Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Review
Xbox 360 | PS3 | PC
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising box art
System: X360, PS3, PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Codemasters Studios 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Codemasters 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 6, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-8 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

OFP: Dragon Rising isn't the most visually impressive game you've ever played, but it is generally appealing to the eye. The open-world environments, especially, are nicely detailed and very realistic. On PC, many of the glitches present throughout the console versions have been ironed out. Most notably, the lack of freezing issues that mar the PS3 and Xbox 360 are non-existent. Also, explosions are a lot more powerful and used to greater effect on the PC. However, animations are still not particularly well done -many actions are either poorly rendered or void of any animation at all.

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The sounds in the game are very good if not outstanding. Ambient sound effects, weapon rapport, and radio chatter all add nicely to the realism. So too does the lack of in-level music. While in menus, the dark and brooding Tibetan throat singing and Asian instrumentals provide for a quality aural backdrop.

In addition to the single-player campaign, you can also head online for cooperative and competitive play. The PC version allows you to play in competitive matches of up to 32 players. This is significant, as these über-realistic objective- and deathmatch-based games are amazingly challenging, providing PC gamers with hours of content post-campaign.

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Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is not a game for everyone. Its high degree of challenge and tactical gameplay is for well-versed, patient, hardcore players. More casual players, even Modern Warfare junkies, need not apply unless you understand that the realistic experience offered in this title is entirely different than what you're used to. If you can handle the often plodding pace and have the determination to get through initial frustrations, there is a quality battle simulator here to be explored and enjoyed.

By Jonathan Marx
CCC Editor / News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.9
Graphics
The environments look great, but this certainly not a visual masterpiece.
4.0
Control
Giving direction to your squad and taking the fight directly to the enemy is a natural and rewarding experience.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The ambient sound effects capture battles nicely, and the main menu theme sets the tone.
4.4
Play Value
The stiff challenge of the single-player campaign and the deep multiplayer component will keep skilled, patient gamers playing for hours.
4.1
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Modern military FPS: Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising taps into the real world military forces, equipment, weapons, and tactics to bring you face to face with modern combat.
  • Freedom of play: Giving you the freedom to handle military crisis situations using your own initiative, unscripted missions provide real objectives such as laying down covering fire, covering a friendly unit's retreat, or conducting short-range recon patrol. Armed with cutting-edge military hardware, you will need to balance brute force with intelligent use of tactics.
  • Squad-based combat: As an epic single- and multi-player campaign weaves the narrative, fight as infantry soldiers in battle, drive tanks in armored assaults, and infiltrate the enemy in covert special operations.
  • Redefining battle: The sandbox battlefield (137 square miles) provides a multitude of tactical decisions on how to best accomplish missions. Densely packed with environment detail and objects, valleys, mountains, coastlines, towns, villages, and industrial complexes all combine to deliver a rich and challenging tactical environment.


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