Reviews for ARMA II Operation Arrowhead

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ARMA II Operation Arrowhead - review

carlyle | Jan. 13, 2013 | See all carlyle's reviews »

ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead is set in Takistan, clearly inspired by Middle Eastern nation of Afghanistan, and the American soldiers that play as they are engaged in a series of missions which have the ultimate liberation of the country. Before each shipment is presented to us a briefing text complete with the details of the transaction, then takes action. In some stages there is already projected in the area concerned, in other must reach it on board of a vehicle; in all cases, our goal to turn is indicated by an arrow brown with a lot of distance in meters. The reality is that Operation Arrowhead behaves more like a military simulation. The vehicles and weapons used are numerous and can be seen from the very outset a strong focus on realism, thanks to a graphics engine of extraordinary power. Unfortunately remain the major problems with the AI, the character animations are mediocre, the sense of "impact" of weapons is small and the controls are the antithesis of immediacy. The mission structure also shows the side in a "direction" aseptic and situations that are often similar to each other, with huge distances to be covered and a poor sense of involvement. In short, a controversial product.

74

Nice as standalone, better with DayZ

Naviigator | Jan. 8, 2013 | See all Naviigator's reviews »

As many other players, I mainly purchased this game for DayZ. However, as it did not function instantlty with DayZ, I decided to give the single player a go as well. Everything looks quite nice, but the gameplay feels weird. This is probably because I am not used to military simulators. After some time I got used to the controls and understood how to play properly, then the game became quite a bunch of fun. In order to install DayZ I first had to install Arma Free (guess what, it's a free Arma game) and this game. Using six launcher I got DayZ working.

DayZ is not my cup of tea. I don't think the engine is the best choice for a zombie apocalypse simulator. It is however a bunch of fun to play with some friends. I didn't like to play with random people since then you don't have the 'personal' feeling when you die.

Overall I think this game is definetely worth the asking price if you are interested in either a milsim or a zombie apocalypse simulator.

76

better than COD

jim67 | Sept. 13, 2012 | See all jim67's reviews »

This game is a simulator not a shooter, much more better than call of duty and todays millitray shooters :) now on good price so grab it

77

A great simulator on one of the worst engines ever made

Mikester7 | Aug. 13, 2012 | See all Mikester7's reviews »

First off, I would recommend getting combined operations for the best experience.

Anyway, I think Arma II is the most realistic military simulation out there offering a vast amount of campaigns and single player content, a huge modding community and many included and community made mods such as Ace Combat Environment, Warfare Benny Edition and DayZ to name a few. I do like DayZ, but I still recommend playing a good Warfare map online with friends such as Warfare Benny Edition alongside ACE for a nice military shooting experience.

Unfortunately though, Arma II is built on the most horrible, buggy and poorly optimized engine I have ever seen. It hardly runs on decent graphics on my 570 GTX (I can get about medium on full res) and the game just feels totally clunky. The multiplayer server browser is an absolute pain and installing mods is basically impossible without Six Updater (recommended).

100

arma 2

jdoom2 | Aug. 10, 2012 | See all jdoom2's reviews »

I looked at this game because of day z but it is a good game so you get 3 for the price of 2 or if you use arma free insted of arma 2 like I do

70

Good game but I'm sure everyone is just buying for DayZ

StewartX | July 30, 2012 | See all StewartX's reviews »

ARMA 2 is a good game for the military enthusiast, this is not COD or BF3. The game takes planning and patience. If you are a COD or BF3 style player you might want to give this a miss. If you are interested in DayZ then you need to get this. Graphics 6/10 Gameplay 8/10

73

Pretty good if you liked ARMA 2

xgatto | June 28, 2012 | See all xgatto's reviews »

As the original ARMA 2, this game maintains the same gameplay and objectives. Its a modern, tactical shooter, with very realistic elements, that make it very different from other titles like Call of Duty or even more realistic than Battlefield 3. The game is very well done, everything that was meant to work a way, works as expected, the graphics are awesome and fit the realistic scheme very well. The sound aswell is very polished, every gun sounds different and pretty much resemble the real gun sounds. But, the problem with ARMA, is that its aimed to a really low playerbase, the game its too realistic, and can be VERY dificult and unforgiving. If you played Operation Flashpoint, or any ARMA before, you'll know what im talking about.

