Operation Flashpoint - Main Menu
The launch pad, where you have a selection of options...
Here you'll be able to select your face, voice,
and more. Click here
to view an image from this section.
Enter the campaign mode. As you
progress the game saves your position so you'll be heading here to carry on where you left
Have a crack at the stand alone
This is where the game comes into its own -
playing with or against real human opponents.
How to join a multiplayer game - On the net
- Find the "IP Address" of the player hosting the server. Once you have
this enter "MULTIPLAYER" from the main menu.
- Click "Remote" (located top right).
- Enter in the IP Address and press the enter key.
- Any games running on that server should now be listed. Click "Join" to
enter the game.
Note: For LAN games on a local network, all you have to do is enter MULTIPLAYER and
wait a few seconds. Any LAN games currently operating will then be displayed.
How to create a multiplayer game - On the net
- Find your IP address. One way of doing this is within windows - go to
START>Programs>MS-DOS Prompt. When the DOS box appears type
"winipcfg" and your IP address will be displayed. Note this down.
- Enter "MULTIPLAYER" from the main menu.
- Select "NEW" in the bottom right.
- Follow the on screen instructions.
Note: Currently there is only one Co-op game where all the human players will be on one
side. There are a range of other game types like "TDM : Team Deathmatch", and
paintball. (ADD INFO ON THESE GAME TYPES).
Be sure to check out the manual which
you'll find located in your main Operation Flashpoint Folder. I won't be covering
the editor in this guide, because I want to focus on the game itself. However,
a guide to the Mission Editor may appear later...!
- Video Options: The usual options are here. If possible, enable
"Hardware T&L" to give smoother graphics. The other options should be
OK on their default settings, but if you're having slowdown problems turn off all the
shadows and lower the "Visual Quality" slider setting. This should help
speed up the game.
- Audio Options: You might want to balance the "effects, radio, and
music" sliders. For example keep the music a tad lower than the effects so you
can hear what's happening around you!
- Controls: The manual has them listed, but don't be afraid to change some keys -
especially if you have a usual setup that you're more comfortable with. Just keep a
note of what keys you move, and be sure to reassign keys. There's nothing worse than
being in the heat of battle and finding you forgot to assign your reload weapon key :).
- Difficulty: Keep this on Cadet. Veteran difficulty is best left until
you're used to the game - believe me, it's tough even on cadet level.
Grab the manual because it has a nice
display of the keys. Keep this beside you at all times.
- Movement: Basic Forward / Backwards / Strafe left / Strafe right
- Walk / Run: To run press E to run directly fowards OR shift + forwards
key. Running will get you from A to B in quick time, but could alert the enemy since
they will hear you coming...
- Crouch / Lie down: Pressing the crouch key (Q) once will mean every time you
stop you'll crouch on the spot. This is ideal because crouching gives you more
stability if you have to open fire, and keeps you close to the ground. The lie down
key (Z) will give you the best platform to fire from and keep you well hidden from enemy
view. Crawling along the ground is slow, but you'll need to do it quite often
(especially in the black ops missions) to bypass enemy troops.
- Reload Weapon: Don't expect an empty magazine to reload itself. When you
hit empty you'll need to hit the reload key.
- Zoom in / out: Right clicking will zoom in for as long as you hold the right
button. Some weapons have multiple zooms which can be switched through by pressing
the - / + keys.