Area 51 Review (PS2)
FPS games are coming out almost every other day. With this many, it's hard for one to really shine since most are just long and forgotten in the midst of the marketing madness franchises such as Halo, Doom, or Quake. However, Area 51 seems to be more popular then others coming out. The game still doesn't hold up well as a FPS that your just dieing to spend your hard earned cash for.
The gameplay in Area 51 follows the same formulas that have been tried and tested in the past. Best said, it's a FPS with great eye-candy and a interesting story. Sadly, it really doesn't get much further then that. The gameplay mechanics should be nothing new to old school FPS players. For people new to the genre they will pleased to know that the game takes advantage of all the things that make FPS games one of the most loved genres. You still get the old feel of, you have a mission and 3 or 4 things will be in your way at getting from point A to point B. So you must kill these things that get in your way and find ways around blockages. Luckily, the enemies can give you a good run for your money. The AI in the game is above average, most of the time they know what you are going to try to do. One thing the game does do is let you "mutate" which will give you a few new abilities then human. It's really good to have when you are low on health and there's none around. You can mutate and proceed to throw parasites that will infect the enemies and give you health. Its not the first time this has been done, but its nice to see it in this game because it fits well with the story. Area 51 just doesn't bring anything to the genre. It reminds me of Doom 3, when I first played it maybe the first few hours it was awesome and great. Then you start to notice that you're basically doing the exact same things over and over and these cause some serious repetition. The story is great, but that can only carry the game so far. About mid-ways into the game you may not think about the story because they start giving you less and less of it until the end.
The sounds in the game are good but nothing really astounding. At times in the game you are in a fire fight and this really nice fighting style music comes on that really gets you pumped while you're shooting away mobs of these alien pests. Other then that, the sounds are anything that you would expect from the moans and groans of the enemies and to the explosions and gun shots. The best about the sounds are the voice-overs and demon style sounds that come from these already dead enemies. They really come to life and seem to fit the characters very well. Sometimes it's even scary, giving you a respective feeling as the next level comes up.