X360, PS3 Friday, May 11, 2007 | 4:05 PM

Video of Blacksite: Area 51 demo

Video of Blacksite: Area 51 demo

Midway finally releases its internal Blacksite: Area 51 demo, which the press has been able to try for almost a year from now (and it shows in the framerate, that recalls the first games that used the UE3 before the release of Gears of War). The level is extremely short and you won't kill anything but a few aliens, but it's still very cinematic and teaches the basics of the gameplay. To be brief, it's more of a playable teaser than a demo.


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Commented on 2007-05-11 16:35:04
Wow I wish I could remotely turn on my 360 from work and start downloading this
Commented on 2007-05-11 16:35:19
worst game demo in a long time. too short and just bad. skip this one!
Commented on 2007-05-11 16:36:04
Graphics are not up to par Uli?
Commented on 2007-05-11 16:37:15
Download it!
it's a teaser that looks freaking cool!
I luve it...it's high on my to buy list
Commented on 2007-05-11 16:40:28 In reply to Uli
Posted by Uli
worst game demo in a long time. too short and just bad. skip this one!
why? its not out till june/august time, hence 'teaser' demo, same as 'teaser' trailer. there will definately be a longer demo closer to its release.
Commented on 2007-05-11 17:22:11
the demo is utter crap... Graphics are bad except for the character models... Gameplay is very basic and moving and aiming speed is 2 low....

Didn't like one bit of the demo....
Commented on 2007-05-11 17:22:16 In reply to Uli
Posted by Uli
worst game demo in a long time. too short and just bad. skip this one!
im very sorry ,but i thought it was awesome,very fast paced,sweet looking enviroments,graphics are really good and the audio is good,how can u slate this game.

i just dont get somepeople these days.
Commented on 2007-05-11 17:46:02
Dont no what the complaints about it being crap considering the demo is short.
Game has potential. Liked the destructible environments, the frame rate was inconsistent, it would be good at times and bad in the others but i dont read to much into that considering its not gonna be released for a long time. Like how they make the screen shake given you the effect of how powerful the gun is. The ending of the demo was fantastic. Definitely was fighting for the shortest demo in history but it was fun tho. Just fix the frame rate and give it a graphical bump(which it already looks good now) and we good to go.
Commented on 2007-05-11 17:48:10
You people just seem to have completely overlooked what Snoopers said:

Midway finally releases its internal Blacksite: Area 51 demo, which the press has been able to try for almost a year from now (and it shows in the framerate, that recalls the first games that used the UE3 before the release of Gears of War). The level is extremely short and you won't kill anything but a few aliens, but it's still very cinematic and teaches the basics of the gameplay. To be brief, it's more of a playable teaser than a demo.
So to sum up: "YOU ARE GUYS JUDGING A ONE YEAR OLD DEMO"

I think I've said enough. I will reserve my judgement until a new demo of the game but so far, given these facts, the game is looking rather good.
Commented on 2007-05-11 18:32:14 In reply to ramiuk1
Posted by ramiuk1
im very sorry ,but i thought it was awesome,very fast paced,sweet looking enviroments,graphics are really good and the audio is good,how can u slate this game.

i just dont get somepeople these days.
well, if you are enjoying the demo then be happy. guess some gamers are not as easily pleased as you maybe.

i liked the predecessor but this demo seems just worse in every respect. underpowered weapon, controls that just don't feel right, bad auto-aiming, stupid enemies and technically it's average at best.
Commented on 2007-05-11 18:38:10 In reply to Uli
Posted by Uli
well, if you are enjoying the demo then be happy. guess some gamers are not as easily pleased as you maybe.

i liked the predecessor but this demo seems just worse in every respect. underpowered weapon, controls that just don't feel right, bad auto-aiming, stupid enemies and technically it's average at best.
plz Read my post just above yours. the demo is ONE YEAR OLD! :D
Commented on 2007-05-11 18:56:36 In reply to alimokrane
Posted by alimokrane
plz Read my post just above yours. the demo is ONE YEAR OLD! :D
I don't care the demo is still crap and unless they release a MUCH better one, this game is gonna be crap in my opinion.....
Commented on 2007-05-11 19:55:29
i'm can't understand you guys' sentiments, but to each his own. I know the controls are a little off. and alot of the graphics are bad, but the intense atmosphere can't be ignored. being that this is an old demo, i'd say the game has promise. I have the feeling that you view this as a completed game.
Commented on 2007-05-11 20:08:20 In reply to FireWire
Posted by FireWire
I don't care the demo is still crap and unless they release a MUCH better one, this game is gonna be crap in my opinion.....
Man, Halo 3 beta shots still look like ass, that game is gonna suck.

C'mon, don't throw it out just yet. Recent examples of games going from "Suck" to much better: Crackdown, Bullet Witch, Forza 2.

I like it. healthy dose of alienistic creatures, destructable environments (and walking through cars!) with pretty awesome character models and some neat in-game cinematics.
Commented on 2007-05-11 21:21:02
Looks good, I wonder if the PS3 will be getting a demo soon?
Commented on 2007-05-11 22:21:02
I am glad i'm not the only one who thinks this demo was bad. The gunfights are very very basic and there is nothing really new about it. The graphics, they look pretty good but still look like any other xbox 360 shooter. But yeah this is the boring part of the game so i heard but i hope it gets better.
Commented on 2007-05-11 22:52:42 In reply to FireWire
you sound like a borken record, you stated almost the exact same thing in the demo thread on the forum. we only need to hear your bashing once.
Commented on 2007-05-12 00:54:23
If it's true that the footage was from a year old build, then it was a bad decision to release this demo if their intention was to build up some positive hype. The graphics seem to be fine (the rain falling on the gun was a very nice touch), but there's a lot of noticeable screen tearing and the AI is just unacceptable (the partner who tries to gun-smack every enemy at the end of the demo).

They should take a lesson from Silicon Knights. Blacksite Area 51 still has a lot of potential and I, for one, am still excited about this sequel to the very underrated original Xbox game, but unless they're showcasing one or more special features for the game (which could render any other general issue irrelevant), then it would be fine to release footage of an unfinished build. Otherwise, it's a bad idea if you're just trying to give people a general idea of the gameplay. I hope that makes sense, because I'm not bashing the game, only the poor handling of its marketing and showcasing.
Commented on 2007-05-12 01:10:22
Sorry about all of the grammar mistakes. It's been a long day.
Commented on 2007-05-12 06:01:33
Don't know. I just played it on my 360 anyway. Since this demo is almost a year old, surely they should have been able to make one for the PS3. I would love to try it on my PS3 as well.
Commented on 2007-05-12 06:25:46 In reply to ramiuk1
Posted by ramiuk1
im very sorry ,but i thought it was awesome,very fast paced,sweet looking enviroments,graphics are really good and the audio is good,how can u slate this game.

i just dont get somepeople these days.
Same here. The demo made me wanted more... Release date is Sept 2007 and the demo almost over a year old so I'm sure it has improved greatly since then...
Commented on 2007-05-12 06:49:11
Wow at the people who still dont get it, Snoopers post should have gave it away. You might want to read and comprehend before just bashing the demo.
Commented on 2007-05-12 08:35:53
Haven't played it yet but my opinion the it looks impressive from a visual perspective and it seems fun. Judging by the previews I have read the majority of impressions so far I'd say that "some" people here are just whining.
Commented on 2007-05-12 09:23:31 In reply to lumzi23
This message is in "Boulet Time" (TM), If you still *really* want to see it, click here

Commented on 2007-05-12 11:26:43
The graphics look great, but the demo is too short.
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