When Operation Flashpoint came out a couple of years ago, it stayed pretty low on many peoples radars and in the end, not many gamers even knew that it existed.
The truth in my opinion, is that it was a real big shame, because it was one of those titles that was so ahead of it’s time that I think that not many people even realised what it was accomplishing. It was the first game that I ever played that had a map so large that it took 5 – 10 minutes to drive a jeep across, and was also my first ever experience of playing a game where I was running around a huge area on foot, and then had the chance to hop into a helicopter and suddenly see everything from up in the sky.
Not only was it pulling off large scale, but just the way that missions could change midway depending on your decisions or abilities, without you even knowing, and then sitting gobsmacked when you see someone else playing the same mission and realising that they are in a completely different scenario to you and that they are seamlessly integrating into each other.
Operation Flashpoint 2 is looking to put all of it’s emphasis on realism, and if done correctly, could blow us away. At the same time, if they blow it, it could be a boring experience instead. I am definitely holding thumbs that this title shines.
Last Updated: March 30, 2009