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Hands-on: Blacklight Retribution


8:00 PM on 09.04.2011
Hands-on: Blacklight Retribution photo



A lot of Dtoiders have probably already heard about Rusty Hearts, a free-to-play, anime-inspired dungeon crawler; this year at PAX, though, Perfect World was showing off its latest project, Blacklight: Retribution, a free-to-play competitive first-person shooter.

Most of the gameplay is pretty standard stuff. Before you spawn, you have the chance to choose one of several loadouts, including assault, sniper and heavy weapons. Each "class" has a few different weapons available to them, with a few more available on the map. As you and your team make progress, you can stop by a depot and quickly call in additional weapons like flamethrowers or heavy mechs.

Blacklight starts to separate itself from most other contemporary shooters by creative implementation of some of these pieces of equipment. For example, in most games, you would need a rocket launcher or similar anti-vehicle weapon to put any real dent in the health of an armored unit. In Blacklight, you can use the HRV (hyper-reality visor) to show weak points, enemy positions through walls, etc. It is entirely possible to track hidden snipers or to punch a mech until it explodes if properly utilized. The visor does take awhile to recharge, so some strategy comes into play when using it. The visor was in the first game, but its applications were limited without the inclusion of vehicles and heavy weapons.

I managed to eek out a few rounds with a guy from GameRevolution and another writer from PlayStation Life. We played against a few other PAX attendees, Fans vs. Writers. We lost the first round, but it was decently close. I took a lot longer getting used to the concept of using the HRV than I am comfortable admitting, but once I got the hang of it, I could use it and quickly report positions to the team so we always knew where the enemy was. We came back and swept the floor with our opponents the second round.

We played in what appeared to be a military factory for the heavy mech suits available for call-down. There were lots of tight areas that confound intelligence gained from the HRV and some nice open areas for big showdowns. At one point, our team chose to use myself and one of the other guys as a distraction so the third could use a flamethrower on an enemy mech and force him to abandon the unit. Once we had control of it, we cruised to an easy win.

Between this and Firefall, the subtle prejudice I have for free-to-play games has definitely been called into question. I tend to think of F2Ps as janky-ass projects with dated graphics and even worse gameplay that spam users with ads, but I was really impressed. Blacklight definitely keeps pace with non-Battlefield 3 AAA titles, and it feels solid. We'll see if it proves to be more successful than its predecessor.

Blacklight: Retribution is tentatively scheduled for a 2012 release.





Blacklight: Retribution on PS4 gets a horde mode photo


Blacklight: Retribution is live in Europe today on PS4 photo


Blacklight: Retribution has a terrible launch trailer photo


Blacklight: Retribution gets level cap increase, Dropzone photo


Here's a trailer for Blacklight Retribution on PS4 photo


Blacklight dev: 'Sony is really in to win this one' photo


Blacklight: Retribution is coming to the PlayStation 4 photo


Blacklight: Retribution just got itself a horde mode photo


Blacklight: Retribution 'World's End' update coming soon photo


Contest: Don a Dtoid gun tag and win a Blacklight jacket! photo


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7:00 PM on 02.27.2014
Blacklight: Retribution on PS4 gets a horde mode

Blacklight: Retribution on the PlayStation 4 just got a new update today, and with it came the Onslaught horde mode. This new mode sees four players working together to fight off endless waves of infected creatures. You know,...more



9:00 AM on 12.04.2013
Blacklight: Retribution is live in Europe today on PS4

After launching without a hitch in other regions, the free-to-play PS4 shooter Blacklight Retribution will be hitting the European PSN later today. It suffered a last minute delay for unknown reasons, but now it's back o...more



8:30 PM on 11.11.2013
Blacklight: Retribution has a terrible launch trailer

Blacklight: Retribution, the best free-to-play game of 2012, returns with what has to be the worst trailer of 2013. Don't know if all of the chosen quotes were meant to be this bad as a joke, but it's not funny either way. T...more



11:30 AM on 08.12.2013
Blacklight: Retribution gets level cap increase, Dropzone

Fans of Zombie Studios' Blacklight: Retribution will be happy to hear that the free-to-play FPS has received a splendid little update, increasing the level cap as well as adding a new map that Tango Down players are...more



10:15 AM on 06.10.2013
Here's a trailer for Blacklight Retribution on PS4

PlayStation 4 is getting a big free-to-play coup with Blacklight Retribution, a game I have spoken very highly of in the past. It's an excellent game that proves free-to-play doesn't have to be a time-wasting money-grub, and...more



4:45 PM on 03.26.2013
Blacklight dev: 'Sony is really in to win this one'

Sony revealed several more indie titles last night during the Game Developers Conference that are set to hit the PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, and even PlayStation 4. Sony has been showing a lot of support to smaller devel...more



8:30 PM on 03.25.2013
Blacklight: Retribution is coming to the PlayStation 4

[Note: The images used in this article are from the PC version of Retribution.] Developer Zombie Studios has announced that its free-to-play first-person shooter, Blacklight: Retribution, will be coming to the PlayStation 4...more



11:00 PM on 02.27.2013
Blacklight: Retribution just got itself a horde mode

Zombie Studios's free-to-play FPS Blacklight: Retribution just got some brand new free content in the form of a horde mode. Onslaught sees up to four players working together to fight off wave after wave of zombies. Players ...more



5:00 AM on 12.19.2012
Blacklight: Retribution 'World's End' update coming soon

The "World's End" update for BlackLight: Retribution is coming out very soon, and is set to add a bunch of new stuff. Here's what you can expect: Two new maps called Decay and Trench New Hero class Chronos. He can hack cont...more



6:30 PM on 09.11.2012
Contest: Don a Dtoid gun tag and win a Blacklight jacket!

[Update: Contest over! Winners were EphemeralSynthesis and Yoran Li!] Our friends at Perfect World Entertainment and Zombie Studios are smack dab in the middle of a pretty awesome Blacklight: Retribution contest called 30 Day...more




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We have 10,000 codes for the Landmark closed beta!

[Update: Codes all gone!] Our friends at Sony Online Entertainment have given us 10,000 codes for the Landmark closed beta to share with the Dtoid community! Landmark is a free-to-play, next-generation online sandbox game whe...more



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[Update: Contest over! Winners will be announced soon.] Our friends at ConsoleTuner have given us five of their new Titan One cross-compatibility devices to hand out to the Destructoid community! These things are incredibly a...more



5:45 PM on 07.11.2014
We've got 5,000 keys for Organic Panic on Steam!

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