Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising gets its second helping of downloadable content today with the Overwatch pack, bringing two new multiplayer modes and two new fire team engagements to the battle for Skira.
With at least one potential game of the year exclusively nesting on the Playstation 3 and a price drop under its belt, the PS3 has had a pretty darn good year.
New Halo, new downloadables for Mass Effect, Fallout 3, and Grand Theft Auto, new Forza. It was a pretty good year for Xbox 360 owners.
Poor PC gaming.
While Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising touts itself as a tactical squad-based shooter, what really separates this franchise from all of the other gun games is its brutal difficulty and faithful adaptation to real battlefield conditions.
For four years, I studied everything about East Asian security dilemmas and conflicts in post-Soviet Russia. What good is my international relations major if I can't inflict it on a game developer?
Actually, the explosions in Dragon Rising might not be what you're expecting, based on past war video game experiences. The developers behind the game did research, you see, and concluded that explosions are more about smoke and oily fumes than about fire and debris.
Sion Lenton, Executive Producer on Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, says the game isn't competing with Modern Warfare 2. It's just trying to get out the message that war is scary.
Skira Island has long been a place of turmoil. Luckily its real-life inspiration, Kiska Island, which was the scene of much strife during World War II. In 1942 the Japanese captured the island, one of the Rat Islands group of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, owned by the United States. After staging several bombing…
The new screenshots and trailer show off the expansive island of Skira, where the action of Dragon Rising Takes place. Had it not been for the date flash at the very end or this paragraph nestled at the very end of the accompanying press release, I would have missed the delay completely.
Of course it could just be a coincidence...modern warfare is a rather common term, covering all things pertaining to warfare in modern times, and Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising does cover both of those bases. Either way, with Modern Warfare 2 not coming out until November and Flashpoint dropping this summer for…