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 (7,932 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 2, 2012

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Recommended By Curators

"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
486 of 543 people (90%) found this review helpful
420.6 hrs on record
First and foremost, before skiping this review because it's negative and you don't like it, look at my hours on record with this game. If you don't have the patience to read a full review, I will narrow it down for you: the PC version of Blacklight has been abandoned by the developers, no update whatsoever, the bussiness model was ruined, the community came apart, there is seemingly no reason for you to play this game if you are new to it.

First let's talk about the bussiness model. Blacklight was appraised for their renting system which was really well made, in fact one of the great things about the old busineess model is that it allowed one day rental. Which was a thing that Blacklight did very well, in fact TotalBscuit was pretty impressed by it in a first impressions video. The fact that you could play two rounds of Blacklight and get a good gun was a pretty good deal, and it was appealing to the casual player. Now this has changed, one day rental is gone. This meant a pretty big deal to casual gamers, because that meant that they had to grind for certain weapon parts and premades. In the past, with 200 in-game points, you could buy a decent gun or a gun part for one day. This was all fine and good, but now you can only rent gun parts for three days, and gun premades for 7 days, which will cost you a lot more time and points. I love Blacklight, but even to me, the change of the bussiness model was a pretty big hit, having to play at least three or four games just to get my hands on a tiny side-grade gun part was not worth it in my book. Many people liked the idea of premade weapons, because Blacklight has a huge level of weapon customisation, and premades gave you a fully decked out rifle for very little points, and that was a good equalizer especially for new players who were pinned against level 40 players with access to the gun parts they desire. A newbie could just play a game or two, buy a premade and stand a very good chance against skilled players or even players who have invested money into the game. Now, there was something else that changed the bussiness model, and that is the weekly rotation system. Each week, a certain weapon receiver and hero character is available for free. This is a pretty good deal, not only it allows you to experiment with weapons and heroes, before buying them, but hero characters are very good and they have a good set of gear, which is pretty good for new players, but these hero characters cover a certain area of expertise: you have a tanky hero with a light machine gun, you got a stealthy hero with an SMG, and these don't really suit new players. The good thing is that they could make for a good alternative when you're new and you don't like the default gear, which is actually very good.

Now that we're done with the business model, let's talk about the items in the game. Most items are very well balanced, there is a wide variety of weapons and parts to chose from. But the probelm is that there hasn't been any sort of new content for the past year or so. When Blacklight celebrated a year of open beta, we had new maps, new guns, new parts, a zombie mode (which is pretty fun and challangeing), and all sorts of cool stuff. For the two year anniversary we got an XP event. That's it. The lack of new content is what drove a lot of pro players away from this game. Now, some people consider some items to be overpowered, or that some aspects of the game are pay to win, but that is not true. The game is nicely ballanced, the stuff considered overpowered is only better than average. The starter items are very good and reliable. The basic, starter assault rifle is still regarded as one of the best weapons in the game simply because of how well it performs overall. You can play this game without investing any money but it won't be very rewarding. Getting permanent items and weapons with game points is a huge pain and it takes a lot of time, and if you get bored easily, don't even bother playing this game. The developers pretty much abandoned the PC version long ago, and now all their focus is on the PS4 version of Blacklight, so you can expect no update for PC for a long time.

So far we've concluded that the bussiness model is kinda broken, the developers lost interest in this game and nobody has heard of any updates since forever. The progression isnt't rewarding, items are pretty hard to aquire. You must be thinking that there has to be a saving grace for this game, anything that makes it worth your time and effort. Maybe the community is nice? Maybe there are nice people you can play with? Wrong... The community has started falling apart a long time ago. Good players and nice people sarted losing interest in this game very quickly. Now there are very few good players left in this game. There is only handfull of them out there, but they're there. You will encounter a bunch of annyoing stereotypes. There are newbies who don't know the game at all and accuse people of hacking, swear, pester, don't play the objective, that sort of stuff. There is the average player who does his best, gets a few kills, helps the team pretty well. And there's the die hard fan who is very good at the game and smply refuses to move on. As for real hackers, I can honestly tell you that in all the 412 or so hours that I have accumulated in this game, I have only seen two hackers. Two. So, you can take my word for it that hackers are an incredibly rare sight, but if you do see one, please message me. As for a small piece of advce if you are a player who likes being a part of the community, I suggest playing on any server and just interact with the people there. You will find a friendly person eventually.

