Parents' Guide to

Operation Flashpoint: Red River

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Challenging military shooter has plenty of blood, profanity.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+


Doesnt even have open tactical edge of previous game. All you got is generic Point A to B shooting galleries with no personality or invention. More detailed gore and copious cussing including racial epithets, especially towards Chinese folks. Also Tajikstan is not a "fictional country".
age 16+


As an owner of this game I have beaten it many times and even after all these years it is still a fresh new feeling. New games like Call of Duty and Battlefield take little thought and prove to be no challenge for the player, Flashpoint brings the challenge as it is a semi realistic military simulator so you can expect sorta long helicopter/jeep rides through the mountains of Tajikistan. The gore in this game is pretty bad but keep in mind it doesn't look realistic. The language is also very intense and most likely nothing compared to what you child hears in school. There is no censor option to hide it.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (5 ):

This is a good military combat game for gamers who might be looking for something more than a typical, straightforward shooter that can be won by simply running and gunning. Only by working together as a team, accurate shooting, and cautious navigation of the virtual streets (during day and night missions) will you be able to complete the various objectives and stay alive long enough for the next one. It should be noted the game doesn't look as good as other military action games (at least not on the Xbox 360 version used for the purpose of this review), nor does it have the level of polish and pacing of a Call of Duty game, but for the most part fans of this genre should be impressed with what the developers were going after.

Players will encounter frequent (and boring) jeep and chopper rides with their mates while being briefed (or berated) by their commanding officer, as well as other slow areas in between missions. Overall, though, Red River is an intense, exhilarating and challenging modern-day military shooter that, while it might not get the attention of a Call of Duty game, is a title fans of the genre should consider. Note: the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 versions of the game are the same.

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