• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Apr 25, 2005
  • Also On: PC
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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

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  • Summary: A viral outbreak has shut down one of the US government's most secret and secure military facilities and all scientific and military personnel are locked inside. A small Special Forces unit, led by specialist Ethan Cole, is sent to investigate. As Cole, you'll delve into five expansiveA viral outbreak has shut down one of the US government's most secret and secure military facilities and all scientific and military personnel are locked inside. A small Special Forces unit, led by specialist Ethan Cole, is sent to investigate. As Cole, you'll delve into five expansive levels within the confines of Area 51, discovering a deadly mutagenic side effect of the virus as well as an ancient alien colony buried beneath the facility. With an array of human and alien weapons, you must explore conspiracies in order to solve the enigma of Area 51. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. 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.
  2. The gameplay is fantastic, it's a solid, fast paced shooter that will give you your fix for shooting the hell out of some aliens.
  3. A strong game, but it succeeds kind of in spite of itself. It would've been nice to see a lot more originality in the game, but Area 51 is a fun ride, regardless.
  4. TotalGames.net
    73
    While the game may be some distance from Bungie's massive shooter in terms of quality, it's well worth a look for anyone after a quick blast in a game that will remind us all that the "X-Files" was once a decent TV show.
  5. While this spirited update to the 1996 light gun classic isn't nearly as polished or intelligent as some of the other games in its genre, it still provides tons of hardcore alien blasting and some slick special effects. The controls are spot on.
  6. Probably only warrant a rental, which is basically all the time you'll need to play through this game. Area 51 truly is nothing but a hoax.
  7. 50
    Only a must-play title for those obsessed with alien conspiracies, or those still hungry for more first-person horror after overturning the forces of Hell in Doom 3. For everyone else, the scariest thing about this game will be how quickly the credits roll, making it one title to be bought and thoroughly enjoyed essentially only on budget or rental.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. RichS.
    Nov 6, 2005
    10
    Area-51 Game rules all. Especially in online play.
  2. LarrythegameguyGetRDone
    May 8, 2005
    10
    One of the best FPS i have ever played.....Doom 3 is now in the trash.
  3. B-radH.
    Jun 7, 2005
    10
    It's awesome.
  4. KyleC.
    Apr 27, 2005
    8
    Sure, its not as good as Halo...but if thats what your going to judge other games on then they will all suck...I'm having fun playing Sure, its not as good as Halo...but if thats what your going to judge other games on then they will all suck...I'm having fun playing it...thats all I care about. Expand
  5. Jan 13, 2020
    8
    An underrated gem that was largely overlooked during the Halo 2, Doom 3 and Quake 4 era of first person shooters, Area 51 is a great sci-fiAn underrated gem that was largely overlooked during the Halo 2, Doom 3 and Quake 4 era of first person shooters, Area 51 is a great sci-fi action shooter that's equal parts fun, creepy and challenging. The ability to switch between human and mutant form, the mutant form offering it's own special attacks and abilities, was a nice gameplay addition that added some uniqueness to it. Expand
  6. Rick
    Mar 2, 2006
    7
    An enjoyable game. As mentioned it feels like you have done it all before. Basically there is nothing wrong with this game. Its just not An enjoyable game. As mentioned it feels like you have done it all before. Basically there is nothing wrong with this game. Its just not exceptional. Its better than a lot of other FPS out on the market. Worth a rental for a weekend. I haven't played it for awhile and is enjoyable enough to have another run through. If you're into Aliens and stuff its better than Destroy all humans, albeit they are different genre of gaming. 7.5 out of 10 Expand
  7. Apr 17, 2020
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Здесь вам покажут сцену, в которой инопланетяне изучают человека, вспарывая ему живот. Какая гадость. Expand

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#56 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005