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Review - BlackSite: Area 51

Blacksite Area 51 Review
Posted on January 25, 2008 by Victor Dangelo
 

The aliens you encounter are highly detailed as there is some nice texture work done on your own characters as well as the enemies and weaponry.  The big problem though is that even though the environments may look nice, they are not filled up nearly enough with enough to play around with to make it that appealing.

When I mean playing around, there are some destructible environments and such here and there, but you will often find yourself in a big wide-open space which could have been used for much more enjoyment.

The single-player mode spans over six episodes which you can easily blast through in under ten hours if you really want to.  There is also an online mode which supports 2 to 10 players.  The game modes are your standard fare and to be quite honest, there is a lot better you can do on the PS3 right now for online playability with games like Call of Duty 4, and even Resistance still.

Blacksite: Area 51 fails in the aspect that you never get connected to the game in any way.  The story is not good enough to draw you in,  the characters are not real enough that you believe in them, the A.I. is not there, and the controls are generic and average.  Overall the game really does not have one single unique draw to it which would remotely give gamers some enjoyment.  For those who were anticipating the release of Blacksite: Area 51, you better rent this before you even think about dropping your hard-earned cash on it.

7.9
Graphics
The visuals are actually nice with good character detail, nice levels. Some framerate issues though take away from the experience, and the levels just feel too wide-open with not enough in them.
7.0
Sound
Nothing really noteworthy about the audio. Everything sounds as it should but there is nothing here that will stand out to you.
5.0
Gameplay
There is nothing original about the way Blacksite: Area 51 plays. The controls are bland, A.I. is terrible, and it really is just not that fun.
5.0
Replay Value
The single-player campaign is short and the game may not be enjoyable enough to even warrant spending a decent amount of time online.
5.5
Overall
Overall the game really does not have one single unique draw to it which would remotely give gamers some enjoyment.
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BlackSite: Area 51 BLACKSITE: AREA 51
Publisher: Midway Games
Developer: Midway Studios - Austin
Genre: Action
ESRB: Early Childhood
Release: 2007-12-10
Wished: 0
PCN Rating: 5.5

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