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.
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