It is clear that despite being a slick, atmospheric and incredibly well-paced shooter, Dragon Rising will be doomed to obscurity outside of the series core fan base when Modern Warfare 2 drops next month. That said, this is definitely worth seeking out if you are serious about your shooters.
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising’s best assets are strategy and realism. It is not an easy game to play, as it requires time to be mastered, but the effort is definitely worth it if you’re after a real war simulator!
No matter what people say this is the best realistic strategy FPS shooter to come out in a while for Xbox. First off it can be buggy, but after a few updates it feels fresher and better then before.
Story Taking place in a fictional country filled with an army of insurgents, you play as a Marine of whatever choosing you like. You battle your way to help the country stabilize by forcing them out. But worldly events lead the Chinese to be involved and make them hungry for revenge against the insurgents. You get caught in the middle of a mission against insurgents by overwhelming Chinese forces. The Marines see they are trying to force their military in seizing the country and must stop them.
Gameplay Gameplay is pretty straight forward: Kill the enemy before they do. One bullet on the hardest difficulty can kill you if it hits in the right place. It can be pretty frustrating when a mission goes wrong and your teammates die or if your hit and need medical attention. Enemies can be difficult and pretty good shots so take tons of cover and use suppressive fire to flank them. Pretty simple, but harder to execute appropriate.
Graphics Not the best, and the environment is boring sometimes. But it can get the job done.
Controls It's easy to master to keep up with the squad commands easily. And it's pretty laid out.
Overall The combat and story are very good, but graphics can make the immersion feel a bit boring.
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.
Codemasters tried to bring on console a real military simulation and we can say it succeeded, giving us more depth in firefights. But it’s a tough game, unsuitable for classic FPS lovers and demanding much patience, dedication and tactic thinking. On our final opinion weigh the IA and technical problems we encountered, coupled with a lackluster online multiplayer. It’s a good start on which we hope the developers will build for a more solid and polished sequel.
Playing this game with other people is the key to having fun with it. I love playing this game more than any other when I have a full squad, who can play together, as opposed to other games in the FPS genre. This game really shouldn't be considered part of that genre since the gameplay is so different. While I view the COD series as Jerry Bruckheimer's version of war, I would view this one as way more realistic. My favorite memory of this game was when a buddy of mine and I were playing it. We were sprinting over open ground toward cover while being shot at by the enemy. We made it to the grove of trees when all of the sudden, an RPG round hit a tree right beside him. The resulting explosion dismembered his body completely, and knocked me to the ground bleeding out. It was one of the most intense gameplay moments I have ever experienced. Operation Flashpoint games will deliver this every time you play.
Pros: Graphics, sounds of weapons, replay value, realism
Cons: No mission editor for console versions, no fixed wing aircraft, cheesy voiceovers
I 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.
Ok game. The missions are simply not as fun as the co-op missions in GRAW and GRAW 2. Some sections are just ridiculous, and are annoying enough that the replay value is simply not there. Sometimes fun, but mostly disappointing.
Un Operation Flashpoint sur console, on pouvait penser que ce serait un peu moins lourd et pathétique à manier qu'un Operation Flashpoint sur PC, surtout lorsque c'est Codemasters qui s'en charge... que nenni ! c'est aussi abominable à jouer en fait. L'interface est merdique et si graphiquement c'est assez joli, il est entaché par des filtres tantôt jaunes tantôt bleus verdâtres. Beurk.
Il paraît que c'est "réaliste" et que la guerre en vrai, elle est comme ça, c'est-à-dire merdique. Crapahute pendant des plombes, repère les ennemis avec tes jumelles, contourne-les... ah c'est ballot, t'as mis trop de temps à ramper : le Chef il a dit que fallait buter le lance-missiles y a un quart d'heure. Recommence : cette fois, tu mets les bouts et tu te carapates jusqu'à l'objectif... ah c'est ballot, des connards t'ont repéré et t'alignent la tronche à 300 m... mais qui me tire dessus ? hein ? où ça ? quoi ? que... t'es morg ducon !
D'autres éditeurs ont tenté une approche moins nulle à chier (les Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter notamment) et ont essayé d'en faire un jeu, pas une simu de troupier en Moldavie chiante comme la mort. J'allais oublier un autre souci pourtant d'une importance capitale dans ce genre d'étron campagnard : les sauvegardes sont automatiques ! voilà qui tue toute tentative de varier les approches. Recommence encore, troufion, et cours, rampe, crève, recommence.
J'ai quand même trouvé un truc sympa dans ce foutoir : la musique du menu d'accueil.
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 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.
SummaryTaking 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...