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:
Mixed (254 reviews) - 55% of the 254 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (14,208 reviews) - 77% of the 14,208 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 2, 2012

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March 31

Hotfix Patch 2.17 Releasse

Hotfix 2.17 is about to turn live! We are releasing a quick hotfix to resolve some issues. We had some issues that we rushed out a fix for so you can continue the fun BLR experience.

Bugs fixes for PC:

  • Crash fixes
  • Fixed a bug using a taunt in more than one slot
  • Fixed a bug where carrying Rival Agent / Warlord when switching teams
  • Suicide notifications are now fixed
  • Various bugs with the Revival Injector
  • Fixed a bug in Onslaught where the dead player's body would be deleted too quickly
  • Fixed a bug in Onslaught where the match would start when not everyone opted to Ready Up
  • Various backend fixes
  • Level restrictions for playlists / matches should now be fixed
  • Smoothed out ping
  • The Easter baskets should now be visible
  • Friend List sorting should now be fixed
  • Various issues with Revival Spawns should now be fixed
  • Fixed a bug where the player would have 8 taunt slots is now fixed
  • No spectating when in Training Mode
  • Invisibility bug is now fixed, if you can see it :P
  • Bug with the Pink Bunny Ears trophy is now fixed
  • The correct message should now appear to Onslaught players if they aren't in first place
  • Spectating abuse should be fixed now
  • Player selection context menu should now be fixed
  • Level restrictions on PC is now fixed

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March 21

Spring Event!

Starting on March 22nd and lasting until April 5th, we will have a Spring Event.

Be sure to play it while it lasts!

The Spring Event has an ultimate mission. If you collect all 10 Bunny Ear Trophies before April 5th, 2016, you will get a special Helmet reward. THIS WILL BE AWARDED ON THE 6th of APRIL.The Helm of Caerbannog (pictured in the above ad). There are four missions below that will grant you the first four ears. The rest of the Bunny Ears you will have to find out how to earn!

Egg Basket Hunt - Mission
This mission will be achievable in the Egg Hunt Playlist for the Spring event. Similar to the St. Patrick's Day Playlist, you'll be collecting eggs in egg baskets. The eggs dropped in each basket will be randomly generated.

Hunting Rabbits - Mission
In this mission you will need 1500 kills with the Shortgun AR-k before the spring event is over! 

Run Rabbit, Run! - Mission
For this mission, you will need to sprint for 4,000,000 steps in Last Team Standing before the Spring Event comes to a close.

Simply to Dye For - Mission
Play 100 matches in Domination before the Spring event is over!

Holiday Items
  • Helm of Caerbannog Helmet
  • Bunny Ears Red Trophy
  • Bunny Ears Green Trophy
  • Bunny Ears Pink Trophy
  • Bunny Ears Magenta Trophy
  • Bunny Ears Blue Trophy
  • Bunny Ears Cyan Trophy
  • Bunny Ears Orange Trophy
  • Bunny Ears Purple Trophy
  • Bunny Ears Yellow Trophy
  • Bunny Ears White Trophy
  • Dyed Hard Blue Body Camo
  • Dyed Hard Green Body Camo
  • Dyed Hard Pink Body Camo
  • Dyed Hard Purple Body Camo
  • Dyed Hard Yellow Body Camo
  • Dyed Hard Blue Weapon Camo
  • Dyed Hard Green Weapon Camo
  • Dyed Hard Pink Weapon Camo
  • Dyed Hard Purple Weapon Camo
  • Dyed Hard Yellow Weapon Camo

In Closing
We hope you enjoy this update and new content, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. As always, if you find any new bugs or glitches please report them via the Blacklight Service Desk HERE.

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"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

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™ 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