Now, Blacklight is a game I continue to love despite of all the problems it has. I've had some great moments with it and I still hope that someday it will be back to its old glory. To sum it up, if you're new to this game, do not waste your time with it and do not even think about wasting your money on it. Unless you really like this game, there is no reason for you to play. Especially if you're a casual player. If you're playing like two to three hours from time to time, when you have a few hours for yourself in your busy life, the experience is not going to be rewarding. Not to mention that if you want to be able to build your dream weapon, you will have to make it to at least level 30, which is not an easy task. If you're hoping to maybe make friends in this game and have a good time overall, don't even bother. The community is very bad right now. But if you like being insulted for no reason, be my guest and play the game.

Thank you for your time, and I hope you take this review into consideration before wasting your time with Blacklight. Have a good day, and please excuse any mistakes as I am not a native English speaker.
Posted: August 3
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227 of 333 people (68%) found this review helpful
77.4 hrs on record
Played about hundreds of hours, its NOT pay2win it is Free 2 Play but you have to grind everything which I did. Even supported and payed for skins on guns and camos! But the main problem with this game is when you are high skilled player or if you play FPS games for a long time. Me and two guys I knew were banned for ''hacking'' becouse a crying kid posted a videos of our gameplay with words ''blatant aimbot,, on some blrblacklist website. The company itself perfectworld entertainment uses 3rd party website that is not listed anywhere on main page to determine hackers and if you end up on that page you will be banned despite the fact if you were cheating or not. If you dont know about the website there is no way to defend yourself and people from perfectworld have no clue how cheaters look like. My story and story of my few friends, hundreds of hours played wasted, money wasted. Very good game but terrible ignorant brainless support (I even posted a video of my gameplay to try to convince them on blrblacklist but they are still ignorant). Worth of playing for fun but not for high competition.
Posted: June 11
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42 of 54 people (78%) found this review helpful
314.6 hrs on record
Ok, this game is good, the problem is its developers, this game is plagued with bugs, crashes, memory leaks, bad server connectivity, etc., if you want to play it for free, ok go ahead, but do not invest money in this game, this is the most bugged game I have played, and I have played lots of games, I am not kidding, the developers simply doesn't care, this game has been carrying the very same problems and bugs for years.

It's sad because this game has everything to be a good experience, but the people behind this game simply doesn't care.
Posted: July 25
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79 of 136 people (58%) found this review helpful
33.8 hrs on record
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Posted: July 2
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29 of 45 people (64%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
No. No no no no. BS. Game's terrible for steam, never get it, and I advise you to not spend any money on it until you're 100% SURE you enjoy it, an when you do, NEVER BUY STEAM DLC. Why? Because after you buy it, you follow the instructions, only to find that you can't fill out the server or character selection, and then you'll find yourself trying to talk to their customer support team on the subject. The ones who answer you on this topic will most likely either BE ABSOLUTELY BRAINDEAD or TREAT YOU AS IF YOU WERE ABSOLUTELY BRAINDEAD. I talked to customer support for a week trying to redeem a code and never could something be worked out. In the end I was left with the message which translated to basically in short "No, we have no answer, but we have your money, so we don't care. We'll tell you when we get off our lazy asses and actually fix the problem wich we have had for over half a year. Good luck with that, we can't actually ask you for your code and then redeem it to your account apparently, so have fun."
Posted: May 25
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