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Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising by Codemasters

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Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 14.
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  • Platform: PC
  • Publisher: Codemasters
  • Developer: Codemasters
  • Category: Shooter

The island of Skira has been a disputed territory since the end of World War II. Officially, it falls under the sovereignty of the Russian Federation, but a U.S. and Japanese presence has been there following the discovery of extremely rich and viable oil fields. On September 23rd at 0800 hours, under the guise of ensuring his people's prosperity, General Zheng ordered an airborne division of the People's Liberation Army of China (PLA) to execute a lightning invasion, claiming Skira Island for the People's Republic. As you are aware, the Russian Federation has requested U.S. military support. In response, the USS Iwo Jima has been deployed. You and your fellow Marines should expect to engage scattered but heavily entrenched PLA positions. Our success on Skira could avert total war on the mainland.

Specifications:

Minimum System Requirement

Hard Drive Space
8 GB
Operating System
Windows XP SP2 or later
Processor
Dual Core CPU 2 x 2.4 GHz
RAM
1 GB
Video Card
Shader 3.0 (GeForce 7900 GT / 256 MB VRAM or higher)

Recommended System Requirement

Hard Drive Space
8 GB
Operating System
Windows XP SP2 or later
Processor
Quad Core CPU
RAM
2 GB
Video Card
Shader 3.0 (GeForce 8800 GT / 512 MB VRAM or higher), DirectX 9.0c

Game Informer Rating:

Rated 7.0 out of 10 by Game Informer.

Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun, and different experience I got this thinking it would be okay just something to beat. Well i ended up loving it, i was suprised considering all the horrible reviews it got. The story line is okay but the combat is fun. Idk, i like it on the computer more than i like MW2 on it, but this games is garbage on the console while MW2 is way better. I enjoy calling in airstrikes and thing of that nature. The weapon work well and everything is balanced nice. I think it is a rent for sure. i didnt die all the time either and i played on normal, idk it was just somehow better than MW2 on pc but not better then MW2 on consoles... The graphics are average next gen and the sound is too, but i love the interface a lot for some reason and the aiming reticle, i would recommend this to any common shooter fan
Date published: 2010-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Generally good game with some problems It has been a while since I bought a game. So, I was looking around and noticed Operation Flash Point (OFP) along with the new Call of Duty (COD) game. I've owned and played all the COD games available (for the PC anyway). I loved the games and probably would enjoy the new one as well. COD has been a very successful series of games and with reason. However, I am a bit tired of COD's scripted, arcade experience. Sure, COD has great graphics and sound and it is fun. However, I was tired of being led around like I was on a leash in a scripted manner. I had played the original OFP when it came out. Loved the game. It had the possibility of being a war simulator. Instead of being a scripted environment where you just ran through what seemed a corridor of only one choice, the original OFP offered what was a more realistic environment. Here is your objective now go do it. You don't have to go down that way or do this and that. Just take your squad and go for it. By the way, you have to manage your squad on the way and can direct them as you see fit. And if you get shot, you will die (although it will actually take 2-3...) where in COD if you see you are getting shot to much you can hide behind something for 10 seconds or so and you will heal up. So how does the new OFP measure? The new OFP tends to deliver on what it promises. You will be given a squad, inserted onto the map and you'll have to go perform various objectives to finish the segment. You don't have to go along a fixed path to get to your objective; you can go where ever you want. Head straight in with your entire squad, flank around with your squad, or break your squad apart while you and one of squad mates go one way and the other two you ordered to flank around are doing so and shooting at the enemy as they go (a squad has 4 members in it). One of the first things you'll have to get used to involve the fact this isn't an arcade game. As such, it doesn't have the simple interface COD has but instead has some items you'll have to learn prior to jumping in head first. Luckily, the controls aren't scattered all over the keyboard so you won't have to memorize one million key combinations. Instead, pressing a key brings up a menu structure. Everything seems to be fairly well laid out. Once you get the hang of it, you'll enjoy the game and get many rewards out of it. Everything seems to be in the game with one noticeable exception: you can not lean around corners. The game seems to have a great mix of objectives/missions. I've only played the first three missions (stuck on #3 as a matter of fact). Some elements require stealth, others require straight on attacks, and others require you to plan what you are going to do. At times your squad coordinates with other squads so they can cover you and vice versa. Along with ordering your squad around, you do have the option of using artillery strikes and such at times. Graphics in the game aren't going to floor you. The good points of the graphics deal with the fact the map is huge. You really get a sense of scale here. The foliage/grass/trees in the game are among the best and sway with the wind. Smoke, lighting, and shadow effects are fairly well done with solid tracer fire effects. In addition, the animations in the game are top notch. The animations make you wonder if Codemasters, creator of OFP, used live action animation in a studio and recorded them for the game. Throw in some other effects such as helicopters attacking target and you are all set. Unfortunately, some parts of the game look dated and appear to be taken straight from BF2. In particular, in OFP when vehicles blow up they look pathetic. Ditto for vehicles you may find on the road blown up and burning. In fact, most of the explosion effects look basic. Some work should've been done here. The soldiers in this game look like they could've been drawn a bit better as well. There really isn't too much detail on them although they do move fantastic as mentioned. Overall,
Date published: 2009-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best game ever Okay, the headline title is a lie. But that's the only way to get your attention. This is not an action-arcadey shooter like COD4. If you like games where you can take a million bullets and keep on living, this game is not for you. This is the closest thing to a military simulator as you can get on a console. The AI is horrible, I'll give you fellow reviewers that. They aren't as horrible as some of you make them sound, but they are less that stellar. The graphics look dated. The same why Halo 3: ODST looks. It's running on what seems to be an engine from 2007. Do they make the game unplayable? No. Graphics don't make or break a game unless it seriously impairs gameplay, which they don't. The gameplay itself is solid. If you can't hit a target at long-range, you have to take into consideration the wind trajectory, distance, and the like. It's a simulator. One bullet can and will kill you, damage your leg, taking away your ability to sprint, or maybe hit an artery and make you reach for a medpack. You can't just hit a button and pull out a weapon from your ass like in COD4. No, you have to put the current weapon away, pull out the secondary, and in same cases (RPG) set it down, load it, and then pick it up and aim. If you do this in the open, you're as good as dead. This game is geared toward the hardcore realists out there. Not little kids that like to play army-man super solider. The game fully deserves a rating around the 7-8 area, not a 5 like it's currently getting here.
