Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 44
  2. Negative: 7 out of 44
  1. Blacklight Tango Down delivers stunning graphics, hundreds of ways to customize your character, 12 multiplayer maps with more mulitplayer modes, plus innovative ranking and upgrading systems.
  2. 81
    The triple-A quality graphics and slick, speedy multiplayer action brings a new level of polish to Xbox Live Arcade.
  3. 80
    If you fancy shooting people in your games, Blacklight: Tango Down will likely be a fun diversion from whatever AAA shooter you normally play.
  4. The maps are all well designed with plenty of places to pop behind for the numerous short-range firefights that are bound to take place.
  5. If you enjoy GRAW, Modern Warfare II, or any other quality FPS for that matter, then give this game a shot.
  6. This new FPS by Zombie Studios is enthralling, original and frenetic: a different shooter with a good online mode, even if partly ruined by campers.
  7. Blacklight Tango Down is one of the most impressive downloadable game to date. Smooth and deep gameplay mechanics for a low price are a good combo for every player. We hope that Zombie Studios will continue to support this funny experience.
  8. Blacklight: Tango Down is a good, cheap multiplayer shooter for the budget-minded gamer looking for a change of pace.
  9. Blacklight Tango Down is one of the best looking XBLA titles to hit the marketplace and players will find that it may even surpass some retail games they have previously bought.
  10. You're getting great value here for only $15. There are definitely a lot of simple tweaks that could have been made to make this a must buy, but you're still getting your moneys worth, especially if you're already an FPS addict.
  11. That all being said though, Blacklight: Tango Down is a quite solid shooter that combines entertaining gameplay with some unique features and throws it all together into a commendable multiplayer package.
  12. Blacklight: Tango Down is a nice $15 game, but there's just not enough values here to keep us entertained for a long period of time.
  13. Blacklight: Tango Down has positioned itself in the precarious spot of being an XBLA game that wants to be a full release. I can't fault Zombie for being ambitious, but this is what ultimately leads to the game's failures.
  14. Depending on your patience, Blacklight could be the best fifteen bucks you've ever spent on a game, or a frustrating waste of cash.
  15. If you're bored with what's currently on the table, the visuals (while not jaw-dropping) are certainly pleasing if you're into the whole dystopian future Russia fetish, the familiar controls are very easy to master, combat is fluid and fast-paced, and the customization options and wide range of player modes keep the game continually interesting. If you're not convinced, consider this: for all you get, it's really hard to argue with fifteen bucks.
  16. Blacklight: Tango Down isn't going to set the world alight – it suffers from a few too many annoying design choices, is lacking any form of serious innovation and can't quite stand toe-to-toe with the big boys of the genre. What it can do though is offer up a largely enjoyable online shooter with a huge array of options at an unbelievably low price.
  17. Blacklight: Tango Down is a good concept and game limited by its average quality maps' level design and by some issues with weapons balancing and respawn spots.
  18. Blacklight: Tango Down is a good value for anyone who enjoys competing in heated FPS battles online.
  19. 70
    Whether or not it's worth $15 to you depends on what kind of a FPS fan you are. If you demand a fulfilling, big budget experience and a butter smooth matchmaking experience, then you should probably stick to the big brand names. If, however, you're just looking for a little down and dirty online action and you don't mind waiting a little between rounds, then Blacklight: Tango Down just might be your huckleberry.
  20. As a short-lived break from MW2 it works, but long-term exposure will highlight flaws. [Oct 2010, p.85]
  21. It conjures up memories of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas, Army of Two, and the Call of Duty series, which makes me wonder why I'm not playing any of them instead. Blacklight: Tango Down is nicely priced, but when you already have tickets to see the real thing, why bother with the cover band?
  22. In the end, Blacklight: Tango Down is a good game with some lofty goals.
  23. Blacklight: Tango Down offers an impressive amount of content for a $15 release, especially when you consider it's the going rate for a mere map pack in Modern Warfare 2.
  24. At a reasonably priced $15, this game is bound to have some replay value if not only for the fact that, in order to get any enjoyment out of it, it must be played long enough to build up a character that can withstand a gunfight.
  25. Functional but flawed multiplayer shooting. [Sept 2010, p.91]
  26. The main problem of Blacklight is that there are much better options in the market. Besides its price and being downloadable, there's nothing that stands out in Zombie's last offering.
