Even beyond your own teammates’ A.I., the enemy A.I. is not any better. You will see your big boss battles be filled up with some truly stupid alien creatures. If these guys were smart enough to make it all the way to Earth, they sure as hell should be a lot smarter in combat-type situations since they must have known they would have to put up with some sort of fighting. Many of the boss battles have the bosses follow typical patterns with no variety which will truly bore you.
There is unfortunately not really a lot here to praise about Blacksite simply because it is just such a generic game.
Some of the cooler aspects of the game include the fact that you do get to drive around in some nifty military vehicles as well as use some high-tech weaponry. These wear off quickly though as they are all placed in the same game which by the time you get through the first few levels, you will be all done with.
One highlight of Blacksite: Area 51 is that visually it is not a bad looking game in any regard. There are a few problems with framerate here and there, especially later in the game, but for the most part it is a visually appealing release.
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.
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.
Nothing really noteworthy about the audio. Everything sounds as it should but there is nothing here that will stand out to you.
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.
Replay Value: 5.0
The single-player campaign is short and the game may not be enjoyable enough to even warrant spending a decent amount of time online.
Final Score: 5.5