Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising isn't about going in guns blazing. Tactics are paramount to success and without them you can quickly find yourself on the wrong end of an enemy bullet, among the other realistically recreated ordnance. It pays to know where you're going, how long it will take to get there, and have some idea of what you're going to do should you encounter resistance.
To help, Codemasters has created a wealth of strategic options for you. Your unit, typically consisting of three additional soldiers, can follow a number of orders from you, ranging from moving to a particular area quickly and assaulting a target, to launching suppressive fire and defending your ground.
Without your commands they'll act to the best of their ability on the set primary mission objectives, which include taking out specific targets such as radar arrays, eliminating enemy forces within a sector, or securing specific areas. You and your team can also commandeer vehicles such as tanks, jeeps and choppers, and occasionally bring in heavy artillery and air strikes to help out.
Keeping to the a sense of realism, there are no energy bars to measure your health and single bullet can kill, making gunfights intense and panic-fraught if you're not prepared. Light wounds can be treated, although getting shot in the arm or leg reduces your ability to fire or move respectively, and if you or a teammate is taken down your soldier will bleed out until he's healed or dies, so it pays to stay close.