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  • Summary: Taking gamers as close to war as they'll ever want to get, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is the much anticipated return of the genre-defining military conflict simulator. Set to deliver the total combat experience, Flashpoint: Dragon Rising challenges players to survive the chaos andTaking gamers as close to war as they'll ever want to get, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is the much anticipated return of the genre-defining military conflict simulator. Set to deliver the total combat experience, Flashpoint: Dragon Rising challenges players to survive the chaos and rapidly evolving situations of modern warfare in a new contemporary theatre. Players experience the intensity, diversity and claustrophobia of a modern conflict from the unique perspectives of an infantry marine, a helicopter pilot, a Special Forces officer or a tank commander, each engaged against the full force of the Chinese PLA on a scale never previously experienced in a military action title. Gameplay simulates an immense conflict between advanced forces and provides unparalleled scope with different military disciplines, vehicles and equipment for players to utilize. [Codemasters] Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. It's not perfect, there are little problems and niggles that can be found if you look for them, but none of them spoil the game or ruin the playing experience.
  2. Operation Flashpoint 2 is a simulation, but it’s a simulation that is actually fun to play.
  3. 82
    Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is something you don't see every day on consoles, and its uniqueness does offer a breath of fresh air amidst the myriad twitch and sci-fi shooters out there.
  4. OpFlash 2 actually tries realism and gets the basics right.
  5. We really hoped, that Codemasters would have been able to create a worthy sequel to the classic military-simulation OFP: Cold War Crisis. The first impressions have been great, but in the end, Dragon Rising is just a common tactical-shooter like a Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. It is far away from a real simulation. The campaign has its ups and downs, but you’re always just the leader of a little infantry-squad, you don’t fly exciting helicopter-missions, you’re not involved in huge tank battles. There is no storyline and there are no cutscenes that would give you the feeling of playing an important part within a big military campaign. You just finished one mission and get to the next, that’s it. The game has so much potential, but the developers just didn’t use it – a pity!
  6. Anyone with a taste for realistic military entertainment will find plenty to enjoy here, but its hard to shake the feeling that Operation Flashpoint hasn't got the brave, superbly equipped sequel it truly deserved.
  7. Codemasters has proven that you can take a game like the original Operation Flashpoint, put it on the consoles, and make it playable - but that alone is not good enough.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 142
  2. Negative: 79 out of 142
  1. PhilipD
    Oct 20, 2009
    10
    Leave the game along. It's not like ARMA, and I find it refreshing. I love the OFP / ARMA series, but 3 games, all with the same bugs Leave the game along. It's not like ARMA, and I find it refreshing. I love the OFP / ARMA series, but 3 games, all with the same bugs and problems, quickly becomes boring. This game, on the other hand, doesn't seme to have the same problems. In fact, I prefer it. The graphics run smoothly on my PC in the way that OFP, ARMA and ARMA 2 never did. They felt delayed, even if at a constant 60 fps. The aiming is easier on this game, the controls are more responsive and the levels are, frankly, more fun. I don't know why Mr xbox review is rating this in the PC section, or comparing it to Arma 2 which is still buggy, despite being released for MUCH longer than this game. I agree about the vehicles. They bounce a lot. Personally I still prefer them to Arma 2's fake rollercoaster ride. COD is a plague on the community. Stop comparing games like OFP to COD. They're not the same. ARMA and OFP aim for realism, and the only reason that this game is easier than ARMA is because playing tactically on this game allows you to complete a mission. With Arma it's pretty much chance. Also, it's easier to aim in this game, it feels as if it's programmed for a mouse instead of ARMA, which seems to think it's reading desktop mouse movements and trying to convert it into a FPS viewing engine. Give this game a chance, people, and I guarantee you you'll find it rewarding and fun. Think of it as a smaller, polished version of ARMA2, with faster (if lower) graphics (though it's more artistically balanced, compared to Arma's polygon frenzy). It's a decent game and is actually an alternative to the Arma series. it isn't a clone and in all honesty I think that this is the better game. As for realism... well, who cares. I only want realism so that I can annoy the hardcore veterans on multiplayer, and I think I'll still be able to with this game. Good game! Expand
  2. ThomasLittler
    Oct 12, 2009
    9
