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BlackSite: Area 51

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
60
4.1
Windows
63
3.3
Xbox 360
64
1.7

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Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 3 6 4.1
Windows 14 3.3
Xbox 360 8 1.7
Combined MobyScore 28 3.0


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85
PlayStation 3Play.tm
Unfortunately BlackSite is likely to suffer in the wake of some of the best releases in modern gaming. BioShock, Halo 3, and the Orange Box all demand more than BlackSite ever will and it's inevitable that people will ignore it. 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.
80
Xbox 360Inside Hotwire 3D
Overall, BlackSite: Area 51 is a solid arcade shooter for casual gamers who are looking into a straightforward FPS. The gameplay is simple to pick up and the action is non-stop. The graphics are excellent and very clean throughout, allowing you to see clearly what you’re shooting at. Thanks to the all-in-one action button, you have more freedom to execute other offensive and defensive strategies. Squad tactics are literally at your fingertips! The biggest downside of the game is that it is missing a cooperative mode but that’s forgivable since the single-player campaign gives you plenty of exhilarating moments.
80
Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
BlackSite is a good shooter, but in a season packed with game-of-the-year caliber FPS offerings, "good" might not be enough to get it noticed; seems Midway would've done themselves a financial favor by releasing this during mid-winter when we're starving for quality titles. If you're looking for a ground-breaking experience or a robust selection of multiplayer modes- BlackSite's don't offer much more than a weekend distraction--this isn't it. However, if you find the idea of fighting aliens in your own backyard appealing, you won't do better than BlackSite's relatable, the-truth-is-out-there experience. Master Chief might be a universe-saving hero with a beam-of-blue-light hottie for a sidekick, but has he ever felt the satisfaction of turning a trailer park into a mass of alien-ooze-splattered twisted metal?
80
PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
If you're looking for a ground-breaking experience or a robust selection of multiplayer modes- Blacksite's don't offer much more than a weekend distraction--this isn't it. However, if you find the idea of fighting aliens in your own backyard appealing, you won't do better than Blacksite's relatable, the-truth-is-out-there experience.
80
WindowsCheat Code Central
BlackSite is a good shooter, but in a season packed with game-of-the-year caliber FPS offerings, "good" might not be enough to get it noticed; seems Midway would've done themselves a financial favor by releasing this during mid-winter when we're starving for quality titles. If you're looking for a ground-breaking experience or a robust selection of multiplayer modes- BlackSite's don't offer much more than a weekend distraction--this isn't it. However, if you find the idea of fighting aliens in your own backyard appealing, you won't do better than BlackSite's relatable, the-truth-is-out-there experience. Master Chief might be a universe-saving hero with a beam-of-blue-light hottie for a sidekick, but has he ever felt the satisfaction of turning a trailer park into a mass of alien-ooze-splattered twisted metal?
80
Xbox 360GamePro (US)
Blacksite is a decent enough FPS title that's the gaming equivalent of a summer action blockbuster: it sure as hell won't win any Oscars but it delivers just enough thrills to make you feel like you got your money's worth.
79
Xbox 360Console Monster
Overall, Blacksite isn't a bad shooter at all. I was surprised when I started playing as I thought it would be pretty bad, but I enjoyed it very much. BlackSite seems to be a pretty under rated game, but it is a very good game for when you get bored of Halo 3 or COD4.
79
Xbox 360XBox Front
Bis auf die paar technischen und spielerischen Macken hat 'BlackSite' alles, was ein Shooter haben muss – nur leider auch nicht mehr. Bei der großen Konkurrenz, vor allem bei den Blockbustern, die in letzter Zeit erschienen sind, wird 'BlackSite' trotz aller guten Aspekte wohl leider untergehen. Mehr als Standardkost ist es nun mal leider nicht geworden. Ein bisschen mehr Feinschliff und eine größere Auswahl im Multiplayer-Modus hätten da einige Prozentpunkte retten können. 'Midway' hätte das Spiel einfach nicht zu früh auf den Markt werfen dürfen, wie es jetzt geschehen ist. Und mal ganz im Ernst: die deutschen Synchronsprecher sind teilweise wirklich abartig unmotiviert und langweilig. Allerdings bin ich trotz aller negativen Punkte als eingefleischter Akte X-Fan und Shooter-Spieler nicht enttäuscht worden. Ganz im Gegenteil: es hat mir richtig Spaß gemacht, E.T. mal wieder richtig in seinen außerirdischen Arsch zu treten.
