The Operation Flashpoint series tends to be one that you either love or hate. The game I am looking at today is the first game in the series, Cold War Crisis which was released the better part of 20 years ago as I write this! I know that shooters of this age tend to have a hard time aging gracefully. However, the fact that this game was trying to be a more realistic type of war game at the time really made it stand out.
Making Up History
While “realism” was a real goal of what was intended with the Operation Flashpoint series. The conflict that you are part of in the game is not. We have a “Cold War” storyline, but it is a fictional war that has the USA and the Soviets at each other’s throats on a bunch of made-up islands. While this was ok for the time, I do feel that they could have gone a bit more realistic in the setting of the game, especially as realism is what they were going for with the gameplay.
Bowling Shoe Ugly
Much of the press this game got when it was first released back in the day was to do with the graphics. Not because they were amazing and showing why gamers needed a PC over a console, quite the opposite actually. The first Operation Flashpoint is not a good-looking game at all. The textures are muddy, the whole game has a very low budget feel to it in every single regard.
This was released at a time when shooters were starting to get more cinematic and as a result, it makes the whole game have a very barebones kind of vibe about it. This is a real shame as even though the conflict is not a real one, I think they could have come up with a fun modern (well for 2001) Cold War style story.
Making Each Shot Count
I would wager that more than half the people who fire this game up for the first time, turn it off after a short while due to the brutal difficulty! This game is all about trying to be realistic. As a result, you cannot just soak up bullet hits like you can in a Call of Duty game. You get hit in the arm; it is harder to aim. You get hit in the leg; you have to crawl. You get hit in the head…. Well, you are dead! This kind of thing is not for everyone, but it does make you think and you cannot rush in.
You play as part of a squad and sometimes you are just a cog in the war machine and other times you are in charge and need to give out orders. You can play the game in first and third-person views which is cool. There is no radar showing where you are being shot from or anything like that to help you! Each mission has its own objectives such as destroy this, protect that, and so on. You get a briefing before each one that lets you know what the objectives are.
I will say right now that Operation Flashpoint is a shooter that is not for everyone. You have to be willing to really invest some serious time in order to get good at this game. It is brutally difficult, to the point where you will probably not be having fun at all. It is an older game that feels like an older game if that makes sense. I have played many other “realistic” first-person shooters over the years that have managed to be hard but also be fun at the same time.
- There is a decent selection of weapons
- I like the idea of this Cold War
- The game is very rewarding when you manage to “get it”
- Plenty of missions to do
- You can play in first and third-person
- The game is very light on fun
- It has aged very badly in pretty much every regard
Processor: PC compatible, P-100
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode