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: Mostly Positive (12,773 reviews) - 79% of the 12,773 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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"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™ 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
Helpful customer reviews
605 of 689 people (88%) found this review helpful
47 people found this review funny
1,821.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
I would not recommend downloading this game until they fix it. The "Parity Patch" has all but ruined what was my all time favorite game. I have over 1500 hours invested in this game so I have a very good understanding of how the play mechanics were, and pre-patch they were not without flaw, but, it was the best 1st person shooter game that I have ever played. It was unique, and the players in the community were fun and entertaining. All they needed to do it was just add some new content like maps, weapons, gear and fix some of the bugs like the elevators and the server disconnects and it would have been fine. Now it seems as if they rewrote all the gameplay characteristic files from scratch, it no longer plays like Blacklight Retribution it plays exactly like COD. The recoil spread system that was in place was fantastic, it required the player to become familiar with the weapon of choice in the manner in which the player decided to build the weapon with its firing characteristics in order to become effective using that weapon. The parity patch all but removed this, eliminating the recoil which essentially turned all weapons into "lazer" guns, now you can be sniped from across a map with a pistol with extreme accuracy and players can just sit in long corridors with heavy hitting machine guns with large ammo capcities and just spray "lazers" making engagement difficult and frustrating. The character building was also unique, all different styles, hp, speed, etc.., but once again they decided to gut that aspect of it too, decreasing overall running speeds and eliminating the stamina on sprint so that a tank build can now sprint infinately which effectively eliminated the true speed build from the game. The game just has a completely different feel to it. So if you are a COD fan then this is essentially a sci-fi COD with boring and predictable engagement and is right up your alley, otherwise, to the returning vets of this game be prepared to be completely disappointed with the revamped/recoded gameplay characteristics,the removal of map awareness and weapon familiarity skill to be effective and the loss of global chat and email system. I also want to say "thanks" to Hardsuit Labs for pretty much ruining this game for me.
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95 of 124 people (77%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Update #2: Game is still ♥♥♥♥. Nothing was fixed. It was all lies. The devs are POS's who should be shut down for all the crap they tried pulling with this parity patch. And the constant lie being spread by a dev in the forums how 'just a few vets are unhappy but we can't please everyone' is total BS. ALMOST ALL VETS ARE UNHAPPY YOU TWITS. Game balance was almost 100% proper pre-parity, but even now months after they promised fixes and released a few patches the balanced is ruined. Tox-SMG sniping still wins the day, aiming for the legs nets more kills than aiming for the head. And the new netcode is taken straight from the book of how not to code an online FPS, still, months after release. We had tighter hitboxes and latency before. HSL is cashing in on you, do not let it happen due to nostaligia because the Blacklight:R that we all loved is 100% dead and deleted from existence.

Update #1: Second patch hit to fix all the problems made from parity patch. Guess what, still SMG tox snipers. Still 200dmg BAR's. HAR is weaker than ever, higher ROF guns are buffed massively in comparison to pre-parity balance. I gave up. HSL had a second chance and completely dropped it. All they did was fix it so you can actually select which server to join via mouse and added back recoil, but there is no balance to the weapons in this game. Netcode is also still terrible, shots not connecting just going through a person sitting still and making a bullet hole in the wall behind with the target untouched. Just too much. Instead of deleting the PC version of BL:R and replacing it with the PS4 version HSL would have been better served just taking BL:R off the market, what we have now is a complete sham. And idiots are still blowing the HSL devs in the forums saying good job when everyone in server agrees 9 to 1 that this game is worse than pre-parity.

Original Review:
Parity updated deleted the PC version of the game and they uploaded the much worse PS4 version in it's place. Many things are broken and people want to give the devs a chance. I've played since beta for hundreds of hours outside of Steam and loved the prior PC version, we just wanted the new items and maps on our game. Nope, Zombie Studios dissolved, some of the same team members made HSL and copy-pasted their crappy console version of the game onto PC. It's not even a good attempt at a console port, the GUI is broken in several ways. Bugs abound, had an enemy hardsuit glitch into a wall and unable to take damage, but this happened after it lag-warped everywhere. Lag is worse in this version or at least the lag compensation is worse. Many things do not work as intended like the glitchy server browser still choosing server top of list no matter which one you click. They also increased the F2P grind by now not unlocking parts for all guns, but instead making you unlock the same part for each of the 17 type of guns individually costing much more overall. There has been a price drop but it's still more than 3x the cost of the original system of buying a part and using it on all receivers. But the new level requirements help prevent people from trying new parts and equipment, it's just insane. Even as a 'Prime Member' which costs $5 to new players you have to be such a high level to unlock some things like the riot shield that it's just insane, even old level 50 players will take a while to reach the new higher levels. Most of the time I'd give the devs a chance to fix this, but these are most of the same old devs formed into a new studio and they are still working with PWE so because of PWE don't expect much without having to pay in some way.

So far it appears to be a fresh cash grab at the expense of the community, a few minor improvements were done but it's still nothing close to how good the original was. Do not get me wrong, the original had a few problems but they could have been fixed with much less effort than the giant wall of problems we have now. Some people are jumping to the defense of the devs but they mostly seem like people new to the game. I have not chatted with an older player yet in-game that says this is an improvement, and I've played a good share a matches in this new version. Forums are overall hostile, official forums lock down threads of disapproval in a Chucklefish/Phil Fish style manner but the dev on the Steam forums seems more concerned about the community. But the actions taken so far by the move overall, we will see how things play out in a few months. Will update accordingly.
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544 of 841 people (65%) found this review helpful
852 people found this review funny
1,049.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
this game makes me want to do meth and become a lesbian

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55 of 70 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
271.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
I seem to be the first one to report this, but the new "update" is possibly the worst thing to ever happen to this game.
Here's a list of cons (that I've seen)
-Chat cencorship, always:
You cannot even type anything with "@ss" in it. Meaning glass, massive, class etc. are all banned. This feature cannot be turned off.
-PS4 UI:
While it may look fancy, it really isn't designed for mouse and keyboard, and feels inferior in every way to the old UI.
-Server Problems:
Everyone I have spoken to can only get onto one server, and it's LMS. To add to that, Quickjoin doesn't work
-F*cking Spawns:
People have always complained about spawns in this game, and the devs claimed they would fix these problems with the update, but this, evidently, didn't happen. The spawns are somehow worse, meaning you will almost immediately be spawnkilled. On top of this, in LMS (the only gamemode I've played so far) there is a... bug which causes players to spawn inside each other.
-Sound Rework
I guess the devs may have wanted to make the guns sound more "future"? Unfortunately, they failed at this and the guns now sound like fisher price toys, all the way down to the low quality audio.

Now, don't get me wrong, I LOVED this game before the update, but with the only positives being 4 bad maps and a weapon (admittedly it is incredibly fun to use) I see no way of reccommending this game. I am honestly appalled at what has happened to Blacklight: Retribution.

It's a NO from me (until they fix at least 3 of my listed problems).
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245 of 387 people (63%) found this review helpful
285 people found this review funny
1,221.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
its ok
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