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'''Key points'''
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|introduction      = '''BlackSite: Area 51''' (also known as '''BlackSite''' outside of U.S.)  is a sequel to 2005's [[Area 51 (2005)|Area 51]]. It is a [[:Category:FPS|first person shooter]] developed by [[Company:Midway Studios Austin|Midway Studios Austin]].
 
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Revision as of 23:42, 8 August 2020

BlackSite: Area 51
BlackSite: Area 51 cover
Developers
Midway Studios Austin
Publishers
Midway Games
Engines
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows November 12, 2007
Reception
Metacritic 60
IGDB 58
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter
Themes North America
Series Area 51
BlackSite: Area 51 on HowLongToBeat
BlackSite: Area 51 on IGDB
BlackSite: Area 51 on MobyGames
BlackSite: Area 51 on Wikipedia

Area 51
Area 51 1995
Area 51 (2005) 2005
BlackSite: Area 51 2007

BlackSite: Area 51 (also known as BlackSite outside of U.S.) is a sequel to 2005's Area 51. It is a first person shooter developed by Midway Studios Austin.

The game was released on November 12, 2007 for PC and Xbox 360 and on Playstation 3 few months later.

Currently the game remains unavailable for purchase in digital distribution. A brief glimpse of hope for digital re-release was seen in mid-2020, but Steam Group "Sentinels of the Store" quickly realised that supposed publisher itself put it out illegally.[1]

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM DRM
Windows

Essential improvements

Patches

Install the latest patch (v1.2).

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Midway\Blacksite\Config\
Screen.ini only contains screen resolution and option to start in window or fullscreen mode. Other settings are encrypted inside other files.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Midway\Blacksite\

Save game cloud syncing

No save game cloud syncing information; you can edit this page to add it.

Video

Video settings.
Video settings.
Post-processing enabled(up) and disabled(down).
Post-processing enabled(up) and disabled(down).

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF entry.
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF entry.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Run in windowed mode and use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Available in the options menu, but doesn't do anything. Force in the graphics card control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Game can be played in windowed mode which enables double buffering in modern Windows and prevents screen tearing, but the framerate won't be capped.[2]
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.

Post-processing effects

Motion blur, light bloom and color correction can be disabled by deleting or renaming an external file.
Disabling post-processing[2]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\A52Game\CookedPC
  2. Delete or rename the file a52postfx.xxx

Input

Input settings and key mappings.
Input settings and key mappings.

Audio

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, sound effects and dialogue
Surround sound
5.1
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Russian

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
User created game profile. Requires important settings to work properly, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio FMOD
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Quazal

Issues unresolved

Dynamic shadow rendering bug.
Dynamic shadow rendering bug.
Dynamic shadows enabled(up) and disabled(down).
Dynamic shadows enabled(up) and disabled(down).

Dynamic shadow rendering bug

Dynamic shadows of certain characters and objects are rendered incorrectly.
Turning off dynamic shadows in video settings isn't an improvement, because it also turns off light in outdoor areas.

Game freezes when changing video settings

It can sometimes happen that the game freezes when changing dynamic light, anti-aliasing or filtering mode in the video settings menu.
Delete the settings file[2]
  1. Go to %LOCALAPPDATA%\Midway\Blacksite
  2. Delete the file settings.dat
  3. Next time the game is launched it will create a new file with default settings. Change the settings in the options menu.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 4000+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 3.0 support

References

  1. BlackSite - An Illegal reupload of the Original 2007 Game - last accessed on 2020-08-08
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Verified by User:Antrad on November 28, 2017