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Blacklight: Tango Down

Blacklight: Tango Down

Platform: Xbox 360
Category: First Person Shooter

Blacklight: Tango Down is an impressive multiplayer FPS packed into a tiny package. Coming to Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Games for Windows – Live, Blacklight: Tango Down delivers a full experience right to your hard drive. The game is quick-paced with a fast respawn time and is themed around high-tech soldiers fighting for dominance. Make sure to watch the trailer and development diaries!

The game takes place in an Eastern European city consisting of futuristic technology and mass advertising layered on old architecture. Players control soldiers in highly technological suits. Much of the game is built around this center premise. The display is seen as if looking through a high-tech visor that also features a special system – HRV. HRV, or hyper-reality visor, allows players to temporarily see through all surroundings to see where their enemies are. HRV can only be used for a second or so at a time and then must recharge for a short time. To balance the ability to detect enemies so easily, players are unable to fire weapons while HRV is active. The HRV adds a strategic element to players who are already familiar with the game and helps new players know where the combat is. In addition, it definitely stops campers! Keeping with the high-tech theme, digital grenades pixelate enemies' vision and EMP grenades, in place of normal flashbangs, cause enemies' visors to crash and get a blue screen temporarily. This combines familiar game mechanics with a new visual effect to reinforce the setting of the game. The blue error screen from the EMP grenade gave me a shock when I first saw it and thought the game actually crashed!

Blacklight: Tango Down supports 16 player battles across 16 different maps in both normal multiplayer and 1 to 4 player cooperative play. The game has 7 modes – Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Domination, Deadmate, Retrieval, Last Man Standing, and Last Team Standing. Blacklight: Tango down will have achievements, leaderboards, and upgrades in the form of minor tweaks to weapons. Michael Schorr, lead level designer, assured me that these upgrades will not give a large, unfair advantage to players who have played longer but will still provide a benefit. Blacklight: Tango Down, developed by Zombie Studios and published by Ignition Entertainment, will be released later this summer. After playing it at E3, I can't wait to get some more time with it when it's released! Don't forget to watch the trailer for a closer look at Blacklight: Tango Down!


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