Operation Arrowhead is just ARMA 2, with some more toys and stuff, if you liked ARMA 2 and wanna have some more, get it. If you havent, I really NOT recommend it for new players, chances are you'll get really frustrated and quit.

80

Day Z

Devil_Mish | June 25, 2012 | See all Devil_Mish's reviews »

Everyone is clearly buying this for Day Z and why not? It's brilliant but as said before this is nothing like call of duty, its entirely different to the franchise which I like alot, I'd recommend this game and recommend that you go play the actual game and not just the mod!

75

a realistic military simulation that works most of the time.

simonsix | June 15, 2012 | See all simonsix's reviews »

Operation Arrowhead shows a few interesting improvement in the ARMA II formula. And is still the more realistic war simulator available. Now the game actually is what it should have been right from the start: a realistic military simulation that works most of the time.

79

Arma II: Operation Arrowhead - Recommended

cristiano171 | June 6, 2012 | See all cristiano171's reviews »

Operation Arrowhead doesn’t fundamentally change the gameplay of Arma II, so it’s still a very unforgiving milsim. If you’re expecting to run and gun and live then forget it, in a milsim such as Operation Arrowhead you have to think like a soldier to survive. What Operation Arrowhead does deliver is over 300 new units, buildings and weapons to battle with and several key improvements, such as a much more realistic thermal imagining engine.

95

Most realistic war simulatior

DeAdSeYe | Aug. 23, 2011 | See all DeAdSeYe's reviews »

Do you like Shooters with alot Realism and even fun! Then you should get Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead! This is the most realistic game as it can get. This game has endless abilities, play the campaign that take many hours, or make self an mission and play with hunderts AI's. Great big communtiy with a lot of mods and usermade content. Play as infantry and use air/land and sea vehicles, you can choose over hundreds of weapons, cars, tanks, airplanes, choppers. Or just download new models right away from the Community. FPS tactical war simulator with endless abilities.

94

ArmA 2: OA aims high, and then gladly exclaims, "TANGO DOWN!"

cloner2020 | Aug. 22, 2011 | See all cloner2020's reviews »

ArmA 2: OA, hereby referred to as A2:OA, is a tactical military simulator. It keeps you engaged with a plethora of vehicles and gadgets to use to accomplish your goals.

In Singleplayer, you follow through a series of carefully crafted objectives, proceeding slowly and surely. The A.I. isn't always perfect, but it's functional enough to give you the feel of being in a small squad of soldiers without breaking the immersion. You can give out orders via a menu accessible by "spacebar" selecting actions from a list. Though it can be clunky when every second counts, it's a lot more favorable than just hoping for the best and crossing your fingers. The missions are interesting, give you plenty opportunity to try out the really fun helicopters and tanks, and also get you adjusted to the way the game works.

Now's probably a good time to mention the bad news; you'll need a beast of a PC to run A2:OA, or just ArmA 2 smoothly. Protip: Turn down Post-Processing as soon as you get the chance, it makes everything very blurry, slows down response time and just makes a mess of most things.

Multiplayer; where A2:OA really shines, is the most fun of all. If you want, you can team up with the people in the top servers (the community has always been really helpful and friendly, so long as you are polite back!) or join squads with a friend and join up at base. Most of the gameplay here is done against enemy A.I., which is well adjusted to be aggressive and challenge your defenses, while still spreading wide enough to secure it's own borders. In most multiplayer servers, gameplay consists of missions to capture or gain intel on various towns, spread out in a MASSIVE area. With such a wide range, you'll want to head out in a HUMVEE or request a pickup from an authorized pilot at base, and make sure to bring backup!

85

I warn you...

