With the release of Bioshock 2 around the corner I fired up this old favorite of mine. Bioshock is a spiritual successor to the System Shock series. It is almost identical in style and gameplay but bears no fictional connection to the predecessor such as characters and plot.
A couple of weeks ago I installed and fired up Operation Flashpoint GOTY Edition. It’s been years since I played this and missed the old game. It was a friday night and I ended up playing through the night until 4 PM the next day. Yeah – it’s that good.
Operation Flashpoint came out in mid 2001 from Bohemia Interactive and Codemasters. I would say it’s a tactical shooter a la Ghost Recon, but that is just an understatement. The game greatly depends on the role you play. While most of the game you are a private, or an officer commanding a squad, you can also be a tank commander or a plane or heli pilot. Action takes place on islands that are miles wide. You are free to roam, and how you approach objectives is mainly up to you. You can attack head on, or circle around and flank. Freedom is particularly a big part of the game. For example in one mission you have to blow up some helicopters at an airport. You can do this with satchel charges, RPGs, grenades, or my favorite – steal a helicopter and blow the shit out the other ones, the Shilkas (AA tanks), the T80s guarding the airport, and not to mention the troops in the area.
I just finished my Christmas gaming binge and I have admit I came out a little addicted to Eve. I’m currently debating a cost/benefit analysis on the merits of keeping my Eve account.
For those of you who don’t know, Eve is a MMORPG, that is, a massively multiplayer online role playing game. Meaning, it eats your free time, your life, your money, and it’s bad for your health, just like heroin. In Eve you fly around in a spaceship of your choosing and you can mine, kill NPCs, do (boring) missions, trade, get into PVP (player vs. player) action and make a lot of friends of all ages from around the world. You will sooner or later join a corp (corporation) – the equivalent of guilds in other MMORPGS. Corps can join alliances and start wars with other corps or alliances. One of the better things about this game as compared to others is that you don’t have to sit there and grind an area for experience. The game lets you train a skill of your choosing over a period of time. Read more…