77
Xbox 360Gamer 2.0
While the game was well paced, there wasn’t much depth to the individual gameplay facets used to break up regular running and gunning, and the lack of variety in weapons was disturbing for a shooter.
75
PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
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.
75
PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain
Blacksite Area 51 is a game that would have benefited greatly by being released during a slower period. The controls are silky smooth and responsive, the visuals are fantastic, and the multi-player is certainly proficient, but nothing really makes it stand out from the herd. If you are a fan of the series or simply an alien buff such as myself then Blacksite should definitely be on your must-play list this season. I only wish Midway had waited until the holiday rush was over so gamers could realize the potential of this well-crafted shooter without comparing it to everything else already on the shelf.
75
Xbox 360Kombo.com
BlackSite is a solid game, but has several notable flaws. The plot is subpar, but the story is decent. Its ultimate leftdown is that it fails to travel in a new direction and lodges itself right in the middle of the sci-fi FPS genre without offering anything particularly new or exciting.
75
WindowsGame Informer Magazine
Even with all these annoying issues, the nuts and bolts of BlackSite’s action is solid. The controls and overall level design are good, and some of the enemy character designs look great. And even though the game is constantly hiccupping with loads, there are a lot of cool environmental destruction effects. These lead to some great action moments like walking through the middle of a small desert town as the liquor store in front of you implodes and a giant worm uncurls skyward from the debris. All in all, 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.
75
Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
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.
75
Xbox 360TeamXbox
Overall, the game does just enough to be good, but stops short of being great. Still, if you're an FPS fan looking for a break from Halo 3 or CoD 4, Blacksite: Area 51 is definitely worth taking a look at.
72
WindowsGame Informer Magazine
If you're itching to take out some aliens, you could do worse than visit BlackSite, but don't expect greatness.
72
Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
If you're itching to take out some aliens, you could do worse than visit BlackSite, but don't expect greatness.
72
PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
If you're itching to take out some aliens, you could do worse than visit BlackSite, but don't expect greatness.
72
Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
While the game tends to be quite fun when you begin, after a while you'll feel the boredom setting in. The story is nothing new or even all that interesting, which is surprising for an Area 51 setting. The graphics and sound are good, but nothing extremely special. The online is just like every other FPS as well, though it was quite fun. Basically, the game isn't terrible, but it is nowhere near amazing. It felt generic and forgettable in almost every aspect. If you like alien themes or FPS games in general, I would definitely recommend it, but it won't have any lasting effect or win any awards.
72
PlayStation 3Kombo.com
There are many high-concept things BlackSite does right, like successfully getting across a politically charged message but flubs on some of the more fundamental gameplay and technical mechanics.
71
WindowsComputer Bild Spiele
Für ganz harte Shooter-Freaks ist das Spiel vielleicht interessant. Wer nur ein bisschen mehr Hintergrund wünscht, der greift auf alternative Titel zurück, die es zuletzt in Hülle und Fülle gab, und lässt dieses insgesamt gerade noch "gute" Spiel links liegen.
70
PlayStation 3Game Captain
BlackSite ist ein ordentlicher Durschnittsshooter, der durchaus Spaß machen kann. Leider haben die Entwickler die letzten Monate nicht dafür genutzt, die technischen Macken für die PS3 auszubügeln. Wer auf Aliens, Verschwörungstheorien und Egoshooter generell interessant findet, darf einen Blick riskieren.
70
Xbox 360MS Xbox World
Blacksite: Area 51 is a decent game overall, however it feels like a game that is a shooter by numbers; offering very little that we've not seen before in other games. I'm confident that you'll find enjoyment within the first play through, but beyond this I doubt anyone other than gamerscore hunters will want to carry on with subsequent plays. The multiplayer feels tired, and is something not many people are playing (at least when I was online). I would think carefully before parting with cash for this game; and would probably advise to rent it beforehand, to see if you really would want to keep it in the long term.
70
Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
BlackSite ist ein solider Shooter, der leider jede Menge Potenzial verschenkt. In fast jedem Bereich gibt es gute Ansätze, die dann durch meist unnötige Fehler wieder relativiert werden. Die extrem kurze Spielzeit von ca. 6 Stunden setzt der Sache noch die Krone auf. Technisch zeigt man an manchen Stellen was man kann, um es sich dann an anderen Stellen wieder mit dem Spieler zu verscherzen. BlackSite ist in jeder Hinsicht ein zwiespältiges Vergnügen, das aber dennoch Spaß macht solange es dauert. Shooterfans dürfen einen Blick riskieren, denn ein schlechtes Spiel ist es keineswegs, alle anderen greifen zu den deutlich besseren Konkurrenten.
