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Destructoid (Apr 18, 2012)
This is not only a great example of a professional and credible free-to-play game, but it's also one of the best first-person shooters I've played.
90 (May 04, 2012)
The matter is simple – the game is free to play and, if you take my word for it, an excellent shooter. In a perfect world, it would knock the CoD series on its ass. Of course, in a perfect world its name wouldn’t be Blacklight: Retribution and in a perfect world, it would have better ballistics and the graphics would be equally as good on all lanes. But since our world is imperfect, it’s still a surprisingly good game and I can only be rejoice at being able to rip on the “terrible, terrible” title in lieu of more serious, deal-breaking flaws.
Blacklight: Retribution surprised me in almost every aspect, because to be honest, I was going in with low expectations since it was free to play. I am glad to say I was very surprised with not only the quality of the graphics and gameplay, but how ‘free’ the game actually was. The biggest concern I usually have with free to play games is that they are actually “pay-to-win”. That doesn’t seem to be the case here, and while yes, you’ll have more fun early on if you spend some real cash on the game, you’re not held back by any barrier if you decide to not pay a cent other than your time. Download the game on steam and try out Blacklight: Retribution, as it is a good game and the price is right.
IGN (Apr 14, 2012)
Great shooting mechanics and deep customization options make for an addictive combination, and its free-to-play model makes it easy to jump into with no upfront cost.
Hooked Gamers (Mar 29, 2012)
This game is good. It is easily the best free-to-play experience I've found outside of the RPG genre and it is to be commended for raising the bar for other games in this rapidly growing sector of the industry. Despite minor hang-ups when it comes to menu structure and user interface, the fast-paced action, beautiful visuals, weapons and characters that feel like they belong to you and you alone, and the unpredictability of the match which pushes each and every player to evolve and adapt to the situation make this game an obligation for every gamer to have installed on their PCs. Even if you're one of those gamers who prefers not to spend too much money on their games, you need to try this one out. Go ahead; we need the cannon fodder.
Ten Ton Hammer (Apr 11, 2012)
While I was growing up, I often heard the adults in my life drop the little nugget of wisdom: "You get what you pay for." In the case of Blacklight Retribution, you can pay nothing at all and still have a helluva lot of fun with this polished FPS. Like many shooters, most gamers won't likely play for the long haul, but for the cost of free it's entirely worthy of a download and your time. Hell, you might even be inspired to spend a few bucks.
To some extent, I’d consider that the most important thing: this is a free-to-play game which is genuinely fun to play, and you can do rather well at it without needing to spend any money. In that sense, I can heartily recommend giving it a go for at least a few hours. Just keep the aspirin handy for the first time you decide to delve through the menus.
ZTGameDomain (Apr 26, 2012)
Blacklight: Retribution is a good game, although anyone who wants to play seriously will definitely need to invest some time and money in order to be really competitive. As someone who doesn’t play a lot of keyboard and mouse shooters, I particularly appreciated the tutorial, which allows you to get familiar with the controls in a non-combat environment. With solid shooting, unique play mechanics and no barrier to entry, Retribution is a good choice for fans of PC shooters, or anyone who wants to give the genre a try.
GameSpy (Jul 05, 2012)
Blacklight's a smart and polished take on a very tried-and-true formula, and if that's what you're looking for, there's really no better F2P option.
Meristation (May 04, 2012)
Si tienes antojo de FPS estándar, acaban de hacerte un regalo bastante digno. Blacklight: Retribution basa su atractivo en la diversión, el equilibrio y la multitud de configuraciones. Gratuito pero muy invitador al pago, lo nuevo de los estudios Zombie sabe enganchar y hacerte desear objetos con precio real. Pocos shooters en PC pueden decir últimamente que funcionen tan bien en su online, con opciones para todos y robustez jugable. Sin embargo, no está exento de fallos, los blindados Hardsuit no terminan de apasionar y se le echan de menos algunos modos más. A esto se añaden algunos desajustes en precios, caros. Tampoco destaca en lo técnico, muy discretito pero a cambio poco exigente. Darle una oportunidad es gratis, claro está.
