Operation Flashpoint: Game of the Year Edition - PC

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Strategy: Combat
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Codemasters Soft. Co.: Codemasters
Publishers: Codemasters (GB)
PC Gamer Presents (GB)
Released: 28 Jan 2005 (GB)
15 Nov 2002 (GB)
Ratings: 15+
Accessories: Microphone


Operation Flashpoint: Game of the Year Edition features Cold War Crisis, the Red Hammer campaign upgrade and the full expansion pack Resistance, which includes the campaign set before Cold War Crisis. In short, a bargain.

Operation Flashpoint is, by and large, one heck of a real-time strategy game that has been developed in full 3D. As a PC game, Operation Flashpoint naturally reaches a wide audience of RTS (real-time strategy) players. Also, because the game has been developed for an ever-evolving platform, the visuals are quite stunning, utilising the most current technology available.

Assuming control of a large army plays a big part in Operation Flashpoint. Up to 12 units can be commanded at any one time, and you are given a variety of strategic menus in which you can formulate your strategies. The campaign as a whole is a non-linear adventure that is strengthened by comprehensive voice-overs and stunning cut-scenes. Operation Flashpoint’s level editor offers plenty of replay value. Here, players can customise their challenges to make the game easier or more challenging. But it’s the game’s multi-player option where most gamers will spend their time. Battling against a human challenger is far more satisfying; at least you get a reaction, verbal or otherwise.

Introducing a new island environment, Resistance expands the Flashpoint universe with an additional 100km2 of original landscape scenery, offering high resolution textures and models to take advantage of the latest generation of 3D graphics cards.

The game itself focuses on an entirely new campaign, with a different style of play, that serves as a prequel to the original. Cast as ex-Special Forces soldier Victor Troska, gamers play through the closely linked events of the plot. Having turned his back on his military past, Troska now lives a quiet life on the island of Nogova, a short distance from the islands of the original game. His peace is destroyed, however, by the invasion of Soviet forces and he is therefore forced to form a Resistance and fight for the island’s freedom.