70
WindowsGame Captain
BlackSite ist ein ordentlicher Durchschnittsshooter der mir durchaus Spaß gemacht hat, aber auch nur weil ich Aliens, Verschwörungstheorien und Egoshooter generell interessant finde, über kleinere Macken hinwegsehen kann und auch keine schwerwiegenden technischen Probleme hatte.
70
Xbox 360GameDaily
A decent shooter, jam-packed with targetable Black Ops soldiers and aliens aplenty and showing moderately good production values, despite a few hitches. However, it's lightweight fluff compared to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and The Orange Box, especially when it comes to the slapped-together multiplayer and lack of story depth.
69
Xbox 360Computer Bild Spiele
Für ganz harte Shooter-Freaks ist das Spiel vielleicht interessant. Wer nur ein bisschen mehr Hintergrund wünscht, der greift auf alternative Titel zurück, die es zuletzt in Hülle und Fülle gab, und lässt dieses insgesamt gerade noch "gute" Spiel links liegen.
69
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Blacksite macht mich wütend. Denn man merkt dem Spiel zuweilen deutlich an, dass es viel besser hätte sein können, als es ist. Und das hat nichts mit mangelnden Feintuning zu tun. Ganze Levels wirken wie zwischen erstem und zweitem Frühstück hingeklatscht, während man an anderen, wenigen Stellen durchaus Liebe zum Detail erkennen kann. Das sind - wenig überraschend - vor allem jene Szenen, die uns Midway Austin im Vorfeld gezeigt hat und die uns annehmen ließen, dass das Programm ein sehr guter Alien-Shooter werden würde. Herausgekommen ist eine schludrig zusammengezimmerte Alien-Schießbude.
69
WindowsGamezoom
BlackSite ist das beste Beispiel dafür, wenn Entwickler zu wenig Zeit vom Publisher erhalten haben. Die guten Ideen und die spannende Storylinie werden aufgrund der massiven Bugs und zahlreichen Gameplay-Schnitzer komplett überschattet. Hartgesottene Fans des Genres können eventuell einen Blick auf dieses halbgare Werk werfen. Große Erwartungen sollte man aber schon während der 15 GB-großen Installationsroutine und noch vor dem CD-Key-Eingabefeld „abgeben“.
68
PlayStation 3Power Unlimited
Blacksite is bewust gemaakt als een slechte B-film maar ontstijgt dat niveau zelf ook niet.
68
Xbox 360Gamesmania
Bei Blacksite: Area 51 haben wir mal wieder den Fall, dass die Demo mehr verspricht, als die Vollversion später halten kann. Anders ausgedrückt: Midway hat bei der Auswahl des Demolevels ein glückliches Händchen bewiesen, denn sowohl optisch als auch spielerisch reichen die meisten Levels von Blacksite an die Schießerei gegen Aliens in einer Tankstelle und anschließend in einer kleinen Stadt nicht heran. Sicherlich ist Blacksite kein totaler Reinfall und macht mehr Spaß als das technisch ähnliche Hour of Victory, doch im Shooterherbst 2007 wird der neue Midwayshooter keinen bleibenden Eindruck hinterlassen. Die von den Entwicklern zuletzt angesprochenen Probleme bei der Entwicklung des Spieles, lassen sich nicht von der Hand weisen, so dass Blacksite durchschnittliche Shooterkost bleibt, die man sich als Budgetspiel aber durchaus mal geben kann.
68
WindowsGamesmania
Bei Blacksite: Area 51 haben wir mal wieder den Fall, dass die Demo mehr verspricht, als die Vollversion später halten kann. Anders ausgedrückt: Midway hat bei der Auswahl des Demolevels ein glückliches Händchen bewiesen, denn sowohl optisch als auch spielerisch reichen die meisten Levels von Blacksite an die Schießerei gegen Aliens in einer Tankstelle und anschließend in einer kleinen Stadt nicht heran. Sicherlich ist Blacksite kein totaler Reinfall und macht mehr Spaß als das technisch ähnliche Hour of Victory, doch im Shooterherbst 2007 wird der neue Midwayshooter keinen bleibenden Eindruck hinterlassen. Die von den Entwicklern zuletzt angesprochenen Probleme bei der Entwicklung des Spieles, lassen sich nicht von der Hand weisen, so dass Blacksite durchschnittliche Shooterkost bleibt, die man sich als Budgetspiel aber durchaus mal geben kann.
