Blacksite: Area 51 - Xbox 360

Release Date:

November 12, 2007

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Also on UK.


BlackSite: Area 51 enters the first-person foray into Nevada with a mission-driven game promising multiple solution for every scenario. Players control a former Special Forces assassin named Aeran Pierce, who along with his AI-controlled squad, will battle an assortment of alien and mutant creatures threatening the small town of Rachel, Nevada. Morale plays a part in each teammate's attributes, with players rewarded for using tactics and punished for engaging enemy forces against overwhelming odds. Commands given to the squad are mapped to a single button, allowing players to quickly order individuals to use a sniper rifle, plant explosives, or drive vehicles. The latter includes a choice of ATVs, HMMWVs, helicopters, and civilian automobiles. BlackSite features deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag, siege, and other multiplayer options for up to 16 combatants.

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Blacksite Area 51 is synonymous with the name Area 51 and has been used in so many alien-filled story lines that range from lighter gun shooter arcade type games to some very cheesy first person shooter games with really cheesy story lines. But you may be happy to know that Blacksite Area 51 continues the theme but in a more serious manner that doesn’t necessarily make for a better game. You will notice that the game a has a strong graphical thing going on for it which makes up for the overused game play which is then overshadowed by a lot of glitches.

The game will put you in the role of Aeran Pierce who is the leader of Echo Squad. That said, you will be playing with the same set of squad mates throughout the game and you will also notice that the back stories will be full of chatter between a number of fire fights. The game will open in the recent past that includes Pierce and his squad deep in the heart of battle in Iraq where you will be looking for weapons of mass destruction but instead you will chance upon some enemies that don’t look quite human but are indeed human but with some disease. After that, you will meet swarms of creatures that will explode like landmines whenever you shoot at them. Then, after a short stint in Iraq, which is really where they set the stage for the rest of the game, you move on to Nevada where you will be told that a certain militia has been on the rise and has seized control of Rachael.

In case you are wondering, this is the town situated near Groom Lake and also Area 51 itself and the surrounding areas as well. While it may be shown that it is the Americans who have done this as a show of protest against the government and while that may be partly true, that is not entirely true. Once you get deeper into the story and the investigation, you will get to find out what is really going on; though you may find that the game doesn’t really do a very good job of telling the story or at least telling you where the aliens came from.

The games tries its best to include some aspects that will make it seem edgier than it really is; it is a valiant effort but it really does fall short of making this the kind of game that will stand the test of time and game critics worldwide. But for all its efforts and shortcomings, this game could make for some fun times if you care to play it. It might not be the best and it may have some shortcomings, but you may still have fun with it.

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