Broken Helix is a 1997 PlayStation third person shooter game by Konami's short-lived Chicago studio.The year is 2026. Fitz, a renegade scientist, has taken over Area 51 and threatens to blow it up unless his demands, 2 million dollars, a private jet, and a televised interview are met.The government responds by sending a U.S. marine platoon to infiltrate the facility. Escorting them is another marine, demolitions expert Pvt. Jake Burton (the Player Character, voiced by Bruce Campbell), who is ordered by an unknown man via telephone to defuse the bombs located in the facility.And the game begins from there.The game's main claim to fame is that all of it happens in real time (something referred to as "4D" in promotional material); enemies and NPCs in the game world are always "active" and the clock for time-based events ticks down even when it's not obvious to the player.
Humans Are the Real Monsters: Played with. The government is more than willing to kill the aliens just for the sake of maintaining national security. Reese's scientists on the other hand attempts to protect the aliens to give them a new life and to develop a cure for the mutants. The government however, is right; if Burton fails to protect Reese (if he chooses to help him), the aliens will flee from Earth with their queen. Then she ordersthe nearby alien ships to destroy it.
Plot Line 4: However, if Burton chooses to lead the marines and NOT defuse the bombs, he and Tonka capture Fitz, meet Jenkins, and kill both Reese and the aliens. Burton ends up back-stabbed and blown up in a helicopter.
Plasma Cannon: All of the game's weapons, sans grenades, flamethrowers, and stun beams.
Plot Armor: Averted, and somehow played straight with Black Dawn; the game justified/handwaved this when Burton is told that he (Black Dawn)'s wearing an experimental armor that protects him from all forms of attacks, except the alien weapon.
Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Attacking one of Fitz/Reese's scientists in their command centers will result with him and other scientists nearby retaliating. The same goes to the marines and the aliens.