E3 2010: Blacklight Tango Down Hands-On Preview

By Darryl Kaye on June 29, 2010, 7:13PM EDT

Although it doesn't look like it at a first glance, Blacklight: Tango Down is actually a game being developed for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. It really is a testament to the guys at Zombie Studios, as they've really tried hard to make a top-draw title while limiting themselves to not being a full retail title. Ignition Entertainment obviously believe in this too as they announced in March 2010 that they would be publishing the title. And why not? Considering it's going to be available to download at a cut price, it really seems like a bargain.

The game is set in a fictional eastern European city, one that's typically run down and of course, infested with zombies. This outlines one aspect of the game, the cooperative play. There are objectives that are set and plenty of zombies that need to be gunned down. It's worth mentioning too that Blacklight: Tango Down is primarily an online first-person shooter and aside from the cooperative mode, there is a fully fledged competitive environment, and with the accessibility of the title Ignition and Zombie hope it will really flourish.

One of the key facets to the gameplay is the HRV visor. It basically serves as a special move, but it has limited usage, obviously. It allows players to see through walls for a limited amount of time, but they are vulnerable to opposition fire while using it. It really helps to make the game much more dynamic and fluid though, as it literally puts a stop to camping by forcing players to constantly be on the move. If someone's hiding somewhere, players can just use the HRV visor to see exactly where they are and the cat then becomes the mouse.

To really push the online play, there will also be a levelling system which contains 70 levels. To compliment this, players will be able to fully customise their weapons in various ways. New scopes and accuracy modifications are just the tip of the iceberg and it's something that's definitely been taken seriously.

The actual gameplay seems pretty solid too. Typically with downloadable titles of an FPS nature, the gameplay seems to suffer as a result of the concessions that have to be made - this certainly isn't the case with Blacklight: Tango Down. While it isn't the tightest shooter on the market, it seems leaps and bounds above some other offerings in the same space. Hopefully it's further refined before launch though, as the controls in an FPS are really what defines its success.

Blacklight: Tango Down is coming out on the 7th of July, 2010 and it's looking like it will set the bar for what's to come after. Hopefully the final product can deliver on this. Be sure to check out our review in the coming weeks.

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