    • 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
    • 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
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Mixed (254 reviews)
Mostly Positive (14,208 reviews)
Recently Posted
( 411.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
It used to be a great game, and i was very passionate about this game. I played it for countless hours every single day pre parity and have accumalated over 410 hrs on this once amazing game. Then the parity patch hit, and it completely ruined the game, then i quit. I came back recently and played for a week only to realize HSL has not done anything to fix the game. There are so many problems with the game such as constant teleporting despite near perfect ping. Like i said before the parity patch ruined the game and removed recoil, helmets, elemental ammo, premades, global chat, everything that made this game an amazing FPS game. This game is not pay2win and has great customization, and this game has great potential as well. However, its devs have abandoned the game, not fixing major issues such as the non existent recoil making this game a no skill game meaning anyone can dominate once they learn the basics. Once again, this game was unique with aspects such as HRV, and its wide customization, but honestly, this game is now garbage compared to its former self aka pre parity. 3/10
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( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Fix the crashing. Everytime I go to verify the files in the cache, it says I'm missing 321 files, and I cannot get them back after waiting hours for the game to download.
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( 313.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This game used to be so good. After the Parity Patch, the community completely fell apart. The ability to communicate so easily ingame was one of the reasons the game was so successful. Private servers, whisper, lobby chat, team chat, global chat, group chats. It's all gone. You have a friends list, but you can't even talk to the people in it without joining a public match with them. And don't even get me started on the new awful gun mechanics. All the guns play the same now. There is zero recoil. No skill required. At least they left in moonwalking... that's cool I guess...
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H20# Puppy
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
shame its a pay to win game .....i would give it some money for premium and hope its not monthly payed....if it is shame on me and on this game btw i will change my name to H20 Puppy(#IKnowYouDon'tCare)
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( 47.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
What the hell happened to this game. It used to be solid and now it looks like garbage and plays like garbage. That explains why it's so dead.
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♫ mr64gamer ♫
( 34.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
the game just stoped working for me i dont no why avery day i prss play then the game starts now it is nat i love the game i wall download the game agin but u showd no thet and thes game is the bast
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( 27.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
it has got blood on it
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( 277.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Nope. Patch ruined it.

-leveling and unlocking system
-elemental ammo (eletric etc.)

Also the new menu and in-game UI is bad. Old one was 100x better.


Its a fps simulator now. Still fun to play though.
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R . Omen 8
( 122.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Blacklight: Retribution- This game used to be a good game
If you're a veteran like me and was playing around 2013-2014 and you left the game and one day you were like
"Huh... How's Blacklight doin'?"

Well I have bad news for you It went really downhill from my opinion

When you download the game it takes quite some time, if you have better internet connection than me then lucky you!
But when you come back to the game...
All the irl money you spent to atleast have a chance playing this game, all the armour sets and guns and their compartments. ARE ALL FUCCING GONE
Because apperantly they switched hosts or developers or some ♥♥♥♥ and they had to take all currency and old items away from you. All the money you spent to be a decent player, was flushed down the sh!tter and now you need to be helpless again and try to grind for free in game currency.
I think that this is complete ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t, can I atleast get a refund?
Like jesus ♥♥♥♥ing christ, where did MY money even went? (From what I know the devs were using it for them selves or something a long time ago, and didn't invest too much in the game)

Everything is different, now I can't play the game normally since they made adjustments that changed the game's graphics and what ever and now I have massive lag spikes (But I know it's my problem that I use a toaster instead of building myself a desktop computer)

Anyway, it's not worth it to come back to the game from my opinion
Alot of current players are going to get butthurt because I'm writing this review, but I'm writing this for Veterans
Or is it just me that lost all his ♥♥♥♥ing items?

Well I don't know and I couldn't be asked to give any ♥♥♥♥♥ about this game anymore.

And if you're reading this and doubting my experience, go ahead, try, waste your spare time on downloading this dead game. You have been warned

(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ ♥♥♥♥ this game ✧゚・: *ヽ(◕ヮ◕ヽ)
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( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Low budget CoD.

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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
126.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
After nearly three years, i thought i'd should give this a replay, since at that moment it was an awesome game. I thought this would get better with time, even taking account that with this time, the community should had been drastically reduced due migration to other FPSs. It definitely was an awesome game.

I don't know how this happened, but this game now is a colossal turd. I've played 5 hours with the new "changes" they've made, and these changes are unbearable for the old players like me, i'll explain why:
-The UI. OH GOD, the UI is so ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ horrible! it's unfriendly. No, not unfriendly, it's hostile to the eyes and comprehension of the human beign. It surely was designed to be simple. But it was oversimplified to an extent that it would be easier to code your own assembler program to start this game.
-They removed the difficulty of mastering a weapon. You can play half an hour with any weapon, and since the recoil is minimal, it almost feel like cheating; like using an autoaim.
-There's a lot less servers, and they have an horrible latency.
-This last item is a bit subjective and i don't know if i'm right, but i think they've worsened the graphics.

