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Piercing Blow

Piercing Blow is a 3D lobby-based tactical shooter inspired by Counter-Strike. The game features two opposing teams, the Free Rebels (Terrorists) and CT-Force (Counter Terrorists). Piercing Blow was previously known as Project Blackout and is still known as Point Blank in Asia.

Publisher: Zepetto
Playerbase: Shut Down
Type: Shooter
Release Date: December 10, 2010 (NA/EU)
Pros: +Good stats tracking. +Good variety of game modes and maps. +Good map design. +Rewarding quest system.
Cons: -Imbalanced cash shop. -No permanent weapons.


Piercing Blow Overview

Piercing Blow is is yet another Korean-developed tactical shooter that has gameplay similar to games like Blackshot and Combat Arms. Win matches and earn points, which can be used to purchase weapons and equipment in the game's store. Piercing Blow features a robust questing system that rewards players for regularly playing matches, making acquiring weapons easier. The game is still known as Point Blank in Asia but was renamed from Project Blackout to Piercing Blow in 2014 for all other regions.

Piercing Blow Key Features:

  • Tactical FPS Gameplay – a single headshot can take down an opponent.
  • Customization with Skills – players can unlock and equip skills (up to three) that boost stats, which adds an extra layer of customization to the game.
  • Four Starting Characters – with additional special characters unlockable (purely cosmetic).
  • Unique Game Modes – escape mode has one team spawning as dinosaurs and the other as humans. Dinosaurs must stop the humans from escaping.
  • Rank System – similar to other FPS games. Start as a recruit and climb all the way up to Command General.

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System Requirements

Piercing Blow System Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

Operating System: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
CPU: Pentium 4 2.4 GHz / Athlon 2500+
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 5700 GT or Radeon 9600+
RAM: 512 MB
Hard Disk Space: 5 GB

Recommended Requirements:

Operating System: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
CPU: Pentium 4 3 GHz / Athlon 3000+
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 6600 / Radeon X600
Hard Disk Space: 5 GB


Piercing Blow Music & Soundtrack

Additional Info

Piercing Blow Additional Information

Developer: Zepetto Co.
Publisher: Zepetto U.S.A. Inc.
Game Engine: Unreal

Open Beta Date: April 29, 2015

Foreign Release:

South Korea: October 2008 (NCSoft was the original Publisher.)
Thailand: 2009 (NCTrue original publisher, then Garena)
Indonesia: June, 2009 (PT. Kreon)
Brazil: August, 2010 (OnGame)
China: December, 2010 (Shanda)
Philippines: May 5, 2011
United Arab Emirates: November 9, 2011
Malaysia/Singapore: January, 2014

Steam Release Date: November 10, 2015

Several localized versions of Piercing Blow / Project Blackout have already shut down. The version available through the developer, Zepetto, is the most reliable service.

Development History / Background:

Piercing Blow was developed by South Korean based game developer Zepetto. The game is known as Point Blank in its home country and was launched as Project Blackout in other countries. Zepetto hosts a world-wide tournament called the Point Blank International Championship whenever they can, with the last tournament being held in Russia in 2014. Piercing Blow used to be available in North America through SG Interactive, but after it shut down, Zepetto, the game's developer, picked up the game's service as of February 2014. Despite only moderate success in North America and Europe, Piercing Blow, called Point Blank in Korea, has enjoyed success in its home market, as the game has been in operation for over 7 years. Piercing Blow was released on the Steam platform on November 10, 2015.