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7.1 out of 10

Area-51

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Overall 8
8.0

Area 51 PS2 Review

Console Obsession
31 May 2010
  • Excerpt: Innovation is much requested, but rarely ever delivered in games, and whilst gaming may still be in its infancy, it’s still old enough that genuine originality can be near impossible to find in the games of today. It’s not as if the industry is lacking brilliant minds, it’s just that potential new ideas are hard to come by.
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Overall 8
8.0

Area 51

XboxAddict.com
4 May 2007
  • Excerpt: They dont call Xbox the FPS console for nothing. We get more FPSs thrown at us than the Washington D.C. county jail, and that just makes it hard to compete. Had Area 51 been released 6 or 8 months ago, it would have been much more well received then it is today. When you get right down to it, Area 51 is a solid shooter. The gameplay is tight, and the mechanics clean. The story iscomplicated, at best.
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Area-51

AV Club
7 February 2007
  • Conclusion: Midway took the best of Half-Life , combined it with the best of Halo , and added a hint of Altered Beast for good measure. Even though it gets a little repetitive at times, and some levels are unnecessarily complicated, the story is compelling enough to keep you playing right until the end.
  • Pros: The fantastic story and gorgeous cinematics could have come from Duchovny's alma mater,
  • Cons: The aiming controls are maddeningly difficult to master, and you'll die over and over (and over and over and over) because you couldn't back up and get! the! goddamned! shotgun! to! fucking! aim! right!
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Overall 8
8.2

Area 51

Strategy Informer
22 November 2006
  • Excerpt: FPS games are coming out almost every other day. With this many, it's hard for one to really shine since most are just long and forgotten in the midst of the marketing madness franchises such as Halo, Doom, or Quake. However, Area 51 seems to be more popular then others coming out. The game still doesn't hold up well as a FPS that your just dieing to spend your hard earned cash for.
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Area 51 Review

VideoGamer.com
30 August 2006
  • Excerpt: Remember the nineties? Lads mags, Britpop, clothes - whoa! It certainly was a mad time! Then Midway released the Area 51 lightgun game in arcades, and people gave up on life. It was that bad. Thus ends this brief history lesson. Of all the franchises in the world, you really wouldn't see a company wanting to revive one that got nothing but appalling marks across the board, but Midway have, and, well.. it turns out it wasn't the Worst Idea Ever TM like expected.
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Overall 7
7.2

Area-51

Playstation Illustrated
20 August 2006
  • Excerpt: Ahh, Friday nights with the family, I remember it so fondly. When I was a youngster it was “TGIF Night,” with classics such as “Full House,” “Family Matters,” and “Step by Step.” But as I got older and the shows got suckier, my mind thirsted for new content. So my family and I turned to “X-Files,” with its paranormal investigations taking us places we had never imagined.
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Blacksite: Area 51 Review

The Game Reviews
20 August 2006
  • Excerpt: It’s not often that a game’s creative director steps out on a limb to openly lambaste the fruit of his labors. So when Harvey Smith called this game "So f#@%ed up," it was readily apparent that something must have happened that made him want to distance himself from his creation.
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

SwankWorld
4 November 2005
  • Excerpt: Midway digs into the classic game grab bag with Area 51 which, like NARC before it, is a total retelling of the light gun games of the mid to late nineties, only this time it’s a first person shooter and an all right one at that.
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Overall 2
2.0

Area 51

Defunct Games
13 August 2005
Overall 7
7.4

Area 51

Auracore MediaWorks
8 August 2005
  • Summary: A competent first person shooter that hits slightly off-target.
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