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Area 51
Publisher: Midway (US), GT Interactive (EU), Soft Bank (JP)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Sound driver: SCSP (1 track)
Peripherals supported: Virtua Gun
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 T-18613G
Sega Saturn
US
$? T-9705H
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99[1] T-25408H-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F T-25408H-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? T-25408H-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas T-25408H-50
Sega Saturn
BR
R$? 191x34



Area 51 (エリア51) is a 1995 arcade light-gun game developed by Mesa Logic and released by Atari Games. It was ported to the Sega Saturn in late 1996 by Tantalus Interactive and Perfect Entertainment and published by Midway, alongside versions for PlayStation and Windows PCs.

Area 51 was followed by Maximum Force, produced by the same team at Mesa Logic, but with an entirely different setting.

Gameplay

Area 51 is an arcade, on-the-rails shoot-'em-up built around light guns. The graphics are pre-rendered, using human actors (similar to Mortal Kombat) for soldiers, and full motion video so simulate moving through the world.

History

Versions

The Saturn version of Area 51 is relatively close to its arcade counterpart, but chooses to present itself with an added border - a feature that remains through the entire experience and is absent from other versions. The resulting smaller field of view means that all 2D graphics and full motion video clips are rendered at a lower resolution than their arcade (and PlayStation) counterparts.

The nature of disc-based media means transitions between scenes have a slight delay as the game loads in new data. This is particularly noticeable in the attract sequence.

Magazine articles

Main article: Area 51/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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NextGeneration US 22.pdfNextGeneration US 22.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Next Generation (US) #22: "October 1996" (1996-09-17)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #87: "October 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[3]
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EGM2 US 29.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
EGM² (US) #29: "November 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
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IntelligentGamer US 08.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Intelligent Gamer (US) #8: "January 1997" (1996-xx-xx)
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SSM JP 19961227 1996-22.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #36: "1996-22 (1996-12-27)" (1996-12-13)
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SSM JP 19970117 1997-01.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #37: "1997-01 (1997-01-17)" (1996-12-27)
also published in:
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SSM JP 19970307 1997-06.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #42: "1997-06 (1997-03-07)" (1997-02-21)
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SSM UK 17.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) #17: "March 1997" (1997-02-19)
also published in:
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Playmag FR 13.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Play Mag (FR) #13: "Avril 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Consoles + (FR) #64: "Avril 1997" (1997-xx-xx)[8]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
42 №8, p71[9]
73 №52, p76/77[1]
69 №2, p75[10]
72 №18, p62/63[11]
81 №, p11Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[12]
65 №94
Sega Saturn
67
Based on
6 reviews

Saturn, US
Area51 Saturn US Box Back.jpgArea51 Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Area51 Saturn US Disc.jpg
Disc
Area51 sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Area51 Saturn US RegCard.pdf
Reg Card
Saturn, EU
Area51 Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
Area51 Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, JP
Area51 Saturn JP Box Back.jpgArea51 Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Area51 Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, BR
Area51 Saturn BR Box Front.jpg
Cover

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:MeanMachinesSega52UK.pdf, page 76
  2. File:CVG UK 185.pdf, page 48
  3. File:EGM US 087.pdf, page 36
  4. File:SSM_JP_19970131_1997-02.pdf, page 33
  5. File:SSM_JP_19970214_1997-03.pdf, page 34
  6. File:SSM UK 18.pdf, page 13
  7. File:SSM UK 19.pdf, page 9
  8. File:ConsolesPlus FR 064.pdf, page 69
  9. File:IntelligentGamer US 08.pdf, page 73
  10. File:SaturnPower UK 02.pdf, page 75
  11. File:SSM_UK_18.pdf, page 62
  12. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 13