Challenging military shooter has plenty of blood, profanity.
Common Sense Media
5 July 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Operation Flashpoint: Red River is a violent modern-day military shooter that takes place in a country that sounds like and looks like Afghanistan. Some may feel a violent game like this sensationalizes or trivializes what U.S. troops and others are doing in places like Afghanistan. Players use various weapons to blow away enemy soldiers, resulting in copious amounts of blood.
Excerpt: Operation Flashpoint: Red River is a game stuck between identities. While its ambitions as a simulation are nowhere near as exacting or disturbingly mundane as ARMA 2 ’s, it’s also too demanding and tactical to be compared to the flamboyant action that makes up the play in Call Of Duty . Beyond the game, though, Red River is also confused with its identity as a story.
Excerpt: For all the hoo-ha about switching Operation Flashpoint to a more action-orientated position in its third iteration - the looming spectre of Modern Warfare's success perhaps a little bit too much for Codemasters to resist - I still found myself face-down in a puddle of my own blood within six minutes of starting the game. Seriously, who could have guessed bullets were so dangerous.
Conclusion: It is extremely fun and ditches the insane realistic aspect that Dragon Rising had(which I enjoyed for full disclosure)and makes a more mainstreamed experience that is very fun and enjoyable. It’s a fun game that can make for a great time with friends and will help tide over the wait for this years AAA shooters at the end of the year.
Excerpt: Operation Flashpoint: Red River is the John Wayne of tactical first-person shooters: old-school, politically incorrect, and really (really) rough around the edges — in a throwback “they just don’t make ’em like this anymore” way. Yep, for all of the continued homogenization of the genre, Red River takes its FPS cues from the original Ghost Recon in a way that not even Ghost Recon does anymore.
Pros: + Highly tactical, intense gameplay., + Excellent co-op experience for up to four online buddies.
Cons: - Disturbing lack of polish; a ton of glitches., ? Why are the games in this series always so rough around the technical edges?
Summary: With a focus on being the most realistic military shooter on the market, Operation Flashpoint: Red River offers fans a far more strategic alternative to their typical Call of Duty. With its modern-day setting and team-based gameplay, the game aims to make you feel like a marine.
Pros: Excellent cooperative play, Huge missions with scoping vistas, Plenty of scaling options to make the game as blisteringly realistic (or not) as you want
Cons: Graphic glitches and low-res textures, Frequently buggy and terrible AI, Absurdly clichéd dialogue and overlong between-mission sequences, Poor checkpoint layouts
Excerpt: Red River is the next instalment of the popular Operation Flashpoin t series from Codemasters that really challenges the first person genre. Just like ArmA 2, Codemasters aims for a realistic first person shooter experience that puts the worlds superpowers on high alert due to a civil war in the Islamic Republic of Tajikistan.