- Perfect World Entertainment
- Developer(s): Zombie Studios
- Genre: Action
- Release: Apr 3, 2012
- ESRB: RP
Free to Play, PC Exclusive
Blacklight: Retribution (formerly Blacklight 2) is a free-to-play first-person shooter video game, scheduled for release on personal computer (PC). On 14 January 2011, Zombie Inc. revealed that it would be developing the sequel to Blacklight: Tango Down with a free-to-play business model. At the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the company announced that Perfect World would publish Blacklight: Retribution. Also, the game went open beta on February 27, 2012.
Blacklight: Retribution models itself after Call of Duty's multiplayer components and borrows certain gameplay elements from Crysis and F.E.A.R.
The first in-game tool that players should learn how to use effectively is the Hyper Reality Visor or HRV for short. Pressing V will activate HRV enabling the player to see through walls, locate opponents, team mates, weapon depots, and even detect a weak point in the structure of the Hardsuit.
While HRV is active weapon depots will glow light blue, team mates blue, and the opposing team orange. Keep in mind that once the player has used HRV it will take a short period of time for the ability to recharge before it can be used again. Knowing the location of the enemy is vital to success. Pairing good communication with the extremely useful HRV will lead your team to victory.
- Weapon Depots
Weapon depots are small kiosks scattered throughout each map where players can spend combat points earned in battle to obtain upgraded weapons, refill ammo and health and deploy the obliterating Hardsuit.
Use HRV to locate a weapon depot and press E to pull up the list of items available to purchase. Scroll through the items available to check out the CP cost, and press the space bar to make a selection. The weapon depot loadouts are customizable and can be changed in the armory. Buyer beware, while shopping for an upgrade players are prone to being shot down, allowing another player to take the purchase.
Armed with a minigun and railgun the Hardsuit is the ultimate weapon. Purchase a laser designator at a weapon depot and find an empty spot on the ground with a clear descent path from the sky. Hold down fire for a few seconds to trigger the drop.
This would also be a good time to activate HRV to ensure there aren’t any lurking players waiting to shoot you down and steal the suit once it lands. Although the Hardsuit is incredibly difficult to take down, it isn’t impossible to destroy. The flamethrower will effectively burn the opponent out of the suit allowing a player to steal it once the enemy has been eliminated. Or simply use the HRV to detect a randomly generated weak point in the suit. Shooting the weak point will cause the suit to take ten times normal damage.