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Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis
Box artwork for Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis.
Developer(s)Bohemia Interactive Studio
Latest version1.96
Release date(s)
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System(s)Windows, Xbox
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
ESRB: ESRB M.png Mature
OFLC: OFLC MA15.svg Mature Accompanied & Restricted
ELSPA: Ages 15+
Expansion pack(s)Red Hammer
SeriesOperation Flashpoint
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TwitchOperation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis Channel

Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis, sometimes shortened to Operation Flashpoint, is a tactical shooter and battlefield simulator video game developed by Bohemia Interactive Studio and published by Codemasters. Set on a group of fictitious islands in 1985, Cold War Crisis puts the player in the American army in a hypothetical conflict between American and Soviet forces. An Xbox port was released in 2005 under the title Operation Flashpoint: Elite.

Two expansion packs were released; Gold Upgrade, which included Red Hammer, a campaign from the Soviet perspective, and Resistance, which introduced various new features and improved graphics and sound effects.

The year is 1985, and Mikhail Gorbachev has come to power in the Soviet Union. While his Glasnost and Perestroika reforms are welcomed by western governments, there are communist hardliners in his own government that are unsympathetic to his cause.

Unlike most first-person shooters, in which a dozen or more separate, self-contained maps typically make up the game world, the game world in Operation Flashpoint consists of large islands. Each island is at least a dozen square kilometers in size, and is surrounded on all sides by ocean. This is essentially the same concept, but on a much larger scale and using oceans, rather than what should be surmountable barriers (such as walls or cliffs), to stop the player from leaving the area.

The game takes place on three different islands: The island-states of Everon and Malden, and later in the game, on the barren Russian island of Kolgujev which is the staging point for the renegade Russian forces invading Everon and Malden.

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