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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 48
  2. Negative: 3 out of 48
  1. 85
    In actual fact I found this, while admittedly less spectacular, as enjoyable as anything else I've played on the 360. BlackSite never attempts to be innovative, but knows what it does best. A well-oiled working game is ridiculously hard to find these days and, if nothing else, BlackSite is certainly that.
  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. Over all BlackSite tries to slip itself into a niche squarely between the two benchmarks of FPS gaming, Call of Duty 4 and HALO 3. It unfortunately doesn't succeed in making that niche, in fact trying to make itself a little of one and the other it fails doing anything profound.
  4. The game is merely another mediocre bag of wasted potential tossed out that simply begs you to lower your expectations right before diving in.
  5. Apart from exciting moments that are few and far between, the game is dull and uninspiring.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    57
    At best, BlackSite is a poor man's "Resistance"; at worst, it's half of an unfinished game with a few cool set pieces. [Holiday 2007, p.74]
  7. 20
    Instead of creating the game they promised themselves in the design documents, the end result is a spaceship sized wreck of catastrophic proportions and with very little redeeming qualities to prevent it from being placed at the very bottom of the bargain bin where it belongs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 8 out of 29
  1. G.S.
    Nov 13, 2007
    10
    Sometimes you just want an arcade shooter, lots of enemies to kill with beautiful backgrounds.
  2. MichaelR.
    Jan 20, 2008
    9
    I'm having a lot of fun playing this game.
  3. AndrewS
    Jun 18, 2008
    8
    Blacksite, was beyond beleif when it came to suspense, but then lead to a horribly short uninteresting ending! Although the alien design was Blacksite, was beyond beleif when it came to suspense, but then lead to a horribly short uninteresting ending! Although the alien design was great the AI'S strategy was pointless Expand
  4. AdamR.
    Nov 13, 2007
    7
    While the graphics are pretty and the design of the creatures and characters are decent, the game doesn't bring anything new to the While the graphics are pretty and the design of the creatures and characters are decent, the game doesn't bring anything new to the table, nor does it show anything that other games have brought. It's your standard Run-n'-Gun games. The voice acting is alright, but can get a tad bit annoying, and the music (even at max) is hard to hear compared to everything else going on at the same time. Also, the facial expressions with morale is a tad bit scary, as their smiles nearly stretch from ear to ear. The storyline's progression is rushed and poorly explained, but if you do't care and just wanna blow the shit outa stuff, then it works out fine. The squad command is nice, but it's still a bit lame that you can't open a door yourself or do anything without your squad (or they could be a good distance away form you and you enter a vehicle, the auto-teleport into it). 7.2/10 Expand
  5. Jan 29, 2018
    5
    You always feel its on the verge of greatness, but drops the ball entirely and leaves you disappointed. I did play all the way through andYou always feel its on the verge of greatness, but drops the ball entirely and leaves you disappointed. I did play all the way through and enjoyed it enough. If you have free time. Expand
  6. Jon
    Dec 4, 2007
    5
    The game had a okay story. But the driving controls were weird the weapons were limited to about 5. The AI not the best. could have been a The game had a okay story. But the driving controls were weird the weapons were limited to about 5. The AI not the best. could have been a lot better if more time was spent on it. Expand
  7. JeffA.
    Nov 17, 2007
    0
    Forget the graphics, controls, audio, storyline. None of that matters in this buggy mess of a game. My Humvie in one area was floating in the Forget the graphics, controls, audio, storyline. None of that matters in this buggy mess of a game. My Humvie in one area was floating in the air. In another section I wasled right through two pickup trucks. Later in the game the framerate drops to the point that the screen freezes. I really wanted to like this game but Midway should never have released a game with so many glitches. Probably the last time I buy a Game with the name "Midway" on the cover. Expand

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