(http://www.flashpointgame.com/) For Mature Audience 17 and over. Setting in the future and with an interesting story line, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising could be one of the most realistic military simulation FPS (first person shooter) game that is available. Its realistic simulation is challenging while enjoyable. Every bullet counts, meaning you cannot simply run and shoot in the open terrain. Long, tense missions will get you the most experiential wartime moments.

(http://www.flashpointgame.com/) For Mature Audience 17 and over. Setting in the future and with an interesting story line, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising could be one of the most realistic military simulations FPS (first person shooter) games that is available. The Skira Island is rich in natural resources and major forces are interested in occupying. Russia has asked the U.S. military to aid in response to the People’s Liberation Army of China’s (PLA) invasion. For the most part, its realistic simulation is challenging while enjoyable. Every bullet counts, meaning you cannot simply run and shoot in the open terrain. If you want to be Rambo, maybe this is not a game for you. Long, tense missions will get you the most experiential wartime moments.

 

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Presentation:

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising does a good job in its presentation. The in game menus are very stylistic and polished with a gritty wartime feel. Though the loading time is a bit unforgivable, the displayed stats and tips compensate for your frustration. But as soon as you start the campaign, you will find the storyline so enjoyable. The backdrop for Dragon Rising is set out through a stylish, if brief, intro sequence that depicts the history of Skira – a fictional island. You may even question if there is historical event references. The goals and victory conditions require careful planning and excellent execution. Tactics and strategies are the most important aspects to this game. Even with an average aiming skill, you will likely succeed in a mission with proper planning. Your mission briefing is laid out like an operation orders, simple and easy to follow. You can also pull out more information such as terrain and troop support if you will.

Graphics:

The atmosphere is brilliant. Although it may not be the prettiest game you’ve ever seen, the draw distance is impressive. You can see your enemies well and take your actions without using a sniper rifle even when your targets are 500 meters away. The textures are great and the characters move nicely. The actions and movements of the characters are so realistic that you and your AI team members move like they are really carry more than 50 pounds of gear. From the terrain to the weather, the weapons to the explosions, they are all incredibly realistic. Though the game mostly uses brown and green, but sometimes, the day/night cycle produces a pretty spectacular vista. When the sun is affecting your view, there is also the glare that you will get through your eyepiece. You will also see yourself bleeding when you take you are hit by a bullet.

Sounds:

Perhaps the sound effect and music of this game is the biggest triumph. From weapon sounds to the in game soundtrack is nothing short of spectacular. By combining realistic battle sound and with its fine graphics, playing Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising could definitely bring you to the battlefield. The sound effects are well layered and detailed to the point where you can hear where the bullets are coming from while your character breathes heavily in midst of battle. The explosions sound extremely realistic as well. The radio communication protocol sounds concise and real. The nicely made soundtrack also intensify the gaming experience in the heat of the moment.

Gameplay:

Unlike a regular FPS, where you can run and gun in the field, due to the combination of open-world environments and realistic combat, you have to play it completely differently. Yes, you will die in one shot. It is important to make wise decision and to command your teammates well. There is no Rambo in this game. If you take the time to plan and strategize, you will be rewarded dearly. Rushing into an attack in “Rambo style” is an extremely bad idea for you will likely ended up dying immediately. To succeed in all the missions, it would be wise to observe the map and execute an attack plan with your team members. As the commander, you are in charge of rules of engagement, movement speeds, fire team formations, etc. in order to succeed in this game. Keep in mind that your progress is generally made slowly and carefully. Make sure to keep an eye on the horizon and make full use of your three teammates. One of the best strategies is to keep your “Medic” alive. He might able to save you in the midst of battle. Online multiplayer and the co-op modes are extremely fun as well. Four friends can work as a fire team though the campaign, or single missions. Though sometimes running through the terrain kilometers by kilometers isn’t that enjoyable.

Longevity:

Playing the game online and in the co-op modes can always bring you something new each time. I believe there is be more fun playing with three colleagues rather than relying on the AI players. The multiplayer comes in two modes gameplays: infiltration and annihilation. Infiltration is a defensive/attack mode with one larger side defending an installation while the other tries to infiltrate – this is rather chaotic but great fun. Annihilation is basically team deathmatch with the twist that you can populate eight slots (two squads) on one side. Try different ways to keep yourself entertained.

Conclusion:

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is a first person shooter that strongly emphasizes on teamwork by putting you in control of a squad and strategizing the best utilization of each squad member. If you are up for the challenge and enjoy well-coordinated strategy, then you will find much to love in this game. The best advice I can give is to set aside time to experiment with the mechanics within a mission, then restart in earnest. With a sense of tension built out of life and death situations, you’ll find yourself at war.

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