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85 (Oct 06, 2009)
Simultaneously engaging and fun to play, Op Flash 2 will be enjoyed by all but the most staunch realism pedant. Given the slight scaling back of the unremittingly harsh difficulty of the first game, this sequel boasts more than enough authenticity to replicate more than just a modicum of what real war might be like. Certainly enough to give you a moment's pause in considering just how bloody awful it must be for a soldier engaged in actual combat. No mean feat, we think you'll agree.
XGN (Oct 06, 2009)
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is een uitermate realistische shooter. Dit kan voor sommigen gelijk een rede zijn om af te haken. Maar voor degene die een goede uitdaging zoekt in zijn shooters, is dit dé game.
PlayStation Universe (Oct 17, 2009)
Dragon Rising may not be the most fun game to pick up and play, but it has definitely earned the title of the most realistic. In an era of one-man teams, glitches and hacks, it may take some time for players to adjust to the tactical challenges of a real war simulation. Granted, the game isn't perfect by any standard, but one would be hard pressed to be able to say that it wasn't a job well done by Codemasters. If you are looking for a genuinely brutal war experience, look no farther. The adrenaline will rush. Your palms will be sweaty. Your forehead will be beating. You will be at war.
Game Watcher (Oct 19, 2009)
Involving, immersive and well-balanced, Dragon Rising is brutally challenging but seldom unfair. Despite occasional AI tics and the odd glitch, Codemasters’ tough military shooter will compel and entertain in equal measure. Oh, and frustrate at times too. Be forewarned that a great deal of patience is an essential prerequisite for Op Flash 2. Nonetheless, the authenticity and attention to detail in Dragon Rising is to be applauded.
3D Juegos (Oct 06, 2009)
Operation Flashpoint 2 es simulación, pero es una simulación muy accesible y que es divertida de jugar. No es un exponente gráfico, y no va a ser tan popular como los arcades de la acción que han movido masas recientemente; pero con Dragon Rising tenemos un videojuego con innumerables horas de vida y con toda la seriedad que se espera de esta franquicia de Codemasters.
GamingXP (Sep 11, 2009)
Als echter Shooter-Fan habe ich mich schon lange auf diesen Test gefreut. Ich mag es zwar auch flott und fetzig à la "Killzone 2", aber ebenso reizt mich auch taktischer Anspruch sehr. Ganz ehrlich - der erste Eindruck war eher enttäuschend. Spielgefühl und Erlebnis waren so gar nicht das, was man sich nach all den Präsentationen auf Game Shows, den Enticklertagebüchern auf Video, und den Trailern im Vorfeld erwartet hat. Lässt man das alles beiseite, erhält man einen recht nüchtern und etwas steif wirkenden Taktik-Shooter, der nicht jedem gefallen wird. Fans von Action und cooler Präsentation sollten auf "Call of Duty - Modern Warfare 2" warten. Anhängern von Militärsimulationen oder Spielen in Richtung "Socom - Confrontation" sei der Titel schon eher ans Herz gelegt. Unterm Strich gut, aber den hohen Erwartungen ist es leider nicht ganz gerecht geworden.
Vandal Online (Oct 06, 2009)
Puede que le falte algo más de innovación y de atractivo gráfico, como si hubiese pasado tanto tiempo y las expectativas o la exigencia fuesen tan altas que le faltase garra, pero es un muy buen primer paso para que la saga continúe con nuevos aires. Eso sí, quien busque un Call of Duty o algo parecido, o crea que por haber jugado mucho a éste va a tener fácil conquistar la isla de Skira, que vaya cambiando de idea. Como seguramente sale en alguna parte de El Arte de la Guerra de Sun Tzu, la victoria llega a través de la paciencia. Y si la tienes, ésta es una compra muy recomendada.
IGN UK (Oct 06, 2009)
Far slower, more strategic and more realistic than most modern war shooters – Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising is fairly sure to find an appreciative audience. At its best, it's nerve-janglingly tense as you plot and then implement the next firefight – where decisions you make have very serious consequences. But be warned, it's not a game that gently welcomes those more used to running-and-gunning, and even for the hardcore, there are serious problems with awkward command menus for your squad and bland missions at the top of the list of minus points. Online, with friends, Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising really shows off its best side – and the game is probably best played through co-operatively. If you like playing co-op, or you don't mind trading moments of frustration for a smarter, slower war experience, this is recommended.
VideogameUK (Nov 09, 2009)
This is a tactical shooter and it’s proud to let the world know about it. We need stuff like this to come out on the consoles because it gives those looking for a real challenge the chance to really get stuck in and get more involved than some other games will allow. It’s big, serious and very immersive and keeps the series’ reputation as being the hard man on the block true. If you have the patience of a saint and have been chomping at the bit for something fresh on the tactical side then you need to be getting this. It offers something different to the norm and that’s a hard enough mission as it is.
80 (Oct 11, 2009)
Dragon Rising is een bijzondere aantrekkelijk en actievolle shooter geworden in een genre dat vaak wordt geassocieerd met trage gameplay. Deze game zou zelfs de ontbrekend schakel kunnen worden tussen de hardcore en wat meer casual shooters, zonder daarbij al teveel aan kracht in te boeten. Wie op zoek gaat naar veel vrijheid komt echter bedrogen uit, want de game heeft een broertje dood aan ritjes in een Lada of op een fiets. Desalniettemin een waardige opvolger van de eerste Operation Flashpoint.
InsideGamer (Oct 13, 2009)
Vergelijk je deze game met het origineel, dan zul je niet hetzelfde magische gevoel krijgen. Laat je het verleden echter rusten en begrijp je dat games met de tijd meegaan, dan zul je net als ik heel veel plezier beleven aan Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. De game is iets toegankelijker, maar nog altijd lekker pittig en de voldoening voor een succesvolle missie is dan ook erg groot. Jouw medespelers reageren goed om jouw opdrachten, maar hebben soms wel een eigen willetje. Daarnaast is het jammer dat de game op visueel vlak achterloopt, zeker omdat je niet echt gestimuleerd wordt het grote strijdtoneel te verkennen. Toch blijft Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising bovenal een uiterst uitdagende game vol spannende schietgevechten.
Console owners don't really have much in the way of choices when it comes to realistic tactical shooters. Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising does a great job of filling this niche, despite its flaws. If you're a fan of this style and you can find 3 other players, you'll have a blast liberating Skira Island via the fantastic Co-op mode. Even if you plan on going it alone though there's still a lot of fun to be had here. The freedom present means that no two missions will play out the same and the tense difficulty will challenge you to constantly improve your tactics. Just make sure you come in with the right expectations, because run and gunners need not apply.
80 (Oct 21, 2009)
Nel complesso comunque, Codemasters è riuscita nel complicato compito di riportare in vita una IP celebre, reggendo il confronto con il passato e strizzando l’occhio a un futuro multipiattaforma , appena all’inizio. Se siete tra quelli della vecchia guardia, aggiungete anche mezzo punto o qualcosa in più, al giudizio finale. In caso contrario, se è un approccio easy quello che andate cercando, fate lo stesso discorso al contrario e orientatevi verso qualcosa di più consono.
Game Over Online (Nov 05, 2009)
There’s a lot of unrealized potential in Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. I don’t believe the developers were able to squeeze as much out of the open world island warfare concept as they could have. For such a huge environment, the campaign is a little too scripted. Issues with friendly AI certainly don’t help the cause either. Having said that, if you’ve got a few buddies with whom you can play through the campaign co-operatively, the experience will be that much more enjoyable than for those who enroll on a solo mission.
IGN (Oct 08, 2009)
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is something you don't see every day on consoles, and its uniqueness does offer a breath of fresh air amidst the myriad twitch and sci-fi shooters out there. This is one of the more realistic war games you'll find on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, with a sense of tension built out of life or death situations rather than over-the-top action. I had fun with Dragon Rising, despite the fact that it consistently showed a lack of polish through weak artificial intelligence, middle of the road presentation, and its fair share of bugs.
