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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."
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World’s End Update Now Live!

The World’s End update is now live, Agents! The battle has spread to two new maps, and we’re opening the arsenal to a few new pieces of gear as well. Plus, log in this week for temporary gift camos and a special Glow helmet!
New Maps – Decay and Trench: Load up your shotgun and stalk enemies through twisting, abandoned alleys in the new Decay map. Keep your eyes open for attacks from the ledges and windows above, though. If you’re a real marksman, enjoy the mid-range firing lines of the Trench map!
New Assault Bot: Rack up enough CP and you can requisition a new Assault AI robot, armed with a rapid-fire assault rifle and programmed to destroy. Rack up the kills with this AI partner depot item, available perm for 5500 GP or 750 ZEN.
New Hero – Chronos: Hack control nodes faster with Chronos, equipped with an autoturret and an HRV decoy – perfect for setting traps or standing guard while you hack. Chronos is available now, direct in the marketplace, for just 1995 ZEN.
New Weapon – Snubnose Revolver: The Snubnose revolver gives up some punch per shot, but with its low recoil and fast rate of fire, you’ll be landing more shots on target to secure the kill. Perm it for 500 ZEN or 6500 GP.
In addition, we’ve added new muzzles, armor pieces and a new chance pack, with your shot at a new Lilith premium skin. Get Lilith’s smooth new Battle Mode Suit, plus your chance at a number of other prizes!

About the Game

Wage war with advanced weapons and technology in Blacklight: Retribution, a free-to-play, futuristic first-person shooter. Deploy devastating armored exoskeletons and utilize lethal hand-held weapons in vicious competitive modes.

The Hardsuit is the ultimate weapon. Powerful but slow, this armored suit packs a one-shot, one-kill railgun and a high velocity minigun to clear rooms... fast. Only by using teamwork, heavy weapons from in-game Weapon Depots and the Hyper Reality Visor (HRV), can players overcome the futuristic killing machine.
The advanced HRV enables players to see opponents, teammates, Weapon Depots and Hardsuit weak points through walls, but at the cost of all offensive capability.
Play with Hardsuits and the HRV alone or with a team of friends in one of Blacklight's tightly polished game modes. Current modes include: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Domination and King of the Hill, but more are on the way.

Customize weapons, armors, taunts and more down to incredibly detailed levels. Play with muzzles, stocks, ammunition and more. Even configure the advanced weapons available from in-game depots.

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 - These hulking mech-like units rain down from the sky in support of your team. Equipped with a variety of weapons such as a mini-gun, flame-thrower, or a Railgun, these monsters can turn the tide of any battle.
  • 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
169 of 190 people (89%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
82.6 hrs on record
Blacklight Retribution (BLR) is a very unique Free to Play (F2P) First Person Shooter. It has some unique mechanics that make it a different experience to games like Call of Duty or other F2P games like Crossfire and Soldier Front 2. I believe that Blacklight Retribution is the BEST F2P FPS currently on the market, but that doesn't mean that it has certain things that hold it back. I'll to a little Pros and Cons list of the game for easy comparison:

-BLR has extremely fun gameplay and even though it has its own unique mechanics with the Depots on the maps and of course the HRV (legalised wallhack) that every player has it is very easy for the new player to pick up and learn.
-Although the term 'Legalised Wallhack' might seem a little off-putting for a lot of new players, the game is actually balanced very well, not only in terms of the HRV, but all weapons and armour also.
-Australian servers :)
-NOT PAY TO WIN. Don't listen to people who say this game is pay to win. IT ISN'T. You can get Real-Money currency and use it to bypass the level lock on items, but these same items are available to players for a reasonable amount of in-game currency once they reach the required level. Now, people might still have the argument of 'Higher level gear is better', but since in the previous point i stated that the whole game is balanced, then it doesn't really matter. :)
-GP (currency made by playing matches and getting daily achievements, etc) is made very quickly and therefore permanently buying weapons, attachments and gear is quite fast. This is a very important point for me because going for long periods of time in games without unlocking new gear is a big turn off :)
-BLR has a good community. People are helpful and nice, and yeah, you'll run into an ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ here and there but I don't really see too many of them.
-Dedicated lobbies for low level players. Hate being a new player and going into games with Max Rank players that have a lot of experience and are very good? Fear no more, lobbies that are set to only take characters levels 1-10 exist so that you can settle into the game and get some experience before facing the big guns :P
-There are a whole bunch of things that I'll list briefly here that are also pros: Fun gameplay, FoV Slider (yayyy!!!), huge range of attachments and gear, a lot of build possibilities - make your character truly unique, ZEN (Real-money currency) has arguably good value for what you get with it.

