Posted by Raine Hutchens on Jul 5, 2012

Blacklight: Retribution Is Live On Steam, Servers Ironed Out

Earlier this week one of the games I’ve been anticipating playing from Perfect World Entertainment released on Steam. It’s a free-to-play FPS called Blacklight: Retribution, and it’s a sequel to the previous Blacklight: Tango Down. The game was in development for a while, and it was in a closed beta right before it hit the digital distribution platform. Now players can download the game for free and jump right in.

In Blacklight you play a special agent who has access to some high-grade technology. Using your HRV (Hyper Reality Visor) you can locate Weapon Depots as well track enemy movements. The HRV enables the player to see through walls, and calculate the best routes to attack or flank the enemy. Throughout each map there are Weapon Depots which allow you to purchase extra weapons and items that you’ve customized through your loadout. As you earn kills and perform certain actions earn you points in battle, which are used as currency to purchase the aforementioned items. Through these Depots players can gain access to the ultimate weapon: the Hardsuit. These suits are mechanized weapons of destruction that you can purchase through a Weapons Depot. With enough credits you can pick up a remote that will send a signal to have one of these bad boys dropped in on you. You can then climb inside and wreak havoc against the enemy team and mow them down one after another. These are serious game-changers.

I’ve been playing through the game, and despite a few server hiccups and my enemies being able to shoot me through walls, I’m having tons of fun. I did have some problems with logging in and jumping into matches, but it was understandable given the amount of people joining the game via Steam. Zombie Studios became aware of the issue and are working to get it leveled out. So far I’ve been able to log in and jump into matches with no problem, so whatever they’re doing is working.

Blacklight: Retribution is an intense game, and the amount of character/item customization is off the charts. From being able to choose your armor sets to putting a weapon together from scratch, this is an FPS that takes players deeper into what the genre offers. Be looking for a review of this game popping up on the site, just as soon as I can put it down. If you want to know more about the game or to download and play for yourself, head to its official page. There’s a special 4th of July Fragfest happening right now, so boosts are in effect for everyone. Make sure you login and rack up some kills for the community!

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