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Area 51 Member Review for the PS2

By:
vishnuarun
05/20/08
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
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GENRE First-Person Shooter 
PLAYERS 1- 16 
PUBLISHER Midway 
DEVELOPER Midway 
RELEASE DATE  
M Contains Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language

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You play as Ethan Cole, an unlucky hazmat specialist sent to clean up an icky viral breakout at the notorious Area 51. During the course of your adventure, you contract the virus and discover that your only hope for a cure is to complete tasks given to you by creepy scientists. While the scientists' ulterior motives are nice and mysterious, the tasks themselves are of the basic "retrieve ID card" or "activate lift by pushing button" variety. Somehow we expected something a little more…alien.

Controlling Ethan follows the standard dual analog-stick scheme. The face buttons reload, throw grenades, and cycle through weaponry, but this can be a drag since there are no on-screen graphics to let you know where in the cycle each weapon is located. Often, you will find yourself quickly arming your shotgun, then your machine gun, then your alien gun, then your pistol, before finally getting to the arm-mounted sensor that was your intended choice all along.

Besides the frantic gun-toggling, your character will also do a lot of random flailing due to the


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