With its high level of difficulty, complex order system and emphasis on realism, the original PC version of Operation Flashpoint was an FPS which made zero concessions to the player. And while it might have obsessed a hardcore minority, the series never really achieved much commercial success. However Dragon Rising is the first Flashpoint edition to be adapted for the consoles (apart from a rubbish version of Cold War Crisis which came out on the original Xbox) and sees the franchise attempting to offer something a bit more accessible.
It has to be said however that this has been done with limited success – although Dragon Rising certainly isn’t a complete failure and does provide some challenging and rewarding gameplay. So if you’re interested in an FPS which tries to do things a bit different compared to all those linear shooter titles, Flashpoint 2 is now going for £12.93 on the 360. This is a good deal which beats the next best price by exactly £2.
The main problem with Flashpoint 2 is the fact it ends up cutting out some of the best elements of the original series in an attempt to streamline the gameplay. There are no longer any weapon and squad customization features or storyline - which is clearly done in an attempt to throw the player straight into the action but only makes the game feel shallow. Things are made worse with some really poor and unimaginative missions, and an order system which tries to combine elements of Brothers in Arms and Ghost Recon but is unwieldy and poorly executed. The game is nice in terms of visuals and it does retain some of the spontaneous, unpredictable and non-linear gameplay or its predecessors, but overall, Flashpoint 2 is little more than a fairly average FPS.
Thanks to Dolphinninja from Hotukdeals.