The release of EA DICE‘s Battlefield 1943 onto Xbox Live Arcade and PSN last year finally showed us two things; firstly – broad and full game experiences can be offered with a meagre 2GB limit, and secondly – downloadable titles can sell extremely well if the developer gets it all right (1943 was the first download-only title to reach 1 million units sold!)
And this is why it’s worth getting excited about this latest futuristic shooter – touted as “part Blade Runner and part Call of Duty” – Blacklight: Tango Down, that is to be released onto Xbox Live tomorrow (July 7th) for just 1200 MS points. Developed by Zombie Studios, Tango Down delivers a full 12 multiplayer maps, 7 different game types and co-op missions, as well as high-tech futuristic weaponry (in unique weapon combinations). The grand scale of the boasted “exhilarating” experience owes comparisons to a full featured retail release, albeit on a much smaller platform.
The addition of some big hooks to core game play, such as the ability to use the ‘Hyper Reality Visor’ (HRV), that detects nearby enemies and provides a sense of battlefield intelligence, should ensure tactically, the game is also sound. Whether it can live up to the attention of the masses from the hype built up from this year’s E3 (in which it received much positive attention, such as its nomination for best shooter by IGN.com) is yet to be seen. If the game can correctly weigh up the best of online shooters with a surprising and unique setting (as seen in these gorgeous screenshots), then Blacklight: Tango Down may well be the XBLA hit of the year.
Blacklight: Tango Down is out on XBLA on 7th July, with releases planned for PSN and Games for Windows Live in the coming weeks.