Area 51

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Area 51
Cover Area 51.jpg
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: C
ESRB rating: M (Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language)
PEGI rating: 16+
OFLC rating: MA
Game supports headset
Widescreen patch available
Supports up to two local players
Supported up to sixteen LAN/online players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-52570 & SLES-53075 & SLUS-20595
Japanese: SLPM-66468
German: SLES-52570 & SLES-53075
French: SLES-52570 & SLES-53075
Spanish: SLES-52570 & SLES-53075
Italian: SLES-52570 & SLES-53075
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20595
Release date: April 25, 2005
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-52570
Release date: May 26, 2005 (Australia)
May 27, 2005
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPM-66468
Release date: November 9, 2006
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Midway Studios - Austin
Publisher(s): Midway (US, AU, EU), Success (JP)
Genre: Action, Shooter, Arcade, Horror
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: IGN8.5/10, Metacritic75/100
Game description: A viral outbreak has shut down one of the US government's most secret and secure military facilities and all scientific and military personnel are locked inside. A small Special Forces unit, led by specialist Ethan Cole, is sent to investigate. As Cole, you'll delve into five expansive levels within the confines of Area 51, discovering a deadly mutagenic side effect of the virus as well as an ancient alien colony buried beneath the facility. With an array of human and alien weapons, you must explore conspiracies in order to solve the enigma of Area 51.
In July 1947, an alien spacecraft crashed near Roswell, New Mexico in the United States. The craft was recovered by the U.S. Air Force and taken to Area 51 in Nevada, where the lone survivor of the crash; a powerful Grey named Edgar (Warner) was held captive by the U.S. military. Eventually, the Greys opened a dialogue with the Illuminati led by the ominous Mr. White (Proctor), and struck a deal with them; the Illuminati would give the Greys a research base 3 miles below the surface of Area 51, the use of the base as a landing site, and give them human test subjects, where they (along with human scientists) would research a mutagenic virus to use in a war on their homeworld, and in return the Greys would give the Illuminati exclusive access to Grey technology.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.4Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 285 768MB
13 11 2012 1.1.0 r5452- GSdx 5442 SSE41 [29 10 2012]
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 [21 11 2012]
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 [09 10 2012]
Runs at full speed.
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.4Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 285 768MB
23 03 2014 1.2.0 r5927 GSdx 5932 SSE41 [23 03 2014]
  • SPU2-X 5893 2.0.0 [28 02 2014]
  • LilyPad 5822 0.11.0 [28 02 2014]
Same as before.


  • Original names: エリア51 (SLPM-66468)

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Known Issues

When Taking Damage, Entire Screen Fills With Garbage Textures

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: When being damaged, what is supposed to be the screen turning red is instead filled with garbage textures, making it extremely hard to see.
  • Workaround: Use software mode.

Distant Black Line

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: In the distance, a black line is permanently on the ground that produces weird shadows behind it.
  • Workaround: Head to Config > Video > Enable HW Hacks. Then, in the HW Hacks menu, set skipdraw range to 1, 2. Or alternatively, use software mode.

Black Boxes on Floor

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Some floor textures are broken and are seen as black boxes.
  • Workaround: Head to Config > Video > Enable HW Hacks. Then, in the HW Hacks menu, turn on disable depth emulation. To reduce the chance of the now restored floor texture from flickering black, set half pixel offset to Special (Texture - aggressive). Or alternatively, use software mode.

Public compatibility forum links