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Alien Game's Truth Is Way Out There; Old Skool Phone Fun

What in the name of Gillian Anderson was David Duchovny doing when he made the bomb Connie and Carla? Thankfully, AREA 51 is no such nonsense and even though it's derivative of Halo and Doom III, it still proves the truth is out there, way out there. Here in his best role since The X-Files, Duchovny is kind of like Mulder meets James Dean, brooding but brave, at times witty. With a sometimes industrial soundtrack courtesy of former Nine Inch Nails drummer and programmer Chris Vrenna, the game rocks when you're surrounded by your HAZMAT band of brothers, seeking to clean up an alien-infested government installation. It's when you go on alien-finding missions alone that the dang thing becomes an ordeal: Less like The X-Files and more like "The X-Trials." The game picks up at the end, though.

While the N-Gage still has its problems as a phone, there's no better mobile for playing video games. Case in point: TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL: CHAOS THEORY. It's a 3D wonder with enemies that seem to have their own artificial intelligence (no small feat on a system that uses an MMC-like card). Yeah, it's sometimes old school in that you'll get text in a box to move the story along and the controls are sometimes slow. But these levels are all brand spanking new; Stealthy ole Sam still has a bad attitude and you gotta love the way he rappels, just like in the Xbox game. If you loved Chaos Theory, you'll relish the new stuff in the N-Gage version, too.

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Area 51
For: Xbox, PS2
Publisher: Midway
Developer: Inevitable Entertainment, Inc.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
For: N-Gage
Publisher: Gameloft
Developer: Gameloft ESRB

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