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Blacksite - Area 51 (Xbox 360)

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Manufacturer: Midway / Genre: Action / Genre: Shooter / Release Date: 2007

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      26.01.2009 15:26
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      Another unremarkable FPS

      Sometimes, you really have to wonder whether there's room for any more First Person Shooters on the Xbox 360. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of the genre and will happily have a go when new games come out - after all, you never know what you're going to get - but there have been far too many average / poor games out recently.

      Looking at the screenshots and previews, Blacksite - Area 51 looked pretty damned impressive actually. There are very very few FPS games for some reason that offer huge, epic boss encounters, and there are plenty of them here - they're quite awesome. And all of these encounters much better than two classic anticlimactic massive bosses in FPS history - I'm thinking of Quake and the original Half Life. How disappointed I was.

      So, that's the highlight right there. Blacksite carries a nice bland storyline involving alien invasions / government conspiracies, except it's more Chuck Norris than X files. You play as a meatheaded soldier who, accompanied by some dumb comrades, has to muscle his way through a meagre 6 hours of alien shooting fun. And every now and then you come across a big boss battle / set piece - and it's fantastic.

      Unfortunately, the rest of the game can't match these encounters, which rarely last longer than a couple of minutes anyway. Blacksite is plagued by unimpressive weapons, barely existent AI, clunky controls (just wait until you get to the driving section - you will wonder what the developers were thinking!

      The graphics look fantastic when you see screenshots, and that is undeniable. Like many games around at the moment, Blacksite uses the Unreal engine, one of the most versatile and impressive engines that exists. Many games have used this engine successfully to create impressive and smooth-running graphics on the 360 - unfortunately the developers of Blacksite have not quite achieved this! Optimization is poor, with frustratingly low frame rates that make playing a bit of a miserable experience, a bit like playing a new PC game on an old PC. It's a console game, c'mon!

      Overall, Blacksite is not a very impressive FPS. Again I'm underwhelmed by the lack of innovation here, and with the boss fights the only thing that really stands out, this truly is a one trick pony.

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      15.10.2008 13:52

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      I want my £5.95 rental fee back!

      Good Points
      - Aliens!
      - Tones of Aliens!
      - Did I mention Aliens?

      Retail Price: Used about £15, new is between £25 - 34.99

      Bad Points
      - Very Buggy.
      - Doesn't bring anything new to the genre.
      - Doesn't compell the player to want or care about completing it.

      General Comments
      The general idea behind this game is great! First Person Shooter against aliens, think modern day starship troopers set on earth.

      But the coolness ends there, the bugs are horrendous, the way is often not clear, in fact on one of the missions, I went back on myself assuming that was the correct way and ended up out side of the texture map area and I could see nothing but grey and the frames which made up the world of where I used to be! Don't kid yourself folks, this is a bug! As I had to restart and go a different way.

      This FPS does not bring anything new to the genre, but it could have! Think about it, seemingly all FPS's these days are based on WW2 or modern terrorism, I am glad that someone threw in something to do with aliens but I am deeply dissapointed that it was not any good.

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      12.09.2008 18:08
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      Not really worth the buy, look elsewhere.

      Blacksite is a game that was supposed to be one of the best First Person Shooter games ever released on the Xbox 360, and many people were looking forward to it's release. Unfortunately, during it's development the Co-op mode was dropped, and that was when it all began to go downhill according to many people.

      The storyline of the game is extremely misleading, and often unclear. The player has to fight superhuman soldiers and large genetically engineered war machines that the government has accidentally lost control over. At least that is the impression I got. During playing I was constantly undecided as to the people I was fighting were aliens, humans, terrorists, government operatives or some kind of peculiar mix of all of them. Genuinely I had no clue what was going on during the game, and neither the narrative of the characters nor the setting of the game made it any clearer for me.

      The gameplay of the game feels really dated, probably due to the lack of storyline and the general blandness of all the skirmishes and settings. The enemies never really feel like they challenge you, and in fact the harder difficulties feel more like a tedious task rather than a worthwhile second of third playthrough. Even the selection of weapons is poor, with only around 5 or 6 different types of gun. It all feels like it has either been done before, or it hasn't been done before simply because no-one thought it was a very good idea. This game smacks of a rushed budget title, which it actually isn't.

      The graphics, sound and the controls of the game are all fairly good, although they aren't anything special and there are definately better FPS's other than this out there, and the voice acting is poor and pretty cheesy at times. Even the potential perk of the game, the achievements, has been ruined by non-stackable achievements and lack of people in the multiplayer game modes, which themselves are very good anyway.

      Overall I would highly recommend that a potential buyer invests in a copy of a better first person shooter for their money, such as Call of Duty 4, Halo 3 or maybe Gears of War, as this game isn't anywhere near worth the money. You couldn't pay me to play through this game again.

