ARMA II Operation Arrowhead
This product is a stand alone game and DOES NOT require ARMA II to run.
"It features new campaign missions and a number of new toys to play around with, and is still an incredibly comprehensive war experience" - IGN
"This stand-alone expansion improves upon the original in almost every way." - GameSPot
Three years after the conflict in Chernarus, portrayed in the original Arma 2, a new flashpoint explodes in the Green Sea Region. Coalition forces led by the US Army are deployed to Takistan to quickly restore peace and prevent further civilian casualties.
You will enlist into various roles within the US Army, from basic infantrymen, through special operatives, to pilots and tank crew in this new installment in the award winning line up of military simulators for PC from Bohemia Interactive.
Building on 10 years of experience and constant engine development, Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead boasts the most realistic combat environment in the world. It models real world ballistics & round deflection, thermal imaging, materials penetration, features a realtime day/night cycle and dynamic wind, weather and environmental effects.
ARMA II Operation Arrowhead - reviewcarlyle | 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.
Nice as standalone, better with DayZNaviigator | 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.
better than CODjim67 | 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
A great simulator on one of the worst engines ever madeMikester7 | 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).
arma 2jdoom2 | 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