• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Apr 25, 2005
  • Also On: PC
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15

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  1. FPSMaster
    Apr 26, 2005
    9
    Don't listen to the last few reviewers at the bottom of the so-called "pro" list up there without first getting a taste of the final code here. Don't let the very good demo fool you, the actual game is even more polished. Area 51 is the perfect balance between Doom 3, Half Life 2 and Halo 2. With a graphics and lighting engine, not to mention scares that easily rival Doom 3, a Don't listen to the last few reviewers at the bottom of the so-called "pro" list up there without first getting a taste of the final code here. Don't let the very good demo fool you, the actual game is even more polished. Area 51 is the perfect balance between Doom 3, Half Life 2 and Halo 2. With a graphics and lighting engine, not to mention scares that easily rival Doom 3, a story that's just as eery as Half Life 2's and a fast paced feeling like Halo, where are these reviews coming from? The deep textures and fluid, life-like animations are some of the best the Xbox, or even PS2, has ever seen. And the flashlight is as good as Doom 3's, yet it didn't take 5 years to make it work...hmmm. And you don't have to put it down to shoot since it's on all the weapons. What a great idea, huh (sarcasm)? It looks like some people are just a little too afraid to let go of the "Halo is the only good FPS there will ever be" mindset. All the same reviewers that scored Area 51 low are the same ones that got caught up in Halo 2's massive hype and didn't think to comment on the bad story and lackluster gameplay after the second mission. Gamers, open your eyes to this fabulous FPS and you will have something those crappy reviewers don't have... and open mind and a great vacation from the Xbox's "other" great FPSs. Not to mention a "finished" game unlike these reviewers favorite "disappoinment" ever. id and Bungie take note: you don't have to take 3-5 years to hype up a game and have it succeed, or not succeed, depending on how gamers look at those over rated developers latest offerings. Area 51 is proof a game can be made in less than 2 years and meet or beat all expectations, and look and play just as good as the best Xbox games, even on PS2. Expand
  2. RichS.
    Nov 6, 2005
    10
    Area-51 Game rules all. Especially in online play.
  3. LarrythegameguyGetRDone
    May 8, 2005
    10
    One of the best FPS i have ever played.....Doom 3 is now in the trash.
  4. B-radH.
    Jun 7, 2005
    10
    It's awesome.
  5. JC
    Jul 4, 2005
    9
    Truly one of the great FPS' of the time. Its story sucks you in right at the begining-and refuses to spit you back out untill you realize that you are covered in dust, everything other then the TV looks red, and your wife and kids have left you. It may not rival Halo, but damn does it come close!
  6. ChrisM.
    Nov 8, 2005
    9
    This is a really fun game with a twist.
Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. There are moments when player adrenaline levels will rise above the base level, but they are so few and far between that in the end most will decide that slogging through the copious average sections simply isn't worth the effort. [June 2005, p.116]
  2. The enemy AI on here smokes that which is found in Bungie's FPS masterpiece, since everything here is vicious, blood-thirsty, filled with hatred, and most of all crack shots with whatever weapons they hold.
  3. For the most part Area 51 delivered a solid, fast, fun, and very challenging action-shooter, all set within a creative human-alien hybrid setting. Who wouldn't love the chance to get a peek inside Area 51?