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  • Summary: Featuring a powerful single-player campaign, along with multiple online multiplayer modes,
    BlackSite: Area 51 delivers vicious combat action, next generation graphics and A.I., and a plethora of powerful weapons and vehicles. Set in present day, players take the role of a decorated
    military veteran charged by the government to lead a squadron of "secret soldiers," each with his/her own specialty skill set, into the Rachel, Nevada area to fight off the invasion of unidentified enemy races. 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 finding 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. [Midway] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. If you're looking for a ground-breaking experience or a robust selection of multiplayer modes- BlackSite's don't offer much more than a weekend distraction--this isn't it. However, if you find the idea of fighting aliens in your own backyard appealing, you won't do better than BlackSite's relatable, the-truth-is-out-there experience.
  2. I can see FPS fans having fun with BlackSite since it provides all the standard FPS rollercoaster thrills, but most of us have been up and down those hills a few too many times.
  3. With a disappointingly forgettable story, solid but unremarkable action, and with little else to look forward to in the multiplayer mode, there's not much of a reason to dig for the truth behind this particular conspiracy.
  4. It's a shame this isn't a hopelessly bad game, otherwise I could've called it "BlackShite" and been done with it, but instead it teeters on the edge of being a worthwhile purchase before deciding it's comfortable being ordinary and forgettable. [Feb 2008, p.72]
  5. If BlackSite were merely bland, it might be a good time waster, but it has a large helping of technical issues, too. [Feb 2008, p.76]
  6. Repetitive, old-fashioned. [Jan 2008, p.86]
  7. 40
    BlackSite the narrative and BlackSite the game never meet in the middle.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. BraydonS
    Aug 10, 2009
    A great story but i must admit the freedom was limited and the graphics could have been better. The Multiplayer modes are really fun aswell.
  2. TerryD.
    Aug 4, 2008
    BlackSite: Area 51 is just a nice little diversion until some of the big titles materialize a little later. Nothing new here, but fun nonetheless - the aliens are disturbing looking things and a blast to kill. Plus there's some fairly humorous dialog along the way. Not bad, just not great. Expand
  3. daplayapimpn
    Apr 24, 2008
    it's ok prety much itz fun to destroy da background objects. It takes up a lota memory ( 2 gig RAM) 2 operat. dis game getz boring after a wile if u play da campain a lot. Da bad news is dat dars almost no one online so i can find anyone 2 play. it may be laggy in many parts. Expand
  4. UpandOver
    Nov 12, 2007
    A generic and uninspired fps.
  5. DanielS.
    Nov 30, 2007
    Even not having played all the way through i can safely say that this game is not worth the 12gb of space on my hard disk. Very un-impressive graphics engine, makes the source engine look like cheese to this mouse. Performance wise as well, the game completely lacks any sort of polish- even though what it really needs is a complete re-do. (no in the development world you do not get re-dos) I will not be playing any more of this horrendously aweful game. Expand
  6. KayinM.
    Nov 18, 2007
    This game is 11 gigs of suck. After a run of amazing first person shooter games released lately, Midway fails to deliver a game worth playing. Orange Box, Bioshock, Call of Duty 4 have raised the bar. And Crysis eats that bar and makes a new one with games like this. Expand
  7. SamW.
    Jul 18, 2009
    The absolute worst PS3 game I've played. It would have been better to have simply been a terrible game, but it somehow manages to combine complete forgetableness with an atrocious experience. Expand

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