Posted: June 22
So I'm going to tell you a story. Back in 2013 I lost a bet, my end of the bet was to play any kind of ADS (Aim Down Sights) shooter game. Doesn't matter what it was, as long as it had mutliplayer and ADS. So I tried to find an ADS that wouldn't annoy the hell out of me with 1 second TTK (Time To Kill.) I heard that Black light was "competetive" and I could cross my Quake or Counter Strike experience over to it. Well, if that was meant to be sarcastic, I was too stupid to get the joke.
So I played for the first time and had my ♥♥♥ handed to me by "random explosions" I was looking all over the place trying to figure out what was going on. I was assuming it might have been a built in booby trap within the map sort of like UT99's maps. I searched the entire map top to bottom while getting killed or wounded until eventually the match ended. I couldn't find anything so I shrugged my shoulders and moved on.
The next match started and I was finally getting some kills here and there. Then random explosions started killing me, again. So then I thought to myself "hold on, no one is pressing any buttons, I don't see any grenades, did the dev's place the same booby trap in every map?" well then I eventually found out there's a dude running around with tomahawks, exploding tomahawks...Blessed by the all mighty uber sexist himself, Micheal Bay.
(Remember Quake 3? yeah, remember that part where there were exploding ninja stars? yeah man I loved that part too! What's that? You want to know if we're talking about the same game?)
Ever since I started getting a slight grip on this game I have been off and on. Call it a "love/hate" relationship, this game can be fun and horrible at the same time.
First off, the speed of the game. Let's say you're like me, you've played Quake, Unreal Tournament, Halo, a little bit of Counter Strike, and perhaps more. Now I'm going to throw you in this, notice how you are incredibly slow by default. It's clunky and sluggish, the ADS makes you even slower, and there is nothing you can do to stop it (well, unless you buy a thing or two within the shop, which I will get to within the review.)
I feel like a fresh water fish being dumped in salt water. I either adapt or die, unfortunately nature never intended me to go in salt water so chances are I'm just simply dead. I have played Blacklight for about 3 years now and I still can't get used to the speed. So the question is, why is it so slow? Hell if I know! "BF and CoD are slow so let's be slow too!" Oh, no! no no no. We are not playing this stupid ♥♥♥ game! you want to create a game that relies on skill? Remove the slow motion in ADS, beef up the general movement speed and congratulations! You've successfully made the gameplay smoother! "Peter, why don't you just sprint like the rest of us?" Because I can't fire while sprinting. I have to stop moving, go into ADS, wait until the blur clears within ADS, open fire, can't see the target due to muzzle flash, can't kill the target because of weapon spread and recoil, player I'm aiming at is now out of sight.
"Sorry Peter, but this is a REAL game, REAL games aren't magical fairy tales like UT99.) In UT99 I could take my pistol and pop your head off from a fair distance. But obviously UT99 isn't a REAL game, fairy tale games are fun, REAL life isn't supposed to be fun! it's hard and gritty! only the strong survive here kids! This is one of the many reasons why I hate ADS shooter games. It's not because of the ADS mechanic itself it's just the ♥♥♥♥ing punishment you recieve for doing what the game suggests you do!
Again, let's look at what ADS offers to the table: Slow movement, sluggish gameplay, a cluster of bullets that has a 10% chance of hitting someone, a blinding muzzle flash from your weapon so you can't see who you are shooting, and your weapon moves all of the screen because of virtual recoil...To me, that sounds like the game itself is punishing you for following the instructions. Anything that punishes me for following what it wants me to do isn't fun, it's annoying.
Finally, the need for ADS. I can see why you would need to have it if you needed to shoot targets from long range, "but not in the REAL world! You must use ADS in: Long range, medium range, and close range!" Okay, so when is ADS not needed? "When you are in kissing distance of the target!" So in other words it's not an optional function, it's a nerf to all my abilities I must suffer through...
Don't look surprised, Free to play doesn't mean what it used to mean anymore. It's free to install, run, and play, but in order to do ANYTHING you must pay a pay wall of some sort. Now don't think for a minute I'm going to say Black Light is P2W! Because it isn't, but it's on very thin ice. The business model is like watching an Elephant balancing on a wooden fence, all it'll take is a swift breeze of air and it'll tip over.
I should probably explain what you are buying. You will be spending 90% of your time within the game to make the best weapon possible, which includes addons like scopes, muzzles, recievers, etc. One of the three problems I have with this is the level restriction. Leveling takes a long ♥♥♥ time without boosters anyway, so now you place the guns and addons under a level restriction? What was your target audiance? 12 year olds? Imagine yourself at work, you work day in and day out so when you come back home you're tired. So you blow off stress with games, guess what, the games want you to work your ♥♥♥ off too. Having fun yet? I'm sure as hell not.
You can unlock everything within the game without spending real money. But! this will take you a very long time without boosts. I have been playing this for a fair amount of time and I'm only half way to level 10. Of course I have had multiple breaks from BL:R but it should not be taking me this long to progress. And then there's the virtual cash, they (of course) priced everything at an extreme amount, so they make their money off of impatience. This results in progression being slowed down unless you buy something.
"Peter you ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥♥♥! the over powered default AR is all you need!" That's great, but what if I want to try out a new gun? Oh right, I can't rent recievers can I? "Then pick up a dead player's weapon and practice with those until you know you want it!" First of all I'd have to stay alive long enough to actually grab a player's gun, in a game with a 2 second TTK. Second of all, let's say I want to practice with the BR, that means I have to go on a man-hunt for players with BRs in a game with a massive amount of weapon diversity. And let's say I do find one, what if the guy who had it doesn't have the weapon addons I'm used to using? chances are I'm going to get killed using it because I don't know how it functions.
Oh the renting system, how I despise this with all my heart. Yeah it's great if you want to try something out, but in Planet Side 2 you could rent guns you want to try out for free....
And if that wasn't enough, renting is far too expensive at the start of the game. Your goal is to save as much money as possible while renting addons along the way so you can buy items permenantly. But your reward money is set on how well you do in a match...We're talking about a game with explosive Tomahawks for high level players by the way.
I'm giving BL:R a 6/10. As far as free to play online games go it could be far worse (cough cough! Counter Strike zombies cough!) and the community is fun to be around sometimes, so in my book it's worth suffering through a bad game. And beleive it or not, I even met a female gamer brave enough to speak on a mic without being sexually attacked, yes I know your chances of seeing Bigfoot are much higher. Of course this review is before the update for July, BL:R will be a hell hole soon.