BlackSite: Area 51 (2007)

by Christopher
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BlackSite: Area 51 (2007)


BlackSite: Area 51 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Midway Studios Austin and published by Midway Games. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, and Xbox 360 in November 2007.

The game is set in a fictionalized version of Area 51, a highly classified military base in the Nevada desert. The player takes on the role of Aeran Pierce, a Special Forces operative who is sent to investigate the base after it is overrun by aliens.


BlackSite: Area 51 is a fast-paced, action-packed FPS. The player uses a variety of weapons to fight their way through hordes of aliens, including assault rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles, and rocket launchers. The game also features a variety of vehicles that the player can use to traverse the environment, including tanks, jeeps, and helicopters.

One of the unique features of BlackSite: Area 51 is its “BlackSite Mode.” In this mode, the player is tasked with completing a series of objectives while fighting off waves of aliens. The objectives can vary from simple tasks like collecting items to more complex tasks like defending a position or escorting a VIP.


The story of BlackSite: Area 51 begins with Aeran Pierce being sent to investigate Area 51 after it is overrun by aliens. Pierce quickly discovers that the aliens are not what they seem, and that they are part of a larger alien invasion force that is planning to conquer Earth.

Pierce must fight his way through hordes of aliens and uncover the truth behind the invasion. He must also team up with other survivors to stop the aliens and save the world.


BlackSite: Area 51 received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised the game’s fast-paced action and intense atmosphere, while others criticized its repetitive gameplay and lack of innovation.

Despite the mixed reviews, BlackSite: Area 51 was a commercial success, selling over 2 million copies worldwide.


BlackSite: Area 51 is remembered as a solid FPS that offered a unique and intense experience. The game’s fast-paced action and intense atmosphere made it a favorite among fans of the genre.

BlackSite: Area 51 also helped to popularize the “BlackSite Mode” gameplay mechanic, which has since been used in other FPS games.


BlackSite: Area 51 is a solid FPS that offers a unique and intense experience. The game’s fast-paced action and intense atmosphere make it a favorite among fans of the genre.

While the game’s repetitive gameplay and lack of innovation may have prevented it from becoming a classic, it remains a fun and enjoyable experience for fans of FPS games.

Additional Information

  • BlackSite: Area 51 was developed by Midway Studios Austin, which was closed down in 2009.
  • The game was originally supposed to be released in 2006, but was delayed due to development issues.
  • BlackSite: Area 51 was the first game to use the Unreal Engine 3.
  • The game’s soundtrack was composed by Tommy Tallarico.
  • BlackSite: Area 51 was followed by a sequel, BlackSite: Area 51 – Aftermath, which was released in 2009.

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