posted by Tsmitty (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) Oct 13, 2009
Member since Jul 2007
gamers (96%) found this review helpful
As all of the reviews have said before, this is not another COD style shooter. This requires strategy, slow movement at times, controlled and accurate fire, and thinking in stressful situations.
This game makes you feel like you are on the front line. In one of my first encounters with hostile forces, I was creeping down the side of a hill to sneak up on my targets. All of a sunned I am spotted and bullets start wizzing over my head, making the snapping sound you always hear soldiers talking about. I peak my head up over my cover, only to have a lead curtain of bullets descend on me kicking up dirt into my eyes. I crawl on my belly trying to find some cover to get my shots off, while directing my fireteam to supply suppressive fire from the ridge. The strategy pays off as I switch my SCAR-L Carbine to semi-auto and start picking off targets. But I'm bleeding, and I am bleeding bad. I have to take the time to bandage my wounds while tracer rounds are flying right over my head. Any moment I could be killed.
This is the intensity of the game. It's as close to combat as I have ever seen in a video game. The missions are designed to be as realistic as possible, including long distances between objectives, meaning you have to traverse long distances repeatedly if you die, all while watching the tree lines for enemy movement. This is one downside of the game, as the save point is right after you last completed objective,. so you do not respawn at the objective you were currently working on.
Some people have said they think the graphics are sub-par. I would completely disagree with this and remind them of the sheer scale of the map. This island is HUGE! The graphics are great, the lighting is excellent. It really feels like boots on the ground. You have to be a patient person to play this game, its not all action all the time, but involves observation, from afar (Binoculars), forming a strategy, and then executing your battle plan.
gamers (91%) found this review helpful
I completely agree with the previous review. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so here is mine. I love Battlefield and Call Of Duty, even Socom, but every once and a while you get a craving for something different, something more challenging, and something more intense, palm sweating, realistic, and out of the ordinary every day FPS catagory. Operation Flashpoint does that for me. I got that similar feel from GRAW 2, but this does seem to really make it more enjoyable for the only reason being the main campaign is 4 player co-op, and to me, co-op means re-playability. I started with my friends having no real idea what to expect, so we jump into a level, find a village and see some enemies off in the distance. I look through my scope and begin firing. Drop one, than get hit in the leg from the other direction. Now, I can't run and begin bleeding out to almost death. While the medic begins to heal me, the support guy cover fires as we hear a gunship coming in. He supresses fire, but my friend in the distance continues the onslaught, and the gunship see's the flashes and rains down fire. He's dead, 3 left. We start to move in and get blind sided from the hill and get knocked out by crossfire with just a few hits. The intensity was there, It makes you understand "simulation" and how you have to work as a team and try tactical approaches and stealth. Your run and gun and hide will only be your demise. Get some friends together, rent this game and enjoy a new experiance that will keep you coming back for more.
gamers (90%) found this review helpful
This game is exactly what codemasters said it would be, a complete military simulation, very true to the original operation flashpoint game. I'm tired of all the bad user reviews I've seen on the net saying the game is buggy. And by buggy they mean that their call of duty approach to every situation gets them killed every time. If you don't want to experience what a REAL firefight is like, don't play this game. Because in realife, there are no stopping power and last stand perks. There is no taking a couple hits, finding cover and waiting for the redness to go away. In real life, sniper shots have to be compensated for distance and whether or not a target is moving. In real life, camoflauged targets are hard to see when they're hiding in foliage. And in real life, BULLETS WILL KILL YOU WITH ONE HIT! So if you think you can deal with that, try the game, its freaking awesome. If not, go play something thats a little more forgiving.