Posted by: peanutmaster | February 28, 2008

Blacksite: Area 51 -Midway – Xbox 360, Ps3, pc


E.T; phone home – no, don’t shoot me, AAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

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Blacksite: Area 51 is at its core a squad based, first person shooter. Pierce (your character) takes an active role in battles while dishing out some basic orders to his support. The squad commands are nothing too deep, generally just a “move here, use this” sort of mechanic. While this basic command element doesn’t add a whole lot of depth, it does a good enough job for managing Echo Squad. The bigger element for you squad though lies in the game’s Squad Moral feature. Based on how the player functions in battle, his squad’s morale will peak and ebb.

When morale is high, Echo Squad functions like a well-oiled machine. The squad members will pick off targets with ease and charge the enemy with all sorts of piss and vinegar. On the flip side of that, when the team’s morale is low, you’ll want to shoot the teammates yourself and save the aliens the hassle. When morale is low, your squad members suddenly lose the ability to hit the broad side of a barn, and sometimes not only will they not break cover, but they’ll try to turn tail and run away. It would be a lot more humorous if it wasn’t such an irritating pain.

The battle to retake Rachel and Area 51 isn’t just a foot race. Blacksite also lets players jump behind the wheel of drivable vehicles. Players can opt to take the wheel, man the artillery, or just rid shotgun, much like riding the warthog in the Halo games. Much like the squad commands, there’s not a lot of depth here, but it’s good enough to get the job done. If there’s one thing that can be said about Blacksite: Area 51, it’s that the game follows the KISS credo: “Keep It Simple, Stupid.” Whether you’re driving across the desert or marching deep into the base, the controls are basic, simple, and easy to handle.

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There is two parts to the storyline – the first bit being the prolouge in which you see your character – Aeran Pierce. After the prolouge, you appear in the present day in the Nevada Desert were you’re told to retake area 51 (nearly every alien game is set in area 51 – typical – it’s not very original) from these mutated freaks called the reborn, who are bent on vengence for the gruesome experiments that the american government did on them, then leaving them for dead.

The gameplay for Blacksite is fairly bulky but does not feel like a fast paced, team based game it has boasted about. The graphics on the Xbox are ok, but do not live up to the standard of the famously amazing Xbox 360 graphics (which it should do), and the Ps3 and Pc versions are both the same! The weapons do not feel varied (only a few weapons in the whole game) and so, this is really a bit of a disapointment.

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RATING: 61%

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  1. Wow I love it


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