66
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een titel die niet voldoet aan de verwachtingen. Leuk om even te spelen, maar niet meer dan dat.
66
Xbox 360Worth Playing
Having enjoyed Area 51 and hoping for a return to the "X-Files with Guns" vibe, I was looking forward to Blacksite: Area 51 ever since it was announced, and I fervently hoped that it would do well. Taking advantage of the rumors and hearsay drawn from today's headlines in much the same way that Area 51 pulled together the conspiracy theories surrounding it in pop culture, it sounded like a daring experiment in political commentary coupled with exciting, squad-based gameplay. Unfortunately, Blacksite's FPS action offers nothing beyond what already exists and has been done better by the competition. With a disappointingly forgettable story, solid but unremarkable action, and with little else to look forward to in the multiplayer mode, there's not much of a reason to dig for the truth behind this particular conspiracy.
66
WindowsWorth Playing
Having enjoyed Area 51 and hoping for a return to the "X-Files with Guns" vibe, I was looking forward to Blacksite: Area 51 ever since it was announced, and I fervently hoped that it would do well. Taking advantage of the rumors and hearsay drawn from today's headlines in much the same way that Area 51 pulled together the conspiracy theories surrounding it in pop culture, it sounded like a daring experiment in political commentary coupled with exciting, squad-based gameplay. Unfortunately, Blacksite's FPS action offers nothing beyond what already exists and has been done better by the competition. With a disappointingly forgettable story, solid but unremarkable action, and with little else to look forward to in the multiplayer mode, there's not much of a reason to dig for the truth behind this particular conspiracy.
65
WindowsGameSpot
For the most part, BlackSite is a boilerplate first-person shooter that has a handful of good moments. As it stands, the game suffers from some annoying issues that make it difficult to recommend. If you're a huge fan of first-person shooting, you're probably better of with a rental because the lack of multiplayer competition means that the whole experience doesn't last especially long.
62
Xbox 360Game Positive
Overall, BlackSite: Area 51's worst enemy has been the high level of expectation built from the numerous previews and snippets of information available prior to release. The promise of fantastic squad features falls flat due to the poorly applied AI throughout the game. The gameplay borrows from several other more successful titles, but fails to form a cohesive package nonetheless. If you couldn't get enough of the original Area 51, you'll probably adore BlackSite, as it has a better story, superior graphics and is as a whole, a better game. However, when compared to anything other than its predecessor, BlackSite just doesn't do enough to compete with this year's great first-person shooter releases.
62
PlayStation 3Game Chronicles
While there have been much worse FPS games released in the past, in this day and age of 2007 and beyond the bar has been raised considerably higher by titles like Bioshock, Halo 3, Orange Box, UT3, Call of Duty 4, etc. With so many high quality A+ FPS titles to choose from, an also-ran like Blacksite can’t really hope to make much of a dent in the market, especially when coming in at full price like the rest. This could be a fun weekend rental for the die-hard FPS aficionado that simply must play every title in the genre, assuming you’ve beaten everything else. Blacksite is not going to win over any new fans to the genre, unless they’re wandering around blithely ignorant of much better titles out there.
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PlayStation 3IGN
The fact of the matter is that BlackSite: Area 51 is just like every other run-of-the-mill FPS out there. You can find better multiplayer in Resistance, you can find a better storyline in The Orange Box, and you can find a livelier environment in just about anything. The game underperforms in every aspect, and although that doesn't make it bad, it certainly makes it a major disappointment for everyone who was anxiously awaiting this game's debut.
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WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Harvey Smith bezeichnete das Projekt Blacksite als Katastrophe. Verdenken kann ich‘s ihm nicht: Der unfertige Zustand des Spiels ist offensichtlich. Doch es hilft nichts, der Shooter steht verpackt im Handel – und wird die meisten Käufer frustrieren. Mit technischen Mängeln und Bugs, aber auch mit seiner konfusen Story und den anspruchslosen Levels. Dass die Grafik und einige Aliens durchaus gelungen sind, rettet nicht viel. Einzig die deutsche Sprachausgabe besitzt echten Unterhaltungswert – zumindest für Leute, die auf Schmerzen stehen.
