Can the PS3 win this title's war?
The fact of the matter is that BlackSite: Area 51 is just like every other run-of-the-mill FPS out there. You can find better multiplayer in Resistance, you can find a better storyline in The Orange Box, and you can find a livelier environment in just about anything. The game underperforms in every aspect, and although that doesn't make it bad, it certainly makes it a major disappointment for everyone who was anxiously awaiting this game's debut.
The menus have a 28 Days Later look to them that sets an eerie tone, but the half-baked story, repeating enemies, lame NPs and blah levels kill the mood.
When standing still, the game looks good with its grotesque creatures, but the framerate drops, the screen tears and pop-in sucks.
It's forgettable, but it never felt lacking … or noteworthy.
Running and shooting works well, but you'll never feel connected to these characters and that means you'll never have that need to sit down and play.
Lasting Appeal (6/10)
You'll steamroll through the game's six episodes in no time and need to rely on achievements, 48 hidden dossiers and the blah multiplayer mode to bring you back.