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BlackSite: Area 51


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"Overall, disappointing."
3 stars"

Good stuff:

  • Quality graphics and sound (with some you'd recognise from other games and movies here and there)
  • Intuitive game-play and ‘squad commanding’ (Unlike Ghost Recon on PC that I just couldn't figure out -blond head tilt-)
  • Great fun driving the vehicles.

Best feature – The conversational scripting was incredibly amusing, especially the inter-textual references.

Bad Stuff:

  • You have to exit game-play to change settings – very irritating.
  • No save points… auto save, by profile, at each checkpoint (not that, that was SUCH a big deal)
  • Not a WHOLE lot of environmental diversity (Iraq looked suspiciously like Nevada.) You don't travel through a whole lot of different environments, and you’re only facing perhaps six or seven types of enemy (including ‘bosses’) and diversity is key to keeping me interested… Monotony? Zzzzzzzzzz.
  • Predictability; the SL was obvious, and stereotypical… like AVP 2 (only we expected it there).

Worst feature – The game is short and lacks repeat playability because of the above points (It took me five hours total to complete on the most difficult setting.)

Summary: BlackSite: Area 51 was like receiving a cupcake, when you were expecting a three-tiered black cherry gateau with liqueur icing. I was seriously disappointed at the end of the day, not because sound and graphics were poor, but because it began with so much promise and then turned into a stereotype. Perhaps I am expecting too much from games that are all about blowing stuff up, but I found myself saying ‘if only they’d done this’ or ‘they could have inserted this scene or level here’ rather than ‘WOW that was cool’ or ‘I want to play that section again.’

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover Or In This Case A Game"
1 stars"

A truly disappointing game with an unchallenging storyline lacking realism and creativity, Black site Area 51 is not what you would expect from an epic cover, graphics arnt terrible but they arnt fantastic either not what you would expect from a game of this era, the online play isn't much better and the game itself makes you not want to play it which is quite an achievement. On the whole i wasn't happy with this game but everyone has their own opinion and you won't know until you try.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Very Fun Game"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Enjoyable. Not very long but fun to play if your in need of a quick shooting fix.


BlackSite: Area 51, developed by Midway Studios Austin, is a next-generation game that will redefine the first person shooter (FPS) genre. While other FPS titles claim to feature “action-packed, highly realistic gameplay,” BlackSite: Area 51 takes next-gen gaming to an all-new level integrating cutting edge technology, game design and story writing to create the ultimate entertainment experience. The player’s modern-day emotions and fears are driven into a world charged with grave responsibility affecting lives hanging in the balance and eventually fi nding himself torn between his professional orders and his own ethical standards. In the end, only the actions of the player and his squad can shape the outcome of BlackSite: Area 51 during this potentially pivotal moment in history.

  • Your elite Special Forces squad, assembled from the fi nest soldiers in today’s military, responds to your orders and your leadership in the most realistic in-game visuals imaginable. Lead your squad well and they’ll rally behind you when the enemy brings the fight, but waver in the face of the enemy and their morale will sink accordingly, affecting their aim, their fatigue and the will to fight.
  • Players will have a wide variety of traditional online modes, such as Death- Match, Team-Death-Match and Capture-the-Flag. All-new, unique modes will also be available in the form of Human vs. Reborn mode and the new Siege mode, where teams try to capture each other’s squad members on the way to controlling territory.
  • Drive the latest military HMMWVs, ATVs and commandeer civilian vehicles, or take a seat in the gunner’s position in daring, low-level helicopter raids against enemy positions.
  • As Squad Leader, you have the power, the authority and the duty to command your troops to perform a variety of complex actions, including planting C-4, sniping an enemy in the guard tower, or taking control of various vehicles. Players will also have the ability to control all squad commands with the press of a single button, without the hassle of clunky menus and/or multiple button taps.
  • In the ultimate mission-based, player-driven FPS game, take your Squad down any one of multiple paths to solve problems and defeat enemies. Strategically use cover points and blow away others in huge levels where nearly everything you see is destructible.

System Requirements:

PC Processor Type Intel Pentium processor or equivalent PC Processor Speed3GHzPC Operating System Windows XP, Windows VistaPC System Memory2GBPC Hard Drive Space15GBPC Video256MB Pixel Shader 3.0 video card PC Additional Requirements Internet service required to access online features
Release date NZ
December 6th, 2007
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Top 5000
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