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Area 51 - Xbox

by Midway
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews) 72 / 100

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Platform: Xbox
  • Arm yourself with 10 human and alien weapons as you explore dark and menacing corridors
  • Discover the real answers behind such conspiracy theories as the alien autopsy and faked lunar landing
  • Take the action online and set up matches through Xbox Live

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Platform: Xbox
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00019AZA0
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,547 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: Xbox

After the smash success of the arcade version of Area-51, Midway Entertainment has answered the calls for a console version of the game. With a cool, sci-fi storyline that includes terrifying aliens and mutants, and the sickest arsenal of human and alien weaponry imaginable, Area-51 is a gory, first-person shooter loaded with action.

Area-51, also known as Groom Lake, is a secret military facility about 90 miles north of Las Vegas. The name refers to a large, six-by-ten mile block of land that contains a covert, U.S.-military air base. The government refuses to comment on the nature of this air base, and since the 1950s, Area-51 has been a hotbed of UFO conspiracies and rumors of governmental cover-up. Now, because of a catastrophic viral outbreak, all the secrets are about to be blown wide open and only you -- Ethan Cole, HAZMAT Specialist -- can control the chaos, contain the outbreak, and save planet earth.

The research facility at Area-51 has been shut down because of a viral outbreak. The distress signal received by the U.S. Army has activated the automatic quarantine procedures, locking all scientific and military personnel inside. It will be your mission to dive into five massive levels within the secret confines of the mysterious Area-51 to try to keep the virus contained.

Stacked with an arsenal of human and alien weapons, you will battle scientists and military personnel who have been infected by the outbreak, as well as an ancient colony of aliens buried deep beneath the facility. Along the way, you will also unearth chilling conspiracies, such as the infamous extraterrestrial crash at Roswell and the faked lunar landing.

Once you've mastered the weaponry and completed your mission, you can take your skills to the global level and compete with others HAZMAT Specialists on Xbox Live. With cool guns, fast-paced action, and fun gameplay modes, Area-51 delivers awesome single-player and multi-player action.

Product Description

Area 51 is a great aracde shooter that's bringing its action and challenge home to you. You'll lead a special unit into the famous Area 51 and discover just what's really lurking in that mytserious, classified desert base. An infectious mutagen has given players alien-enhanced physical abilities but is slowly transforming them into an alien. They must find the cure before it's too late and their humanity is lost. Face off against a horde of horrific creatures - and secure Area 51!

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Truth About "Area 51" (Xbox) May 22, 2005
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Platform for Display:Xbox
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
"Area 51," the FPS redux of the arcade blast fest of the same name, is fun and addictive - two qualities that are certainly necessary in any good FPS. However, it is also, in a word, anticlimactic.

In "Area 51," you take on the guise of Ethan Cole (straight from the Generic Hero Name Generator), a soldier voiced by the "X-Files"' David Duchovny, as he and his team are sent into the legendary military facility known as Area 51 to investigate some strange occurrences there. Suffice it to say that Ethan and company get more than they bargained for, and have to shoot hordes of aliens and genetically enhanced baddies to ultimately win the day.

"Area 51" owes the usual debt to "Half-Life." The setup is similar, it goes without saying, but the infamous underground base and namesake of the game do provide some unique thrills - even if they're not fully capitalized upon. The level designs too often involve lots and lots of flip switching and button pressing, but otherwise do their job admirably. Still, although the top-secret setting provides ample opportunity to theorize in a fantastical way about what kinds of things that are truly taking place there, the game makes it feel quite familiar, like pretty much any other generic sci-fi corridor crawl, complete with bloodthirsty mutants and evil extraterrestrials. There are too few moments of sheer inspiration here - which makes one sequence, a sardonic discovery that the first American moon landing was faked, all the more memorable when it occurs.

Enemies suffer from this same sense of "been there, done that, shot that a million times before in a million other shooters." That said, there's more than a little something to be said regarding the gameplay, which is fast, furious, and ultimately compelling.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody First Person Combat Fun June 18, 2005
Platform for Display:Xbox
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Area 51 is a shooter game where you - a HazMat team member - go in shooting away first at mutated humans, and then at a series of aliens. Shall we call this Half-Life-A?

