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Army May 12, 2011
Operation Flashpoint: Red River
Available on XBox, PC, PS3
PROVING once and for all that major software devel-
opers regard console gamers as mindless, button-
mashing zombies, Codemasters has releaseOperation
Flashpoint: Red River, the most simplistic, unrealistic
and boring Operation Flashpoint title to date.
The 2009 cross-platform Operation Flashpoint:
Dragon Rising wasn’t particularly well received.
Console gamers new to the tactical shooter genre
found it too slow and strategic, while fans of the origi-
nal PC-only Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis
slammed it as too easy and not strategic enough.
With Red River, it seems Codemasters has chosen
to forget altogether the series’ original fan base and try
to enter the more lucrative first-person shooter market
alongside titles like Call of Duty. Instead, Red River
will disappoint both tactical and first-person shooter
fans even more than Dragon Rising did.
The game supposedly puts players in charge of a
marine fire team, but the nature of the missions means
most of the time players will forget tactics and simply
set their team mates to follow. Most of the missions
involve climbing aboard an open-top Humvee, driving
to a location, defending it from several waves of enemy
troops who seem to be gradually filtering down into
your sights through the same five waypoints, then load-
ing up and moving to a different location for more of
the same. A player who’s feeling particularly strategic
could throw the machine gunner up on the high ground
every now and then, but that’s about as tactical as it
gets and it’s not necessary most of the time.
This simplistic, set-piece mission structure makes
Red River painfully boring. To top it off, for the first
time in a Flashpoint game, there’s no mission editor,
which means players can’t make up for the lack of
worthwhile missions by creating their own.
Multiplayer is also limited to cooperative play,
which would be fine for a tactical shooter, but Red
River is no tactical shooter.
By trying to cater to a wider fan base, Codemasters
has produced a game that caters to nobody. If you want
an entertaining guns-blazing shooter, buy Electronic
Arts’ Afghanistan-based Medal of Honour. If you
want a challenging tactical shooter, buy Bohemia
Interactive’s ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead.
As a once-great tactical shooter marquee dumbed
down in a bid to improve sales, Operation Flashpoint:
Red River is the biggest disappointment since Rainbow
– John Wellfare
in the red
Point and shoot: There’s nothing tactical about
Codemasters’ new shooter bearing the Operation
Say again, over
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April 28 winner
“Just finished the jacuzzi, waiting
for it to fill ...”
Sgt Wayne Hodder
By Bob Dikkenberg
THE Australian Army Apprentices
Association will hold a reun-
ion of all apprentices and staff in
Canberra from October 27-31. Full
details of the event are at www.
austarmyapprentice.org or call
Frank Maloney on 0418 728 181 or
Frank Poole on 0416 193 387.
THE fifth annual women’s leader-
ship symposium will be run in six
key locations throughout the coun-
try. The 2011 program will feature
more than 60 of Australia’s lead-
ers, trainers and academics. The
Queensland symposium will be
held at Sebel King George Square
on June 1-2. For more information
call 1300 138 037.
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