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  • Summary: Blacklight: Retribution is a fast paced, adrenaline pumping first person shooter based in a futuristic urban warzone. Building upon Zombie Studios' predecessor, Tango Down, Blacklight: Retribution provides FPS enthusiasts with a massive arsenal of weaponry and gear ranging from bleeding edgeBlacklight: Retribution is a fast paced, adrenaline pumping first person shooter based in a futuristic urban warzone. Building upon Zombie Studios' predecessor, Tango Down, Blacklight: Retribution provides FPS enthusiasts with a massive arsenal of weaponry and gear ranging from bleeding edge side arms to massive mechanized Hardsuits. Customize your weapons and gear for the perfect load out, earn credits in game to change the tide of battle by deploying flame throwers, automatic grenade launchers and even airstrikes. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. 85
    Blacklight: Retribution can easily stand tall with the competitive online shooters on the PS4. Zombie Studios' focus solely on multiplayer makes for a surprisingly good game highlighted by its balance and gameplay that also just happens to be free-to-play.
  2. It lacks the bells and whistles, but give Blacklight a chance and you'll be pleasantly surprised. [January 2014, p79]
  3. Jan 23, 2014
    70
    If you've a passing interest in blasting chumps and don't fancy dropping 50 quid for the privilege, Blacklight: Retribution is a more than serviceable option. [Issue#143, p.105]
  4. Jan 9, 2014
    60
    It’s quick, occasionally rewarding, and if you’ve got a few friends to play with, you can definitely have some fun. The control is fine and despite those technical imperfections, the game flows along relatively well. It’s just largely underwhelming and this free-to-play structure isn’t attractive.
  5. Dec 20, 2013
    55
    Poor graphics, a not functional gameplay and an exaggerated focus on pay-to-win mechanics made Blacklight Retribution a not too convincing free-to-play.
  6. In its defence, Retribution is free to play – so while it can’t compete with Killzone Shadow Fall, that’s an unfair expectation to begin with. But it’s still a PS4 release, and in this regard feels like a grubby stowaway that’s snuck aboard a glitzy cruise liner bound for the golden shores of next-gen.
  7. Jan 10, 2014
    40
    At a base level, this is simply too forgettable to give players a good enough reason to return. Perhaps it would be different if Zombie had been more lenient with its economy, allowing you to try more before committing to buy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 42
  2. Negative: 10 out of 42
  1. Jan 5, 2014
    10
    The best PS4 game out right now, and the best thing is, IT'S FREE! I enjoyed the hell out of Black-light Retribution on PC, so when I saw thatThe best PS4 game out right now, and the best thing is, IT'S FREE! I enjoyed the hell out of Black-light Retribution on PC, so when I saw that it was being brought to PS4 I immediately made my choice of next-gen system. Luckily, it did not disappoint, and I've been playing it like mad in the past 2 weeks. Expand
  2. Aug 10, 2014
    10
    I'd like to bust the myth that you need to spend real money to play this game. This game is free to play and rewards those who put the timeI'd like to bust the myth that you need to spend real money to play this game. This game is free to play and rewards those who put the time into playing it regularly. Gamers don't need to pay money to get that gun they've been eyeballing or that lucky charm they've been drooling over they have the option to rent them with game points which are earned every time you play the game. The default classes should be sufficient to get you started and you always have the option of picking up guns in the field. This game also features a wide variety of maps and most modes should feel somewhat familiar to those of you who have played FPS games before. Blacklight Retribution now also features Onslaught mode which encourages players to team up and take on wave after wave of enemies while gaining xp and gp in the process. as far as free to play fps titles available on PS4 this one has to be the best one out there. Now all that's left to do is discover the hidden warlord inside you. Expand
  3. Dec 26, 2013
    9
    After owning and beating the single player portions of COD, Killzone and Battlefield. i tried their multiplayer and simply could not get intoAfter owning and beating the single player portions of COD, Killzone and Battlefield. i tried their multiplayer and simply could not get into either. The reason being that I played Blacklight Retribution. The game has an appealing setting, good graphics, excellent map design and most importantly the black light which allows you to see through wall and track other players. This is a game changer for me. I hate spawning only to be killed by a sniper off in some unknown direction which happens often in typical FPS. I also hate running around looking for the fight, especially on larger maps. Blacklight solves these issues beautifully by allowing all users to find each other on the map by seeing through walls at the touch of a button. I simply love the feature. I also really like the balancing. Every gun has positive and negatives, so no gun is truly better than the default one, no matter how much you spend. In this respect, the game is really not fpay to win, unless you are horrible with a machine gun. Paying basically gives you fun tools to use, but in no way guarantees survival. All the best stuff is paid for in CP, a currency earned based on success in a match. With CP, you can rent rocket launchers, heal yourself and even hop into a mech suit! there is also another currency for renting different guns and customization parts. A decent player cah have a different gun every day, since it costs the winnings of 1-2 matches to access them. Again, I'm sorry to say but most reviewers unfairly hate on this game. I chose to spend $40, but only because I was having so much fun. I got a lot of equipment (and everything I wanted) for that price, especially because I watched for sales (click the touch pad for sales). Compare this to COD or Battlefield that require $120 ($60 game +$60 season passes) to have all the content, per year.

