I purchased a PS3 mainly because of Netflix and HD movies. But the gaming option is a nice plus. Honestly I don't play games since years because I just don't have enough time. And some games are addictive, real time wasters. On the end, years after playing games you usually will only remember a few of them. When I picked the PS3 I did it with over 15 games, some shooters. I don't know how I landed on this game but people recommended this on some reviews websites as a real battle sim game, and some years back I played the first Ghost Recon which I liked because it was a hard game. This game has mostly bad reviews of people that say its just to hard, or to real. Or how the AI was bad, or the controls where to hard. I don't agree. I purchased this game, even after all bad reviews because I just had to try it out.
I can only say one thing of Operation Flashpoint. Amazing! I did not played any other game I purchased even for 30 minutes, not even the big 60$ titles, because I like this game so much. If you love to go around shooting everything you see, you have like over 100 shooters available to play and lose your precious time. But if you really like a game that makes you think, a game where you need to use tactics and you really like to feel like being involved in a real combat, get this game. I dare you to play 1 single mission without getting shoot a single time. If you can do this, you are really prepared for real combat, because it gets as real as possible.
This game is absolutely realistic and this is why I love it. I tried to play it like any other shooter at first, just going alone and shooting everything like a crazy dude that does't care about dying (its just game..), do this and you will be killed in seconds every single time. It does not work like that in real life either.
You need to really use your soldiers, give them orders and fight together as a team. This game is different in every possible way because first its huge. One of the things I always hated in games was that guns are pretty much useless because you cannot really kill from a proper distance. Not on this game. Enemies will shoot you from points where you can't even see them. And the same is true for you. You can kill someone from very, very far distances and its really hard as well. The enemy AI is not perfect, sometimes they will miss you just a few feets away, but its not awful either. Sometimes I get nervous and I also miss someone from a very close range as well, this of course because I can't really aim to fast with the PS3 controller. I guess if you have the Move controllers it would be easier (I don't know if this game supports it..).
This game is amazing in terms of being as real as it gets and it has almost all the elements I would have used when designing a combat game. You can't run forever. You get tired. Bullets are limited. Shoots sound like real guns, not hollywood movies, I can really tell the difference between guns, aiming is very real, guns are real, grenades explosions are real, distance and terrain is real and believe it or not this is the only game where you really need to get cover in a real sense just to avoid lost bullets.
The game is not hard if you actually fight like in real life. Just think for a minute, one shoot would kill you, if you really consider this, you will play very differently, give orders, and run from one spot to other always taking cover. If you do this, the game is easy. I took me an hour or more to complete one single battle and I could not win the thing, I was frustrated, until I completely changed my game play. I used my team, took cover, facet enemies from proper distance or by surprise, and the same level took me like 15 minutes. I was amazed. The rule to play this game is very simple. Don't think its a game. Think its real, bullets make you bleed, and you will play the game with a completely different perspective, in terms that you would probably not do anything to risky. This does not mean that you can't, but sometimes you are lucky and sometimes not. The game is different every time you play it.
I did not played the multiplayer yet, and I did not finished the single player either, but im playing this over 2 weeks now when I have some time and this game is a piece of art. You can play the same campaign again and it will be completely different each time you play it.
Why can't companies develop more games like this? This is not a game for sure. I would say its more like a battle simulator. If you just want to have some fun, don't get this game. Just like I don't like car simulator games because im just not that much into cars. But if you want a game that really makes you feel like being in real combat, get this game. Its so real, that I was almost shocked when one of my comrades died from a mortar shell, and I found his dead body without a head and legs lying next to me. This is how real this game is. I even felt something for a few seconds until I realized its just a game. I was shocked. Graphics are not the best, but they are enough for me. Its hard sometimes to see the enemy at distances because of this issue, but this game has some years already. If you want a game that will really make you think with tactic and strategy in order to beat it, get this. Even if you don't like battle games to much, this game is really the most realistic one you can get. Its not for children either. If you are a policeman, or in the army, you are probably going to love this game.
Someone also said that the controls are hard on the PS3 since its probably made for the PC. At first yes, but once you know where orders are its very fast and easy. I had some problems getting orders fast enough on combat at first, but this is just because the game is very complex in terms of what you can do. I think the PS3 controls are just perfect, I mean for how PS3 controllers are in terms of options, I can't imagine how else the integration would work, because it makes sense. You can give orders very fast once you get used to where options are.
This game is a gem. Really. Its so different, that you will not like any other shooter after this, because you start to consider the very small aspects of combat. In others games you just run as fast as possible and try to get the biggest weapon, and shoot as fast as you can, jump, and do things to cheat the AI every time.
In this game, you use binoculars to spot enemies at distance. Get close, once they see you take cover because bullets start to fly around everywhere, try to flank them, use the 1 bullet option for distance fire, try lying down because you will aim better, when getting in close combats switch to full auto because you will need a few rounds to take someone down, use grenades to clear rooms, watch out your back, and do not try to be a hero, call for help when you need it and stay close with your team, they will protect you and you will need to call the medic when you are wounded, use air support when possible, and sometimes, well, sometimes just run as far as you can away from the enemy.
I would not recommend this game for children. But I can't possible imagine how an adult that likes shooters would not love this game. This game has a sense and feel of Black Hawk Down all over it, even the music. If you liked that movie you will absolutely love this game. I know I did.