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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 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: 30 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. As real as it gets in the modern military shooter genre, Operation Flashpoint demands your mind be as sharp as your aim. Those seeking an FPS experience that's evolved passed Hollywood's version of war should definitely enlist, but anyone annoyed by one-shot deaths should probably stick to Call of Duty's frontlines.
  2. 85
    Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is an ultimate realistic shooter. For some this can be the reason to ignore this game. But for those who seek a good challenge, this is just the right shooter.
  3. Maybe it lacks some innovation and graphics appeal, as if time had made expectations too great, but it is a very good first step for the series to continue.
  4. 78
    Engrossing. [Issue#185, p.79]
  5. Operation Flashpoint: Dragon rising had all the makings to be a spectacular game-of-the-year experience with its ultrarealism and open-world mission structure. Unfortunately for all those who expected wonders, it’s not going to happen.
  6. It's an intriguing alternative to what has certainly become the high-action norm of the genre. If you can get past its fundamental shortcomings, you'll find that there's indeed something to this fresh, yet flawed experience.
  7. 58
    I want to like Flashpoint 2, but instead, I just feel like the game is telling me: "war is hell, sorry."

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  2. Negative: 8 out of 22
  1. RichardP
    Oct 8, 2009
    Real talk I am an infantry soildier and served my country USA baby and i got wounded in combat cant fight no more. by the way i loved it but this here makes me feel like im back on the line love it real gamers can enjoy. one shot one kill real life stuff enjoy. Expand
  2. SteenA.
    Oct 7, 2009
    Very good realistic shooter and even though it is hard and not comparable with other shooters released in the last couple of years it is a thrill to play. Will it be a sucess? that is hard to tell since im sure it will scare a lot of people away because of it's hardcore style. Expand
  3. GwynbleiddD.
    Oct 11, 2009
    Fairly put, this game is awesome. Those who like it hard and love to work hard for every efforts they commit, this game is awesome. although it has glitches and sadly AI is not too good, and I did not like the fact that I'm restricted to modify my weapon mods and have to pick whatever games thrown at me, still the game is an excellent presentation of how a real battle looks like. Expand
  4. JohanO.
    Oct 11, 2009
    It's a soldier sim but it isn't Operation Flashpoint. No flying helicopters and driving tanks in the singelplayer. 11 short infantery missions. Sure it is cool playing as a marine, but the servers doesn't work so not much of the Co-Op part. Expand
  5. Jan 2, 2014
    While I liked the fairly simple control scheme and the fact that for the most part you can get away with just having your squad follow you, I didn't really enjoy it that much.

    The graphics are pretty dated and too brown I can live with that, gameplay is what matters. The problem is that gameplay isn't great, it's tedious and boring in that you don't feel much like tactics matter the second you fire your first round it's the same battle as if you planned some kind of strategy. The voices are terrible, though I don't mind that too much either. But by far the biggest thing that killed this game for me was that it didn't even have realistic bullet physics, and without that I might as well be playing Call of Duty. The AI aimbot is slightly annoying too, though I didn't die it bugged me that I could be seen by a guy with no scope on his rifle from half way across the map while I was hidden in the scrub.

    In short this is not a military simulator, it's a tactical shooter that doesn't really do the tactical part very well. Don't get me wrong it isn't a bad game, it just feels older than it is.

    Give me ARMA II without all the squad commanding and I'll be happy, unfortunately the closest thing to that is Sniper Elite and it has terrible AI...
  6. dickeldeedoodoo
    Jan 13, 2010
    In short, the game sucks. Sure it looks nice and that but you'll just really have to like these type of games. While the game says: Walk around freely on Skirinka and fight everywhere you really find yourself dying or mission ending when you walk a click or 2 away from the objective. It looks nice that's a fact and there's plenty of vehicles you can board. Only to find your helicopter to be shot down by light machine guns and your vast vehicles to be blasted to pieces by an anti-tank guy about a 100 miles away. Team control is good and enemy AI is good but always shoot the guy you shot about a million and one times again when you walk by. For all you know he might go zombie and shoot you with a gun from which you just took all the ammo or stab you with a knife only to find yourself looking at a guy who misses his head chasing you around with a knife stabbed about a yard away from you but it somehow manages to affect you. Expand
  7. RajdadajR
    Oct 11, 2009
    Just bought and tried to play the PS3 version - IT SUCKS. I really wanted a warsim and I suppose I got it, but the graphics are the worst I've seen in years!!! It's laggy as hell (~10-30 fps) and the shaders look like crap! It's so ugly I must say that I really hate this game! Don't buy the PS3 version. Go for the PC version if you really want it. Expand

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