    This game is absoulutly awsome. I have been waiting for this game ever since i finished the first one and its everything I was hoping for. This game is absoulutly awsome. I have been waiting for this game ever since i finished the first one and its everything I was hoping for. The graphics and audio are second to none. It runs so smoothly and fluidly that it leaves you only one thing to think about - staying alive, rather than how much your gonna have to spend on a new PC to play it. Which is good, as staying alive isnt as easy as it sounds. The a.i is very convincing and it feels more like your actualy fighting people rather than fighting robots which is how Arma seems to me. I see a lot of people are saying that it has fallen victim to consolitis and that it shouldnt have been dumbed down for the consoles, and a lot of people are saying the opposite and that its to realistic and not enough fun... I feel that codemasters have made an excelent compromise here between realism and fun, and the fact I can play it on my 360 and my PC i can only see as a bonus! This game is utterly fantastic! It brings back all the good memory's and aspects that made the original game so undeniably awesome. Expand
  3. DaveT
    Oct 9, 2009
    7
    Many of the missions are quite similar to be honest..although the A.I. is good some times ..seeking to always flank you..but most times its Many of the missions are quite similar to be honest..although the A.I. is good some times ..seeking to always flank you..but most times its really stupid!...i mean one guy i was shooting at just ran around in a circle like a confused headless chicken...seriously he moved around a 20 sqr foot area back and forth..whilst his mate next to him (obviously the one with the brains!) was crawling away from the danger area!... My sniper rifle has a MAJOR FLAW! it only seems to work with a direct head shot!...try shooting at the legs or torso and its as if the bullet dont exist!...no damage at all..only head shots do any damage..instant death....hit the body 10 times and nothing!!..now that surely is a major issue.... As for your medic..Duhhhh!!!..mr dumb himself he is! i lay on the floor bleeding...shouted MEDIC!..he pops over gets his trusty bandage out then just proceeds to look at me like he's dazed and transfixed ...he stays like that with me while i continue bleeding and shouting medic to ask for his assistance!..all the time my health is draining away!....eventually he gets shot in the head and we both end up on the floor dead...and i have to re-start 35 mins of gameplay all over again!.Arghhhh!!!!.. These bugs are bad,, very bad..it spoils the immersion and realism no end! I shot a lorry full of soldiers and the thing swerved and crashed off down a small hill and stopped on a boulder next to the beach..all the soldiers just stayed inside and made no attempt to get out...i walked right up to it and they were all looking around out the widows like it was a old pensioners day out!...the dozy muppets!!!.. some missions are very irritating whilst others are just great...when it all hangs together it outshines arma2 in many ways, graphics seem smoother and the grass and vegetation are awesome, as is the starry night sky and full moon missions lol...but after a while it all gets a bit samey..and the awful round team control interface you need to scroll through when issuing orders is just a joke and so slooooww!.... Arma2 is better in so many ways and more realistic also in a sim way..which is what i hoped this would be... Its good but only in a 7 out of 10 way! Expand
  4. SamuelW
    Nov 1, 2009
    4
    A lacklustre experience in its own right. It does very little to make itself known above the competition. The most dangerous enemy to this A lacklustre experience in its own right. It does very little to make itself known above the competition. The most dangerous enemy to this game is it's name. The original was more advanced, and far less limited than its contemporary which really says everything considering it is almost ten years older. This game was made for the console, and although it might be a perfectly new and entertaining product for those used to crackers, we PC players are used to steak. Poor show Codemasters. The marketing for this was terribly deceptive, and in comparison to its competitor Arma II, it is positively laughable. Expand
  5. EvanS
    Nov 9, 2009
    3
    This is not a flashpoint 2, it's an arcade game, please dont buy it. I bought this game passed it in couple hours and deleted it, so This is not a flashpoint 2, it's an arcade game, please dont buy it. I bought this game passed it in couple hours and deleted it, so just save your money for something else out ther, just get arma 2 or smth much better! Expand
  6. Darkness62
    Jan 3, 2010
    1
    Installed and worked.... Other than that, this game is pathetic console trash and should have stayed on consoles where it belongs.
  7. Dr.Pulp
    Oct 13, 2009
    0
    This game looks awful and has nothing to do with Operation Flashpoint. It doesn't even come close to a simulation. The GFX look bad! The This game looks awful and has nothing to do with Operation Flashpoint. It doesn't even come close to a simulation. The GFX look bad! The textures are all blurry and all colours are green-brown / brown. It doens't support Joysticks. Expand

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