A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players fight against insurgents and terrorists to protect innocent civilians and their freedoms, but they're going about it by employing graphic violence.
Positive Role Models
Players are tasked with defending human liberties, freedoms, and beliefs. However, they're doing so by shooting and killing enemies. You don't learn much about the character you're playing as, so it's difficult to understand his motives.
Ease of Play
The game isn't harder to control than other modern military shooters but the game, overall, is a bit tougher due to smarter artificial intelligence and the fact you can only be shot a couple of times before you're dead. It's recommended to play the single-player game before taking the action online against human opponents.
Violence & Scariness
This video game is quite violent and bloody. Players use modern weapons to kill enemy soldiers by sniping for head-shots from a distance, throwing bombs and hearing cries of pain, and unleashing the power of automatic weapons -- all of which results in a red, bloody mess. In some cases enemies are "gibbed" into small pieces.
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The game contains frequent use of profanity, especially while players are briefed or debriefed by their commanding officer. Expect liberal doses of swear words including "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "damn" and "hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Operation Flashpoint: Red River is a violent modern-day military shooter that takes place in a country that sounds like and looks like Afghanistan. Some may feel a violent game like this sensationalizes or trivializes what U.S. troops and others are doing in places like Afghanistan. Players use various weapons to blow away enemy soldiers, resulting in copious amounts of blood. When using a rocket launcher pieces of flesh sometimes fly off bodies. There is also a lot of foul language in the game. Parents should be aware that this game supports online play with open voice communication, a feature that Common Sense Media does not recommend for pre-teens.
Is It Any Good?
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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