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out of 15 votes out of 15 votes

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  • Date Added:
    Jun. 01, 2005
  • Price:
    Free to try; $29.99 to buy
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Editors' Review

The original Area 51 was an arcade hit in the '90s in which two players fired optical guns at prerendered screens, advancing to a showdown with the alien mothership. Midway's first-person adaptation extends the premise of the original with an involved story, impressive graphics, and voices from Hollywood players such as David Duchovny. Like many FPS demos, this single-player version is too short and too easy, but it hints at the full game's strong potential.

You can skip the lengthy introduction, but it's entertaining. Quality acting from Duchovny and Powers Boothe adds considerably to the atmosphere. The included mission has four checkpoints that automatically save your progress. In the last stage, you'll get one clue about the conspiracies unraveling at Area 51, but the end comes far too soon. Starting in the middle of the story makes it hard to pick up the plot. Enemies are cloaked and disintegrate soon after death, so it's difficult to see exactly what you're fighting. As easy as the demo is, the enemy works together and shows some promising AI. Graphics are excellent, though camera angles sometimes obscure incoming fire. If you have the bandwidth and an itchy mouse finger, Area 51 is worth a shot.

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Full Specifications

Publisher Midway
Publisher web site
Release Date June 01, 2005
Date Added June 01, 2005
Version 1
Category Games
Subcategory First-Person Shooters
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP
Additional Requirements 1.4GHz CPU, Windows 2000/XP, 3GB disk space
Download Information
File Size 728.46MB
File Name Area51_Demo.exe
Total Downloads 88,257
Downloads Last Week 0
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $29.99
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