GC '07: BlackSite Hands-On

We blast through two new BlackSite levels at the Leipzig Games Convention.

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At the Leipzig Games Convention 2007, Midway showed two new levels of its upcoming shooter, BlackSite: Area 51, which got us even more excited for its November 5 ship date. The first level was called Rachel because it took place in the suburbs of Rachel, Nevada. According to the briefing, it's also an epicenter in the conflict among man, altered soldier, and alien beast.

In case you aren't familiar with BlackSite's premise, a team stumbles upon alien technology on a routine weapons search in Iraq. Meanwhile, the US government has been experimenting on human beings as part of a creepy supersoldier project. The experiments get loose, unleash the weird alien organisms found in Iraq, and lash out against the shady government, as well as the society that cost them their humanity.

And they're really lashing out with a vengeance in the backyards of Rachel, Nevada. As the level opens, a scared child regards you and your cohorts from an open fence. But as you draw near, he's nabbed and spirited away by a monstrous enemy. From there, you shoot up a bunch of deformed enemies before running up a slide and into another backyard. Here, a frightened civilian pulls a gun on you before informing you that he's up to his neck in...but he never finishes the sentence because the house behind him rumbles, a giant worm/snake/alien beast emerges from his living room, and eats him whole. Then the creature begins spitting exploding globs of phlegm, which you must hit with grenades and shoot to end its particular invasion once and for all.

While the boss was cool, and the gameplay in BlackSite is always a treat, it was interesting to see such a mundane setting in a first-person shooter. And we mean mundane in a good way. Most studios set their games in utterly unbelievable locals or foreign theaters of war far away from the cares of everyday life. But not BlackSite; here, you literally face the menace in your own backyard for a truly unique blend of the unearthly and the everyday.

However, there was nothing everyday about the next stage we saw, where a giant, angry beetle known as a Fire Brute was taking on an entire army of soldiers. The beetle lived up to its name with its fiery death ray, which could cut through most cover and blow up walls with its brute size. This thing was bigger than a McDonalds and nearly as hazardous to your health. To defeat it, our presenter ran through a bombed-out building and grabbed a rocket launcher from the rubble because the beast blasted lasers through the windows and walls. The effect on the laser looks so good, by the way, you almost want it to hit you. With the launcher, our player hid until the bug was distracted and he could line up a shot at the vulnerable spot on its back. After three well-placed rockets, the mighty beetle finally fell, ending the level.

While these are just two snapshots from a game worth at least a thousand pictures (and who knows how many words), BlackSite is shaping up to be one of the hottest shooters of the holiday season. With two-player cooperative play, online multiplayer, and a cool blend of reality with science fiction elements, we're looking forward to several close encounters with BlackSite when it ships on November 5.

Discussion

33 comments
Bull_Of_Mors
Bull_Of_Mors

co-op is gone ahwell single player even better now! half-life watch out

d-olsvik
d-olsvik

Now why would I complain if they decided that the original Half Life needed a graphics touch-up and subsequent re-release re-wrapping. Too much of a good thing? There's no such thing.

oonge
oonge

at least something that looks relly intresting is launching on PC. looking forward to it

napp123
napp123

Could you play co-op on a pc through lan or online?

vass86
vass86

another great looking game. i think we are being spoiled.

pidow
pidow

Less than a month to go!....

DodgeDuty
DodgeDuty

This game was sweet when I demoed it in XBox magazine. Now I want to get it for Christmas. The mix of team play and old school FPS action was great.

Cono_2007
Cono_2007

Can't wait too kill some alien scum bag's!

listerfiend21
listerfiend21

THis game had some of the best graphics ive seen and tht was when it was still being made months ago , I wonder how it looks now.

CptBloodood
CptBloodood

a demo isnt the real game....not tryin to start an arguement..thats all i hav to say to all of you saying the framerate is bad

chrisyrulz893
chrisyrulz893

good game i played the demo on live, but the framerate is horrible when there is to much action . sort that and i expect an amazing game

Coolgamer
Coolgamer

I think this is going to be a great game. THe ai needs some work.

kingofdasouth69
kingofdasouth69

i can't buy this game right away. ill be busy playing Halo 3.and the Cod4 in november -Feb., and then Turok february - april. and then ill switch back to Halo 3 for a while.

wjkflke
wjkflke

this game is awsum its just as good as halo 3. well maybe not as good. actually no way near as good. but its still going to be an awsum game.

kratos_karmakar
kratos_karmakar

this game is red hot awesom. playing this witha whole arsenal of other titles coming later this year is gonna b sooooo very very SATISFYING. mu hahahahahahahahamuhahahahahaha

valttu
valttu

Aah, this game is so hot. Great, exploding action with some horror... :-) And co-op ROCKS!

mooseman721
mooseman721

I thought the demo was nothing special, graphics look alright but it just feels a bit cheap, don't know why but it does.

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

I've been pumped for this game ever since I played the demo on the XBox Marketplace.

aka1986
aka1986

looking forward to this and many other titles in the next few months. really glad this has co-op (nothing better than playing games with real friends). hope the frame rate is good - unlike on the demo. wonder how the online stuff will play...

SteveBIRK
SteveBIRK

this game looks sweet i cant wait to play it chrismas morning.

JJpenguin
JJpenguin

I get my games dirt cheap from my uncle who works at GAME, so have recently preordered/bought about 6 or 7 games from the massive lineup, it's really good for the 360 because realeasing them all at once will give people a chance to choose the best ones...

zapper188
zapper188

I've always wanted this qutie badly, and it really looks amazing

Shinedown220
Shinedown220

This game has serious potential. However it may get burried by all the high profile titles come this holiday season. I will definitly be checking this out.

True_Blu3
True_Blu3

I cannot wait for this game. It's on my Top5 list for sure.

cmencia55
cmencia55

"This thing was bigger than a McDonalds and nearly as hazardous to your health." LMAO wat a joker, if mickey d's read this theyll sue or sumthing lol... N E way the game looks crazzy and capitan cahonas its also on ps3 so save your fanboy comment

madmoose7
madmoose7

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!! finally i know the release date.

capitancahonas
capitancahonas

So many good games on 360! I certainly won't be buying a Ps3 anytime soon! Maybe in a few years when I need a budget blu-ray player for the spare room..

sphinx-shadow
sphinx-shadow

i can't wait for this game now with all this news on the game i want this game now

oDARKBLADEo
oDARKBLADEo

Yep, I'm really looking forward to it. Long live co-op!!