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If you thought that Operation Flashpoint--a cross between Hidden and Dangerous and Delta Force: Land Warrior--was packed full of realistic military action then think again. With Operation Flashpoint Gold you get 20 brand new single-player plot-linked missions, new vehicles and even an modest increase to your arsenal.
Based in the first/third person viewpoint, you start as a Private in the Allied forces in 1985, sent on a number of missions against the imposing Russian forces. From here, following a campaign that takes you across many villages, forests and enemy bases, the idea is simple: stay sharp, stay alive and follow orders.
But Operation Flashpoint Gold doesn't stop at being a first-person shooter in an army simulated world, for all the vehicles, whether it be a jeep or an Apache helicopter, can also be controlled by you. Set across luscious landscapes and rolling valleys, you'll soon start to think you're in a Chris Ryan book or army film as you and your platoon sweep a valley in extended file.
In addition to the great eye candy, the AI for both your fellow soldiers and the enemy is very impressive, and at times you can soon be left behind in the battlefield if you don't pay close attention to what's going on. And the added bonus of a mission editor will allow you to continue with more assignments after you've finished the testing campaign and single mission levels.
As with most games of this ilk, there's a heavy emphasis on multiplayer (there are 12 new multiplayer maps in the edition), without it hindering the single player game--and therefore the usual array of deathmatch, capture the flag and domination options are all here, with online communities around the globe already growing in vast numbers day by day.
Make no mistake, Codemasters have come up with one of those games that'll be hard to beat in terms of sheer playability and open-ended gameplay, and if you've ever thought of donning that 58 pattern webbing then here's your chance to do so without getting too dirty. --Jason Denwood
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This game is First Class, well Games, because there is the original game, which takes on the campaign of US... Read more
This is a fantastic game - very realistic and with the built-in mission editor there is no limit. You will also find that you can share home-made missions on the net. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2004 by TOM CROSS
Operation Flashpoint is extraordinary. It's the only game I've ever played fully through three times over (including the Resistance expansion pack). Read morePublished on 20 May 2004 by Kieran Coughlan
Quite simply one of the best games i have ever played. this has it all. the best war sim around. it will keep you entertained for months. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2004
I have the game, I am 15 and i love it. You can do almost anything on here, fly a chopper, a plane, drive a tank, drive jeeps and trucks. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2004 by THOMA
I am a fan of strategy and tactical shooters, like Ghost Recon and Hidden and Dangerous.
Operation Flashpoint is more than that, because it allows you to live a realistic... Read more
This is simply the most outstanding game ever developed. Along with the Resistance add-on, no better war game exists, and it's almost 2004! Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2003
If you thought hidden & dangerous was good then prepare to be amazed. OF manages to reach a whole new level of battlefield simulation. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2003
Without doubt THE BEST multiplayer game ever!!!! If you have a LAN you must buy this. It is easily the most realistic war sim around and because of that you just become sucked in... Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2003