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I decided to start writing reviews. Hopefully they'll help someone.

Blacksite: Area 51
So there I am browsing over the games in the local Wallmart and this one stuck out. I decided to check it out. Surely they learned their mistakes with the original Area 51.

You are Captain Pierce. You are in the army just getting back from Iraq when strange things happen in Raven Nevada. Your "Squad" is sent to investigate and turn up several things about what exactly is going on.


Doctor Noah

Sububran Heck?

Alien Device?
Off the bat:
For some odd reason I couldn't get the Anti Aliasing to even function but the Anti Strpoic worked. The game REFUSES to hold resolution settings if you exit the game and decide to come back later. Ok so we're off to a rocky start. Lets fire it up.

Gameplay-
So we fire it up. I played through on what should be "normal" but normal allows you to charge mounted machine guns taking bullets and beat down the guy on them. Your HUD consists of ammo, grenades. No weapons or health. Your can carry 2 weapons at a time and rotate through them.

Your team consists of usually 2 squad members which you order around using the "E" key to move into "tactical" positions throughout the game or order them onto machine guns emplacements. Mouse movements are smooth but the game also has auto aim enabled and I really didn't want to take the time to figure out how to turn it off.

As you play you collect more weapons but their still limited. You get a modified M4, Pistol, Sniper Rifle, Some kind of futuristic shotgun/flak cannon, some kind of plasma rifle, and a rocket launcher. Wish there was more but hey, we can't expect to much. Major note here. When you switch maps, you lose all previous weapons. So when you finally get that plasma rifle and want to use it in the next area, much to your disappointment, your stuck with a pistol and M4....again....

The seems like it was built around one person and through a so called squad around you. In all honesty you really use them maybe a total of one time to complete your objective. The so called squad shows HORRIBLE signs of being scripted actions instead of fluid movements.

Audio
Get used to ignoring your team mates, you can't hear them at all unless your far enough away from them for them to come over your magical radio which seems only to work at long ranges. Weapons sound odd as if the sounds to them were a last minute addition. The game supports 5.1 but I didn't figure this out until AFTER I was in the game as there was no control over the audio other then volume levels.

System-
Where to start.....The game shows signs of scripting errors everywhere. The "Driving" in the game is set up horribly and completely sucks. You can not look and drive at the same time without your car going in the same direction. The so called "Fast roping" is odd to the point where my gun is sticking through the rope, I have both hands on the gun and some how I'm still descending the rope. Guess I got 4 arms and hands. The game is so horribly coded, I half expected to go down ladders upside down.

Level design was straight forward. Basically one static path to follow at all times with very little in side paths. The game offers nothing truly "unique" to bring to the table. It uses the Havok engine for physics but its still pretty bad. Levels get monotonous and the game just repeats itself over and over again.

Final Thoughts-
Don't waste your time. It's a non unique FPS where they don't offer anything for entertainment. I didn't even try multiplayer. With as little weapon choices as there are I figured multi-player couldn't be any better then single player. I beat the game in about 4 hours of playing front to back. The game explains nothing of whats going on just what the enemies your fighting are. The story sucks and I left the game more confused about what happened then when i started.

3/10

This image was taken late in the game, I did NOT use noclip or any form hack/cheat to take it. The floor simply vanished inside the building, as did the textures.
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post #2 of 18
+rep for review.

I totally agree with it being sucky, and I spotted it immediately from their COMMERCIAL!

Yes, their commercial sucks so bad I had no intention of wanting to play the game.

One major thing I noticed? About halfway through the commercial, it cuts to a shot of the main character facing two four legged alien thingys, but nothing's being shot/killed and the ALIENS ARE WALKING IN PLACE!

Its not too hard to spot, because it lasts for about a second and a half, but its very noticable when you really look at it...

In other words, seconded on the not wasting your time.
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post #4 of 18
great review, totaly agree

but, you know there's a review section at the top of the page
    
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i did want to play this just for the huge monsters and stuff but more and more ppl sayings nearly unplayable. this is like the thirst review saying about the missing textures and such. i figured they would havd patched/fixed this by now.
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I should have read this before my purchase I agree with you 100% AA doesn't work for me either. Even with the latest patch (v1.5)
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Oh wow, dig this up from the past :-P Yeah this game truly is "Teh Suxorz"
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Black Magix View Post
Oh wow, dig this up from the past :-P Yeah this game truly is "Teh Suxorz"
Is there an easier way to check up on threads you posted on? I go into advanced search, and put my name in. You?
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You can also posts reviews here, Black_Magix:

http://overclock.net/hardware/
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GREAT Review....i mean GREAT.....I think if you wrote in a monthly magazine i'd pick it up all the time...+rep
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