  27. Blacklight: Tango Down is a game with great ambitions and too many design issues. If you are a sniper rifle lover, you'll be really disappointed by this game, due to the bad weapon balance. The entire gameplay is built around a pure run&gun action, so if you're looking for a cheap but good downloadable multiplayer FPS, go for Battlefield 1943.
  28. Releasing a good first person shooter with only the multiplayer component might seem like a good idea. Unfortunately, Blacklight: Tango Down feels to low budget and is to hard to get into, to feel like a serious alternative to Bad Company 2 or Modern Warfare 2.
  29. For all it's faults, Blacklight certainly has the potential to be a great little game. If it can overcome the shortcomings of its design by adding on to it, and if it can get a much larger and more active player base, it could be a viable contender to Modern Warfare 2. Until that happens, however, it's not quite good enough to outright recommend, nor bad enough to outright dismiss.
  30. Competitive online First Shooter Person with twelve maps and seven classic modes. But's too simple and generic without any innovation in the genre.
  31. Blacklight: Tango Down simply doesn't do enough differentiate itself from other modern FPS multiplayer titles currently on the market.
  32. It's not bad for a $15 game, but it does next to nothing to advance the FPS genre. You're better off getting a used copy of Call of Duty 4.
  33. The problem is, despite having everything it sounds like it needs, it's missing what might be the most important element: fun. It's an often joyless experience, and there's absolutely no reason to pick it up over the dozens of other options on the market, even with the low price factored in.
  34. Brings nothing new to an utterly bloated genre. [Issue#62,p.102]
  35. Cheap, but not cheerful, first person shooter, with nothing new to offer the genre but change from £20.
  36. Despite a few neat ideas, it's as though Blacklight doesn't want to be played. After a couple of hours, you'll be happy to oblige. [Oct 2010, p.85]
  37. 50
    At the same cost as a single map-pack for Modern Warfare 2, Blacklight makes a pretty strong case for itself based on price alone. Just know that this is one instance where you get exactly what you pay for.
  38. While there are aspects in the game that mimic some of the more expensive shooters out there, Blacklight: Tango Down just doesn't play well in a lot of areas.
  39. A mediocre game a genre stocked with the highest quality. [Sept 2010, p.99]
  40. Feels like a trip back to the last generation. [Issue#99, p.122]
  41. Is this worth the 1200 MS points Microsoft is asking? No. Oh, and if I have to hear the words "Tango Down" ever again, I'm going to shoot myself.
  42. Overall, it's not that Blacklight can't be enjoyed on its own merits, because it can in the most basic sense. But when held up to scrutiny and measured against those gunning for the same lucrative audience, it's hard to recommend Blacklight: Tango Down with an absolute guarantee that you'll be completely entertained.
  43. The game looks good and aims high, but the problem is it's just not fun. At all.
  44. If you feel all fuzzy inside when thinking back about ancient gameplay, generic level design from the 90's, and dated visuals, if you're immune to boredom and kind of broke, there may yet be a slight chance for Blacklight to fit your needs. If that's not your case, you can always try the demo just in case, but you won't be able to say that I didn't warn you.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Feb 28, 2013
    7
    The game is fun. However, its sequel, Blacklight Retribution, is FAR ahead of it, plus Blacklight Retribution is free, and has a very HIGH, playerbase, unlike Blacklight Tango Down did. Full Review »
  2. Nov 24, 2011
    0
    BlackLight: Tango Down is hand down, the worst first person shooter I've ever played. Something to mention before I start the actual review is that BlackLight: Tango Down plays worse than Modern Warfare 2, and trust me, that's saying something. The Graphics are muddy, poorly done, and hard to look at, even though it's using the unreal engine. The weapon customization is superb, but most of the attachments are useless, and the weapons are balanced so badly that the only weapon you'll ever need is the SMG. The maps are claustrophobic, poorly made, and promote spawn camping, and due to the graphical issues I mentioned above, make it hard to see where you're going. The amount of spawn camping found in this game is horrendously common, and it's exceedingly rare to find a game without spawn camping. Overall, I'd avoid it. Go for something else. Full Review »
  3. Aug 26, 2013
    6
    Blacklight: Tango Down's main draw is the customizable weapons, which would be pretty awesome... if any of the attachments amounted to anything. Other than that, it's a fairly basic online FPS with clichéd story, ranks, level unlocks, different game modes, some varied (but boring) maps, and a single-player mode that nobody cares about. There are far better FPS games on the 360, but there are far worse, too. Full Review »