most of the players you played with maybe had at the most a 90ms ping, Connection all around was pretty balanced you didn't have many issues with players being a few seconds ahead in terms of connection & you didn't have that many people from other countries trying to play wioth americans.

2 Connection issues as it stands today? Serious lag compensation all around, Players joining from russia connecting to american servers lagging the living crap out of other players giving the non american players the advantage. The average ping now in days for player matches is around 150ms.

3 Recoil about a year ago Was really good there wasn't to much recoil, But there was also just enough recoil to prevent weapons from being over powered. There wasn't really any sway on the sniper rifles either it was pretty well balanced if you knew how to customize your rifle properly.

3 Recoil about as it is today? Recoil shot way up rifles now sway way to much back & forth even when you burst fire the recoil is just crazy. The sniper rifles now have to "Hold their breath to steady" the rifle which is absolutely dumb. Even if you customize your rifle properly your sniper rifle still sways like crazy & has a hell of a lot of recoil.

Final point I'll make, After this game started supporting consoles the PC side kinda lost its support the developers have practically left us PC gamers in the dust. After they began supporting the PS4 the game started have more & more issues with connection & cheaters. The game just isn't the same anymore & I find it sad how the developers have just left their PC side in the dust.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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557.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Review 25/11/2014

EDIT: I've player for longer, but on the ARC client....

Short Review:

It's a great game but gets stale quickly. The game was abandoned roughly a year ago, or more but I can't remember. A huge patch would revive this game but it will probably be too little too late. Australian servers were removed a while back. Oceanic players will probably have better connections playing Blacklight Retribution Asia, or soon to come out Blacklight Retribution Russia. This game offers so much customisation possibilities and has everything to cater for different play styles. I recommend it to burn off time. If you don't like it, it's good for uninstalling.

8/10 (used to be 92/100 on steam)

Long Review:

Oh boy do I love this game. Blacklight: Retribution (BLR) is a first person shooter set in a dystopian future not too far away with a steampunk feel. There's not much storyline but it's based of its predecessor, Blacklight: Tango Down. The world was ravaged by a virus that turned people into the infected (SIVs) released by political extremists called the “Order” and the only people left to stop them are hired mercenaries (you). BLR is currently being published by Perfect World Entertainment (PWE) while content is being published by Zombie Studios. BLR PS4 is published and produced by Zombie Studios.

I started the game a while ago. I got pub stomped all day every day for the first 20 or so levels because BL:R was my second "legit" PC FPS game that wasn't full of potatoes. Now as a level 50 life's easy. A lot of new players call BLR pay2win. Well, it's far from it. It is severely play2win in my opinion. Heck, the starter assault rifle is deemed the best weapon in the game due to its versatility BUT to fully customise it to your liking will take time and effort (a long grind). Alternatively, you can rent parts and new guns (receivers). Each time you level up a level pack is awarded to you which includes all the unlockable items for that level for 3 days. The game offers a wide variety of guns with their specific niches but the assault rifle in doubtfully the most used due to its versatility. Yeah, all the starter stuff is pretty damn good and all you need really (almost).

Gameplay wise BLR, it’s pretty solid. The game features a hyper reality visor (HRV) which is basically legitimate wall hacks. For a short period of time every once in a while you can see through walls and pinpoint enemies on the map. For this reason, there is no mini-map but this mechanic ensures that gameplay is always fast paced. Camping can be quite difficult in this game. The recoil in this game is honestly not that bad and the spread is in a random cone around your cross hair. For that reason “professional” players like to use static crosshairs. Concerning the grenade throwing mechanics, they feel wimpy and I don’t like it but it’s probably just me. You will hate corners if you want to turn them hugging the wall because you will get stuck and die a lot. Elevators can glitch out sometimes letting you jump super high, off the map, in the map and such.

There are many maps that are small (Helodeck) to medium (Dropzone) to large (Vortex). All in all there are roughly 18 maps and 9 gamemodes. 2 gamemodes are restricted to specific maps and I’ll talk about those soon. Basically you have the traditional, bread and butter gamemodes of every (most) FPS; death match, team death match, king of the hill, capture the flag, Search and destroy, and onslaught (PvE, zombies, the map Centre only). Concerning search search and destroy, the bomb has hrv cloak which basically masks a person’s netwar signature from HRV. Basically they cannot be seen on HRV. The other game modes include domination, netwar and siege. Domination is when you hack nodes (these box thingies) to capture them and gain points. Other teams can take/retake nodes captured by the opponents by hacking them but there is a firewall (time frame) which stops the node from being retaken after capture. netwar is a mix of capture the flag and domination. Siege is where you transport a scorpion tank through a specific path towards the enemy’s base. Players can pilot the tank which has a minigun that can tear through enemies like hot butter through a knife. There are checkpoints in which the team escorting the tank have to hack panels t lower barriers in order for the tank to proceed.

In BLR you can pretty much customised everything you want including the HUD using a third party application. You can customise your armour to suit you play style. You can be a tank or a fragile but extremely fast agent. You can customise every part of your gun and there are 23 different types of guns with their own niches. There are over 20 parts for each part of a gun you want to customise (except magazines, there’s like 5-15 options). There are billions of weapon combinations possible in BLR. You can choose your specific gear such as grenades, tomahawks, explosive resistance patches and such along with your tactical gear such as heal injectors, revive injectors and barricades.
Connections wise there are only servers located in the US East and West along with European servers. Australian servers were removed a while back. Blacklight Retribution Asia is an alternative but it has a different publisher. Lag is a major problem for all players.

Content wise, this game used to be amazing. It was probably the best free to play game out there and with a bit more love could of gave the AAA titles a run for their money. Sadly, it was abandoned a while ago with the Onslaught patch being the latest patch. There has been speak of content coming soon™ but then again, it’s always apparently coming soon™.

To conclude this review I would like to say this game has everything to cater for all different play styles. There is plenty of variety to choose from and everything that you could possibly want to customise is customisable. You can earn everything with in game money but speed things up by using real money. A couple of years ago this game was really promising but with the termination of the AU servers, may players said their farewells at the game’s “funeral”. Contradicting the fact that many people left, the game’s player base has risen by 15% in the past 30 days. This review probably isn’t structured properly and is missing out some important things but I hope it gives you an insight to a wonderful game (well, at least it used to be). I still play this game passionately and you can add me in game :)

8/10 (used to be 92/100 on steam.
If I were to revive this game 2 years ago, I would give it 10/10.

IGN: VirusAlpha (US) I am an Australian player so my ping is terrible.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
The game at its current state is dead and broken , dont waste your time here, developers have abandoned this game long time ago.

EDIT: Okay, it seems that the devs have finally spoken! They are preparing a huge update for this game, (i might give it a shot once it is released and change my rating) but only God knows when that is going to be and if it will to be worth waiting/playing.
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