PANIC98 | Aug. 10, 2011 | See all PANIC98's reviews »

...This is no Call Of Duty. You are thrust into a fictional conflict that mirrors the wars of the last 2 decades. This game is as realistic as it gets. The physics are fantastic and the graphics superb. The gameplay takes time to get into, and alot of people say after you hit your stride in X game you start having fun, and this is one of those games where this is true to a T. If you want a game that put you into the foot of a soldier who isnt as much a commando as a man fighting in a squad for freedom, then this game is exactly what you want.

80

As realistic as it can get...

tangytangotang | Aug. 3, 2011 | See all tangytangotang's reviews »

ARMA II Operation Arrowhead by Bohemia Interactive is a great stand-alone expansion to the original ARMA II. With beautiful environments and immersive gameplay, this is as close as you can get to hitting realism without damaging the core gameplay experience.

Presentation

ARMA II Operation Arrowhead has stunning graphics which this time around, doesn't suffer from the poor optimisation as it's previous, ARMA II. This allows fans and players a much more trouble free experience. As previously, the poorly optimised ARMA II was unbareable to play even on a highly specification rig. However, do note that this game still requires at least a mid-range specification rig to fully appreciate the experience as the huge environments, sound effects and character models are highly detailed.

Gameplay

Gameplay wise this game is essentially the same as ARMA II but with different content and improvements like any other expansion. If you've not played ARMA II then what you're playing is a military simulation game, this is simply not like your typical arcade style first/third person shooter but instead is trying to be true to realism. The game doesn't fail to deliver.

As should be expected from a simulation game, ARMA II Operation Arrowhead offers a wide range of weapons and vehicles to play with and a vast amount of game modes from training to multiplayer much like the previous ARMA II so you have hours of content to play with.

While game modes such as singleplayer offer a solid experience. The area ARMA II excels at is Multiplayer, since the missions and game types you embark on are much more challenging. The multiplayer is vast enough that it offers co-operative missions and extras such as a conquest based game type where you are required to take over areas and dominate the opposing factions. All of this can simply be enjoyed with like minded strangers, friends and family.

With that said for any first time player, this game can be a frustrating experience as you'll often find yourself being clueless on what to do and where to go since the environments are massive and objectives not being so clear. This all leads to hours of frustration being wasted on missions which should have been easier to understand for new players. This game is simply very hard but once you've put in a few hours, the experience is spectacular.

Verdict

If you're a fan of ARMA II, you'll love this addition to what was already a solid game. For gamers who aren't familiar with the ARMA franchise will find this a great addition to start with as it offers the basis of ARMA II but with improvements and more content. Remember that the ARMA franchise is not like your typical run and gun shooter in which you can quit at any time.

This is a simulation game that represents reality as much as possible and should really be played with friends and family for a better experience. But before you embark on a mission, expect to put hours into a single game as it consumes a lot of your time and as warned, this game is seriously hardcore.

With ARMA III coming out in 2012, this is an essential game if you have any interest in playing this military simulation franchise. If you do appreciate simulation games, you won't be let down by ARMA II Operation Arrowhead from Bohemia Interactive.

66

Hmmm Not really great

hotmando | July 26, 2011 | See all hotmando's reviews »

ARMA2 itself is currently okay and bad at the same time. I wouldn't really recommend this to anyone who is not a fan of the series. It hasn't really fixed a lot of bugs and requires a pretty good rig to ever have these "epic" moments of fire fights. And speaking of which, there are very few. Most fights require a lot of patience and skill. A big turn off to those looking for another call of duty/modern warfare experience. The expansion doesn't really add a lot besides new maps, etc, etc. Anyone familiar with games know what to expect. Don't expect bugs and such to be fixed though. Game is still pretty laggy. Multiplayer still lags as well. Big turn off. Sometimes you'll even load a game for 3 minutes only to get disconnected. This game is also not very newcomer friendly. Be advised if you ever play this!

85

A great addition to an already awesome game!!!

Xbomborz | July 26, 2011 | See all Xbomborz's reviews »

ARMA II Operation Arrowhead is a wonderful addition to the collection of any ARMA or shooter fan. Filled with nonstop action, a great story, beautiful graphics, a wide array of shooting mechanics and weapons, and, overall, very enjoyable gameplay, this game add-on is great. I would recommend this game to anybody who loves to have a great time playing their games.