Many gamers remember Midway?s ?on-rails? light gun shooter, Area 51, which can still be found in several arcades. Two years ago, Midway released a modern first-person shooter of the same name, which had moderate success. Now, Midway has released another FPS in the Area 51 series, but one that appears to have little or no relation to the other games? stories. Blacksite: Area 51 is a competent shooter, but never really breaks out of the standard FPS mold.
Blacksite: Area 51 begins with an introductory mission in Iraq, which eventually sets the stage for the rest of the story that takes place near and in Rachel, Nevada. An unknown disaster has occurred, so you and your team of Special Forces troops are sent to the scene to figure out what has happened.
Blacksite is rated Teen for violence, blood, and language. While the game does contain a lot of violence, surprisingly little blood or gore is to be found. To make up for this, some of the enemies are grotesque, but not overly so. The language found in the game comes from your party members, but it is wide spread; that is, there is quite a bit of it, but it is not pervasive or strong. As you wander through the town of Rachel, you also occasionally see liquor stores and bars, but you can?t go in or drink anything.
As a standard FPS, Blacksite isn?t bad, but when compared to other FPS games, it just doesn?t stack up. Furthermore, there are several disappointing flaws, such as the collision detection and lack of off-line multiplayer, which put this game lower on the list. And simply by being an FPS, some gamers might not want to consider this game because of the language and violence. Overall, Blacksite: Area 51 showed potential, but the developers never really capitalized on it.
» By Joe Severyn, Plain Games. Published 1/31/2008 9:44:14 PM.