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Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising by Codemasters




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  • Strong Language
  • Violence
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 42.
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  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • 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.

Game Informer Rating:

Rated 7.0 out of 10 by Game Informer.

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost a good training simulator for the Army. Remember when XCOM was going to be remade as a first person shooter with some strategy elements? I imagine it would have looked a little like Operation Flashpoint with aliens. Dragon Rising is more hardcore than Call of Duty. Auto-healing after a few seconds? Man up and call for a medic! Think you can just run around like a maniac and rack up head shots? You'd better seek some cover. Think camping will win you the camp? Think again and order your squad to flank left before you become a bullet salad. This game is people who like games where death actually matters. You lead a squad through missions and some areas will have multiple missions at a time, and they're all for the most part pretty realistic. The graphics are a bit dated (even for an older PS3 game), and could benefit from a wider color palette. Even though you're guided through a tutorial at first play there is a bit of a steep learning curve, and your companion AI isn't perfect. I'm okay with the enemy AI being able to spot me from what seems like a mile away, because it's what attributes to the trademark challenge of this series. If you're up against snipers, then of course they're going to spot you a mile away with their slick scope. To keep this review short and spoiler free, I'll just simply say that I recommend it to someone who's looking for that Call of Duty for the smarter player. Anyone just looking for another Call of Duty will fortunately never have to worry about running out of those, and may be safer staying well away from this franchise. Below I'll recommend a few games for the tactical gamer.
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome real shooter Is way better than Call Of Duty. here you are mortal and have to heal up like a real person would do.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best war game ive seen or played This is by far the best war game ive seen or played and i have played all of the call of dutys medal of honors and this is more challenging then all of those games put together there may not be people playing online but the campaign is very long and when i bought it used it came with a voucher for bonus dlc missions that make the game llonger then a normal war game its at least 11-15 hrs long if not more.And i like having friends over to play it cause its one of those games where you will die alo.Another thing you can pick up weapons off of enimies and drive and fly vehicles its a fun and engaging gameplay
Date published: 2013-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This Game Doesn't Belong on Console Operation Flashpoint is an ultra realistic first person shooter slash real time strategy game. It's is cold and unforgiving which is what makes you feel great about finally beating a level. While I haven't played Elite, as it's not backwards compatible with the 360, Dragon Rising is a game that was clearly never intended for a console release. The controls are not as precise as they should be for a game like this. It's a clear cut case of artificial difficulty. I have no problem with games that are challenging but this game is downright vicious in certain sections because of the controls.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a really good game. Many people say the game sucks because is to hard and the graphics are bad. Well the game is not hard at all, I have it at 100% ( trophies) and I am not that good at shooters and the graphics sure beat a lot of other games out there. You have to get a really good partner and try to have fun with it. Yes sometimes you can't see the people you are shooting at but who doesn't like a challenge once in a while? I recommend this game to people that want to play the story with a friend. The game is way better then red river...but if you played it and you liked it then try dragon rising, is not going to disappoint you.
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An actually realistic modern combat simulator One thing people are quick to blast this game for is its graphics. Big whoop. Codemasters spent more time working on the realism of the physics in-game, and even used a real island (Kiska Island, Alaska) as a map. Yeah, the graphics are not Call Of Duty-ish, but at least when you're fighting the Chinese PLA, you only find American and Chinese weapons, unlike the re-skin loving Call Of Duty series, where the Russians are using German, South African, Israeli, and even American weapons against you. Yes, you can be shot from a good distance off, but in real life, that happens. You have to account for bullet drop in every shot, again, unlike CoD.
Date published: 2011-12-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a waste of $2 This is by far the worst game I have EVER played. The graphics are of lower quality than a down scaled ps2 game, you get shot out of no where as if the enemy is invisible, and the over all control for the game reminds me of a bad computer game. I will never buy another code masters game and I hope I just helped you people decide on a better choice.
Date published: 2011-08-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too Realistic... In video games, games much too realistic characteristics make the gameplay very boring - especially to a person who is addicted to Mw2 and Crysis 2. This is very dragged on and lame and involves little action and much running across fields with your squads. I bought thinking it was going to be another FPS to play, and boy was I wrong. No wonder this was never a big hit...
Date published: 2011-07-01
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