    In summary, if you're tired of the same old war scenario and want to enjoy an exciting game with an interesting mechanic, try Blacklight.
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  4. Feb 3, 2014
    7
    Blacklight: Retribution is a major improvement over BL: Tango Down, especially for a free to play title. The game had its fair share ofBlacklight: Retribution is a major improvement over BL: Tango Down, especially for a free to play title. The game had its fair share of glitches, and frame rate issues, but they will be ironed out once the game gets out of beta (On PS4, PC plays perfectly). This game plays like the perfect hybrid of Call Of Duty style faced paced gameplay with the physics of a Halo title. The jumps are floaty, but the gun physics feel punchy and sound like futuristic beasts. The graphics aren't super amazing like Battlefield, but they do look cool, and the map design is very good. The game also features heavy gun customizations, from stocks to scopes, everything but camos effect your guns stats, even keychains. This leads to very cool ways of making your guns match your play style. You can up your stopping power in return for lowered speed and agility, lower your accuracy and up your recoil in turn for fast movement and weapon handling, or balance the two for a perfect for all situations. As a gun enthusiast, this is a very cool feature and adds a new element to the FPS genre games like Battlefield and Call of Duty wish they could do. While it isn't fully finished, Blacklight: Retribution shows great promise as a PS4 F2P title, and once the game is out of beta, I would say check it out, as it does have connectivity issues and frame rate problems at the moment. Expand
  5. Nov 22, 2013
    7
    About a year after launching on the PC, Blacklight: Retribution has finally made its way to the PlayStation Store. For those of you who aren'tAbout a year after launching on the PC, Blacklight: Retribution has finally made its way to the PlayStation Store. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Blacklight series, they're essentially a collection of "free-to-play" first person MMO's. The series has never really caught on, however, in a time when great games like Planetside 2 and TF2 dominate the free-to-play FPS market. Despite this, Zombie Studios has nevertheless decided to rerelease the series's latest release, Blacklight: Retribution, on the PS4. Unfortunately, Blacklight's debut on the PS4 suffers from much of what crippled it in in the past. The game of what crippled it in the past Even with a solid connection, the game will occasionally lag, and finding a match often took several minutes. Considering the game is still in its beta phase, these flaws are understandable, although they do make the game feel rushed. As is the case with most free-to-play games, Retribution sports a pay-to-win philosophy. In other words, you provide the cash, and the game provides the weaponry. This aspect drastically changes the experience, as even the most skilled players are mauled down by recruits with heavy arsenals. However, once you get past the rather unfair side of Retribution, the game can actually be quite fun. Great map design and well though out game types make Retribution worth checking out. In terms of visuals, Retribution looks great for a free-to-play, but poor for a next generation title. Textures lack in detail, and none of the environments stand out. If there's one thing in Retribution that looks great, its the guns. Each weapon has its own feel and look, adding to the experience. Overall, Retribution doesn't disappoint, but it doesn't stand out either. If you some free time, and are craving a quick multiplayer match, look no further than Blacklight: Retribution. Expand
  6. May 18, 2014
    5
    The game could be a lot of fun if it wasn't filled for with a bunch of bug.
    In my experiences the game likes to have who ever has the worse
    The game could be a lot of fun if it wasn't filled for with a bunch of bug.
    In my experiences the game likes to have who ever has the worse connection to host. This means the majority of the time you are left lagging and getting frustrated when you're just about to kill someone for them to then dissapear, reappear behind you and kill you.
    The maps are a bunch of fun to be attractive to play.
    As for the pay to play aspect, personally i don't find it that important. Unless you want a new gun, taunt or player design, its not really worth the money to upgrade anything.
    Ive noticed in the many games i've played that players as high as level 25 will still use the same class set up you're given at lvl one.
    I do think this game is worth more than the five i gave it, but until the bugs are fixed i'm unable to fully enjoy.
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  7. Sep 4, 2014
    0
    Runs like absolute crap. If you want the real game, play it on pc. Stutters like crazy, turn into invisible walls when running, warping allRuns like absolute crap. If you want the real game, play it on pc. Stutters like crazy, turn into invisible walls when running, warping all over the map, and no, it's not my internet, it's this crappy port of a game. I was excited for this on ps4 as well, but the ps4 can't handle it. Expand

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