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Anyone here a fan of the Arma series?
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Author:  Rumbler07 [ Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:55 am ]
Post subject:  Anyone here a fan of the Arma series?

Not too long ago I decided to try out the Arma games. Along with the original Operation Flashpoint, these games have been touted as some of the most realistic shooters out there (to the point where they are considered sims, rather than real games). One of their draws is that they also contain a fairly huge amount of weaponry with a good ballistics system in place, somewhat similar to Alliance.

Another similar aspect which it shares with Alliance is that it has a really big library of mods, which contains stuff like different weapons and even armies from different countries and different time periods. So, like in Alliance, you get the ability to pit different armies against each other.

I tried out the second one and while it isn't bad at all, the campaign itself is pretty forgettable due to not-so-amazing AI and a somewhat strange storyline. However, the multiplayer is really fun and if you can get a good amount of players who know how to play, then the matches are a blast to play.

So anyways, anyone here a fan of the games?

Author:  Athenian [ Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:21 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Anyone here a fan of the Arma series?

Yes, the ArmA series is great IMO. There's nothing on the market that you can even remotely compare it to. The developers, BIS, were the original developers of Operation Flash Point, though Codemasters owns the name. ArmA and ArmA II are the spiritual successors to OFP. The last two "new" OFP games by Codemasters were junk, IMO.

Author:  Rumbler07 [ Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:48 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Anyone here a fan of the Arma series?

My thoughts exactly! :D
It's really sad to see good classics games get dumped down sequels these days (I'm still not sure what to think about the new Deus Ex game).
The next Arma game looks even more awesome though because of the new engine and the new capabilities!
Hey, maybe if enough people from the forum play the game, we could somehow form an online party.
If anything, we could use that to get the name of Alliance out there!

What does everyone think?

Author:  Moody [ Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Anyone here a fan of the Arma series?

I'm a very dedicated Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead player. I've never cared much for singleplayer. I play with a Canadian realism unit using real tactics, and the real weapons and vehicles (through modding). That's when Arma becomes my favorite game so far. When you are playing with 3 full squads of infantry, 2 of which are mechanized, using ACRE (which simulates directional voice, and real radio [which can be distorted by terrain and distance]) and get into a firefight in compounds, and even dense forests, everyone communicating and calling for support from the LAV's through the radio... Those were the best times I've ever had with gaming. The mods are what make the game. If you have Arma 2, try ACE and ACRE. But the most fun to be had with Arma is in clans or units. With the right mods the AI can be very smart. They can garison buildings, plant mines. you can even get civilians to plant IED's and then watch them with binoculars, waiting to trigger them.

There's a server called United Operations that uses ACRE and ACE (along with some other mods) that does COOP and Player vs Player matches. It's not a clan, you just join their teamspeak (since ACRE needs TS to work) and the server and play. In one of the game modes it's night time at a research facility in an airport. There are 8 CIA agents and the rest are Russians. The Russians get no NVG's but the squad leader gets a flashlight. There are scientists (non AI) and there's a random chance that they are supposed to defect. There's also dogs that can sniff out the CIA guys. The CIA guys get NVG's and can disguise themselves as an enemy if they can get a body. It's loads of fun.

BUt it has it's drawbacks. It's very slow paced, and the lack of ragdolls (although very necessary for performance reasons) takes away some of the immersion. But so far it's my favorite game. The in game mission editor is very good as well.

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