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      22.08.2008 19:01
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      Like it.

      Black site Area 51, it is a first person shooter for the Microsoft Xbox 360 games console.

      This game has a interesting storyline which is full of mystery and even fuller of aliens. You encounter them early in the game and they are in it all the way through.

      This game has some really epic battles especially the one where you have control off a chain gun, you are in a helicopter and you must fight a massive alien who is as big as a bridge!

      The gun play in this game is really quite good, weapons feel powerful and they will blow chunks out of the walls and surroundings. The graphics are really impressive, it is fall of gritty settings that really come to life.

      It has many online modes but unfortunately not many people play it, the best mode is probably the cooperative mode.

      You can get this game for 15 to 20 pounds so if you see it I advise you to pick it up.

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        11.07.2008 10:01
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        Another good FPS for the 360

        -Introduction-

        I picked this game up for twenty quid in Game after playing the demo a few times. I personally was impressed with the demo, and couldn't understand the poor reviews and feedback it was earning. Plus, twenty quid is a bargain for any 360 game right now.

        -Story-

        The game is played from the perspective of Aeran Pierce and his Delta Force Echo Squad (consisting of Logan Somers, Cody Grayson, and Mitchell Ambrose). The game begins in Iraq, where Echo Squad are attacked by horribly mutated humans, which army doctor Noa Weis dismisses as a bad case of encephalitis. The game progresses with you having to come up against gradually more difficult enemies, and more warped at the same time. The story is pretty good. Well I mean, it's not going to win best script, but it's still decent and in all fairness, it would be pretty hard to enhance it anymore.

        -Gameplay-

        As Wikipedia writes-

        "One of the main features of the game is squad tactics. For almost the entire game, the player will have a team of 2 A.I. controlled squadmates accompanying them. Squadmates can be ordered to move on a location, concentrate their fire on a specific enemy, man a mounted turret, or set explosive charges on certain items. Squad commands are given with a single button; the commands are context sensative based on what the player points the cursor at. Squadmates cannot be killed, and will only be knocked out for a brief period after taking a certain amount of damage."

        This is one of the best features of blacksite, with the concept of squad morale being introduced. Basically the better you do in combat ie more headshots etc., the better your squads morale will be and in turn, the better they'll perform in combat. The game is pretty standard in terms of the shooting, and there's nothing particulaly groundbreaking but it all works really well.

        -Graphics & Sound-

        Although recieving quite poor ratings for it's graphics, I really believe that Blacksite has done pretty well here. I play my games in HD, and it looks pretty good. The dark corridors and buildings you travel through add to the feel of the game, and the monsters too look good in both design and execution. The sound is pretty good too. You'll often hear your squadmates in battle reflecting their morale, which will drive you on to do better. The screams of the monsters adds to the suspense, and the sounds of gunfire and explosions make for a great experiance.

        -Conclusion-

        In general I honestly believe that Blacksite is a really good game. In fact, for twenty quid, it's a great game. Granted it's not 5 stars, but a solid 4 is pretty good in my book. The story is good, the graphics are good, the gameplay is good and the sound is good. In short, it's good. Get it, you'll enjoy it.

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          06.04.2008 15:12
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          A great follow up to a true classic

          I was very excited when i heard that they were making a sequel to the 2007 PS2/Xbox game Area 51 early last year. And was even more excited that it will be coming out on the Xbox 360.

          Thankfully i wasn't let down by the games release, even though the game didn't do very well with the general public and i seem to be the only one on my gamers list that has it! This has not put me off and i have had hours of gaming pleasure with this game



          Game Story :


          This is a 1st person shooter developed by Midway, and is based around secret research facilities in Nevada. The government are trying their hardest to keep files on Area 51 top secret until a small American town gets populated by swarms of aliens and all hell breaks loose.

          You play a part of an army combat officer (Aaran Pierce) armed with fellow officers from your previous days of war in Iraq together and your mission is to get to the bottom of these alien outbreaks. You can control your team also by assigning them with different tasks on your joy pad. This is very useful and can help alot during combat


          Graphics :


          The visuals are very good on this game, esp if you have a HD TV i have found that playing this title and a regular set can be a lilttle blurry.

          Other than that, the colours are crisp and there is no slow down rate



          Sound :


          Full on explosions with this game and lots of gun fire, decent voice acting also from your fellow team mates.
          Very atmospheric at times and the aliens will make you jump


          Overall :


          I really like this title, it has a feel good shooter vibe with also other elements of solving puzzles and even taking charge of your armoured car in some driving segments.

          The aliens are varied from regular bugs to full on boss battles that will keep you coming back for more. The difficulty setting is gradual and keeps the challenge fresh.

          This game is quite cheap in many stores now so i would suggest picking up a copy of this under the radar shooter!

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