Spazio Games (Oct 06, 2009)
L’agognato esordio nella corrente generazione di questa importante serie si è sicuramente rivelato un buon titolo. L’offerta è di altissima qualità, grazie ad un quantitativo di contenuti davvero sterminato e ad un livello di realismo molto alto. L’unico dubbio che ci sentiamo di sollevare è se una tipologia di gioco quale la simulazione bellica, con un così alto grado di sfida, sia effettivamente adatta innanzitutto al pubblico console, ma soprattutto non sia più idoneo alla postazione tipica del pcista duro e puro incollato alla fida accoppiata mouse e tastiera. Inoltre, il comparto tecnico senz’altro buono, ma troppo inferiore alla controparte PC non fa che alimentare la nostra sensazione. In definitiva, se amate il genere, sapete che cosa vi aspetta e se potete, scegliete a occhi chiusi la versione per personal computer. Diversamente fate molta attenzione, potreste scontrarvi con una bestia di difficoltà davvero ardua da imparare a domare.
9lives (Oct 07, 2009)
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising zal de fans van de reeks ongetwijfeld weer doen kirren van geluk. De gemiddelde speler zal echter struikelen over het ergerlijke keuzewiel en de pittige moeilijkheidsgraad. Wil je echter ten volle genieten van deze Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, dan raad ik aan om in multiplayer aan de pc-versie te beginnen, omdat die ongetwijfeld veel aangenamer zal spelen dan eender welke console-versie van dit spel.
GameZone (Oct 19, 2009)
An excellent shooter that, like so many, fails to deliver a flawless experience, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is a game that most everyone should play. It wasn't designed for everyone; the average Halo junkie may not be amused by Dragon Rising's cutthroat gameplay. But everyone should at least give it a try, if only to see that there are other ways of developing a first-person shooter, some of which can be wonderful – as long as you give them the chance.
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is not a game for everyone. Its high degree of challenge and tactical gameplay is for well-versed, patient, hardcore players. More casual players, even Modern Warfare junkies, need not apply unless you understand that the realistic experience offered in this title is entirely different than what you're used to. It's important to note that this game is tailored for the PC and not perfectly adapted for consoles. Consequently, you'll find yourself struggling with not only the controls, but also your mindset. However, if you can handle the often plodding pace and have the determination to get through initial frustrations, there is a quality battle simulator here to be explored and enjoyed.
Extreme Gamer (Oct 23, 2009)
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon rising had all the makings to be a spectacular game-of-the-year experience with its ultrarealism and open-world mission structure. Unfortunately for all those who expected wonders, it’s not going to happen. Based on the first and second mission alone and you might think this is the ultimate shooter and then things quickly fall apart. What seemed like an all out simulation of modern combat turns into another game plagued with issues that eventually sink the ship. I’m not entirely discounting Dragon Rising as a failure because it still has a number of redeeming qualities, it just doesn’t live up to its own hyped expectations. This is one game that should still be on your radar because it is different from the pack, however on a full out purchase I can’t recommend it unless you are totally into the realistic military genre. It’s too bad Dragon Rising can’t deliver on all fronts making it a safe rental for all shooter fans looking to try something new.
75 (Oct 11, 2009)
Overall Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is a bit of an enigma really. One the one hand it is a fun serious shooter, which those used to PC gaming will probably love despite its flaws, however those more used to console based shooters will no doubt get frustrated and despise its flaws because of this.
GameSpot (Oct 07, 2009)
The competitive and cooperative modes round out the game nicely, though they suffer from occasional bugs. For example, your gun may become temporarily invisible or you may shoot bullets that appear to hit enemies, but in actuality, they neither hit nor deplete your ammo count. Both of these can often be fixed by reloading, but there is a certain roughness that can detract from the realistic tone that the game tries to set. Despite its various issues, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is largely successful in its endeavor. The environments and core action create a great feeling of tension and immediacy. The various weapons and vehicles also give you a great array of ways to accomplish your objectives. With a lengthy campaign and solid multiplayer action, Dragon Rising is a tough and engaging tactical action experience.
73 (Oct 09, 2009)
Auf den Konsolen hat mich die Steuerung via Controller dagegen oft an den Rand des Wahnsinns getrieben, wenn ich die kleinen Ziele in weiter Entfernung einfach nicht präzise genug anvisieren konnte. Auch technisch und inhaltlich ziehen Xbox 360 und PS3 mit beschnittenen Mehrspieler-Möglichkeiten, geringerer Sichtweite, schwächeren Texturen sowie fehlendem Editor eindeutig den Kürzeren. Alle Fassungen gemeinsam leiden dagegen an der erschreckend schwachen Präsentation und der fehlenden Möglichkeit, das Team individuell auszurüsten. Hier wäre so viel mehr möglich gewesen... So bleibt Dragon Rising vor allem inhaltlich unter den Erwartungen, aber bietet auf dem höchsten Schwierigkeitsgrad eine beinharte Herausforderung für Militär-Fans, auch wenn Komplexität und Anspruch hier nicht ganz so hoch ausfallen wie bei ArmA.
