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  • Summary: Operation Flashpoint: Elite immerses you in realistic Cold War military situations. Not only do you control and command squads and soldiers, but also land, sea, and air vehicles. You'll have access to cars, APCs, tanks, and even military helicopters. The game's open-ended environments let you experience different kinds of gameplay, whether you're commanding a squad, driving tanks, transporting troops, piloting a helicopter, or taking on the role of a sniper. Expand
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  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. It is an unsurpassed military simulator with the kind of refined controls and gameplay that only comes from years of productive development time.
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. P.P.
    Jan 21, 2006
    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. Expand
  2. JonasR.
    Oct 31, 2005
    Simply the best console military game ever created. The realism is breathtaking, and as such creates an instense atmosphere where every move counts. Flashpoint: Elite draws you in like no other game -- you ARE the soldier, you ARE in the war. Battlefield 2 is a kiddie's game compared to this. Go hardcore! It's no coincidence that the same company (Bohemia Interactive) provides the military training software for the US Marine Corps, Australian Army, and many other armed forces around the world. A defining game in the life of the Xbox, and a must-own for everybody. Collapse
  3. RobertD.
    Nov 10, 2005
    It really deserves the best criticism possible because it is the freshest, most realistic experience you may have on your console to date. Forget about the dated graphics, sometimes weird movements, it is all about being there, in the middle of the war, and Flashpoint Elite really does a great job. While playing, you don't think "I´ll go this way because the AI might get a glimpse of my hair and see me" like in most tactical shooters. You really think about preserving your life, about hiding in the forests and staying low... it's a game about feelings, not about graphically-fancy choppers blowing everything in sight. Expand
  4. GabeC.
    Nov 10, 2005
    ****Graphics 5 - Meh. Stiff animations, good character models, good vehicle models, low detail on terrain, low textures on terrain. So my biggest graphical gripe is poor/sad terrain........ ****Gameplay 8 - So far, really pretty good. Very engrossing due to simple things like having to actually travel to the action, or having the action spread out. Good controls and good recruit thru mercenary difficulty differences...... ****Sound 7 - I turn the music off. The voice acting is average to bad. It's obviously voiced by Europeans trying to do American accents. It isn't horrible, but you do wince alot. All other sound effects are well executed.... ****Multiplayer ? - I don't know. Haven't been on Live yet... Editor really isn't much more than a scenario editor... which it does well... but you won't be editing the terrain... ****Fun Factor 9 - Overall, this game is greater than the sum of its parts. It feels like an old PC game, but seems very well adapted for the Xbox. The graphics are pretty bland (in a bad way), but... the massiveness of the terrain cancels that out to some degree because the missions can be built more realistically. I liked Ghost Recon for the PC and was sad to see the series get dumbed down with each iteration. Operation Flashpoint is so obviously a game made by people that love all things military. The end result is a "military" game and not just a "game" that happens to have some military aspects to it. If you liked the original GR on the PC. If you like more tactical use of "big" terrain then get this (i.e. Ghost Recon/America's Army). If you love "shiny/pretty" FPS action shooters w/lots of effects don't get this game (i.e. Halo/RB6: Lockdown/GR:Summit Strike). Expand
  5. JoshuaW.
    Nov 25, 2005
    OFP:E is an excellent game for any willing to approach it openly. Many players may be turned off at first by the stark differences between this game and most FPS-style games. But after getting used to the gameplay, the nature of OFP:E makes it impossible to compare with other games. At first, you will probably be disoriented and confused, and spend most of your time just trying to follow your squad leader. If you are willing to just go with this (strange though it may seem to take orders from the AI), you will find yourself learning to evaluate the tactical situation on your own, and after a while, you will be able to command your own squad with ease. But you have to be willing to learn it, because the game is realistic. This is a double-edged sword: the enemy is excellent at spotting you and letting loose, and one bullet is usually all it takes. But by the same token, your squadmates are useful, and can pick out the enemy, and pick them off. And one bullet is enough to kill the enemy as well. So the key to combat becomes situational awareness. And because OFP:E is not linear, like many FPSs, it requires a radically different approach to movement and tactics. Simply put, what works in most games will get you killed in OFP:E. What works in OFP:E is pretty close to what works in real life. Add in the full integration of vehicles to combat, including tanks, trucks, APCs, helicopters, airplanes, boats, and more, and you can get a complete battle raging, where tactics and thinking are far more important to your fight than your ability to point a gun and shoot. And that may not be what every gamer looks for. But I sure like it. Expand
  6. LukeW.
    Nov 15, 2005
    i dont know what that idiot FPS master is going on about but this game really deserves your attention. its a jazzed up port of an old classic pc game (something FPS master has forgotten) and really does the job well, the graphics are dated yes but the amount of terrain and detail in there is just second to none, the more you play this game the better it gets the command system is awesome and the game simulates war brilliantly because it makes you feel rather small and insignificant, which is what war is!!! the multiplayer is also enjoyable witha few mates and the 'map editor' is actually a scenario editor, duh! leave arcadey rubbish like battlefront MC in the bin and fall love with a slighlty bad looking but awesome gameplay experiance-you want fun commanding your own tanks is very fun! Expand
  7. MikeH.
    Nov 30, 2005
    **Operation Flashpoint has some of the worst graphics around. We are talking PS1 or Dreamcast. Now you can say graphics don't mean that much, but it is one of a few very important things. **The sound, voice over, cut scenes and environments are not on par with current generation games. This is the same game from 2001, with little to no additions. **This game is not a typical gamers cup of tea. The maps are large, making travel a large part of a mission. Very fustrating to learn technics to this game. Not a lot of action compared to typical console games. **If you have a PC, the game is much better on PC. Plus the game is REALLY CHEAP and runs on most PCs. The Xbox version doesn't have any the mod support that the PC does. **People are saying this game will have 24 players online and the box says 16+ players?! This is from the developers themselves, "On a standard Xbox with 256 kbps up connection speed we currently recommend hosting games for around 8 players, depending on the mission type." So those of you who hope to host 16 players like advertised will not likely be able to do so because you will not have enough bandwith. So the insanley large map with 8 players running around, thats what I call "hide and seek". It's also advertised that dedicated servers 'could' be used to host 32, but I have not seen any def. on that, it's only a possiblilty. Expand

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