-LACK OF CONTENT UPDATES. Wow, this is such a big problem. Because of real-life things going on for me this year I didn't end up playing BLR for 3-4 months straight. When I finally jumped on the game recently I was expecting a big patch... NOPE. Nothing. You look at games like PlanetSide 2, which I had the same situation with and there was a frikkin 9gb patch for PS2. 9gb is a bit ridiculous to me but you know... at least the game is actually getting new content...

I know there are more cons to this game but I can't think of them right now... sorry :P

Well I hope this review helped, I am not sure if you can edit these reviews after posting them. If you can, I might update the cons section once I remember some things about the game :)

See you on the battlefield :)
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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239 of 305 people (78%) found this review helpful
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345.5 hrs on record
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
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130 of 153 people (85%) found this review helpful
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Best F2P game I have played to date.

Graphics are top notch, even better than in some AAA-titles.
Customizing your guns with lots of different parts and finding out the combination which suits you best is great fun. Of course if you are impatient you better pay some money for some items you really want. In fact I put quite a lot of money into this game because I believe the developers deserve it.

Already played 250+ hours and still loving it.

Posted: November 25th, 2013
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34 of 46 people (74%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
27.3 hrs on record
Blacklight Retribution is possibly one of the best futuristic Free-to-Play shooters you can find in Steam. The gameplay along with the content presented in this game will have you at the edge of your seat as you engage in combat along with various players from across the world (and bots sometimes) in several large maps for you to bludgeon, snipe, dismember and kill.

The content is pretty vast in Blacklight Retribution. You have various heroes to choose from, but as a new player, you simply start with a custom hero to play. Additional heroes have significant pros and cons and they require Game Points or ZENs (a.k.a spend real money for ZEN, the in-game money). The same goes to the weapons, as you start out with a pretty formidable weapon, the Assault Rifle. While you can customize your weapons (which will incur more Game Points or ZENs), you can spend less by buying premade weapons (the only con is that you can't customize premade weapons). While depot loadouts for new users are simply enough to get by, players with enough Game Points or ZEN can purchase better depot loadouts to increase their chance of killing other players. Because acquiring certain elements in this game requires you to be in a specific level and having enough Game Points (which, I swear to Haruhi-ism, you can't get enough Game Points for every single thing you want to buy in Blacklight) means that you are forced to screw your wallet to get the stuff you need. Oh, and did I mention the DLCs in Steam are cheaper than buying seperate in the Blacklight Store? Seriously. I spent $100 on this game so far just to get the stuff I want. You're better off buying the DLCs from Steam, and even that isn't cheap to begin with. And they don't offer much. The upside to this game is that they now offer Weekly Specials, where they let free users try a specific weapon for a week and decrease the price of said weapon to about half or more, and they change the Weekly Special weapons every week. This also applies to heroes as well, so free gamers can still enjoy at least some premium items for free.

The gameplay, to be honest, is like playing Battlefield 2142 with Battlefield 3 graphics. It's simply addicting, stunning and... oh it just feels great to play this game. The map choices aren't bad. Some are big, some are small, some are just plain offensive (especially HeloDeck, where you are likely to get spawn-camped and killed). Overall, the graphics and the gameplay make up for the its' Pay-To-Win element (which is disgusting, and it might disgust gamers out there who despise Pay-To-Win games).

