For the fifth game in a series, Conflict: Denied Ops sure doesn't show any signs of evolution. This may actually be the simplest edition of the shooter franchise that developer Pivotal Games has produced, with gameplay so out of date that it might as well be wearing a plaid flannel shirt and listening to Alice in Chains. But even though the action is a good decade behind the times, the game's rapid-fire pace blurs the fact that you're shooting the same bad guys over and over again. Cooperative play is a highlight and earns the game some applause all by itself given how this shooter feature is so often asked for and so rarely delivered. This mindless shooter is ideal for those moments when you want to switch off the synapses, though some awkward control issues occasionally get in the way.