As far as open-world tactical based shooter go, ARMA 3 is one of the most fun I have played. A buddy of mine nagged me for ages to get into this game and I am so glad I gave in! Despite the game being a grittier and more realistic take on war, ARMA 3 is still something that is very exciting and fun to play.
Wait There Is A Story?
Yes, not only is there a campaign in this game it is also one that is way more awesome than you would think. The basics of the story are that there is an alliance between Iran and China that is known as the Canton Protocol Strategic Alliance Treaty. This is very bad news for the world and you playing as a badass called, Ben Kerry need to stop them! What is really awesome about the campaign is how they have put such a great variety of missions. You can be causing massive damage with superpowered weapons one mission and then the next you need to use stealth to avoid detection.
When you talk about ARMA 3 you have to talk about the whole realism aspect of the game. The game plays it very straight. This is true for the amount of damage you do and can take and the handling of weapons and so on. However, what really blew my mind the first time I played ARMA 3 was how real the visuals in the game look.
They have two different islands and there are times I would find myself just looking at various details and being certain that these were not made on a computer and that they had to be some kind of photo they had put into the game! The realism factor does mean that there is a bit of a steep learning curve.
War With Friends
While I really enjoyed the campaign and the story of ARMA 3. The multiplayer is what has really hooked me with this game. There are many different game modes you can play around with, but for me the main one is Compete. This is basically the team deathmatch of ARMA 3 and it allows you to have massive multiplayer fights. Another game mode that is great is the End Game mode. Instead of just two teams waging war, End Game introduces a third team which may not sound like a big deal, but it changes things considerably.
The modding scene has really been huge for ARMA 3. I really do not even know where to start when talking about the mods that are out there for ARMA 3! The modding community has stepped up big time and there is a ton of extra content out there for you.
ARMA 3 is a really good time. It is not the easiest game to get into, but it just makes it all the more rewarding when you do get the hang of it. I would recommend that you play through the campaign first as this teaches you how to actually play the game, plus it is a lot of fun. Then you can jump in and get hooked by the awesome multiplayer.
Final Score: 8/10
- I really enjoyed the campaign
- The graphics are fantastic
- Lots of extra DLC
- The modding community is great
- Tons of weapons and items to use
- The learning curve is rather steep
- Some of the community can be pretty brutal
Download Arma 3
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP