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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: 30 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. The authenticity and attention to detail in Dragon Rising is to be applauded.
  2. PSM3 Magazine UK
    85
    A niche but incredibly satisfying FPS - if you can handle the realism. [Dec 2009, p.80]
  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. There’s a lot of unrealized potential in Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. I don’t believe the developers were able to squeeze as much out of the open world island warfare concept as they could have.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 8 out of 23
  1. RichardP
    Oct 8, 2009
    10
    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 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
    9
    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 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
    8
    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 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. C.Davenport
    Oct 8, 2009
    7
    The authenticity is great. Realistic tactics, movement, engagement ranges, etc. I just wish there was some kind of tutorial. You get dropped The authenticity is great. Realistic tactics, movement, engagement ranges, etc. I just wish there was some kind of tutorial. You get dropped into the first mission with minimal guidance on movement, squad mechanics, and weapons characteristic. Yes, it's awesome that rounds fired drop off at longer range, but there is no way to gauge the drop of before you fire. Different weapons have different scope and ammunition types, resulting in different adjustments and trajectories (WITH NO GUIDANCE OR EXPLANATION), so rarely expect that first shot to hit, much less kill. At least, that is, until you've put in enough hours to familiarize yourself with each weapon. This console release has gone the route of Killzone 2, and put immersion and authenticity over enjoyment. For Killzone, much of those issues, including awkward controls, were patched. That's not like to be the case with Dragon Rising. It's not a bad game by any measure. The die hard tactical shooter crowd will love every intense second of it, but that may be about it. For the casual crowd, there will be screaming. There will be swearing. There will be a great many used copies available at you local game shop. As for myself, I'll get the hang of it eventually. I figure starting over from the last checkpoint beats a real bullet any day, and I got a war to win . . . Lord hates a coward. Expand
  5. DomW.
    Oct 13, 2009
    6
    This game does not even come close to meeting its expectations. Operation flashpoint cold war crisis had bugs in its first release, sure, but This game does not even come close to meeting its expectations. Operation flashpoint cold war crisis had bugs in its first release, sure, but the game play was brilliant and was years ahead of competitors. It had a good variety of missions and the mission editor with multiplayer ensured its shelf life. OF: Dragon rising (PC) however doesnt meet the expectations of a game released in 2009, certainly after its numerous delays. Currently, this game is riddled with bugs, which I find detract from gameplay. What many people were looking forward to was the large scale skirmishes, this can not happen with current unit restrictions. Perhaps most dissapointing for me was the poor attempt at a multiplayer system, which doesnt even explore a fraction of the potential this game deserved. As it stands, this game fails to deliver on so many levels. Although a patch has been confirmed by Codemasters since the day of release, if the first release is anything to show for the worksmanship of what is acceptable, I will not be getting my hopes up. Although, after compleeting the campaign, I find there are some positives to draw from this title, such as detailed vehicle models and the game environment its self. One underlying problem annoys me more than anything else... I spent $40 on what feels like a pre-release beta version of the game. Sadly, this nothing like the gaming community expected for something which is by name, part of the operation flashpoint series. Given time and several patches to this game, it may turn out to provide the realistic millitary simulation that its developers have claimed it can do. My advice, hold back on those crisp money notes and wait until after christmas for the price to come down. Expand
  6. Apr 6, 2012
    4
    A realistic game doesn't necessarily mean a fun one. The strategic FPS Operation Flashpoint is a poster child for that statement. Graphically,A realistic game doesn't necessarily mean a fun one. The strategic FPS Operation Flashpoint is a poster child for that statement. Graphically, it's descent with nice long draw distances, but gameplay wise, it's an over-complicated mess that's as fun as a knitting class. Definitely not one for the COD / Battlefield posse, then. That said, if you have a ton of patience and a masochist's desire for punishment, Dragon Rising might float your boat. Unfortunately, it pretty much sinks mine. Expand
  7. RajdadajR
    Oct 11, 2009
    1
    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 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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