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Problems aside, Blacklight: Tango Down is a superb example of what is possible with XBLA titles. The triple-A quality graphics and slick, speedy multiplayer action brings a new level of polish to Xbox Live Arcade. As well as being an enjoyable title it will really make developers look at the platform as more than just the home of games to play while you wait for your pals to come online for Call of Duty. In fact, if you don't mind the marginally longer waits, Blacklight is definitely a credible and capable alternative to Call of Duty.
For multiplayer shooting on a budget, you can't go wrong with Blacklight: Tango Down. You easily get more than your $15 worth here, and the gameplay offers a change of pace for those who are getting a little burned out on the multiplayer in full-price games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. A handful of tweaks would be welcome, particularly when it comes to map spawn points and the disappointing solo/co-op mode of play, but you really can't nitpick considering how much you're getting for a very reasonable price.
While “Blacklight: Tango Down” is a notable effort, one must question the purpose of this game’s existence. It is quite clear the game is influenced by the grind-fest progression that are common nowadays. But with poor game design elements of the past, such as fixed spawn points, “B:TD” doesn’t justify this by simply having a small price tag. It is a game that doesn’t present anything special to the table and for what it has, it isn’t much to write home about. It is just a generic rendition of the modern FPS and there are far more polished options out there.
Looking at the game as a whole, it seems to offer decent value for money and is a solid if uninspired multiplayer FPS. There were some issues with finding a host for me when playing at first, hopefully these are resolved in the coming weeks. If they are, you could consider Blacklight to be a decent alternative to Modern Warfare deathmatching. It’s very much a “coke with lime” thing; a similar taste that’s more refreshing to some, and just not right to others.