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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
    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]
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  • Developer: Midway Studios - Austin
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter, Shooter, First-Person, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi, Arcade
  • # of players: 10 Online
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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. PC Zone UK
    59
    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. PC Gamer
    56
    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. PC Gamer UK
    53
    Repetitive, old-fashioned. [Jan 2008, p.86]
  7. Edge Magazine
    40
    Blacksite is a thoroughly unexceptional title for which unrealistic promises were made, and one that is further let down by a wide assortment of bugs and design issues. [Jan 2008, p.83]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. May 27, 2018
    9
    Old school style first-person shooter that plays on the Area 51 urban legend. I like the game and it gives that sci-fi action movie vibe likeOld school style first-person shooter that plays on the Area 51 urban legend. I like the game and it gives that sci-fi action movie vibe like Battle LA. But if there was an action packed episode of the X-Files filled with government troops and an assortment of aliens both big and small then this game would be closer to that.

    The game has several alien designs and I personally find them really well done. These aliens range from humanoid types, insectoids to gigantic worm and tentacled creatures that looked like they came out of the movie, The Mist. The characters are likeable and the game is set on the present day which is refreshing seeing all these popular "human vs. alien" shooters that are always set in the future in space or in some planet far away. Having to see soldiers in contemporary US military equipment battling aliens in some western desert and small town America is somewhat a rarity in video games with Half-Life 1 from 1998 the only thing that comes close to mind.

    Having played this on the PC the graphics seems to be superior from what I heard with those who played it on Playstation. Unreal Engine is gorgeous and it really comes out with the PC. I also heard the game is notorious for being 'unfinished' because of production problems it faced. This is noticeable during gameplay, with npc soldiers appearing out of nowhere during sequences and then disappearing from the map and when they are killed which I find archaic. A patch or mod could have fixed this but so far in 2018 (ten years later) I have not found any.

    I give the game a solid 9 because I expected a really bad game due to the negative press but was pleasantly surprised instead. Blacksite Area 51 reminds me of games I used to play in the past. It has that old school charm but with nicer graphics and interesting setting. If you are fan of conspiracy theories regarding extraterrestrials and the government give this game a try. Its not that bad its actually quite enjoyable.
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  2. TerryD.
    Aug 4, 2008
    7
    BlackSite: Area 51 is just a nice little diversion until some of the big titles materialize a little later. Nothing new here, but fun 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. BraydonS
    Aug 10, 2009
    7
    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.
  4. UpandOver
    Nov 12, 2007
    5
    A generic and uninspired fps.
  5. JhonS.
    Dec 31, 2007
    5
    So so game. not the greatest graphics, stale story line. not even good game play. so so.
  6. DanielS.
    Nov 30, 2007
    3
    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 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
  7. SamW.
    Jul 18, 2009
    1
    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 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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