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4.0 out of 5 stars 3 STARS NOT 5 - Made by Codemasters not Bohemia Interactive, 14 Oct. 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising (PS3) (Video Game)
Having owned the original Operation Flashpoint and both expansion packs on the PC as well as ARMA, I had been looking forward to owning the new game on PS3 so that I wouldn't have to play games on PC anymore, that was until I bought it and found from playing it that the original developers - Bohemia Interactive, had nothing to do with this game.

Essentially you can't compare this game to any other war game on a console because it is a simulation.
If you want to run around along a set route, get shot 5 times but still live and be able to carry on killing people then dont buy this.
If you want a realistic war simulation with HUGE landscapes and a certain degree of 'go anywhere do anything' then this is the game for you.
Anyone suggesting that COD4 or Modern Warfare is a better game is probably 14 years old and hasn't even played this game.

This game however is no match for the original - which i still continue to play, nearly 10 years on.
Codemasters do not own the rights to the original game or any sequal and only own the rights to the name 'Operation Flashpoint', a disagreement between them and Bohemia Interactive has seen them release a game that is inferior to the original PC game which is now nearly 10 years old - however that game was one of the best ever made so that doesnt make this one terrible.

There are a large number of issues with this game that were some of the best things about the old game.
1. This game is quite short, I played on normal difficulty and completed it in 7 hours over 3 evenings, the original game took me around a month to complete each of the 3 parts.
2. Ordering your troops to do things is frustrating and time consuming, the original game allowed you 10 to 20 troops that you could split up and send to to different things, it is virtually impossible to get your troops to separate here.
3. Vehicles, the original game allowed you to jump into and drive ANYTHING, this game limits your vehicles to U.S. vehicles and the odd chinese one, i havent been able to drive any civilain vehicles or find any boats that i can drive.
4. During story mode there is limited movement across the island. Why make such a big landscape if you cant explore it. There was no tank involvement in the story mode and the one time i came into contact with a helicopter and managed to fly it, it was entirely unrealistic and totally unenjoyable.
5. Codemasters plan to release levels and missions via playstaion story but you will have to pay for each one - another rip off. the original game - and all subsequent Bohemia Interactive games, have had patches and extra levels and missions avaliable for download for free.
6. Yes getting out of a vehicle to find other troops get in and driving off was frustrating to say the least!
7. The storyline was a bad attempt to rip off of ARMA2, it had no flow or follow on and one mission seemed to have nothing to do with the next.
8. There is no way to explore the landscape. The original game allowed you to use boats, planes, motorbikes, bicycles, tanks, civilian cars, helicopters.... to go anywhere and do anything, and when completing the game you were able to do this without enemy troops to meet up with friends to go to the pub! It was good!!
9. the list goes on but i'll stop here....

Essentially this is a PS3 game not a PC game so it is still good but dont expect to buy this and have a game like the original, if you want that buy ARMA2. If you want the a good war simulation for a console system this is good.
However Codemasters should have let Bohemia Interactive develop the game, it would have been much better for it.
That said i'm still glad i bought it, it just wish it was better.

I have come to realise that the PC still has a place for gaming that consoles cant match.

Buy it?
If you dont have experience of the original PC version and want a realistic sim, then yes.
If you want a better version of the original PC version buy ARMA2
If you want to run round getting shot and not dying buy something else altogether.

A lazy attempt from codemasters but still an above average game.

UPDATE
Have just gone back to play again, the online mode doesn't work properly, there are no civilians anywhere in the game and worst of all, I went to replay the story and didn't want to!!
I can't change my rating but if i could it would be 3 at the most.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2009 11:02:50 BDT
Old Student says:
Thanks for the comprehensive review, and especially for the references back to the original. I was a huge fan of the PC version from Bohmeia, but based on your review I will not be buying this.

Posted on 15 Oct 2009 11:51:58 BDT
Co-op online is this games strength,when you can actualy get on but is that worth 30-40 quid ??? we were promised responsive A.I we got 3 private pikes,their are alot of niggles which do p.ss u off after time.Why no beta/demo im starting to get realy aprehensive about games wiv no pre-demo release,im not saying all games are bad wiv no pre release demo/beta take batman arkham asylum and uncharted 2 they were confident about their work that they released a demo.

Posted on 29 Oct 2009 13:30:20 GMT
Trigger says:
"Anyone suggesting that COD4 or Modern Warfare is a better game is probably 14 years old and hasn't even played this game."

That's a little presumptuous. I am 27 years old and really enjoyed OpFlash 1 when I first played it a few years back. I was looking forward to this sequel, but to be honest found it a bit of a drag and the servers didn't work more often than they did in the three weeks I owned this game (before selling). I would rate CoD4 much more highly, as I thought the level design was inventive and it was much more enjoyable to play. I also find Skira to be quite a dull environment and I felt the missions desperately needed some set-pieces to make things a bit more awe-inspiring and enjoyable.

Not a bad game by any means, but just not the sort of game I can find the time or enthusiasm to play any more, and clearly not up to the impeccable standard of the original. I also don't play PC games any more, so I can't try the ArmA games.

Posted on 30 Oct 2009 14:08:56 GMT
The Old Git says:
After seeing Lots of Pre Owned Copies at Blockbusters and Gamestation have certainly made me think twice about shelling out my hard earned dosh for this Game.Reckon i will rent it first and see if its worth it.

Posted on 31 Oct 2009 18:51:42 GMT
With regard to your complaint about the lack of vehicles in the game, in reality it takes an operator upwards of a year to train on any military vehicle, and it would be unrealistic for a marine to operate an APC, much less a helicopter and to cite this as a negative aspect when also complaining that the game is not the true simulation you were expecting is slightly hypocritical.

Posted on 24 Nov 2009 15:08:06 GMT
I. Little says:
Pity the rating wasn't the more accurate 3 that the writer says he would give it at the end. These games are £30 -£40 at least unless you wait a month or two and that's far too much for a game that only takes ONE DAY to complete!! If the MP was fantastic you could argue it was worth it as that can last almost indefinitely (look at how many people are still playing COD World At War) but until people start voting with their money developers will continue putting out below standard games that just look amazing. They seduce people into buying them and then release DLC packs they can charge more for with content that should have been included from the start! I know there's a recession but short term greed is not the solution Codies!

Posted on 9 Dec 2009 13:59:46 GMT
wait till you finish the game before you write your review that way you don't have to write Update and Oh know I want it to be 3 stars not 5
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