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Xbox 360TalkXbox
With all this said it might sound as if BlackSite is the worst game ever known to man, or at least shooters. But this isn’t really the case; BlackSite is well and far away from being even a painful experience. The game is merely another mediocre bag of wasted potential tossed out that simply begs you to lower your expectations right before diving in. BlackSite doesn’t quite fail as a game, but it certainly comes close to offering too little for any satisfaction. If a little exploration and killing aliens is enough to keep you satisfied then BlackSite might be worth renting, just don’t expect anything beyond just that.
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Xbox 360GamesCollection
Insomma, è un gioco breve e pieno di difetti, sviluppato di corsa (ed è stata rimandata la sua uscita al tempo, pure) con miriadi di mancanze per lo più divertenti perchè ci mettono in situazioni a dir poco grottesche. La stupidità con la S maiuscola dei nostri partners va a condire un sistema di gioco assurdo, con orde di nemici sempre uguali, livelli piatti, occasionali rallentamenti e un plot praticamente insensato. Sei livelli vi separano dallo scartare il gioco e riporlo nella confezione: vi assicuro però che vi domanderete se sia proprio necessario giocarseli. Insomma, carino, ma a sua volta non lo è. Ma poi che senso ha riprovare a sviluppare un gioco su Area 51 quando ne uscì un episodio nel 2005 da parte della stessa casa (per altro un gioco formidabile, leggetevi l'ultimo sub-capitolo, "Varie ed eventuali")? Provatelo se non avete nulla da fare, compratelo se lo trovate a pochissimo...de gustibus.
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Xbox 360UOL Jogos
Não há nada terrivelmente errado com "Blacksite: Area 51" (exceto quando congela tudo, o que acontece de vez em quando). É um game de tiro em primeira pessoa até competente, principalmente no modo de campanha. O problema é que ser apenas passável não é suficiente num gênero tão disputado como esse, em que desfilam alguns dos mais sérios candidatos a jogo do ano, principalmente para PC e Xbox 360. Ou seja, é muito mais negócio conferir esses jogos imperdíveis primeiro.
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WindowsUOL Jogos
Não há nada terrivelmente errado com "Blacksite: Area 51" (exceto quando congela tudo, o que acontece de vez em quando). É um game de tiro em primeira pessoa até competente, principalmente no modo de campanha. O problema é que ser apenas passável não é suficiente num gênero tão disputado como esse, em que desfilam alguns dos mais sérios candidatos a jogo do ano, principalmente para PC e Xbox 360. Ou seja, é muito mais negócio conferir esses jogos imperdíveis primeiro.
60
WindowsGamer.co.il

שבועות ספורים לאחר שיצא בלאקסייט לחנויות בארה'ב, התרחשה לה פרשייה שבכמותה אנו נתקלים לעיתים רחוקות בלבד: הארווי סמית', המעצב הראשי של המשחק, התפטר ממשרתו לאחר שהצהיר בפומבי כי לחצי השיווק הרסו כל סיכוי לחוויה איכותית, והובילו לכך שבלאקסייט יצא הרבה לפני שהיה מוכן. לא נכנס כאן לענייני האשמות – אין לנו מושג מה באמת קרה בצוות הפיתוח – אך אין ספק שסמית' צודק לפחות בדבר אחד: המשחק הזה לא היה צריך להגיע אל מדפי החנויות במצבו הנוכחי, וכפי שהוא נראה כיום, באמת שאין לכם שום סיבה לקנות אותו.

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Xbox 360Game Couch
Unfortunately BlackSite: Area 51 isn’t nearly as fun as it should be and while the game strives for political relevance, the gamer is bludgeoned with political commentary every step of the way. It might be subversive, but it’s also hamhanded — so much so that I felt like every reference to the Bush Administration or the ongoing war in Iraq cast a larger, grimmer shadow over the gameplay. I mean, BlackSite can be traced back to a classic lightgun arcade game. What’s next, a Mad Dog McCree game where the healthcare system is raked over the coals?