Date published: 2009-10-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from OFP is dead - stick with Armed Assault Terrible! I could not believe they released this. First, the single player missions are easy and really short! You can beat this game in a single sitting. Single player missions are all infantry... no tank missions, heli missions.. nothing! The AI is useless, your own men will not take cover during a firefight 90% of the time. You can snipe at enemy AI from 800m and they will not even respond. Multiplayer is useless, cannot rank up because there are NO DEDICATED servers! Destructable environments they boasted... well forget that. Even a grenade cannot dent a tin roof in this game. No ground deformation from explosions (craters). The smoke looks 2D in game...even I can make better smoke in Blender! You can't grab any vehicle like you could in OFP, they are all non-drivable (single player) - so much for "do the mission your way". Shoot a tire and nothing happens.. they do not go flat like you have seen in trailers. The Infamous "red barrels" that explode.. come on! this is supposed to be the most realistic military shoooter of all time, but you put in the ever so popular ARCADE exploding barrels?? What were they thinking!? Hardcore mode is nothing more than the vanilla game without a hud.. at least I couldn't tell a difference. I'd sell my copy on ebay if I thought anyone would buy it, but I highly doubt anyone would. This is the last Codemaster game I ever buy. This does not feel or play anything like an OFP game. Stay far away from this buggy, over hyped, under developed, ported piece of trash.
Date published: 2009-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not a bad game but still not what expected I was hoping for a more Operation flashpoint original game. However what I gt was a unfinished short console port with not so great controls. To start off the game runs great and sounds sounds just as good. That is about where it ends. This game mostly has a focus for multiplayer but with horrible connection to authetication servers its hard to even log into your account. On top of that in order to join a game you basicly have to know people or you wont get into a game at all because of the lobby system this uses.( Pros -Runs well and looks great -Awesome sounds -fun coop if you can get it running. Cons -controls are lacking PC friendlyness -buggy right out of the box from single player and multiplayer is even worse. -Clearly a straight console port. -Campayne is way to short and dull. It doesn't feel like you really have an impact on the island. I give this game a 7. There was so much potential but it was wasted. A Pc patch should be out by the time this review goes out. -James Davis
Date published: 2009-10-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Uhm, Yeah This game does not deliver as they advertised. "Most realistic FPS ever" It's not. It was released plagued with bug's. The interface for commanding your squad is a virtual Q-Pad. Infact the game is just a Console port to PC. It doen't have Dedicated servers, Someone (you) have to host a Multiplayer game through Codemaster (server) that is down everyday usually. If you ever manage to join a game and the host drops the server kicks everyone one, obviously. There's no support for flight control joysticks, oh but you can use a Xbox360 game pad for your PC? Read the CM forums first you will see 100's of threads about things that people feel mislead about this game. This game will be forgotten about in a few weeks and no patch is gonna save it imo. Save your money and wait for the FPS coming out soon.
Date published: 2009-10-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This game is NOT a 10!!! You guys giving this game a 10 are doing no one any favors. No game with this many bugs deserves a 10....END OF STORY! The multiplayer is completely broken and has no dedicated servers...in other words they are following the 360 path. Also did you notice the game sites didn't post any reviews until well after the console versions? My guess is that the pc versions were sent to the game sites IGN/ GAMESPOT/ETC. much later because they knew it had issues. In my opinion there is no excuse for this kind of half finished product to be on the shelves. Now all that said I'm not bashing the single player...only the multiplayer. But still the multiplayer should be in better condition than this and should not have shipped unfinished. It's pretty much false advertising to say it has multiplayer but then the multiplayer is all but completely unplayable. The game has potential…just unfinished at the moment.
Date published: 2009-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They don't get better than this, period. Honest review. First off, if you have no patience, keep looking. If you don't like a learning curve, keep looking. If you are a lone wolf type that cares not for team based play, please keep looking. This is NOT Call of Duty Modern Warfare. Period. I loved CODMW, took part in the 360 beta, played the game to death, but you simply cant compare the games. One is a twitch shooter with tiny maps, ugly choke points and no real team play other than the fact that there are dudes on your team. COD for me was ruined by the "lets learn the map and chuck grenades over the buildings at choke points and hope for the best. This game is none of those things. HUGE map. Yes, HUGE. Sometimes you will spend a good deal of time moving to an objective and get smoked just as you get there. Wow, kinda like a real battle. You can be hit once and die. This game can be hard. Objectives can be attacked however you like. What a novel thought. Sniping is finally at a realistic distance and not 50 yards away. Don't get me wrong, it needs a few patches for sure. Same with it's cousin Arma 2. But in the end both will be awesome sims of realistic combat, or as close as we'll see anytime soon in a game. The editor is included with both and as anyone who ever played OFP, Arma, etc can tell you the community is rabid. This game will grow and expand for years online. New weapons, mods, sounds, everything. So, get it on PC if you love a realistic shooter. Skip the 360 version as you'll lose all the user created content, or you'll get very little and have to pay for what we are all getting for free. So, if you think run and gun while chucking grenades is realistic and fun, wait for Call of Duty MW2. If you have the patience, the skill, and a love for open world tactical combat, this is the game for you. Just be patient. Get with a good group of dudes. Get yourself a mic. And enjoy what will be a great ride. Arma 2 or this are both worth the money, I own and play both. And in time, they will be amazing, period.
Date published: 2009-10-13
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