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May 12, 2011
PROVING once and for all that major software
developers regard console gamers as mindless,
button-mashing zombies, Codemasters has released
across PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 Operation Flashpoint:
Red River, the most simplistic, unrealistic and bor-
ing Operation Flashpoint title to date.
The 2009 cross-platform Operation Flashpoint:
Dragon Rising wasn't particularly well received.
Console gamers new to the tactical shooter genre
found it too slow and strategic, while fans of the origi-
nal PC-only Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis
slammed it as too easy and not strategic enough.
With Red River, it seems Codemasters has chosen
to forget altogether the series' original fan base and try
to enter the more lucrative first-person shooter market
alongside titles like Call of Duty. Instead, Red River
will disappoint both tactical and first-person shooter
fans even more than Dragon Rising did.
The game supposedly puts players in charge of a
marine fire team, but the nature of the missions means
most of the time players will forget tactics and simply
set their team mates to follow.
Most of the missions involve climbing aboard an
open-top Humvee, driving to a location, defending it
from several waves of enemy troops who seem to be
gradually filtering down into your sights through the
same five waypoints, then loading up and moving to a
different location for more of the same.
This simplistic, set-piece mission structure makes
Red River painfully boring. To top it off, for the first
time in a Flashpoint game, there's no mission editor,
which means players can't make up for the lack of
worthwhile missions by creating their own.
By trying to cater to a wider fan base, Codemasters
has produced a game that caters to nobody.
As a once-great tactical shooter marquee dumbed
down in a bid to improve sales, Operation Flashpoint:
Red River is the biggest disappointment since Rainbow
-- John Wellfare
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Thor swings, misses
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and
SHORT ON ACTION: (Above) Thor wields his
Mjolnir hammer, and (below) Anthony Hopkins as
INITIALLY astounding with its exceptional special
effects, Marvel Studios' latest offering, Thor, shifts
from fab to drab as soon as the God of Thunder is
stripped of his celestial powers.
After just 40 minutes, the majority of the film's
action sequences are expended, consequently leaving
the remainder of it anticlimactic.
Directed by acclaimed actor Kenneth Branagh
(Hamlet), and starring Australian actor Chris
Hemsworth (Star Trek, Home and Away) and Oscar
award winners Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and
Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs), Thor had
the potential to rival earlier Marvel blockbusters such
as X-Men and Iron Man, but was sadly second-rate.
Armed with his mighty hammer, Mjolnir, Thor
(Hemsworth) is heir to the throne of Asgard. In an
attempt to prove his worth as future king to his father,
King Odin (Hopkins), Thor, Sif and the Warriors of
Three provoke Asgard's sworn enemies, the Frost
Giants of Jotunheim.
Infuriated by Thor's disobedience and warmonger-
ing, King Odin strips Thor of his powers and banishes
him from Asgard. In Thor's absence, Loki, Thor's
jealous younger brother, seizes the opportunity to rule
Asgard when King Odin falls ill and cuts a deal with
the Frost Giants to kill the king.
Meanwhile, Thor finds himself as a mere mortal
on Earth in Puente Antiguo, New Mexico, where he
meets Dr Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), a beauti-
ful young astrophysicist who is conducting post-
doctoral research in the anomalous particle phe-
Of course, Dr Foster becomes captivated by
Thor's rippling bronze muscles and flowing
blond locks, and romance blossoms.
While Thor flirts with Dr Foster and mind-
lessly staggers around New Mexico trying
to figure out a way back to Asgard, Loki
descends to earth in an Iron Man-style battle
suit to annihilate Thor.
Magically, Thor's hammer and powers return and
he defeats Loki before returning to Asgard to save
King Odin from the Frost Giants.
Although this film wasn't up to scratch, it was
funny. Thor was packed with hilarious one-liners and
harebrained scenarios which made watching it suffer-
Hemsworth exudes Hollywood-star factor and
moviegoers should expect to see more of this Aussie
Adonis on the big screen in the near future.
-- CPL Melanie Schinkel
Hemsworth puts in
an impressive per-
formance as Thor.
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