- Release Date: 2011
- Publisher: Perfect World Entertainment
- Developer: Zombie Studios
- Genre: Sci-Fi, MMOFPS
After Blacklight: Tango Down, the original downloadable first-person shooter from Zombie Studio, received not very optimistic embrace from both players and reviewers. While the game developer did not lose heart, but brave all the way up and take more efforts to make a better sequel, that is, Blacklight: Retribution.
With the application of the Unreal Engine 3 as well as the support of DirectX 11, the MMO Shooter online game Blacklight Retribution does make a favorable impression in terms of the graphics. It is certainly flavoring the gaming experience by placing players into the most familiar arenas seen in our daily life and meanwhile presenting the most un-real and thrilling killing games.
Given that in this field free-to-play shooters are a dime a dozen, it becomes harder and harder for newcomers to establish themselves as classic representatives. Things are probably the same with the newly released Blacklight: Retribution, which is already a downloadable title as sequel to Zombie Studios’ 2010 Blacklight: Tango Down. Although struggling to provide stylish graphics and upscale content, it cannot escape from being scolded for its unimaginative gameplay resulted from genre monotony in comparison with its predecessor or with its competitors like Call of Duty. When cynics are unthinkingly calling for inspiration in shooters, it seems that Blacklight: Retribution is doing everything insipid.
Well then, since no innovative highlights on shooting gameplay can be expected from this game, we might as well focus on the distinctively and surprisingly fresh accents it delivers. Aside from preserving its predecessor’s gruesome atmosphere, Blacklight: Retribution boasts its mechanical flair through oppressive and thrilling circumstances demonstrated by the lush and static backdrop flora by means of the mighty Unreal Engine 3.
At the preliminary phase, your adventures through nests, tunnels, junctions and bridges would adequately increase your adrenaline level. With a variety of weapons like rifles, snipers, shotguns and machine guns at hand, you are to sprint around corners, crawl over swamps, and find shelter behind walls and under projections. At this point, I cannot but mention the peculiar HRV (Hyper Reality Visor), which allows players to have a perspective view of the enemies’ presence through obstacles and shelters. As a result, immovable covers are reduced to easy prey to airstrikes and grenades. Then on the other hand, the best defense in battles is attack.
In terms of the weapons, this game provides you with a large privilege to make possible modifications for the blunderbuss, which is realized by purchasing and exchanging accessories on weapons. Accordingly, guns can be adjusted to meet the need of specific battle modes and cooperate ideally with the supporting equipments. There are weapons depots scattered throughout each map where you can purchase upgraded weapons for the combat points, recharge ammunition, and above all, deploy your ultimate trump card—the mech-like Hardsuits. Equipped with a minigun and railgun, the Hardsuits can be tasked to smash the monsters and calm down the chaos. By collecting experience points, you can level up to unlock more weapons and equipments, which undoubtedly enlarges the range of weapon selection considering their different specialities and powers.
As to the game modes, Blacklight: Retribution includes traditional multiplayer versions such as Team Deathmatch, Domination, Capture the Flag and Kill of the Hill, allowing up to 16 players to simultaneously participate in. However, it may seem strange and insecure to be exposed somewhere on the map since each player can get an easy and handy overview of the situation. But on another note, what mixed emotions would it be to be fired upon from behind?
In brief, featuring chic-looking graphics and abundant customization options of both characters and weapons, Blacklight: Retribution is a satisfactory fast-paced and action-packed shooter. And the original Hardsuits just add brilliance to the present splendor. Right now, we just expect your feedback on its closed beta.
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