Codemasters May Have the Operation Flashpoint name, but Bohemia Interactive have the soul. Whereas the first Armed Assault game was a flawed, ugly, over-difficult, but fundamentally excellent, example of combat simulation, Armed Assault 2 looks like a different game altogether.
Meticulously designed real-life weapons and vehicles, accurate from their profiles right the way down to their bolts, turn ArmA 2 into a large-scale military sandbox. Though fictional, the land you'll b fighting around is based on real satellite imagery of an unnamed pail of Eastern Europe,''and even includes four castles from the area.
The Bigger Picture
- Military Might
There are 40-odd customisable army-specific guns in the game. They're all intended to be as realistic as possible - the ammo types won't just deal different damage, they'll have their unique style of tracers too.
Over 50 types of vehicle are in the game, including APCs, Mil Mi-24 gunships, and basic civilian vehicles. All vehicles will be specific to each side. But that doesn't stop you nicking an amphibious truck and driving it into a lake.
The fictional, post-Soviet country of Chernarus is the setting. Ravaged by a long civil war and plagued with an unstable political system, there's a delicate balance of factions at play. It's a country of insurgencies, counterinsurgencies, warlords, breakaway states and martial law.
- Fact And Fiction
Although the game is fictional, the story is as realistic as the action. Bohemia claim it "blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction". With recent news, the old NATO vs Russia themes have a chilling resonance.
- Bohemian Like You
ArmA 2s new version of the Real Virtuality engine supports multicore processors and Shader Model 3, and has a litter of other stuff such as "hemispherical lighting". This means that it will feature the most realistic dogs ever.
There's a new emphasis on characters in your sqaud. 'Eightball' is the linguist and son of a lawyer; 'Coops' is the college dropout turned recon guy; Tee Cold' Randy Sykes is a black ops marksman; Brian 'Scarlet' O'Hara is the ex-Navy medic. These are the guys who make up Razor Squad. Grr.
Download Arma 2
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP