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.