Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising

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Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising

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Set in the close future this first person action title takes military simulations to a new level.  The story takes place on a small island near Japan with large natural resources. Once the regions key powers begin an armed conflict the US Marine Corps invade assisting forces fighting the Chinese.  The games eleven mission campaign takes place over the entire island with objectives to take out key structures and push forward the US invasion.  Playing the game is a complicated procedure compared to most. As the commander of a small squad issuing orders is required every few seconds, covering every area including rules of engagement, stance, spread, movement, speed and enemy assaults. While some of this can be done via a global map most must be done on the fly. During the course of any mission the player must follow waypoints to save positions over a large game area. Missions take up to an hour to complete and require stealth movement at all times, so a slow progression is the only option otherwise alarms are raised and death is the certain outcome. There are several weapons available all with realistic accuracy from sniper rifles to personal missile launchers. Most vehicles can be controlled including helicopters with ease so traipsing through the woods on foot is never the only option.  Graphics are above average in the representation of a rural landscape. The character models work since most enemies are seen from extreme distance so close scrutiny isn’t an issue. There is a noticeable lack of wildlife of any kind, even in the audio representation so forget bird noises.   Once the campaign is complete there is a frantic online community with co-op campaign mode for up to four players and two additional modes called Annihilation and Infiltration. Depending on the number of players involved this can be an enjoyable experience adding long-term durability to the title.  Dragon Rising reached to be a hardcore military sim, in most respects it’s succeeded. It might not be as enjoyable a spectacle as most recent shooters but the kills feel more earned. Overall it’s down to the preferences of the player and just how serious you want to be gaming.

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