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Steam Weekend Deal: Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising @ £5.49 [PC Games]

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Marius Goubert
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Steam Weekend Deal: Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising @ £5.49 [PC Games]It was one of, if not the best strategy-first-person-shooter on the PC, but unfortunately, Operation Flashpoint’s transition onto the consoles has been rather painful. That said it’s certainly worth a go for just £5.49, especially since it’s a relatively new game and the next best deal will set you back £9.93 on Amazon.

There certainly were problems regarding the complexity of the original Flashpoint format – which has been passed on to the Armed Assault series relatively unchanged. However, through trying to innovate, Operation Flashpoint 2 totally loses the plot.

Its attempt to streamline the orders system by combining elements of Ghost Recon and Brothers in Arms only succeeds in creating a system which is even more confusing and unwieldy than its PC predecessor. For some reason you can no longer customize your weapons or those of your squad. You no longer have the freedom to enter any vehicle you come across. The missions are unimaginative, there’s barely any storyline, and essentially the designers seem to have cut out everything good about the original.

Graphically the game is good, and there is some fun to be had during fire fights and when calling in airstrikes. The setting – which is apparently modelled on a real island – is depressingly brown and mundane however, and these Sakhalin islands must have some of the most depressing landscapes on Earth. Indeed if there’s one thing we know from games like Crysis, Far Cry and even Armed Assault, it’s that first person shooters are so much better when, between massacres, you can pause to admire the view. Paying RRP and you’d certainly feel disappointed, but for just over £5, Flashpoint 2 is a good deal, although before committing yourself, it might be worth checking out Armed Assault 2.

Thanks to Cuddy from Hotukdeals.

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shimagoza  Mar. 5, 2010 at 10:46

What would be useful is the size of the download.
Whilst steam do offer a conveniant service, my broadband throttling often kicks in when downloading these larger games.

I should imagine that Operation Flashpoint is fairly big in size and therefore this has an impact on how "hot" a steam deal is for me.

This game has also seen aggressive price drops this year, and looks like this is why:
"Development Discontinued
On the 16th February, Codemasters Community Manager 'Helios' announced that Codemasters were no longer working on Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising content."

This will obviously dictate the online play community.

Still a great price considering the content of the game and it's relatively recent release date.

Shima

Emma Kelly  Mar. 5, 2010 at 10:59

Just trying to see if that is stated on the Steam site... can't see it! The demo is 256mb though.

shimagoza  Mar. 5, 2010 at 11:01

They don't make it clear - bad steam!

Nothing worse than buying a game and then realizing it won't be downloaded till tomorrow.

bad times :(

Emma Kelly  Mar. 5, 2010 at 11:14

Over on Direct2drive it is 4.59 GB - so I would assume something similar here.

shimagoza  Mar. 5, 2010 at 12:11

Thanks Emma thats a useful check for me.

Keep up the good work

Shima

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