Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 47 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
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  1. There is, however, just enough range between its difficulties to appease both ends of the spectrum: those who want an unflinching recreation of island-based warfare, and those who want a manageable, mostly enjoyable military videogame. But its mild shortcomings ensure that, until Codemasters can fill its framework with a little more imagination and purpose, neither group will come away fanatical about the effort.
  2. For all its stumbling blocks, much of the core Operation Flashpoint experience has survived the transition from PC to console. For this achievement alone, Codemasters deserves our respect.
  3. An intriguing antidote to Modern Warfare that's realistic to a fault, but never dull or predictable.
  4. Basically, only play this game if your friends are willing to run at your side. When the game is functioning as intended, it can be brilliant. But don’t let your guard down. Problems will arise, and your most difficult challenge may be combating a bout of boredom.
  5. Overall, Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising is a competent title, however, it fails to reach the great potential that it had.
  6. A solid squad based war simulator, with an amazing open world and stunning draw distance.
  7. 70
    Fans of Call of Duty games will probably be shocked by the level of realism thrown into Dragon Rising. At times this level of detail can be overwhelming. It is gritty, painful, depressing and raw. Just how war should be. But at the same time, the game can offer an enjoyable experience to the more serious gamer.
  8. Dragon Rising is a good tactical game, which won't appeal to fans of direct action. But if you like a realistic behaviour it's a great option to experiment (without danger) the horrors of war.
  9. Patient gamers who enjoy more tactical shooters will likely appreciate its strong points and look beyond the bugs and glitches. Those that prefer to run and gun should probably steer clear.
  10. X-ONE Magazine UK
    70
    A compelling recreation of war, and its bugs fail to take anything away. [Issue#52, p.90]
  11. While it took me a while, I eventually warmed up to this game. The game play is spot on and everything seems to fit appropriately into this military sim. While the FPS crowd may not get what they are expecting, if they stay around they will find what I found, a gratifying experience.
  12. Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising’s unique spin on tactical warfare might be dug by the truly hardcore, but some frustrating design decisions will keep this one from rising as high as it should.
  13. 58
    I want to like Flashpoint 2, but instead, I just feel like the game is telling me: "war is hell, sorry."
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 110 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    6
    I thought this game was supposed to be a military combat simulator, but actually it's some kind of military tedious walking simulator, whichI thought this game was supposed to be a military combat simulator, but actually it's some kind of military tedious walking simulator, which is cool too, if you're into that sort of thing. I believe the game designers wanted to create a game with a realistic interpretation of what it would be like if a war was fought between a bunch of complete idiots, and in that manner, they excel. In real life, if you're one guy in command of three other guys who have serious brain damage, you're probably going to lose, right? That's exactly what happens in this game! So real. Full Review »
  2. wills
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    This is very refreshing to play compared to all the arcadey shooters that are out there. If you love war games but want something more This is very refreshing to play compared to all the arcadey shooters that are out there. If you love war games but want something more realistic, get this game! Full Review »
  3. Apr 21, 2013
    0
    I've been playing computer games since I had a Spectrum 48k back in 1981. I can honestly say that this game is in my `top' ten of worst gamesI've been playing computer games since I had a Spectrum 48k back in 1981. I can honestly say that this game is in my `top' ten of worst games ever, yes it's that bad.
    It's got more bugs than a crab victims pants, it's sloooow, inaccurate, confusing.
    Thankfully I bought it pre-owned for only seven quid, if I'd paid seven pence for it, then I would maybe not be that bothered.

    Terrible game from the usually genius Codemasters.
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