Area 51 (Xbox) by Midway Home Entertainment

Area 51 (Xbox) by Midway Home Entertainment Box Art

Release Date
April 26, 2005.

Average Overall Score:
8.50 / 10

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Thursday, May 19, 2005

User Reviews

Score: 85
Overall User Average: 9.00 / 10 (85.0%)
Gameplay User Average: 9.00 / 10
Graphics User Average: 8.00 / 10
Sound User Average: 9.00 / 10
Date reviewed: June 6, 2005.

Overall: What happens when you mix Halo 2 and DOOM 3 with some Breakdown? Area 51. In this game you play a Spec Ops guy sent to find a disturbance in the mysterious Area 51. Once inside you find a virus that has mutated people to zombie-esk aliens. It doesnt take long till the main character to get infected. As the infection spreads, Cole (the main character), struggles between human and alien form. As Cole transforms, something contacts him, and tells him there's a cure...
Gameplay: Simple, Left analog is move, right is aim, left trigger is secondary fire, right is regular, Y is switch, A is jump, X is action, B is gernade, left analog click is crouch, right is melee. Yea sounds stupid, but later in the game you'll love it. The game is scary at times, with zombies popping out and soldiers shooting. Lots of weapons here, Pistol, Assault rifle (auto duel weild), Shotgun (auto duel weild), Plasma Rifle (the shots stick then go BOOM! they shoot at 3 shot bursts), and the BBG (works like a BFG in doom 3, u shoot it and it electricutes everything around.. This game is amazing when it starts, and falls short at the end..
Graphics: Amazing, the 4 good quality cutscenes (8 min long. each.) Lots of in game cutscenes though, in the middle especially. Awsome explosions, in alien form, bad guys stick out. They are a flourescent red, it looks like they glow.
Sound: BOOM! is that good enough? With voices like David Decomvy and Marlin Manson. Where can this game go wrong. OK lots of places... but did it? NO.
Suggestions: WHY??? Such amazing build up on story, then at the end... no more infection? C'mon guys... In the first few levels this game is BETTER than HALO 2(yes i did just say that.) But at the end... the usual Xfiles ending. The whole game up until the end of the middle seemed Eerie in a scense that I actually said "Damn, this can be true" - then at the end its too far fetched. BTW i love the BBG, and the plasma rifle.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 90 %

Area 51 News

Area 51 Is In Stores
Area 51 is shipping across North America. The aliens have landed and they must be dealt with using extreme prejudice!

Area 51 Goes Gold
Midway Games today announced that their Sci-Fi action/thriller, AREA 51®, has gone gold and will ship to stores for the Xbox® videogame system by Microsoft on Monday, April 25, 2005.

Area51 Site Goes Live
Midway Games today announced the official AREA 51 Web site ( is now live

Order Area 51 And Find Treasure
Midway has a keen reward for early alien adopters. It's so sweet of a deal, well just see for yourself.

Midway Acquires Area 51 Developer
Midway announced today that they have acquired Inevitable Entertainment, who is currently developing Area 51 for Midway.

Area 51 The Movie?
Paramount Pictures has reached an agreement to acquire the film rights to Area 51, Christine Peters has signed on to produce the film.

Hollywood Cast For Area 51
Midway has announced they have signed on David Duchovny, Powers Boothe and Marilyn Manson to star in their upcoming game Area 51.

Area 51 Release Date, NARC Delayed
Midway points out via a press conference call that Area 51 is reportedly coming out during Q4 2004 and NARC has been delayed from Summer 2004 release to the newly more vague Q4 2004.

Midway to Ship Area 51 in 2004
Uncover the Truth behind the Government's Conspiracy within the Depths of Midway's Area 51.

Area 51 Announced

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