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BlackSite: Area 51 (Windows)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
63
MobyRank
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3.3
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Description

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.

Screenshots

BlackSite: Area 51 Windows Pierce is dead.
BlackSite: Area 51 Windows Green explains your next mission.
BlackSite: Area 51 Windows I'm badly wounded.
BlackSite: Area 51 Windows This isn't really a spoiler: Yes, he won't survive the encounter.

Alternate Titles

  • "BlackSite" -- European title

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The Press Says

Game Informer Magazine Dec 01, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Captain Dec 21, 2007 70 out of 100 70
Gamezoom Dec 23, 2007 69 out of 100 69
Gamesmania Dec 06, 2007 68 out of 100 68
GameSpot Nov 27, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
PC Games (Germany) Jan 16, 2008 62 out of 100 62
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jan 22, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
UOL Jogos Nov 29, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Dec 05, 2007 58 out of 100 58
Yiya Jul 22, 2008 8 out of 15 53

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Trivia

Development

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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Sicarius (61034) added BlackSite: Area 51 (Windows) on Nov 22, 2007
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (234469) and Sicarius (61034)