Operation Flash Point is a tactical combat action war game. It offers the player an unprecedented freedom of action integrating command of large squads and use of any available vehicles with total immersion. Player can experience the best cold war military equipment - infantry, mobile, armor and aircraft - in large and detailed 3D environment.
You are Ian Gastovski. As a former soviet citizen, Ian served years in the soviet army, mostly as a helicopter pilot at various places around the world.
In the late 70s, he became an exile from the Soviet communist country and found a better place to live.It is the year 1985. After Leonid Brezhnevs death in 1982, the Soviet Union went through two short-lived Premiers until Mikhail Gorbachev came along in 1985. As the new General Secretary of the Communist Party of Soviet Union, he represented a new wave in Soviet policy, and started a "glasnost" as he promoted "perestroika".
[[The general strikes back]]
General Ivan Vasilii Guba, a leader of the Third Army located on an island called Kolgujev, refused to serve the new central generality in Moscow. He firmly believes in the old communist ideas and wants to keep the old order in the country. He presently controls a well-equipped modern army. This situation is very dangerous due to the strategically important location of Kolgujev - it is located in an area composed of three islands Kolgujev, St. Pierre, and Malden: Kolgujev is a part of the Soviet Union, St. Pierre has an independent republic on it, and Malden serves as a military base for NATO.
And even worse: Guba controls some nuclear weapons. The new Soviet government is unable to do anything about this flash point at the moment. US president Ronald Reagan met the new Soviet leader and the result is that international NATO force would help to keep the peace in the area. It is time for Ian to become a part of the history.
[[The Game and Features]]
Flashpoint is a tactical war game, which makes use of typical Cold War military equipment. Use Russian Hind helicopters, fly American Super Cobras, take a seat in tanks and transport trucks, use civil cars and planes too to fight with or against the rebels. Take aim with assault rifles or sniper rifles. Or avoid shooting at all, sneak into an enemy base at night and blow up their fuel depot. Stop reinforcements and sabotage enemy supply lines. Navigate in real time over huge maps were you even have to use time acceleration if you don't want to run down all this kilometers in real time!
Command your team into position and give several orders to storm an enemy base. Communication will lead to success! Make sure to hold it up. Use forests to take cover, avoid shooting if necessary because the AI in Flashpoint will react on sound and light.
Flashpoint comes along with realistic physic models and state of the art motion capturing, photo realistic graphics and the accurate use of real light and shadows. Watch real stars at the night sky or take a break after a hot battle and watch the different cloud layers transform like in reality. Multiplayer is included and while you try to storm a base with your team, call your friends with helicopters or tanks to give you some hot and smoky fire support!
If that isn't enough yet to ensure you that the space of your HD Flashpoint claims is not wasted at all and that the game should stay there for long - which it will! - Flashpoint comes with a superb mission builder, which gives you the possibility and freedom to build nearly any mission you have in mind. Make use of the whole equipment, set daytime and weather conditions to build a lot of stunning missions, post them on the net and change them with your friends.
[[Features and release date]]
"The best bits of Hidden & Dangerous, Battlezone II, Team Fortress 2, Wargasm and Delta Force 2 - all rolled into one big, heavy, metal gaming ball and set to rock all over our world."
Some of the features include:
airborne or parachute insertion method for troops
play as an infantry soldier
be a commander of up to 11 other soldiers and use wide variety of commands including move
attack, get in, formations and combat modes
get in UH60 Blackhawk and have 8 soldiers in the back ready for action
command a platoon of 4 Abrams
steal an enemy BMP and override some enemy soldiers
get in church tower with sniper rifle and shoot down some targets
lay down mines or use pipe bombs to destroy some targets
look at the sky and see all stars are exactly as in real world
use map and compass to navigate as in the real world
be lost in the landscape and looking for name of the villages and road marks.
200 realistic motion captured animations
Two difficulty levels: hard core simulation "veteran" mode and arcade "cadet" mode
A new release date is yet to be announced but it is likely Flash Point will be released durin Q1 2001.
(* This article was based on actual information and images found on the official Bohemia and Specforce links)