I like the Call of Duty series as much as the next person. But, that series spoiled other first-person shooters for me. Whether it’s not having a zoom-sight mode that is easily accessible with the left trigger on the 360 controller or having a dumb story, or horrible A.I. to unchallenge me, other titles just don’t measure up. Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is an exception.
I haven’t checked out any reviews on the game but from what I’ve heard before popping it in, it’s ultra-realistic. That is quite true. In an open field, every objective is at least a kilometer away. Humping with your rucksack is a constant scenario in military life. When you load your weapon, it’s about as fast or slow as most people with experience with a rifle would expect. In one scenario, switching to a Javelin anti-armor weapon takes almost a minute since you’re putting it together whereas in other shooter games–like MW2–switching to the heavy-ass Javelin is like “alright, let me just take this thing out my pocket and make your helicopter land on your own guys.” This game is so realistic, I’m surprised you can’t take out a MRE and manually control a spoon to eat out of it.
With an epic opening to the game and a believable story to propel it, coupled with the action in front of your sights, I would recommend this game to any fan of first-person shooters, just as long as they are patient enough to go on 2 km treks.