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5.0 out of 5 stars What PC games should be!, 19 April 2010
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This review is from: ArmA 2 (PC DVD) (Video Game)
I will begin by saying that ArmA 2 (Armed Assault 2) is not really a game, but an infantry simulation platform. It is the commercial version of the training platform VBS2 that is used by military, law enforcement and defence organistaions.

The title "ArmA 2" doesn't address any market other than the one which is made up of fans of this particular game and its predecessors. Its predecessors were Operation Flashpoint in 2001, followed by the first ArmA released in 2006. The name changed to ArmA because the developer of the game, Bohemia Interactive, did not have the right to use the original name "Operation Flashpoint" which had been retained by the publishers Codemasters, who in 2009 released an "official" sequel, called "Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising". This sequel was developed by different developers, and it is a sequel that is obviously designed for the console systems rather than the PC. The presence of a circular menu system and the use of save points, show us that little has been invested in adapting this to a PC environment. While Dragon Rising a good game in itself, it is not really a sequel nor is it in the same league of the games produced by Bohemia Interactive. ArmA 2 has a superior "game" engine, a more comprehensive control interface, and superior graphics. ArmA 2 is above all a simulation platform, that has an open ended design making it very flexible and expandable, while Dragon Rising is a simpler console game best left to the console market.

In the last 10 years we've seen a demise of PC games in favour of console games and a general dumbing down of all games. PC games on DVD have all but vanished from the shelves of high street computer game shops. Simulators in particular seem to have suffered. Microsoft Flight simulator ended last year, no doubt a casualty in part to Microsoft's trend away from DVDs and towards central control with its Windows Live platform concept. In the light of this trend, it's especially pleasing for the discerning gamer when small independent developers like BI go against the grain and produce a PC DVD that is really good, despite publishers who go for the safe option of pandering to the lowest common denominator in the market with their dumbed down products. It was especially pleasing for me pick up an ArmA 2 DVD from Game and as I paid for it, hear from the cashier the words "Good choice. It's awesome."

ArmA 2 is indeed an awesome product that we should be grateful exists at all. Because it takes ArmA and raises the standards of graphics, sound and game play to the level we expect today. Like its predecessors ArmA 2 is a sandbox game, offering non-linear game play, an impressive variety of weapons and vehicles to choose from and incredibly comprehensive command system for the squad management of your AI.

ArmA 2 introduces some new interactivity, such as the ability to speak to local civilians, asking them what they have seen and where you are and so on, which is helpful when gathering intelligence information. In the campaign, the characters are well developed and there is high level of interaction in terms of optional objectives and how to achieve them. The enemy AI is devilish clever and realistic. In this respect I cannot think of any other game that comes close to it.

The mission editor is powerful and easy to use and offers you great flexibility. If you know how to write scripts, virtually anything is possible. You really can do anything with this game.

Bohemia Interactive have done a great job with ArmA 2. Success will always belong to those who dare to do what they believe in, as BI have done, and reward will come to those who dare to back these successful few. Examples of such developers are Austin Meyer and his X-plane, Sonalysts with their naval simulations, and Bohemia Interactive with these combat simulations.

Such simulations are worthy of support from the more discerning "gamer".
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Initial post: 30 Jun 2013 21:39:04 BDT
WillMackie says:
Thanks for the review.
Do many people play online?
I've just seen a gameplay pf this and really want to get it but I'm not sure if there's a big online community to play in.
I know the third one is coming out pretty soon though.
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