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Reviewed: Area 51
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: July 16th, 2005
Page: 3

Final Breakdown

Gameplay:

Area 51's gameplay is your garden variety FPS gameplay - if you've seen it before in another FPS, it's probably in here too.

Graphics:

Even on older hardware, Area 51 manages to look pretty damn good. The shifted vision system in mutation mode is a nice touch.

Sound and Music:

The music's forgettable, and the voice acting is fine - unless you're talking about Duchovny, in which case it's horrid. Nothing to write home about in either case.

Difficulty:

Any difficulty to be found in the game is not a function of AI, but rather the sheer number of enemies and lack of a proper save function.

Controls and Interface:

See: standard FPS. Since everything's mappable, it's decent. There are a few too many buttons for comfort, however, when the WASD setup, run/walk toggle, crouch toggle, mutation toggle, grenade, reload, and more are all put together.

Overall:

Rent this one before buying it, even if it means you have to rent the console version. The PC version is graphically superior but if you don't like it on one system, you won't like it on any.


Added:  Saturday, July 16, 2005
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Score:
Page: 3/3

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