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  • Summary: Players assume the role of a U.S. NATO private on a training mission in a fictional 1985 Cold War storyline, where a new Soviet regime seizes control of an island community, and underground resistance groups have mobilized in opposition. The new Soviet government, unable to fight thePlayers assume the role of a U.S. NATO private on a training mission in a fictional 1985 Cold War storyline, where a new Soviet regime seizes control of an island community, and underground resistance groups have mobilized in opposition. The new Soviet government, unable to fight the resistance, calls upon NATO to act as a peacekeeping force and help restore order to the region. NATO responds with Operation Flashpoint. [Codemasters] Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
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  1. It's so exacting in detail, the Marines are showing interest in using it as part of their training programs. [Nov 2001, p.126]
  2. The excellent implementation of combat among an army, combined with the large variety of gameplay and an excellent campaign story make this game truly shine.
  3. It's probably as close to real combat as you would want to get. It's probably too realistic for hard-core shooter fans, and not realistic enough for sim fanatics, but everyone else will find it to be a thrilling game.
  4. 88
    There is so much going into this game its just plain goofy. The more you delve into it and get used to the ultra brutal way that the AI comes after your sorry little hiney, there's an incredibly deep and fun game here.
  5. 83
    A game which does everything right. Gameplay, graphics, realism, mood, and extendibility through the included fully-featured mission editor.
  6. A fun game, but it’s just a little bit too difficult for the mainstream audience.
  7. Its level of realism, convincing detail and great multiplayer make it one of the best military FPS games on the market.

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  1. Positive: 29 out of 29
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  1. Jun 11, 2014
    10
    Probably the best game I have ever played (and I have played well over 100 games since starting with SimCity 2000). When it came out, theProbably the best game I have ever played (and I have played well over 100 games since starting with SimCity 2000). When it came out, the story was epic, graphics were epic (back in 2001), the sound and music was amazing, and the realism was a revolution for PC gaming. Years ahead of its time. Bohemia Interactive has made decent ARMA games since, but they were never quite as good, particularly the singleplayer campaigns have not been as good as in this game. Even in 2014+ this game is absolutely worth playing, because other than the now dated graphics, it is still on par with or exceeds the best games of today. Get it on Steam as "ARMA: Cold War Assault" for next to nothing. Expand
  2. OFPOFP
    Sep 20, 2006
    10
    This is by far the greatest first-person shooter ever made. Sadly, few Americans played it. (Probably because it was produced in Eastern Europe.)
  3. DickH.
    Mar 15, 2002
    10
    I love it!
  4. FelippeJ.
    Dec 16, 2003
    10
    This is the best game i ever played.
  5. May 10, 2012
    10
    It's the middle of 2012, and I just rebooted and played all three OpF games again - CWC, Red Hammer and Resistance - and it still, for me, isIt's the middle of 2012, and I just rebooted and played all three OpF games again - CWC, Red Hammer and Resistance - and it still, for me, is the best gaming experience I've had. Contrary to what many say, I still feel the graphics stack up - particularly the distance rendering. The feel of playing in a huge open world is there. Some missions on the Everon island are so picturesque I pause for a few minutes just to look around.

    I've played almost every FPS there is, and still, more than ten years after it's release, no game has come close to capturing that feel of actually being in the middle of a war. Of being a lonesome soldier, who can make a difference, and yet is just a small cog in a larger scheme. Knowing that facing a patrolling tank is almost certain death, and yet get your hands on an RPG launcher and the watch tables turn. This game gives you everything - the tension of being outnumbered and alone, the joy of launching large scale attacks, the pleasure in commanding an M1A1 abrams and destroying all in your path. Not to mention playing as a highly trained black op and dealing silent death.
    Basically, I could go on and on. This is still THE benchmark shooter for realism and it's ability to draw you into the world. As much as I have enjoyed the CoD series, this game is really what separates the men from the boys, so to speak.
    Do yourself a favour, if you haven't played it, and get your hands on a copy ASAP.
    For those who have played it, and know exactly what I'm on about, give it another go. For nostalgia.
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  6. LawrenceC
    Nov 19, 2008
    9
    Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis is a very immersive game it makes you feel like your part of a war, this game succeeds in doing that. Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis is a very immersive game it makes you feel like your part of a war, this game succeeds in doing that. Whereas, it's successor ArmA fails miserably in. I recommend this to players looking for something realistic, doesn't mind the old looking graphics, not afraid of dying a lot, AI problems, and the commanding interface. After all the USMC uses a simulator based on the engine used for this game. Expand
  7. Operationflshpoint
    Jun 13, 2003
    8
    The faces of characters r a bit wacky ...

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