BlackSite: Area 51 (Xbox 360) by Midway Home Entertainment

BlackSite: Area 51 (Xbox 360) by Midway Home Entertainment Box Art

North Amercian Release Date: November 5, 2007.

Average Overall Score:
4.50 / 10


BlackSite: Area 51, developed by Midway Studios Austin, is a next-generation game that will redefine the first person shooter (FPS) genre. While other FPS titles claim to feature "action-packed, highly realistic gameplay," BlackSite: Area 51 takes next-gen gaming to an all-new level integrating cutting edge technology, game design and story writing to create the ultimate entertainment experience. The player’s modern-day emotions and fears are driven into a world charged with grave responsibility affecting lives hanging in the balance and eventually finding himself torn between his professional orders and his own ethical standards.


Completed Episode 1
Complete Episode 1: Iraq.
Completed Episode 2
Complete Episode 2: Quarantine.
Completed Episode 3
Complete Episode 3: Rachel.
Completed Episode 4
Complete Episode 4: Counter Insurgency.
Completed Episode 5
Complete Episode 5: Topside.
Completed Episode 6
Complete Episode 6: Wrecked.
Threat Level Yellow
Complete all episodes on Yellow (easy) difficulty.
Threat Level Orange
Complete all episodes on Orange (medium) difficulty.
Threat Level Red
Complete all episodes on Red (hard) difficulty.
The Downward Spore
Bring down a Spore Tower.
I said Drop and Roll!
Bring down a Fire Brute.
Beware! Octopus Dog!
Kill more than 25 Drudge using only melee.
Kill more than 250 Reborn.
Collect a Dossier.
Master Delegator
Get the squad to help you get more than 250 Focus Fire Kills.
Professional Motivator
Get the squad to High Morale more than 20 times.
Collect all Dossiers.
Collect 25 Dossiers.
Small but mighty
Get more than 10 head shot kills with the pistol in Campaign.
Magic Bullets
Get 10 kills while the M4 is equipped in Campaign.
Long distance charges may apply
Get 5 kills while the Sniper Rifle is equipped in Campaign.
Get more than 10 kills using the Antitank Launcher's target-lock in Campaign.
Geometry Kills
Get 5 kills with the Scatter Gun’s bouncing projectiles in Campaign.
Dodge This!
Get more than 10 kills by detonating the Plasma Rifle's projectile in Campaign.
Going for the Gusto!
Get more than 100 kills with each weapon.
The instrument of your doom!
Get more than 200 kills with each weapon.
Look upon my works and despair!
Get more than 400 kills with each weapon.
Home Field Advantage
Host an Xbox LIVE game of Blacksite versus (any game type).
Boot Camp
Compete in an Xbox LIVE game of Blacksite.
I Fear The Reaper
Complete a ranked match of Deathmatch.
We Fear The Reaper
Complete a ranked match of Team Deathmatch.
Complete a ranked match of Abduction.
...And Justice For All
Complete a ranked match of Capture The Flag.
Around The Block
Complete a round of every Xbox LIVE Ranked Match game type.
King Of The Block
Win a round of every Xbox LIVE Ranked Match game type.
Flag Feeler
Capture your first flag.
Flag Stealer
Capture more than 25 flags.
Flag Dealer
Capture more than 50 flags.
Always Remember Your First
Win your first ranked match.
Spoils of War
Win more than 25 ranked matches.
Vae Victus
Win more than 50 ranked matches!.
The Skulls Of The Vanquished
Get over 20 kills without dying in a single Versus match!.
Play in a game with a Blacksite Virus Carrier.
Blacksite Virus Carrier
Finish first in a ranked match containing a Blacksite Virus Carrier.

User Reviews

Score: 45
Overall User Average: 4.50 / 10 (45.0%)
Gameplay User Average: 4.00 / 10
Graphics User Average: 7.00 / 10
Sound User Average: 7.00 / 10
Date reviewed: November 15, 2007.

Overall: EDITED by writer due to numerous game glitches and framerate issues later in the game. Run for your lives, gaint alien bugs...make that annoying bugs and glitches spoil what could have been a decent game. BlackSite: Area 51 features intense action with decent graphics and A.I. The weapons are as plentiful as the ammo. Unfortunately so are the aliens. Rachel, Nevada is the backdrop for this action shooter and it could be Anytown, U.S.A. Just a sleepy little hollow until a small army of "secret soldiers," converge into Rachel, Nevada to battle an invasion of unidentified enemy races.
Gameplay: You fight your way from the ravages of Iraq to Anytown, U.S.A. to battle enemy soldiers and aliens some of which are taller than buildings. The A.I. of both your squad and the enemy is decent. The more you play the game, the more the glitches will annoy and make you wonder why Midway released the game at this stage. Not worthy of a rental.
Graphics: A mixed bag. Indoor environments don't look as appealing as outdoor areas. Outdoor environments are next gen, indoor areas are last gen. Don't get me wrong, seeing a giant serpent explode up from inside a house and eat it's occupant is thrilling as is killing an alien to find out that it isn't as dead as you think it is. Why Midway, why with all this slaughtering goodness do you not fix a glitch where my Humvie is up in the air? Why is it that in one early spot in the game can I walk through not one but two vehicles?
Sound: Standard F.P.S. type gunfire and explosions. The squad dialogue is appropriate to what is transpiring on the screen. The game does take a few pokes at the U.S. Government without coming across as too contrived. This dialogue while not predominant may annoy some. Then again it is pretty cool to walk right through a truck. Right?
Suggestions: Don't release a game for $39.99 with bugs (pun intended) allowing the player to waltz right through a pickup truck and for heavens sake, don't charge $59.99 for it. You had the time to make this a stellar game. I've seen demo's with less flaws. The more I played, the more glitches I encountered. In later stages the game actually went along at a crawl due to poor framerates. SEND MIDWAY A MESSAGE AND DON'T EVEN RENT THIS MESS.

Overall: 45 %
Gameplay: 40 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 70 %

BlackSite: Area 51 News

BlackSite Developer No Longer at Midway
Harvey Smith, lead designer of BlackSite: Area 51, no longer works at Midway, the company confirmed today. Smith made headlines this week when he spoke at the Montreal International Game Summit about the game’s poor reception.

New Blacksite Demo Live
Blacksite: Area 51 was released last week, but if you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to pick it up Midway invites you back for a second look.

Blacksite: Area 51 Goes Gold, Releases Nov. 12
Midway announced Blacksite: Area 51 has gone gold and will be released on the Xbox 360 November 12th. BlackSite: Area 51 is an action packed, first person shooter experience which pits gamers against alien enemy forces.

BlackSite: Area 51 Achievements
There are 44 achievements worth 1000 points.

BlackSite: Area 51: Demo
Modern day fears come to life in a familiar, yet extraordinary setting: A small American town swarming with alien life. The government is desperate, struggling to contain secrets so terrible they can no longer be kept.

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