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Xbox 360Deeko
In the end Blacksite is at times a fun shooter, but in a gaming landscape where games like Halo 3, Orange Box and Bioshock are currently available, Blacksite does little to make itself stand out. While technically, at least for the most part, a solid game, it still suffers from a general feeling of incompleteness and seems to be a title that simply needed more time in the oven. Featuring a storyline that at times intruiges and some enemies that boggle the mind by sheer size, it all quickly falls apart with bad pacing and a slew of glitches. If anything, I can whole heartedly recommend Blacksite as a weekend rental for fans of alien conspiracies who want to blow off a bit of steam shooting freakish mutated aliens, but sadly nothing else.
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Xbox 360Game Over Online
BlackSite: Area 51 surely would have benefited from more time in containment…err, development. Bugs and glitches are indicative of a general lack of polish while most of the game’s features are underdeveloped, underutilized or feel out of place. Apart from exciting moments that are few and far between, the game is dull and uninspiring. The single player campaign is about a half dozen hours in length so a rental will satiate any curiosity one might have. Ultimately, considering the truly great shooters available on the market this holiday season, you can do better than this.
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WindowsGame Over Online
BlackSite: Area 51 surely would have benefited from more time in containment…err, development. Bugs and glitches are indicative of a general lack of polish while most of the game’s features are underdeveloped, underutilized or feel out of place. Apart from exciting moments that are few and far between, the game is dull and uninspiring. The single player campaign is about a half dozen hours in length so a rental will satiate any curiosity one might have. Ultimately, considering the truly great shooters available on the market this holiday season, you can do better than this.
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WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
The biggest problem with Blacksite is that it attempts to mix three largely incompatible play elements: serious critical commentary on American military operations abroad, haunting paranormal exploration of the mysteries surrounding Area 51 and mindless arcade shoot-em-up style action. As it’s nearly impossible to be successful at all three simultaneously, this release is disappointing, particularly if you were anticipating something more thought provoking. In so many areas, Blacksite lacks the polish, consistency and finishing touches that would’ve made it a real success, and it fails to carve out for itself a distinctive niche within the crowded field of PC first-person shooters. Although enjoyable in many spots, the net result is an average offering.
60
PlayStation 3Game Tap
BlackSite, which evolved from a light-gun coin-op game in the late 1990s, does its best to shadow "Halo 1"'s story in many respects, but regularly comes up short.
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Xbox 360Official XBox Magazine
The one aspect of BlackSite that stands out from the crowd is its not-so-subtle political commentary — for example, every mission is titled with a Bush-ism, like “Stay the Course,” “Mission Accomplished,” and “Regime Change,” and the game leaves nothing to the imagination regarding its designers’ political viewpoints. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is up to you, but we just wish they’d woven it in a little better — no one likes being preached at when they’re trying to kill alien scum.
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WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Blacksite is vooral een onopmerkelijke shooter met een paar sterke punten. Vandaag leidt het spel onder enkele lastige fouten, waardoor we het spel moeilijk kunnen aanraden. Ook het gebrek aan multiplayermogelijkheden en –spelers doen dit game weinig goed.
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Xbox 360Extreme Gamer
BlackSite: Area 51 is a noble attempt that really doesn’t shape up into anything. I disappointed that BlackSite didn’t manage to capture the unique feel and ambiance of the first thrilling Area 51 game. Even though Area 51 was underrated, it was one of my favourite shooters I’ve played and I was expecting BlackSite to bring out the same feelings of wonder, fear and excitement that Area 51 extracted. BlackSite is extremely flawed in its straightforward objectives, squad tactics and obvious storyline. BlackSite needed to slow down and refocus its attention to what made the original so great. If you need a boost to your achievements or a fun simplistic game to blast through in a weekend then give BlackSite: Area 51 a shot as a rental, otherwise stay away from the infected.
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PlayStation 3GameTrailers
BlackSite: Area 51 features a handful of fun moments blasting giant aliens, but there’s too much time spent in forgettable shootouts, the story fails to engage, and it’s so riddled with bugs that not even the Orkin Man can feel safe purchasing it. It’s a shame, too. We can see that there are the makings of something special underneath it all, it just wasn’t given enough time in the cooker.
