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






























Number of players: 1-2
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Español
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Saturn
    JP
    ¥5,800 T-18613G
    Sega Saturn
    US
    $? T-9705H
    Sega Saturn
    UK
    £44.99More...[1] T-25408H-50
    Sega Saturn
    FR
    ?F T-25408H-50
    Sega Saturn
    DE
    DM ? T-25408H-50
    Sega Saturn
    ES
    ?Ptas T-25408H-50
    Sega Saturn
    BR
    R$? 191x34




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    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.

    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.

    Like Virtua Cop, Tiger also produced a handheld version of Area 51 as a part of their Laser Games series of minature lightgun games. The folding gun included with this version is reliant on infra-red technology.

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Area 51/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    Main article: Area 51/Promotional material.

    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    42 More...[3]
    73 More...[1]
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    72 More...[5]
    81 More...Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[6]
    65 More...[7]
    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
    Area 51 (エリア51) Saturn JP Spinecard.png
    Spinecard
    Area51 Saturn JP Disc.jpg
    Disc
    Saturn, BR
    Area51 Saturn BR Box Front.jpg
    Cover

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Saturn
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    384,102,768 CD-ROM(EU) T-25408H-50 V1.000
    Sega Saturn
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    384,102,768 1996-12-04 CD-ROM(JP) T-18613G V1.000
    Sega Saturn
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    385,942,032 CD-ROM(US) T-9705H V1.000

    References