More Reviews
REVIEWS Far Cry 4 Review
The open world of Far Cry 4 is wondrous, but is the beauty of Kyrat only skin-deep?

World of Warcraft: Warlords of D Review
Does Blizzard's latest expansion breathe new life into the 10 year-old franchise, or is this MMO finally starting to show its age?
More Previews
PREVIEWS Silence: The Whispered World II Preview
With its absolutely gorgeous sequel, Daedalic aims to create a mid-range difficulty adventure title that will expand the genre to a larger audiences.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
Release date: 11/25/14

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix
Release date: 12/02/14

Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-
Release date: 12/16/14

Kalimba
Release date: 12/17/14


LATEST FEATURES With Two Paths to Walk This Fall, I Recommend Assassins Play AC Unity Over AC Rogue
For fans of this series, it'll be a decision based on hardware. For enthusiasts, returning to the brand's roots will prove enticing.

Nintendo Download November 2014 - Updating Each Week
If you've got credit on Nintendo's digital eShop service or expect to receive a gift card this holiday season, start making your list with our weekly updates.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Xbox Downloads October 2014 - Updating Each Week
Microsoft's Xbox One console continues an Xbox Live revolution started over a decade ago. Here's hoping Summer of Arcade makes it to the platform next year.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP Master_Craig
Welcome Home - PAX AUS 2014
By Master_Craig
Posted on 11/18/14
Last night I returned home from PAX AUS 2014. Long story short, it wasn't perfect, but it was quite possibly the best weekend I've had this year. It was a lot of fun. If you'd like to continue reading, the long story is just below. Buckle up. This is gonna be...

Op Flash: Resistance Review

Johnny_B By:
Johnny_B
08/01/02
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE  
PLAYERS 2- 2 
PUBLISHER Codemasters 
DEVELOPER  
RELEASE DATE  
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Suicide Is Painless - Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb.

It's been some time since Operation Flashpoint hit shelves. We have actually had a war since then, and there is another on the way. In these times of boys and girls dashing off to war to defend Dubyah's Daddy's reputation, thoughts might be drawn to the protest songs of yore, and certainly the great, bitingly subversive anti-war films of the early 70's, chiefly M*A*S*H.

Balancing maudlin drama and wacky comedy, M*A*S*H dissected the human soul in war and left us all the better for it, emotionally shattered and grinning. Does this mean that its time for some soulful protest, for a little political polemic against puritanical plutocrats? Uh...maybe, but this a computer game. Fire for effect.

Welcome to Operation Flashpoint: Resistance, expansion pack. Welcome to a world of evil communist imperialists and brave Slavic resistors who inhabit a chain of islands that could not possibly be anywhere near Slovenia. You are a war weary veteran who reluctantly leads the opposition forces in a desperate attempt to drive the Soviets from your tiny island community. So this is one of those guilt-free pipe dreams where war is good and everyone on your side is squeaky clean. Eh, go with it, have fun.

Fighting a guerrilla war is a little different than serving President Muffley or Premier Kissoff, and so Bohemia Interactive has made some changes to accommodate this different paradigm. The biggest change is that your resources are limited and what you carry off the field in mission 1 can be used in mission 2. Since you spend all of Resistance giving orders rather than taking them, how you allocate your guns and ammo is critical.

To aid in this, you can now stash weapons in vehicles to carry more, and several missions involve hijacking operations to get more supplies. Sadly, much of this boils down to grabbing weapons off the dead and throwing them in the trunk, and there is no way to automate this very tedious exercise.

Aside from that snag, though, everything here is very solid. Unlike in the original Operation Flashpoint, you only play one character with one story, so it is easier to get attached and therefore care more, which is nice in the midst of battle. The missions themselves are well designed and challenging, with a good variety of situations and tactics.

Regrettably, there are no secret operations scenarios like there were in Operation Flashpoint, which afforded opportunities for creative mayhem. For example, you will never get the chance in Resistance to sneak into an enemy base, rip off a helicopter and go hog wild, but then guerillas don't really do that sort of thing, right?

There are also some nice graphical improvements to be had for those with powerful enough rigs, but graphics were never a huge problem or attraction of Flashpoint. But some things not addressed are lingering AI frustrations, and although this expansion is essentially the fourth patch, there are still a few bugs.

Essentially, Resistance is a solid new campaign for Operation Flashpoint which, like any good expansion, gives you many of the same thrills is a slightly new way. It is not, however, a substantial enough addition to really evolve the game. Flashpoint was always about openness, about having an electronic battlefield in which to freely frolic. First you got to play as the Americans, later you could download a free expansion to play as the Soviets, and now you get to play as the locals caught in the crossfire. It is a slightly different angle on the same thing, but it's all good fun. That is, if you can still stomach war as being fun.

B Revolution report card
  • Solid missions and story
  • Graphical improvements
  • Another way to skin a good cat
  • A little less variety
  • Still some bugs
  • Help me, Alan Alda, I don't know
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Op Flash: Resistance