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BlackSite: Area 51 review

Yet another forgettable FPS

Pros

  • The graphics
  • Laughing at the A.I.
  • Deathmatch with friends

Cons

  • Terrible AI
  • Uninspired design
  • Paying full price

Nov 28, 2007

With all of the great first-person shooters this holiday season, BlackSite: Area 51 is bound to get lost in the shuffle. And unfortunately, that dishonor is deserved. Despite impressive graphics and impressive demos that had us begging publisher Midway to move itsrelease date- which they did, but not far enough - BlackSite falls short in the area most crucial to any good videogame: gameplay.

BlackSite attempts to combine its classic arcade rail-shooter roots (surging swarms of enemies, some of which are rooted in place so you can find their weak points) with more traditional first-person shooter action. Squad-based combat, perhaps BlackSite's most touted feature by developer Midway Studios Austin, falls apart thanks to crummy artificial intelligence.

More Info

GenreShooter
DescriptionDespite beautiful graphics, BlackSite falls short in the area most crucial to any good videogame: gameplay.
PlatformXbox 360, PS3, PC
US censor ratingTeen
Alternative namesBlack Site: Area 51
Release date12 November 2007 (US), 16 November 2007 (UK)