Digital Chumps (Oct 21, 2009)
Ultimately, I think Codemasters has got a lot of great ideas and gameplay elements in OFDR, but it just needed more time. There are too many rough edges here to make this easy to recommend to everyone. Despite those drawbacks, it's still a pretty fun and rewarding game that any FPS or military game fan should check out.
GameTrailers (Oct 13, 2009)
It doesn't seem like there's much room in the market for tactical shooters these days, but if you're craving a more deliberate type of experience, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising could fit the bill. It's an intriguing alternative to what has certainly become the high-action norm of the genre. If you can get past its fundamental shortcomings, you'll find that there's indeed something to this fresh, yet flawed experience.
70 (Oct 06, 2009)
Dragon Rising will not be for everyone. Many gamers will try it and be put off by the relentless hardness; a few may be put off by the ways it deviates from the previous game, or by strange concessions that deviate from realism. Still, plenty of others will love what they find, and there's certainly a chance that this game will completely open up what has long been a niche genre. For all its stumbling blocks, much of the core Operation Flashpoint experience has survived the transition from PC to console. For this achievement alone, Codemasters deserves our respect.
Game Informer Magazine (Oct 14, 2009)
Basically, only play this game if your friends are willing to run at your side. When the game is functioning as intended, it can be brilliant. But don’t let your guard down. Problems will arise, and your most difficult challenge may be combating a bout of boredom.
TheSixthAxis (Oct 14, 2009)
Dragon Rising is one of those very strange games. What it does well, it does really well and ultimately makes the game enjoyable and it’s a testament to that fact that despite all its flaws, I will continue to advance and complete Hardcore mode. It’s just a shame that a game with so much potential fell so short of a goal so easily in sight.
70 (Oct 09, 2009)
Tiraillé entre des envies de grand spectacle et son penchant pour le réalisme, le FPS de Codemasters hésite, tâtonne et trouve finalement son chemin. Avec sa campagne ardue et bien conçue (tant qu'on la traversera avec des joueurs humains en coopération), le jeu prend effectivement la forme d'une simulation light, idéale pour ceux qui souhaitent s'initier au genre et découvrir ce que le terme "tactique" signifie vraiment dans un FPS.
Gaming Age (2009)
While it took me a while, I eventually warmed up to this game. The game play is spot on and everything seems to fit appropriately into this military sim. While the FPS crowd may not get what they are expecting, if they stay around they will find what I found, a gratifying experience.
65 (Oct 21, 2009)
When played in the multiplayer co-operative mode, the game is brilliant. The only artificial intelligence players you have to deal with are the ones you're trying to shoot, and if they're dumb on the easy difficulty it's okay! The game is brutal as a realistic military simulator, but hey, nobody ever said it was fun to be a soldier. Unfortunately this is a video game, and if it's not fun, it's not a good game. Add to this all of the glitches and problems in the rest of the game and you're left with a game that's not worth a $60 price tag. If you're looking for a realistic warfare game and you only want co-op, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is going to be a good choice, otherwise you might as well wait for Modern Warfare 2.
1UP (Oct 13, 2009)
It's plain cool to hold off an assault using troops and a nearby APC. It's tense to escort POWs across the dead of night, hoping that helicopters and enemy Special Forces don't spot you. It's great to soften foes with a howitzer barrage, and then rush in with guns blazing. It's just that these moments are few and far between. More often, you get the brutal "war is hell" moments: you get up to look around cover (because there's no lean), and get plunked right in the head; when you try to scout a location, and your dunderhead Marines decide to shoot at a passing gunship, which then instantly ends you; or when you try to extract some trapped pilots, only to find them stuck in the building's doorway. I want to like Flashpoint 2, but instead, I just feel like the game is telling me: "war is hell, sorry."