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WindowsYiya
Bei der Entwicklung von BlackSite gab es nach Worten der Entwickler viele Probleme, doch so schlimm spielt es sich nicht. Hier fragt man sich aber, was für Produktionsbedingungen bei Spielen vorherrschen, die wirklich grottenschlecht sind. Mit BlackSite bekommt man einen Standardshooter, der technisch auf hohem Niveau spielt. Die Graphik ist gelungen und die Musik ist eine der besten Spielmusiken der letzten Zeit. Das Game ist durch die unterschiedlichen Locations und die Fahrpassagen abwechslungsreich genug, um den Spieler in der gesamten Spielzeit bei Laune zu halten, auch wenn der Anfang etwas träge ausfällt. Die schlechten Seiten von BlackSite, die man aber als Spieler weitestgehend durch die eigene Spielweise ignorieren kann, sind das vermurkste Squad-System und die Truppenmoral. Das Spiel wirkt leider ein wenig "unpoliert" und hätte mit ein wenig mehr Entwicklungszeit zu einem sehr guten Spiel werden können. Schlimm, wenn der Publisher da verfrüht den Stecker zieht.
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Xbox 360Fragland.net
With Blacksite: Area 51 Midway disappoints me for the second time this year (the first being Stranglehold). The game is ugly, linear, boring and even badly finished. Even fans of the original really shouldn't look into this one. Those wanting a decent shooter better buy one of the other games I mentioned above.
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Xbox 360HonestGamers
Of course, you won’t find any blood or gore here! BlackSite was only given a T-rating. At least, despite all the little nagging issues I have with the game, I can still confidently say that this is an average shooter. The single-player campaign will end after only a few hours. You won’t cherish the time spent playing as Captain Aeran Pierce, but you won’t regret it, either. Should you decide that you really like the game, you can play a variety of multiplayer matches via Xbox Live. Basically, the game is good enough to rent and play through, and it should give Area 51 fans something to enjoy. Anyone looking for a more serious FPS – something with sterling graphics, fierce enemies, awesome design, and a great multiplayer mode – should look elsewhere. BlackSite: Area 51 doesn’t have any of those things, though I don’t think it ever seriously entertained the notion of becoming the newest big FPS title.
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Xbox 360JustPressPlay
I haven't played a First Person Shooter this bad since Turok Evolution. The game is certainly playable and you can see that there are ideas that if implemented well they could've worked out to be something interesting. In a holiday season as busy as this one with a lot of great FPS's there is no reason to buy this game. If I got this game for Christmas instead of Bioshock, Call Of Duty 4, or The Orange Box I'm pretty sure that fisticuffs would ensue.
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PlayStation 3Video Game Talk
BlackSite: Area 51 could have been something better than it turned out to be. The campy alien atmosphere was rife with potential but underdeveloped and overlooked areas plague this experience. From the AI to generic gameplay and shoddy presentation values there are several things that keep this game from being as fun as it had the possibility to be. In the end this title is little more than a weekend rental for FPS fans looking for something to pass some time with.
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Xbox 360GameSpy
Well-done propaganda is usually subversive and flashy. Unfortunately, in spite of the creative direction of Harvey Smith of Deus Ex fame, Blacksite: Area 51 is neither. As a shooter, it's an awfully generic game that we're hard-pressed to recommend among the smorgasbord of significantly better FPS titles out there right now. As a political allegory, it's undermined by poor audio with no subtitles, heavy-handed storytelling, and little to emotionally invest in these characters. Visually, it's not ugly, but there's not much about it that's distinguishable, and the framerate bottoms out every once in a while. Multiplayer has some issues such as lag and weapon imbalances that don't render it unplayable, but don't help it at all, either. By no means is Blacksite a bad title. It is, however, quite mediocre.
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WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
На совесть потрудился и художник, нарисовавший заманчивую обложку. Жаль, что под ней вы не найдете ничего, кроме нескольких часов беспросветной тоски и дежурного мультиплеерного "довеска" с вечной табличкой "Servers not found".
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PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
Quelque part, bien au fond, Blacksite avait sans doute le potentiel pour faire un bon jeu scripté. Mais allez savoir à quel moment il a complètement déraillé. Sa trame est digne d'un premier jet de scénariste de téléfilm, sa technique part complètement en sucette et il nous offre une démonstration de ce qu'il ne faut pas faire en matière d'I.A. Sa progression, plate et prévisible aurait pu être sauvée par quelques affrontements impressionnants contre les créatures géantes mais là encore, le coup du point faible qui clignote en disant "tire-moi dessus et ce sera fini" balance tout par la fenêtre. Vu la concurrence solide en matière de FPS scriptés (CoD 4 au hasard), on oubliera vite ce médiocre Blacksite.
