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Operation Flashpoint: Resistance

Score: 70%
ESRB: Mature
Publisher: Codemasters
Developer: Bohemia Interactive
Media: CD/1
Players: 1 - 32
Genre: First Person Shooter/ Miscellaneous/ Miscellaneous

Graphics & Sound:

The graphics in Operation Flashpoint: Resistance aren't much of an improvement on the core game's looks. Though there is a definite improvement in the look of the shrubbery, that is about it. Granted, the landscapes allow you to see the countryside for miles and miles, but there just isn't anything really different in the look of this expansion.

Sound is much the same. There is some new music, which fits the setting aptly, accompanied by the same old sound effects. The voice acting is pretty good, except for when you get into issuing commands. The verbal orders still sound machine-like, also a factor not improved upon from the original title.


Gameplay:

Not straying too far off the beaten track of Operation Flashpoint, this expansion just offers more of the same. In some ways this is all right, but I was really hoping for improvements on the annoyances from the first title. Resistance does virtually nothing to remedy the bad aspects, and the result is the player having to swallow the same bad medicine a second time around.

Taking place before the original game, Resistance puts you in the boots of a Special Forces soldier fighting against the Soviet Union. When the Red Army comes steamrollering through his town, the action begins. However, not before some dreadfully long (and boring) cutscenes. They do little to heighten the anticipation of war, and sometimes work against it.

Once the action kicks in though, fans of the original title will be pleased with what they get. There are new weapons and some different locales, and taking control of almost every vehicle imaginable is still possible. However, the drawbacks are still pock marking what could have been a beautiful composure. You're forced to use more troop control this time around, a system that wasn't too close to par the last time.

The AI still resides somewhere near the kindergarten level, forcing you to lead around a bunch of gun toting dummies during intense firefights. The AI isn't anywhere equal to what other FPS's have to offer, seriously detracting from Resistance's's score.

The single player game has some replay value, as you make a choice early on that will determine one of two paths you go on. Though these paths meet up in the end, it still varies the mission content somewhat. The Multiplayer aspect is what is really providing the replay value here, as it wasn't bad the first time around, and is still solid with this expansion.


Difficulty:

Operation Flashpoint sometimes crossed over that all too thin line of impossible gameplay, forcing you to repeat parts of missions over and over again until you found where that pesky gunfire was coming from. Resistance can't really be blamed for following in its antecessor's footsteps, but I'm blaming it anyway. Given what you have to work with, some parts of this game are just too damn hard. But if you managed your way through the first one, this won't be all that new to you.

Game Mechanics:

Resistance carries the same interface as Operation Flashpoint, a good decision on the designers' part that does away with unnecessary learning curves for returning players. Being able to play from a first or third person perspective helps here in all the same ways it did before, and issuing orders to your troops is also identical (this could either be good or bad, depending how well you adapted to its interface). Besides the addition of some new weapons, not much has changed here.

Resistance will thrill those of you who loved Operation Flashpoint, but will be nothing but a burden to those who hated it. Unless you really liked what you got before, stay away from this title, as it does little to mend what was wrong, and instead offers only a mediocre encore.


-Snow Chainz, GameVortex Communications
AKA Andrew Horwitz

Minimum System Requirements:



Operation Flashpoint, Windows 98/2K/ME/XP, 500 MHz Processor, 128 MB RAM, 16 MB Graphics Card, 550 MB Hard Disk Space, 8X CD-ROM
 

Test System:



Windows 98, 1.4GHz AMD Athlon, GeForce 2 mx 32MB video card, 40 gig hard drive, 56x CD-ROM, 256MB DDR Ram, Sound Blaster Live! sound card, T1 Internet connection

Windows Operation Flashpoint Gold Windows O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base

 
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