Review – Blacklight: Tango Down

These days, few games have a single-player component without a multiplayer component. It seems that the best way to keep games in player’s hands long after the single-player campaign is finished is to have a multiplayer mode. It’s pulse-pounding, fast action against human opponents. Blacklight: Tango Down offers an experience similar to that of the Modern Warfare’s and Medal of Honor’s of today. It is fast-paced, features pretty beautiful graphics (particularly for an Xbox LIVE Arcade title), and it’s quite finely tuned. You won’t find weapon inconsistencies or unfair deaths here.

At the end of the day, Blacklight: Tango Down is your generic multiplayer shooter. There are loads of guns, a ranking system, and several different game modes to explore and kill opponents in. The modes include Deathmatch, Retrieval (CTF), and Domination (take control of checkpoints). Then, there is Black Ops mode, which is the only mode in the game that can be played alone. Black Ops mode provides missions that allow you to fight through hordes of “infected”. There’s no story behind Black Ops. It’s just meant to be fun and provide a way to earn some extra experience points.

In the multiplayer modes, each kill earns you experience points as well, and those experience points can then be used to increase your arsenal, gaining better, more powerful weapons. It’s pretty generic stuff, but that doesn’t really matter. Blacklight: Tango Down may be cribbing off of other hit games, but it does a very good job of it.

The controls are smooth as butter. Your gun whips around at a heartbeat, and killing an enemy is extremely satisfying, with a loud pop from weapons, and there’s an appropriate level of difficulty required to take an enemy down. They don’t fall on one shot, but it doesn’t take 50 either.

The coolest aspect of Blacklight: Tango Down is its unique Hyper Reality Visor. This visor can be turned on for only short amounts of time, but it allows you to see your opponents, teammates, and items like health stations through walls and whatever other obstacles stand in your way. It’s a unique way to play the game, putting it on to quickly get an idea for your surroundings and to gain an opportunity to jump on your opponents if they’re near.

Blacklight: Tango Down is a good deal for 1200 MS Points ($15). It’s fun, pulse-pounding, FPS excitement on a budget.