What do I have a say in this game? If you don't care about getting the weapons, the heroes and the loadouts to get the upperhand and if you're skillful enough, this game will please you with its gameplay and graphics. However, if you're not a fan of Pay-To-Win games, be warned as this game will do whatever it takes to screw your wallet clean.
Posted: January 25th, 2014
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As a preface to this review I would like to first acknowledge (briefly, as necessary) the positive qualities of Blacklight: Retribution. Mechanically, the game is fantastic. The guns feel really good, the maps are extremely well-designed, customization is just flat-out awesome, and overall the gameplay is great and very well balanced with few exceptions. Most importantly, it's actually a lot of fun to play (and it's really not "pay-to-win," you just need to practice more, I promise).

However, as somebody who has suffered more than 100 hours of constant (CONSTANT) problems with this game over the years, I would honestly not recommend that new players waste their time. Here is a laundry list of problems I deal with, literally, on a weekly basis: CTDs, memory leaks, problems connecting to the Perfect World severs, dropped connections from games, game launcher not launching or won't connect, horrendous performance drops after map changes, horrendous performance drops in general, graphical glitches galore, extreme lag and hitbox issues, and the fact that Steam achievements just don't work (they never have).

This all sounds really bad, of course, like a brand new game that was just rushed out of beta and still has some kinks to work out. If that was actually the case, some of these problems might be forgivable in the short run; however, all of these problems are actually KNOWN ISSUES, and they've been known about for more than A YEAR. I don't know if the developer just doesn't know how to fix them or if they just don't care, but as many people in the community will tell you, nothing has been done about it. On the plus side, at least there's all this shiny new gear in the depot waiting for your wallets! Yuck.

If all this sounds unreasonably harsh for a game that is, after all, completely free, well... I'm one of the saps that actually paid for it. Initially I bought the Starter Pack ($15) and later spent $20 on Zen so I could make my digi-agent as digi-cool as possible. I decided it was worth it to invest in this game because, "Hey, this is actually a really good game that's a lot of fun, and maybe my investment will help keep it alive and growing!" Unfortunately, it turns out that what they spent my money on was coming up with new ways to ask me for my money, rather than patching up the game and making it actually work. So essentially, I've spent $35 on a broken and unfinished product so that everyone else could keep playing it. You're welcome.

On a related note, I think it's funny and perhaps a bit telling that the best custom weapon tag you can get in the game is actually a promotional item for the dev's upcoming title, Daylight. Whatever significance that holds for you, the likelihood is that, at this point in Blacklight's life cycle, this is probably as good as it's going to get. They also have the PS4 version to make money off of now.

I won't even mention the fact that the community is so rife with cheaters that the company actually endorses a third-party cheater "blacklist" website as a resource for server admins. Oops, too late.

Actually, the community as a whole is pretty terrible. There seems to be no shortage of players whose primary goal is to be as annoying as possible, and the player base is apparently mostly comprised of mouthy "hardcore" gamer kids circa Call of Duty age. People's behavior is generally completely intolerable, and this is coming from a guy who played Counter-Strike in 1999.

As I said before, Blacklight IS a really good game. Hell, I'd even say it's one of the best multiplayer FPS's of the last few years. I would encourage anybody to at least download it and see what it does for you. Just be warned, however, that your mileage can and will vary, and I would definitely NOT recommend sending even one dime to these people. It isn't worth it, or at least it wasn't to me. It's a great game, but it's a lousy product. So play it for free if you want - use it, abuse it, grief it, twist it, bop it - nobody is listening or seems to care anyway. Have fun, but keep your money to yourself.

To be fair, I know not everybody has experienced the problems I have. That doesn't mean they don't exist, and if you read forums around the web you'll find many, many other people who've seen them too. That said, based on my personal experience, I would not recommend this game.
Posted: March 21st, 2014
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