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  • Summary: Taking 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 andTaking 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 a new contemporary theatre. Players experience the intensity, diversity and claustrophobia of a modern conflict from the unique perspectives of an infantry marine, a helicopter pilot, a Special Forces officer or a tank commander, each engaged against the full force of the Chinese PLA on a scale never previously experienced in a military action title. Gameplay simulates an immense conflict between advanced forces and provides unparalleled scope with different military disciplines, vehicles and equipment for players to utilize. [Codemasters] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. AceGamez
    90
    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.
  2. The authenticity and attention to detail in Dragon Rising is to be applauded.
  3. 81
    At its best, it's nerve-janglingly tense as you plot and then implement the next firefight – where decisions you make have very serious consequences. But be warned, it's not a game that gently welcomes those more used to running-and-gunning, and even for the hardcore, there are serious problems with awkward command menus for your squad and bland missions at the top of the list of minus points.
  4. 78
    I had fun with Dragon Rising, despite the fact that it consistently showed a lack of polish through weak artificial intelligence, middle of the road presentation, and its fair share of bugs.
  5. The single player game is well done and the co-op/multiplayer game is a nice treat in this age of pointless multiplayer action experiences we are bombarded with on an almost daily basis. But in the long run this game is not one I can see playing for more than a couple of weeks until the next game comes out that will keep my attention for a longer period of time. I have to say this is only a buy if you must; it actually is more of a rental.
  6. Simply put, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is a brutal, unforgiving and frustrating, but equally as exhilarating, enthralling and rewarding experience. It certainly is a game of two halves if ever there was one. On the one hand your heart will be racing throughout and you’ll be co-ordinating critical military manoeuvres in order to be successful, but then on the other hand you’ll be cursing the squad AI, the random glitchy deaths and the rest of its shortcomings.
  7. 58
    I want to like Flashpoint 2, but instead, I just feel like the game is telling me: "war is hell, sorry."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. MarkW
    Oct 10, 2009
    10
    This game is just amazing. I completed it today and I keep going back for more. This is not a game for COD fanboys as this is not a run and This game is just amazing. I completed it today and I keep going back for more. This is not a game for COD fanboys as this is not a run and gun arcade shooter. This is a real Sim. It takes alot of patience and tactics to complete this game. Expand
  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! Expand
  3. TimoM
    Oct 10, 2009
    9
    A great game that is a must for all who love military games. Has a couple of minor flaws and feels a bit unpolished, but offers an unparalled A great game that is a must for all who love military games. Has a couple of minor flaws and feels a bit unpolished, but offers an unparalled feeling of "being there". The only correct way to play this is the hardcore mode! Expand
  4. PhillipL
    Oct 12, 2009
    9
    This is the game I've been waiting for, a tactical shooter that makes you think before you shoot. Other games have dumbed down the This is the game I've been waiting for, a tactical shooter that makes you think before you shoot. Other games have dumbed down the bullet physics and approach tactics (predetermined lines of attack) to be more acceptable to casual gamers, this game does not. Sniping and long range kills takes skill to pull off, not a bullet that travels in a straight line for infinity. There are some minor gripes about the game but nothing that made me regret my purchase. Expand
  5. Aug 24, 2013
    8
    The game is very beautiful, the only negative aspect i can say is an A.I. a bit "slow" in short range combats.
    The game itself is very neat,
    The game is very beautiful, the only negative aspect i can say is an A.I. a bit "slow" in short range combats.
    The game itself is very neat, good graphic and quite realistic.
    good game
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  6. Jun 29, 2011
    5
    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 annoyingOk 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. Expand
  7. 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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