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 (202 reviews) - 62% of the 202 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (14,480 reviews) - 77% of the 14,480 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 (202 reviews)
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Race War Bunny
22.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
The grinding is pure BS. Most of the matches pan out the same. Don't waste your time. If you want a F2P FPS that isn't really buggy and is still grindy, but not unreasonably so, play Dirty Bomb.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
This game is lagging all the time what can i do...???
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1.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
One of, if not, the best Free-to-play game I've ever played
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52.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
Game is now worst than in 2012, which is an impresive feat. Just stay away.
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152.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
Probably the best FPS I've ever played and what makes it even better is that it's free to play. This is what I expected from FPS - fully customizable weapons, gear, camo and character. Not like in CoD or BF series where the only available modifications are gunsight and bipod. Also little postapocalyptic-sci-fi climate featuring devices like HRV and HardSuits is something what I like. Many game modes from classic TDM or my favourite KOTH through free-for-all deathmatch to cooperative ONSLAUGHT is also advantage. What's bad about this game is that not many people are playing. This is sad because it's really worth trying. Another disadvantage is of course "pay to win" but I payed hardly anything, played 150h and got everything I want. I recomend this game very very much. Give it a try and you won't be disappointed.
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121.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
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[WB] Wacky-alien32
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 26
a pretty good and very fun game the future style of the game is quite charming

the comunity is pretty nice what i could see so far

you should give this game a try
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77.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
Really fun but devs have given up on this game
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7.0 hrs
Posted: August 25
it was a fun game untel they baned me for cheating even tho i dont even know the first thing of it.
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Dental Plan! Lisa needs braces!
57.0 hrs
Posted: August 25
Fun game, but the only people that play it are the pay to win ♥♥♥♥♥ who got a hold of their mommy's credit card and think they're hot ♥♥♥♥.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Hello I have played roughly 22.5 hours of this beautiful catastrophe that needs to die already. Amassed a 1.80 kdr in that time and have been called many things. A smurf, a hacker, a lagswitcher, many racial slurs, something in Russian from someone with 999 ping. I have also raged and called many other people rude things. 22.5 hours and an anime avatar probably automatically disqualify me to make a stable review about anything but here we go.
You're shooting someone and getting hitmarkers. 8-10 of them with a TAR. Nope, they whipped around and shot you 1 time in the head with a Heavy Pistol, you lose.
You're aiming directly at someone. They're aiming at you. You are both firing a storm of bullets. BUT since he has higher ping than you he is dodging all of your shots and gives you the wet meat.
You = Slugman
He = Neo [that's a Matrix reference, kids]
Nades in absolutely every corner of the map and everyone running around with HRV Cloak and knifing then T-Bagging your dead body whilst doing the finger-wag taunt.
Shooting someone in the foot and getting the ezpz headshot for no reason.
Walking tanks that isnta kill you and only have... quite a few weakesses actually, but no one wants to do anything except whine when they're used.
A game where you'll run into a hacker every day at least 2 times [@redneckjack and msamazin and punkbusted].
Servers where you think you're lagging but really.. you usually are doing just fine.
Cancer bullets.
Cancer spawns.
An attempt (failed, sadly) to remove campers.
Some fun to use guns that are usually very bad.
A game that isn't 100% P2W but is 100% P2LookCool.
2 whole shotguns that are a blast to use but are the most situational and out-gunnable things ever unless you have corrosive shells then it's god tier.
A game where ARs aren't always outgunned by SMGs at long range.
A semi-friendly playerbase. [I mean, anything is friendly compared to most playerbases, let's be real].
WELL, I haven't played it long enough [as in not in it's glory days] to have a good enough review on it. I hope that if any of you want to download it at it's current state you stay away. You'll enjoy it for about.. 22.5 hours then get bored due to lack of any new interesting things cuz about this far in you know most everything. It's kinda like Terraria. You killed the Moon Lord!!.. now what. You can do challenge runs.. I guess.
So the thing is.. I guess I would recommend it? I mean.. It's free but I'd also recommend looking for updated free games. I rated positive so other people could have that fun for 20 or so hours. 20 hours is usually like 5-10 days of gaming for average humans so it's not a bad deal considering it's free. I mean, this is coming from some filthy weeb, so who cares.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
487.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Zombie stuidos did great job making this game. They did updates every now and then...what happend in company i don't know. They pused port form PC to PS4.
And thing happend that zombie studios are no more and left some crappy game desingers in new studio called Hardsuit Labs.
They PORTED from PS4 To PC and removed like 40% of total content....reason it didn't exist on PS4. So they said map was borken/buged...that could fix but instead they removed
Stuff that they did add is 10 bunny ears ....same ♥♥♥♥ diffrent color and 1 resking of cat+Fox Helmet with bunny ears.
They removed like 6 maps...added 2, removed staminda(now its infinite and somehow slower).
Remove 2 game modes Net War and Siege. Removed recoil/range/spread...then they added range...still guns are overpowered....most used gus are M4X, SMG, Bursts, assault rilfe and Heavyl assault rifle.
Following guns are underpowered AK-470, Tactical SMG, Tactical Assault rifle, Light Machine Gun, Light machine run Recon, Action rifle, Action rifle Reacon, Anti-MAterial rifle, Bolt Action and final Conpaund Bow.

They promised 1 year and 2 months ago, balance patch.... Developer said NO ETA on that...just merge US/EU servers since it has low population. Around 300 people play this game. It went form 5-6K people to bearly 300..mabye 400.

They managed to ruing great game. I congradulate them!

From me who did spend 1200+ hours on this game....it was fun!

Current stage of this game is NOT RECOMMENDED!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
558.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Used to be good, now it's is total ♥♥♥♥, weapons have no recoil, not many people playing it nowadays, and servers are very laggy.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
It's ok but it's losing players due to it's lack new and periodically flowing content. Dear Devs, we need new maps,guns,or whatever you can think of.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
The game's a lot of fun, tho you will have a hard time to get to it because of the amount of "pros" that will judge you for being new. Other than that I enjoyed the game very much and it isn't one of those fps that start to get boring as you progress, Blacklight has a feel that the fun is never gonna end.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
187.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Though this game is dying, Toxic ammos are freakishly annoying, but this game still has hope. Sure, the developers are not active or we don't even know what they're doing. But this game still has great potential, but the way I see it, the game is dying, but back then only, around 300 or less players are playing, but now, things MIGHT change later on because the population is growing again. So 300 or less players <-------in the past of the population TO -----> almost 400 Players, it's building. Population is growing. Don't get me wrong though, it's true the way I see it.

-Population might be regrowing
-Nice graphics
-Various of guns to get
-able to customize your guns--> Muzzle-Barrel-Scope-Stock-Magazines-skins
-Has good gamemodes
-Gears like- Tomahawk-Katana-Flamethrower-ammo-health-mech-and many, many, many more
-Great FPS and really good for a free-to-play

-Developers aren't active (Don't even know what they're doing)
-grinding for money seems to take some time
-kids calling people hackers
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
How can i play the game if i cant even log in? rubbish
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
this game has been giving me so many problems. I played about 2 years ago and i had to stop due to changing rigs. tried revisiting the game again today and i've trying for the past 4 hours to get the game to work, redownloading the game in the process; according to steam a couple hundred files had been download incorrectly (twice). this is ridiculous
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
ive only been playing for 4.3 hours glad i got it the only thing is they should make it so once you get attactments you can us it for any gun instead of trying to get more gp for every weapon but over all its very fun and action packed i enjoy and they should only add more maps or guns thats it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
It's a great FPS game that i recommend.
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