You start, pretty typically, with training style stages. You learn how to shoot, how to move. But in no time at all you and your team are off taking out virus-infected humans. This game definitely earns its Mature rating. Even some of the first scenes of the "transformation" are pretty gruesome. When you get into full blown combat, there is blood flying everywhere, and some decapitations.

You move from area to area, looking for key cards, trying to open doors, blowing away tiny scorpions and giant six-eyed monsters. About halfway through the game you get infected and are now able to switch easily between a human and an alien. This gives you a nice mix of awesome firepower and bone-crunching hand to hand combat.

The graphics are reasonably nice, with shiny liquids, matte metals, and yes, a lot of blood. The sounds involve some well known voice talent (David Duchovny, Marilyn Manson) and in general helps to draw you into the game.

Really, though, the reason you play a game like this is to blast things. There are secret items to find on each level, plus different levels of difficulty to challenge you.

Yes, it can be relatively quick to just zip through the game from start to finish if you're skilled at this type of game - maybe about 6 hours for most. Still, if you go back and start looking for the secrets, and finding the hidden weapons, you can really hone your skills.

Plus, as with most games of this ilk, the multiplayer is where you really get to test your skills. It's easy enough to fight off AI - but can you handle yourself when real humans are involved?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE CLASSIC SHOOTER COMES TO X-BOX May 4, 2005
Platform for Display:Xbox
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Area 51 by Midway was a classic arcade shooter brought home now to the X-box. While it doesn't have quite the same shooter style as that arcade version it adds more of a storyline to make this a fun game experience. Area 51 concerns that legendary secret military base where remains of alien spacecraft and bodies are supposedly stored. In the story a viral outbreak at the facility has put it into total lockdown, trapping all personnel inside. A special forces unit is sent into the base to investigate. David Duchovny of X-files fame provides the voice of Ethan Cole, a role that the player takes on as a member of this HAMAT special forces team. As you and the team begin your investigation you'll encounter the former Area 51 staff who have become mutated from the alien virus.

You'll encounter hordes of enemy mutants along the way and begind blasting just like in the arcade classic. Handguns, sniper rifles, automatic weapons, gun turrets, even alien weapons will be at your disposal to use. One cool feature is the ability to wield two weapons at once although it has to be the same weapon and control with two weapons is a little bit on the dicey side. You'll really be kept on the edge of your seat as enemies pop out from virtually anywhere so you have to be on your guard constantly.

The graphics are really fantastic and the cut-scene cinematics are some of the best I've ever scene. The gameplay action moves smoothly and is very crisp and brilliant. The model are rendered very well. Great sound is also on display. Besides Duchovny you get Powers Boothe and even Marilyn Manson doing voices in the game. Be prepared if you have kids around. There is a lot of swearing in the game that really earns it the Mature rating.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not my gaming style
Shipping and handling was amazing. I received the package early, and good condition.

I rate it 3 stars because the game play of the game wasn't what I thought it would... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 23 days ago by Juliano Widacki
5.0 out of 5 stars great game
This is a great game. I love the original xbox. best system.
Published 1 month ago by Edward Rufolo
5.0 out of 5 stars Area 51 - Xbox
One of the greatest alien games. If you love the alien conspiracy theories surrounding groom lake then this is probably the best game for that. Read more
Published 7 months ago by DST
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Sci-Fi first person shooter
I really had a fun time playing this sci-fi first person shooter. When I used to have my original Xbox, I would play this so much until I was stuck at this one part. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mark10
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
It's an amazing game to play filled with twists and turns. On a note of buy it. I got it with everything there for cheap, the booklet inside, the disc wasn't lagging or anything... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Emilio Jimenez
3.0 out of 5 stars doesn't work for Xbox360
I first got this game when it first came out back in 2006. Its a good FFP, story is good as well game last about 6 hours. Read more
Published 16 months ago by E. Reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than halo 2
This game came out the time when Halo 2 came out, I loved Halo CE and could not wait for the sequel. However I ended up playing Area 51 a lot more than Halo. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Alejandrina Cabrera
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good engine for the old Xbox
The graphics and effects are surprisingly good for this dated shooter which I played originally sometime in 2006 or so. Read more
Published 17 months ago by jsharbour
4.0 out of 5 stars Cross between Quake4 and Blacksite: Area 51
Task driven game with pretty cool weapons and scenery.

Medium blood/guts and some laughs here and there. Occasionally pokes fun at common US/world conspiracies. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Brian
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