Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. A few minute irritations can't prevent us from declaring this to be nigh-on perfection. Good price too. [Xbox World 360]
  2. The solid single player game is long and demanding, the multiplayer offers more depth than what's available currently over Xbox Live and the mission editor allows for endless creative opportunities.
  3. It's been an utter delight to play the game again, especially as the conversion to Xbox has been handled so well. No self-respecting Xbox Live player should be without this game.
  4. It is an unsurpassed military simulator with the kind of refined controls and gameplay that only comes from years of productive development time.
  5. Looks dated, but offers unprecedented freedom on the battlefield. The combat is fabulously realistic as are the environments. Minor problems and a handful of bugs creep up every now and again. [Nov 2005]
  6. Despite the fact Operation Flashpoint is over four years old it still remains fresh to this day. The game packs depth, authenticity and immersion in place of traditional gaming elements such as fun, leaving a simulation of war that's deliberately different to others out there.
  7. If you're looking for your next "Halo" fix, make no mistake, you will hate this game. But if you're looking for something different and challenging, Flashpoint is it. [Jan 2006, p.124]
  8. One of the most engrossing, realistic and downright challenging squad-based shooters on the Xbox, and if you've ever wanted to know what real war is like - but don't fancy running the risk of having your intestines shot out - it's by far your best, and safest, bet.
  9. Mirrors its PC version so closely that you could own just one version without missing much. [Feb 2006, p.88]
  10. While this game's lackluster graphics will turn off most gamers, there is a deep military simulator underneath.
  11. Hardcore realism and all kinds of cool real-world weapons and vehicles. [Holiday 2005, p.83]
  12. It may test your levels of forgiveness, and stretch the boundaries of your patience, but if you want a game that delivers something close to the unforgiving challenge, tension and confusion of real warfare, then give it a try.
  13. On purpose or not, it's that unbalancing sensation of being a bit lost and of being put in jeopardy by superpower machinations you don't quite understand, that makes Operation Flashpoint: Elite worth a sliver of attention despite its age.
  14. Very slow moving and occasionally frustrating is the best way to describe the gameplay in Operation Flashpoint. The vehicles feel entirely too clunky and hurt the otherwise functional gameplay.
  15. Operation Flashpoint: Elite doesn't rise above its various imperfects nor will it satisfy even the most hardcore shooter fans looking for a good shooter fix.
  16. 60
    So it ain't pretty, and it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea. But Operation Flashpoint: Elite is still a fairly compelling military sim.
  17. 60
    It would be best to describe Operation Flashpoint: Elite as a simulation instead of as a game, since the essential elements of video games have been overlooked in this PC to console release.
  18. A sad excuse for a clone of the decent PC shooter that bares the same name that came out long before this title.
  19. Almost a straight port of the original 2001 PC game, complete with a now-ugly graphics engine and sound effects that are completely primitive by today's standards. The game simply hasn't held up over time.
  20. 50
    The Resistance campaign and Xbox Live aren't enough to breathe life into this game. It's time for a true sequel.
  21. It's a pretty loaded disc, but how much do you want to eat at a buffet where everything tastes like crap? [Feb 2006, p.109]
  22. Maybe for the casual gamer who likes to spend their Saturday mornings doing firearms drills on the front lawn.
  23. An extended session with Misters Been There Done That. [Dec 2005, p.66]
  24. Operation Flashpoint: Elite is simply an old, crippled vet that should have been left to its episodes of Judge Judy and servings of lime Jell-O in the gaming retirement home.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Feb 5, 2013
    9
    A highly realistic war simulator, With deep gameplay fun combat which can take place almost everywhere. Don't be fooled by the bad review, the critics are only talking about the tech specs of the game. THe missions are all very large scale, many of which involve tanks, planes such. A very good way to describe it would be Rogue Spear with vehicles, a war theme no planning. Co-op is the most fun part of it, linking through Kai XBS works flawlessly thanks to the brilliant, lag-free netcode. Playing through the missions with some buddies leads to some degree of communication teamwork. While the co-op missions are short lived, the in-game editor doesn't allow for a very wide degree of customization. You can easily port maps from the PC version to play on your xbox. Anyway, Review Score 91/100 Full Review »
  2. efeb
    Apr 16, 2006
    9
    for those of you who are thinking either to buy this game or wanting to feel confident having allready bought it...this IS the best war game i have ever played. period. the graphics are not as bad as people say it is, the "look" of the game is very classic PC, which is more than initially meets the eye. when you first play the game, you think "my god...they were right, this game is crap...why did i ever buy it?" then...when you play it more you say "i cannot believe how awesome this is!". the thing that makes you love the game begins at the precise point when you walk towards a cobra helicopter, sit on the pilot seat, switch into the cocpit view, take off towards an enemy truck convoy, blow the hell out of them and land back at your base. having a gargantuan list of war games on the xbox with WOW factor graphics makes you forget what makes games actually FUN...and that is freedom and realism. the fact that you have to be subtle with controls...for example landing a chopper, makes you feel like you are actually responsible for your co-pilots life...you dont want to scratch your pretty chopper, that is great. where as in games like halo...you are constantly being bombarded with beauty and fast action that when you finish the game you realize that all you wanted was to finish the game...and not so much the art of playing it. flashpoint is a work of art...its a game for veteran games like me, the guys who are old enough to have played every game ever made on every possible system. its deep, involving,free form, kick ass war game. this is the war sim you were looking for...and its on xbox now, not PC. which is even hotter. it feels like a PC simulation, no arcade crap. i suggest not only you buy it but play this game alot. its one of the few games that get better as you play it. oh and...yes, you can fly jet planes and tanks and trucks and cars and bikes and tracktors and....well, walk around for hours and hours if you prefer. its absolutelly HUGE! Full Review »
  3. P.P.
    Jan 21, 2006
    10
    no words can describe the realistic and deep gameplay of this marvelous game, the size of the island is huge, the sense of freedom is amazing, not the best graphics on XBOX but without any doubt the most realistic war game (shooter) available today on any console. If you like realism in your games or simulations you will love Op Flashpoint Elite. Full Review »