It's soul-crushing, but now i cannot recommend the game that i've loved 3 years ago.
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1,700.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Don't listen to most of these downvotes because they are likely from sour veterans who are
"hurr durr i dont leik da patch i dislike".
I do agree that the parity patch, which was months since its release, had it's ups & downs.
First and foremost, the gun balancing issue of the game.
Back before the patch, let's call it pre-parity, the gun had OUTSTANDING balance, as in you had to play smart with what you put in your gun.
Nowadays, most of the components doesn't matter because recoil is almost non-existant and accuracy is almost pinpoint whatever the build is.
THAT is the ONLY major downside to this patch which still currently exist, however, being
worked on slowly.
Second, the time it takes to get your desired gears, weapons and armor.
Since the patch grinding for gears has been significantly became easier since GP per game has been increased.
However, please do keep in mind that permanent gears can take a BIT of time, as in
notable but not large amount of time.
When you first get in the game don't be intimated with people running with more gear and attachments because they are not necessarily better than you (More gear =/= better).
ALL competitive matches requires only default gear.
Please keep in mind that in pre-parity, this game was in an actual state of DECAY because there hasn't been any updates for like two years.
When the HSL (Hardsuit Labs) Studio, which was responsible for the parity patch, replaced the former the developers Zombie Studio it was the real hope this game has got for a LONG time. Although the updates is slow on the uptake please do keep in mind that they only have a small team and currently looking for more through their website: http://www.hardsuitlabs.com/.
I want this game to succeed because it's an original, unique and amazing game that shouldn't be ignored.
That's why I highly recommend this game because not only has great potential but it also need more amazing players, casual or not.
If you got this far reading my comment, thank you! I really hope I get to change your mind to at least try out the game.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
89.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
we gamers had to play for hours to get our gear. to level up. to do everything you had to play!
aaand parity patch
boom! don't play, just buy it!
level caps gone, best gun in the game, available at lvl1, for just a few bucks.
we had to get level 30, and spend a few thousand credits on it, but who cares the gamers, right??
all our achievemnts, guns, gear and equipment, where we worked, not grinded but worked so hard for, stripped from us by cash ******.

and even worse, stripping the best game mode any fps ever saw....SIEGE!
sending your minigun armed and armored tank trhough 4 checkpoints who had to be hacked by team mates.
aand its gone.

achievements, you said??
aaand its gone.

so if you love a p2w fps, with a sci-fi look and real fps feel, try it
if you are a blacklight veteran? don't even bother anymore
if you want to have an fps witch you can sink a few houndred hours in it, go for it.
just beware of the f2p kiddies...

sorry, i am a BLR veteran who really loved the game, but, please, for the love of slifer, rollback the parity patch
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
90.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
So much potential, but after they patched the PC version to match the console version, the best game mode is missing... so are the players. Now there are empty servers , no fun game modes and BUGS... BUGS EVERYWHERE!

It was one of the best F2P FPS games you could find on pc... until they decided to abandone the PC community and showed us the cold shoulder.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
53.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Dead Game

So sad...it had potential :(
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24 of 43 people (56%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Everyone has better guns than you. Everyone has better Gear than you, Everyone has better Taunts than you, Everyone has
better attachments, Everyone has more better ping than you, Everyone has more money than you. It will take you about 20 hours just to get 1 primary gun............................................. 1 PRIMARY GUN. The grind of farming these credits to buy 1 gun is too much. Or instead of farming 8500 credits for buying 1 primary gun, you can use real money and all of your worries will go away. Free to play, Free to kiss my bottom.

7/10 to farmer Valve. Free to Farm for 20 hours
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
For a free to play game, this game is very good. It ultimately leaves you happy with its great gun mechanics and cool features! It focuses on popular gamemodes and does a great job of providing a unique experience in the f2p field! It has pretty good graphics for its price and release date and gives you a wide variety of large and spacious maps. Overall, I would say it's a fun and adictive game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
If someone says that they don't eat ♥♥♥, don't beleive them.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Oh boy, This game is my slice of cake. Don't let my hours fool you I main on PS4, Blacklight is a game I truly think is Perfect to some degree. The devs and Community are really pushing to make BLR better and possibly mainstream. Right now In trems of gameplay and ect it's fun and really diffrent from other FPS today. I get to run around with my Fox+Cat rig slashing my foes in half with a katana then switching to my M4X mowing down my targets. It a must have. In terms of P2W it really isnt. You only pay for skins, heros, and other cosmetics. Weapons are easy to unlock and you can rent. Leveling up is easy and cashing out isnt a struggel.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
i spent over a day downloading a game for it to download a client to download the game

then it told me my reigon is not supported

check if your reigon is supported before downloading first
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