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.
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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
http://www.hardsuitlabs.com/2016/03/hotfix-2-17/

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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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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

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
63 of 72 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
I am aware I'm going to get hate for this but oh well.
After playing Blacklight:Retribution from it's Open-Beta until now on and off, I have to say that the game it once was, it is no longer. If I wrote this review a year ago I would have said it was the best F2P shooter on Steam, because at one point it honestly was! It looked beautiful, had a sleek, digital UI and HUD with a nice team of devs. Items were pretty balanced and it wasn't pay-to-win, with money only letting you buy weapons that you can earn instantly anyways, similar to League of Legends with RP-vs-IP on champions, for those of you who are familiar with League.

Now? The original studio was closed down/bought out and replaced with a new one that, in an effort to move it to the PS4 and be 'modern' (I think?), has ruined the once-great game.
The weapons seem very imbalanced now, you are forced to have an account with their new system and log-in to play with that instead, and worst of all, the unique and sci-fi inspired UI that garnered a lot of love has been replaced with an abyssmally disgusting and now fairly confusing pseudo-UI that looks more akin to an iPhone game or a novice Lua coder's attempt to make a custom HUD for a GMod gamemode.

I am saddened to say that after 3 years of playing this game on and off, I no longer recommend it.
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
Why aren't you better?

...Okay, that's a bit of a big statement. But..!

Blacklight: Retribution, to me, is a GREAT PVP shooter. It has some great interesting mechanics, and the gunplay feels pretty alright. Nice animations, graphics, etc. It all just works. There's several gamemodes, ranging from CTF, to generic all-out deathmatch, and even a cooperative gamemode in which you fight off "zombies." With any mode you play, at the end of the match, you gain in-game currency and XP, and with level-ups and even some match achievements, you get free items to use to your leisure.

But.. like all F2P PVP shooters, there's always something wrong. More like somethings.

What BL:R gets wrong is a lot of the more grind-y elements. Customizing your gear and appearance is TOUGH. Like, really tough. Many of the items in-game are priced high for the attainable currency, and they implement a cheap-shot system:

Instead of "buy item once, keep forever" deal with in-game currency, you can buy for a TIME-LIMIT. Now, it isn't the worst thing; you can still do the "buy once, it's yours" deal with the in-game currency, but doing that is MUCH more expensive than just getting it for a few days, or hours.

Many skins are outright locked out from usage if you don't pay big, and there game even has ~some~ P2W elements, but not by much. Like CS:GO, you can pick dropped weapons from people who died, friendly or not, and use them yourself until you, also, die. So you can try out/use weapons with parts/skins/special medallions that you don't have. I guess it evens out the ability to buy your way to stardom.

Developer support is GONE from this title, seemingly. Zombie has yet to do updates to existing features, and some things in the console version are absent from the PC, last I read. Additionally, modes like the cooperative only feature a single level, and nothing else was developed for it.

No modding scene, period, so don't expect new levels any time soon. The community sort of lives on, but not by a whole lot, so you might have a hard time getting into a good game of it.

The anti-cheat isn't great (since I remember running into a loooot of hackers), some minute netcode issues (since I often found myself running into lagspikes on seemingly official servers), and a bad problem with free, new-user accessibility makes this tough to chew on.

Don't get me wrong; the game when I was still playing it, it was good. Like, REALLY good. I don't know how different it is now, I should PROBABLY check, but judging from what turned me off prior... I don't see myself in a rush to re-install.

The thumbs-down is probably my first, but if you do want a good F2P PVP shooter to entertain you for a while, this definitely works. Don't expect anything past a resounding "well, that was neat, time to go back to my other games." You might get more mileage out of it, but I know I didn't.
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39 of 55 people (71%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
136.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Before I begin I'd like to point out that I have around 500 hours on this game besides Steam.

Returning to this game after 2 years felt surprisingly nice.
I read all the reviews believing this game was dead but I decided to give it a shot anyway.

After installing the game I spent 6 hours playing and having tons of fun along the way.
The supposed "dead" community was actually a bunch of cool people that I met while playing.

Let's talk pay to win and imbalance.
The game is by far not pay to win, in fact I probably do better with the default assault rifle than any of the other ones I own.
The new recoil is something people have an issue with, tons of complaints about how all of the guns have no recoil which isn't true at all. People that say this are usually the people that use short range guns and spray hoping they can run off with a kill. I personally noticed a big difference in medium range accuracy when using different builds.

Armor
You can really build your armor any way you want.
A speed demon build to try and dodge bullets, a tank build to trade better with enemies or maybe a medium build consisting of both speed and health. Anything works.

Gear
For gear you have little choice when it comes to actual useful gear.
You start off with a knife and a frag grenade. The knife is useless and you only get 1 grenade.
You can fix this by buying a better melee weapon, some better grenades or even buy resistance items which reduce the damage you take by certain ammo types.

Hardsuits?
A big part of the game are hardsuits, big mech suits that take tons of damage and go on massive killing sprees.
I'm joking. Hardsuits are almost completely useless if you know how to properly kill one. Even a default flamethrower can prove lethal to a hardsuit if you can get behind it. There is no good reason to buy hardsuits except if the entire enemy team consists of beginners.

Conclusion
The game is still very enjoyable, the servers aren't empty like everyone claims and the community is actually really nice.
If you're starting out and don't know what the hell you're doing, just ask someone in chat. There will occasionally be someone poking fun at you for being inexperienced but I can assure you that the experienced players will gladly help.

Now you can take a deep breath, stop staring at steam reviews and give the game a shot yourself.
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40 of 59 people (68%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Trying to throw a grenade through a doorway? Nope, you toss it at the wall, 3m away from the door, it bounces to your feet and you suicide.

Trying to snipe? Nope, stand there like an idiot and get your face removed from your torso.

Trying to assist in a firefight? Nope, that cover to your left was useless! Let the lag toss you 10m forward into the middle of the room and have you shot at by 5 people from 5 directions!

Trying to find a decent server? Nope, 180 ping is the best we can do for you!

Trying to like this game? Nope, they don't support AUS servers.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
114.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
I remember playing this game and having a great amount of fun. Then I got some other games and stopped playing this game for probably a year. I just downloaded the game again and they have ruined it. It is not as good as it used to be. I recommend if you are a old player and want to start playing this game again, Don't do it! It is not worth the time.
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