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Blacklight: Tango Down is a multiplayer first-person shooter. It was first released on the Xbox 360 and then on Windows a week later. It is now being ported to the Playstation 3. The video game lacks a single-player campaign and it is only distributed as a digital download, which, if to trust Microsoft, is the future.
The game puts you in command of soldiers of two elite United States military groups who battle each other for unknown reasons. If you have played Modern Warfare 1 or 2, you will totally feel at home, since the game takes a lot from the Call of Duty franchise. It uses very similar matchmaking processes, experience leveling, and game modes. As far as modes go, Tango Down allows you to play team deathmatch games, and a variety of domination and headquarters variations.
The game has very good graphics for a low-budget title. It puts you in a futuristic environment with big maps and fast and intense action. The shooting and hit detection systems are not as good as Modern Warfare's though. You will see that all your guns have little to no recoil, which makes it very easy to shoot, but it also feels unrealistic. The crosshair is just above your guns sight, which is kind of disconcerting. Aiming is very sensitive and moving your gun left and right seems too quick. When you run, you almost feel like you are flying.
There are some goodies in this game, though. I particularly like the addition of EMP grenades. These trigger an electromagnetic pulse that will shutdown your visor for a few moments, showing you a blue screen of death when it comes back. That is a nice touch.
All in all, Blacklight: Tango Down is an excellent game, with a few problems here and there. It is not a game that you will get addicted to, but it is fun nonetheless.
- It is easy to play
- It can be addictive
- It gets old quick
- It is too similar to other games in the genre