BlackSite: Area 51

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It was supposed to be a routine mission three years ago. Enter a bunker deep inside Iraq-territory, retrieve a chemical weapon and get out. But inside the complex was no chemical weapon. Instead you encounter mutated humans and other strange creatures. With one man down you escape that hell and move on.

Now you are called to Nevada because something terrible happened there (see Area-51) and it affected the nearby city. But you soon realize, that all this has something to do with what you encountered inside the bunker three years ago.

The game is a pretty straight-forward first person shooter. You move through the levels, kill everything that moves and fulfil your objectives. To aid you in that task, you've a squad full of people under your command. With the help of cursor-sensitive commands you order them around and let them man a stationary MG for example. But there are also marked points in the levels at which your squad will perform scripted tasks like a door breach.

Depending on the difficulty you need to watch the moral of your team mates very carefully. While a high morale will make your squad very aggressive and increase their aim, they'll take more cover and be less accurate when they don't feel so confident. To increase morale you just need to do a good job or give your team mates a common target to shoot at.

The game also features a multiplayer-mode with several game modes. These include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Abduction. In Abduction there are two teams: the humans and the Reborn. One player randomly starts as a Reborn and whenever a Reborn kills a human, the human will respawn as a Reborn. For such a kill a Reborn gets two points and all surviving humans gain a bonus point. After all humans are abducted, the round ends and the player with the most points wins the match.


BlackSite: Area 51 Windows Collect these and unlock additional information.
BlackSite: Area 51 Windows A small briefing.
BlackSite: Area 51 Windows He hasn't seen me yet and probably never will.
BlackSite: Area 51 Windows Information like this is unlocked by collecting the dossiers.

Alternate Titles

  • "BlackSite" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

Cheat Code Central Windows Dec, 2007 4 out of 5 80
Console Monster Xbox 360 Dec 01, 2007 79 out of 100 79
Game Informer Magazine Windows Dec, 2007 7.25 out of 10 72
XboxAchievements Xbox 360 Nov 18, 2007 72 out of 100 72
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 3 Dec, 2007 7.25 out of 10 72
MS Xbox World Xbox 360 Nov 30, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Gamezoom Windows Dec 23, 2007 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Dec 05, 2007 58 out of 100 58
GameTrailers PlayStation 3 Nov 28, 2007 5.4 out of 10 54
Absolute Games ( Windows Dec 15, 2007 48 out of 99 48


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In a November 2007 interview Executive Creative Director Harvey Smith called the project "fucked up", blaming himself for the critical reception. Technical problems held the game back and there was no time to polish it. According to him, "it went straight from alpha to final".

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