Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 35
  2. Negative: 11 out of 35
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  1. While the title lacks a certain quality that is normally associated with next-gen titles, I found that despite its few shortcomings it is a very enjoyable game for the most part.
  2. Conflict: Denied Ops offers many of the best features that you’ll find in today’s first person shooters, and combines it with an excellent co-op mode and a nice variety of online game modes.
  3. Conflict: Denied Ops isn’t going to set the world on fire. The game isn’t worthwhile by yourself (mostly because the little friendly AI issues add up and the enemy AI’s annoyance factor is multiplied when you’re dealing with it alone), but if you’re going to play it with a friend, it provides a guilty pleasure.
  4. It will scratch that itch if you’re looking for nothing more than some mindless gunplay mixed with dangerous doses of testosterone, but there’s nothing going on upstairs. And for a tactical shooter, that’s not going to cut it.
  5. Conflict is not a terrible game, but there is no hook here to set it apart from the countless other (and better) first-person military shooters already available.
  6. This certainly is a bullet-fest of a game, but one that will no doubt have a very limited shelf life… worth a look, but as a rental.
  7. Games Master UK
    Conflict is a by-the-numbers first-person shooter that just never gets going. [Mar 2008, p.66]
  8. The best way that I can describe Conflict: Denied Ops is that it is not a bad game overall, but it definitely isn’t a good one either.
  9. Denied Ops offers the bread and butter of deathmatch, team deathmatch, and conquest, but nothing about this tacked-on feature set stands out. I suppose you could say the same thing about the entire game.
  10. Nothing at all in this game stands out from any other First-Person Shooter currently available, from the menus, to the gameplay, and of course the graphics. Everything feels a bit half hearted, and possibly the games famous franchise was relied on to push high sale figures instead of actual quality gameplay itself.
  11. In some other developer’s hands or maybe with a bigger budget, Conflict: Denied Ops could have been decent. There are some really good ideas underneath the surface. But the execution is all wrong. Conflict: Denied Ops ain’t pretty, ain’t fun and definitely ain’t worth your hard-earned cash.
  12. 55
    Rent it to scoff at the absurdities, and play through it with a friend for some fun co-op.
  13. A little dumb and a lot dated, yet still marginally enjoyable if you're into retro shooters with lots of kabooms.
  14. This could, and indeed should, have been a market leading game, blowing people away with clever tactical shooting action. Instead, it’s flawed and with the exception of the co-op mode, has nothing to make it shine.
  15. With Denied Ops, the fifth installment in the Conflict series, Pivotal Games chose to focus their attention on co-operative gameplay, and while there are some interesting elements found within the game, they’re overshadowed by a series of poor design choices.
  16. Official Xbox Magazine
    But still, the unexceptional, shooter-by-numbers gameplay isn't compelling enough to demand your attention--either solo or in tandem. [Apr 2008, p.76]
  17. Conflict: Denied Ops is closer to the back of the class, but is saved from failure by including a straightforward co-op mode, with the emphasis on blowing things up rather than any kind of military tactics.
  18. With a tedious single-player campaign riddled with monotonous action and online play offering a bare-bones experience, the best that players can hope for with Denied Ops may be to simply deny having played it.
  19. It's doubtful the developers set out to reinvent the FPS wheel, but in even the basic areas-controls, story, co-op-the experience comes off as subpar.
  20. Conflict: Denied Ops could have been a huge step in the right direction for the series. With so many years spent on one series, it’s a shame to see Pivotal Games at a lost of how to enhance the future of the franchise.
  21. If you're a fan of Conflict and/or shooters in general, you're likely to find Denied Ops shallow and dull. The two-man control system doesn't work properly. The visuals are ugly. The script is sub-Armageddon. Yes, it's easy to pick up and play. But if you're after an experience with real challenge and depth, you won't want to.
  22. Edge Magazine
    Fundamentally, combat feels feeble and insubstantial - partly out of aesthetic failure to convey power, but mostly out of a design choice to limit the effectivness of your weaponry (see 'Gun Damn'). [Mar 2008, p.95]
  23. X-ONE Magazine UK
    A depressingly mundane FPS, never once striving for greatness and seemingly happy to settle for faceless mediocrity. Another letdown when we hoped for so much more. [Apr 2008, p.86]
  24. Drearily predictable stain on the franchise. [Apr 2008, p.88]
  25. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Not the worst FPS on 360, but it's a clear second place. Nowhere near good enough. [Apr 2008, p.68]
  26. GamePro
    Hopefully someone will take the concepts that Conflict gets right and crafts a better game around them. [May 2008, p.81]
  27. 45
    Conflict: Denied Ops is a mediocre first-person shooter with average gameplay. With so many flaws, this game is a tough sell at its current premium price.
  28. 40
    This game has no personality because it is filled with predictable, relentlessly average design. Sadly, even the boring design actually manages to struggle, thanks to a few key flaws.
  29. 40
    It offers nothing unique and has almost no production value. Shooters are a dime a dozen these days and most have this game beat at every turn.
  30. A mess of a game in all senses of the term. Its gameplay is at least one generation behind the competition, its presentation is like a collection of every graphical effect thrown into a mixing pot and poured onto the screen and the online implementation leaves a lot to be desired.
  31. 40
    The game isn't broken by any means, but it's so astonishingly unimpressive in every way that it almost loops back around and becomes impressive because of how unimpressive it is.
  32. There was never much indication that this was going to be any good. What surprises me though, is how much this game makes me want to put down my controller and walk away from my system. You don’t feel like playing any sort of game after engaging in this one, which is just a dangerous enough side-effect for me to recommend that you don’t even look at the box this game comes in.
  33. Conflict Denied Ops is a bad game, there I said it. No amount of glossing over or hyping the game is going to change that.
  34. This game attempts to fill the cookie cutter FPS mold, but uses dough way beyond expiration. I can think of no good reason to recommend this game to any FPS fans.
  35. Denied Ops suffers from abysmal graphics, awful audio, and incredibly low production values.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 12 out of 22
  1. Aug 18, 2016
    Conflict Denied Ops is abysmal.

    The gameplay sucks,at least you have local co-op so you can complain about the game with a friend. The
    Conflict Denied Ops is abysmal.

    The gameplay sucks,at least you have local co-op so you can complain about the game with a friend.

    The graphics,framerate,sound design and soundtrack are all awful too.

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  2. wulfwulfenstein
    May 9, 2008
    My opinion on this it's the worse in the series they were just getting better and better then dropped the ball and released this My opinion on this it's the worse in the series they were just getting better and better then dropped the ball and released this C%$##.....Ello wake up and smell the coffee what were you companies should get fined for releasing crappy games and flooding the shelves with nothing but wastes of money projects....Hell fire the guys who designed this and get guys who want to create great games. Full Review »
  3. DaleD
    Apr 26, 2008
    This game just completely fails. I was playing the demo the other night and it had to be the worst thing I've ever played in my life.