Turn down a corner, pull up your Assault Rifle, customized with a holographic sight, a heavy stock, and a barrel which greatly increases your accuracy. In that hallway, nothing. Not one soul. You take a second and tap a key on the side of your helmet. Suddenly, the area around you turns darker, almost monochrome. And as you look around, you can see the orange and blue outlines of your enemies and team mates engagin in a firefight. But two of those orange outlines are running up to your hallway. Quickly, you toss a newly bought proximity mine on the wall near them and back up. They stop sprinting as they round the wall. A single beep rings out. The explosion kills both.
That happens all in a single round of Blacklight: Retribution. A free-to-play first person shooter which blows all others out of the water, both graphically and how fun it is. Most F2P games rely on gimmicks and exclusive power items bought with real money, ala Combat Arms and Alliance of Valiant Arms. And while BL:R's main gimmick is basically a legal wallhack, it makes every firefight more interesting. Blacklight: Tango Down and now Blacklight: Retributions main gameplay aspect which keeps it from being just another CoD clone is the HRV (Hyper Reality Vision), allowing you to see everyone and everything with a NETWAR signature, as long as its available. BL:R is set in the near-future, when the SIV virus in Tango Down has escalated. You play as your own agent, sent in by one of the various agencies to fight for the last available resources. While most of your time as a single-digit agent level will be spent in the newbie look-alike stage, the amount of character customization is great, much of your armor having an effect on your overall health, stamina, etc.
Weapon customization rivals Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Receivers, barrels, magazines, scopes, stocks, weapon tags, and camo; all of these have plenty of universal parts, minus bullpup rifles and the two other SMG's. And like the armor parts, these all have effects on your weapon. Even the tags. And no weapon is truly overpowered, as much as I'd love to claim the AMR is. All are sidegrades of the standard assault rifle, with varying damage, recoil patterns, and firerates, not to mention ammo capacity. Such as the AK470, a personal favorite of many and myself. High recoil, heavy stopping power and low firerate.
While the game type most popular as of now is TDM on HeloDeck, many other modes are present too. NETWAR combines domination with capture the flag as both teams attempt to hold the points and protect the flag runner. Last Team Standing is a very S+D styled mode with out the bomb aspect. Onslaught, the co-op mode, plays very much like Killing Floor or CoD's zombies, though guns can't be bought and must be purchased before hand.
Purchasing is also easier. The game never forces you to pay for a weapon or armor piece with real money. Zen is a completely optional choice for those who wish to unlcock stuff early, or buy exclusive camos, or heroes, which are sidegrade agents with pre-set weapons and gear. All weapons can be bought permanently with GP, barring several items which can't be bought permanently with either method. And while it's a grind to get to the best gear's price ranges, there's 30-40 levels of XP boosts and GP boosts to help. After 40 you're on your own up to 50.
So if you want a good looking, stress-inducing-also-fun, free-to-play game, you're probably looking for Blacklight. Just look out for updates though. The launcher takes forever to download them.
Posted: November 26th, 2013