Blacklight – Thumbs Down

by AlexW on July 15, 2010 · 0 comments

If you’re an XBox 360 owner, you may have noticed a little title by the name of Blacklight: Tango Down on the marketplace. If you didn’t see the new addition yet, continue to not notice it. You’ll thank me in a future life.

The good news of Blacklight: Tango Down is with the trial version, you get an hour of free multiplayer to evaluate. The unfortunate news is you won’t need all of it to determine this game is exactly what it looks like it is; a $15 version of Modern Warfare 2.

Perhaps they’re still working out kinks, but the loading times on this game are absolutely atrocious at the time of writing this. In an attempt to get into game fifteen times, I succeeded six. The others timed out after staying at loading screens for over three minutes, crashed the second the game started, or timed out during a host migration within the first minute of a game. It’s tough to get behind a game that doesn’t work more than half the time.

Even when it does, you’ll find a very underwhelming experience. Imagine Modern Warfare 2 and Bad Company 2 had a child together, and neither of them wanted or gave a damn about it. That’s the result here. Elements of both, but not enough of either.

It’s bad enough it doesn’t work more often than it does and it looks like a half assed version of two wildly more popular games, but when you couple in the spawn points, this one is an absolute stinker. Team Deathmatch games boil down to the spawning point of the inferior team being camped to death, as the spawn points don’t fluctuate more than a couple feet. I only managed to explore enough of one map to be able to say I knew anything about it, the others I spent sitting in the entrance of a base, or sitting facing the entrance of a base.

For fifteen dollars, this game will probably give you your moneys worth if you’re willing to deal with the headaches (the loading times/server stability is just unforgivable). At the same time, you can probably get a used copy of either Bad Company 2 or Modern Warfare 2 for under thirty bucks, and if you’re looking for something to dedicate a lot of hours to, I’d highly reccomend either before this.

Tango Down is by no means terrible, it simply isn’t good. It gets a generous 7/10 from me.

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