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PlayStation 3Worth Playing
Although the game in concept is not itself rotten to the core, unless Blacksite: Area 51's developer can repair the technical disaster that is the PS3 version — I suspect this would require a substantial, cost-prohibitive reworking of the core software — I cannot under any circumstances recommend this title.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Quelque part, bien au fond, Blacksite avait sans doute le potentiel pour faire un bon jeu scripté. Mais allez savoir à quel moment il a complètement déraillé. Sa trame est digne d'un premier jet de scénariste de téléfilm, sa technique part complètement en sucette et il nous offre une démonstration de ce qu'il ne faut pas faire en matière d'I.A. Sa progression, plate et prévisible aurait pu être sauvée par quelques affrontements impressionnants contre les créatures géantes mais là encore, le coup du point faible qui clignote en disant "tire-moi dessus et ce sera fini" balance tout par la fenêtre. Vu la concurrence solide en matière de FPS scriptés (CoD 4 au hasard), on oubliera vite ce médiocre Blacksite.
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WindowsTotal PC Gaming
Clipping issues abound, weapons float in the air, the user interface randomly stops working and there are performance issues with sudden drops in frame rate and vanishing textures. Someone was in an awful hurry to get this game out the door, which also explains why, mercifully, it can be completed in about four hours. A couple of exciting moments can’t save a boring and buggy shooter.
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PlayStation 3UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
At a budget price, BlackSite: Area 51 would be tough to recommend even with its vaguely entertaining on-rails shooting sequences and wanton destruction. But this thing is being sold as a full price release and that's just wrong. Midway needs to patch this thing up very quickly or there are going to be a lot of disappointed xenocidal gamers out there this holiday season.
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Xbox 360Video Game Generation
I didn’t even go into detail about the multiplayer aspect of Blacksite: Area 51, because it honestly doesn’t matter. The single-player experience is weak, and Blacksite’s relatively generic online modes certainly aren’t worth the cost of admission alone (and nothing you can’t find in many other titles). Blacksite: Area 51 ultimately tries and fails to rely on its controversial storyline and mediocre gameplay.
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PlayStation 3Video Game Generation
I didn’t even go into detail about the multiplayer aspect of Blacksite: Area 51, because it honestly doesn’t matter. The single-player experience is weak, and Blacksite’s relatively generic online modes certainly aren’t worth the cost of admission alone (and nothing you can’t find in many other titles). Blacksite: Area 51 ultimately tries and fails to rely on its controversial storyline and mediocre gameplay.
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PlayStation 3GameCell UK
Blacksite’s cause isn’t helped by the fact that it arrives at the same times as Midway stablemate Unreal Tournament III, and I’d really recommend that you avoid this game and buy that, but if you’re a FPS addict/completist then maybe rent it or pick it second hand - if nothing else it’ll make you appreciate how polished some games are.
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Xbox 360GameCell UK
Having been a fan of the previous Area 51 this is a major disappointment, a game that rarely looks or feels finished. But I’d like to sum up on a positive note so I’ll just say that the on-rails Hummer ride that happens early on in the game was exciting and fun, and some of the set pieces including the “Blackhawk ride” (also available as a free demo on the 360 marketplace) and special effects are spectacular. I’d really recommend that you avoid this game, but if you’re a FPS addict then maybe rent it or pick it second hand, if nothing else it’ll make you appreciate how polished some games, such as Halo 3 are.
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Windows1UP
BlackSite the narrative and BlackSite the game never meet in the middle. The story is what it is, and the part you play is made up of the most unsophisticated shooting money can buy. So while we're supposed to react to cynical episodes called "Stay the Course" and "The Surge," we aren't expected to open doors without the direction of icons we interact with in order to call over squadmates, who then open the doors. The circularity is comical. Touching a turret unleashes an endless torrent of opposing forces that walk into its line of fire. An ally yells to "close that tunnel with C4! That'll stop them." Clicking the icon causes you to command the very same ally who commanded you to close the tunnel to come over and close the tunnel. Confused yet? I was, too...and I wonder whether BlackSite might've made a great light-gun game -- like the original Area 51 -- and gone to taverns and pool halls across middle America. Now that's daring.
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PlayStation 3Gamestyle
In the past Gamestyle has experienced titles with strong and captivating storylines that have pushed aside any technical or gaming shortcomings. However here the combination of both and severity is beyond comprehension and recommendation. BlackSite in this state should never have been released into the public domain.