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This review is from: ARMA II Operation Arrowhead (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)This, the next step for BIS, is definitely the 'bees knees'. However, as my title suggests; you'll either love it or hate it! For many it will take a lot to get to grips with, (especially if they have not played any of the prequels). Many will ask what does the game give that others don't? The simple answer is many more hours than a typical "shoot-em-up". A typical shoot em up gives 8hrs (ish) whereas this will give you 6hrs in the Campaign and almost unlimited in the single/multiplayer scenarios & maps. You can also create your own maps/scenarios again giving many more hours of playing - some might say I can't be bothered, but I kid you not; the satisfaction of creating a map and then playing it is something that still impresses me after hundreds of hours of playing this game and also its predecessors. Admittedly creating maps is not simple but there are many websites that provide all the answers and more. There are more websites that provide maps you can download and once you are pretty good at creating maps etc, you can upload your maps for others to download.
The difficulty setting can be changed to suit but I think the game is best played on the harder setting - this provides the almost "one hit one kill" scenario which while good for some maybe be frustrating for others as they die 10 times in 1 minute. However, if you just want to play `spray & pray' then this is not for you - the game requires some tactics to avoid you re-spawning every 2-3mins. The mix of single player and multiplayer gives this game an edge as each provides various scenarios which can end in many different ways. Personally I like to play a multiplayer game on my own - sounds strange I know, but the warfare maps provide the expanse and freedom I like.
Bugs; there are some software bugs but not like you'll notice every other minute. Also BIS are very good at responding to issues and correcting them - the most recent patch being 1.54. Admittedly the AI is sometimes a bit daft but just remember; the human brain is a hundred times (or) more powerful and complex than any PC. Now get a PC to emulate that for a hundred characters in a chosen scenario - you now see why they do crazy things. Having said that some of the AI moves are truly impressive and will catch you out and require you to use some of that superior grey matter!
One word of warning - ensure your PC spec is up to the challenge. I play this at a high resolution (in fact just about everything set to V High) which provides realistic surroundings to the game. The detail in ArmA2 OA is second to none and no other game/platform comes close, so playing at hi-res provides a better game. However the game is still fun to play at lower resolutions and is just a mere personal preference.