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A real taste of war comes home.
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.
Don't come looking for bells and whistles, or even any cutscenes introducing a level.
A wide open world that occasionally looks underwhelming.
Rarely will the gunfire or explosions pack the punch you'd expect. The voice acting could be a lot better.
Unique, realistic, and fun. The hardcore will have a ball. Just be prepared for some technical shortcomings.
Lasting Appeal (8/10)
The open nature of the quests and co-op play offer great replayability. The multiplayer needs to be cleaned up to really take off.
Lack of polish and general annoyances turn this proud military sim into a mediocre shooter.