is a First-Person Shooter
video game on the Unreal Engine
2 and released on the Playstation 2, Xbox, and PC. Based loosely on the 1995 arcade rail shooter of the same name
, the game takes place inside the famous Area 51
research facility in Groom Lake, Nevada, where the release of an alien virus has transformed the majority of the scientists and security staff into insane raging mutants. The player takes the role of Ethan Cole, a member of a 4-man biohazard cleanup team sent into the facility to contain the situation. As the game progresses Ethan is eventually separated from his team and ends up uncovering a massive conspiracy between the world-controlling Illuminati and the alien Greys who crash landed in the Nevada desert 50 years ago.
A Non-Linear Sequel
, named Blacksite: Area 51
, was released in 2007. Built on the Unreal Engine 3 (aka the Gears of War
featured similar themes and gameplay elements to the original game, but took place in a different continuity. This time the player is Aaron Pierce, the Silent Protagonist
leader of a 4-man team of Delta Force operators who encounter alien phenomenon during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Three years later, Pierce and his team are called in to suppress an armed insurrection in the area around Rachel, Nevada, only to discover the town and surrounding environs are crawling with alien lifeforms as well as a small, well-organized army of hostile cyborg soldiers known as the Reborn. Blacksite
is infamous for being an Obvious Beta
that was rushed out into publication before being properly finished as well as being Anvilliciously political. Which contributed to the game's mediocre reception, which combined with Midway crashing and burning a year later, makes further entries into the series rather unlikely for the near future.
Area 51 and Blacksite shows examples of the following tropes: