Developer: Midway Studios-Austin
Release Date: 11/12/2007
For Fans Of: Aliens, Government Conspiracies, Old School Shooters
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The Good: Decent shooting fun, some interesting locales
The Bad: Multiplayer is dead, only a few weapons, only a handful of enemies, dumb AI, useless morale and squad commands, extremely short, paper-thin story, nothing to really do with Area 51
I played this about 3 years ago and even then it wasn’t all the impressive. This game has nothing to do with the under appreciated Area 51 that came out years ago despite being made by the same studio. In fact the game has nothing to really do with Area 51 at all except you fight through Rachel, NV and there are aliens. The game is a days worth of mediocre entertainment at best. The story is paper-thin with something about a government experiment where they are trying to create the perfect soldier using prisoners and homeless people. The experiment breaks out and you are fighting off a weird para-military plus Xeno aliens. The characters aren’t interesting and this is by far just a B grade experience.
The worst part about the game is the lack of content. Only a few weapons (like less than 6) and a handful of enemy types makes for just a typical shooter experience. There are a couple of large boss fights that were epic at the time, but now they feel too scripted and stale. The graphics are pretty bad since this uses the Unreal Engine 3 from years ago so there are badly scripted explosions, crappy AI, and a useless squad command and morale system. You can send your two buddies somewhere, but it makes no difference because they won’t shoot anything most of the time. If you get shot a lot your morale will go down, but I actually didn’t notice this do anything because the AI is so dumb anyway. There are a few vehicle sequences (which suck), and all the weapons feel the same except the couple of alien weapons.
The multiplayer is non-existent because the servers have been long gone, but you can grab the game for less that $1 on Amazon. The game lacks the greatness of its predecessor with a lack of interesting story, characters, and scripted cinematic events. You can go around collecting Dossiers, but other than that this is bare bones at best. The game had a lot of potential, but was executed poorly with lazy design and shortcuts. Why should you bother playing it? Mainly for fans of the first game or who just want a FPS fix for a few hours.