GameStar (Germany) (Jul 29, 2012)
Mir fällt spontan kein Free2Play-Shooter ein, den ich länger als nötig gespielt hätte. Blacklight: Retribution hingegen ist ein wirklich ordentlicher Mehrspieler-Zeitvertreib, der sich zwar überwiegend an gängige Konventionen hält, aber im Detail durchaus heraussticht, etwa mit der umfangreichen Bastelei an Waffen sowie den Depot-Gegenständen. Obendrauf gibt’s eine vernünftige Portion Teamplay und sogar eine gute Balance – für ein Spiel mit Item-Shop. Auch die Anzahl an Maps und Spielmodi geht in Ordnung, so mancher Retail-Titel liefert da weniger. Daher schnuppere ich auch jetzt immer noch fast täglich in Retribution rein, habe meinen Spaß und kann mich mit anderen Spielern, die Echtgeld investieren, durchaus messen – ohne selbst einen Cent auszugeben. Trotzdem weiß ich jetzt schon, dass diese Phase wohl nicht allzu lange andauernd wird, denn im Vergleich bieten andere Mehrspielertitel wie Unreal Tournament oder Battlefield 3 einfach eine Schippe mehr.
Cheat Code Central (Apr 09, 2012)
Blacklight: Retribution is a polished, enjoyable shooter with a fast pace and unique mechanics that are easy to learn and fun to employ. Whatever minor fumbles it may make, the compelling design overrides them to the point where the game is easy to recommend. Plus, it's free. Who doesn't like free?
75 (Jul 05, 2012)
Blacklight : Retribution a beau faire appel à des recettes usées jusqu'à la corde, il les accommode de manière efficace et on ne se lasse pas de les déguster. Ce FPS multijoueur constitue le haut du panier en terme de free-to-play. Vous serez certainement tenté de taper dans votre tirelire un jour ou l'autre mais il est conçu de manière à ne pas frustrer les joueurs fauchés qui ne comptent pas payer. Bref, c'est un modèle du genre qui mérite le détour.
75 (Apr 30, 2012)
Riteniamo anzi che i giochi free2play come Blacklight: Retribution siano pienamente comprensibili solo se li si considera dal punto di vista del rapporto psicologico/economico che stabiliscono con il giocatore. In questo senso Blacklight: Retribution è lo sparatutto free2play perfetto, che mette tutte le sue qualità al servizio degli acquisti in gioco. Per capirne pregi e difetti bisogna giocarci parecchio, superando la fase iniziale dell'esaltazione davanti alla perfezione apparente della produzione di un titolo che in fondo non si è pagato nulla, per raggiungere quella in cui la frustrazione genera il desiderio compulsivo d'acquisto. È a quel punto che entra letteralmente in gioco un fattore determinante e inatteso, ovvero la necessità di scegliere tra l'abbandono e la concessione di se stessi.
70 (Jul 20, 2012)
Blacklight: Retribution ist ein guter, jedoch kein erstklassiger Multiplayer-Shooter. Das Spiel macht einige Zeit Spaß, bringt nur eben zu wenig Neues mit, als dass es einen wirklich vom Hocker hauen könnte. Als free-to-play-Titel rangiert das Machwerk der Zombie Studios trotzdem auf Augenhöhe mit Konkurrenten wie Team Fortress 2, Tribes: Ascend und Konsorten. Da Ausprobieren nichts kostet, könnt ihr ruhig einen Blick riskieren.
70 (Apr 12, 2012)
Fosse stato un prodotto commerciale a prezzo pieno, Blacklight: Retribution avrebbe fatto una certa fatica a raggiungere la sufficienza, mentre con questo modello di business si conferma meritevole di una certa attenzione, sopratutto se siete completamente al verde e non potete permettervi uno sparatutto multiplayer di qualità. I server sempre pieni promettono piacevoli giornate e nottate di conflitti a fuoco, e se vi fate prendere la mano potreste anche spenderci qualche soldino che tutto sommato non sarebbe neppure buttato, soprattutto se avete una certa voglia di perseverare.
GameSpot (Apr 10, 2012)
None of the customization changes the fact that, when it comes time to fight, Retribution feels a lot like any number of other shooters you've probably already played. The HRV is a useful tool, but far from a game changer, and the hardsuit, for all its power, isn't fun to use. Additional game modes called Siege and Netwar are in the works, and may help Retribution stand out a bit more from the pack, but as it stands, this is just another shooter. Still, it's solid and often exciting; if you've got a craving for standard shooter thrills, Retribution may satisfy those cravings without costing you a dime.
50 (Jul 15, 2012)
The fact that it's free-to-play is almost the only point of interest in this derivative shooter - and even that is far less appealing once you get into the details.