Arma 3 review update: single-player, Zeus module and more

In the months since Arma 3's release, the team at Bohemia Interactive has rolled out many additions to the base game, chief among them a promised three-act single player campaign that is leaps and bounds better at helping new players into the game. After more than 300 hours with the game I can unflinchingly say this is the best first-person infantry simulation I have ever played. Emphasis on the word simulation. Arma 3 is not an FPS, and every time it veers into standard FPS tropes like escort missions and gated objectives, it stumbles. At times, it takes a willing suspension of disbelief to out-think the game and divine what it is exactly the mission designers want you to do in order to advance the story. There are brights spots, like the open-world objectives available in the second...

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Learn how to effectively use vehicles in Arma 3 with this video tutorial

Arma 3 developer Bohemia Interactive has been making efforts to open up the game to novice players, and the existing community has been helping out with guides like the one released today, which covers vehicles. The video tutorial, narrated by Andrew "Dslyecxi" Gluck from the Arma community group ShackTactical, examines the ground vehicles in Arma 3. Gluck breaks down the three main types — tanks, armored personnel carriers and troop transports, from heaviest to lightest — and explains that most of them need a three-person crew to run effectively: a driver, gunner and vehicle commander. For more on Bohemia's own plans to make Arma 3 more accessible, check out the announcement of the shooter's upcoming Bootcamp update.


Arma 3's April Fools joke raises serious cash for the Red Cross

Arma 3 Karts began as an April Fools' Day joke that turned into downloadable content and earned 1 million Czech koruna (about $49,621) for the Czech Red Cross, developer Bohemia Interactive announced today. The kart racing offshoot of the military shooter is part of Bohemia's plan to experiment with DLC. Released late last month, the Windows PC add-on content is available now for $1.99 on Steam and on Bohemia Interactive's store. "Alongside helping us to evaluate Arma 3's new approach to DLC, with the backing of our community, Arma 3 Karts has managed to raise money for a great cause," said creative director Jay Crowe. "A big thanks to our players, both for their support and their valuable feedback, which we'll use to refine our implementation. Overall, we're positive about the...


Arma 3's Bootcamp update looks to ease new players into the game

Arma 3 developer Bohemia Interactive detailed the shooter's upcoming "Bootcamp" update today, a set of single-player, multiplayer and non-gameplay additions that are designed to function as a tutorial for new players. Bohemia originally announced Bootcamp last month as part of an effort to sustain Arma 3 as a platform for the future. The package will be led by its own solo campaign, which is meant to "[introduce] the basic principles of infantry combat," said Jay Crowe, the game's creative director. Bootcamp also includes a multiplayer component that pairs Arma 3 die-hards with less experienced players in a unique Zeus scenario as "instructors" and "recruits," respectively. There's more to learn in Bootcamp outside of game sessions. Players can practice the basics in a virtual reality...


Kart racing finally comes to Arma 3

Arma 3's military sandbox is getting an injection of fun today with the addition of kart racing. Previously an April Fool's Day gag from Bohemia Interactive, the $1.99 downloadable add-on, Arma 3 Karts, is now reality. Included in the Arma 3 Karts DLC is a "20hp 4-stroke engine go-kart, several kart liveries, playable race driver and marshal game characters, new kart-racing Time Trials and Steam Achievements, plus various race objects to build your own racetracks," Bohemia said in an update today. Proceeds from the sale of Arma 3 Karts will go to benefit the Czech Red Cross, as Bohemia calls the unusual add-on "a fun little side-step." But the kart racing downloadable content also serves a more serious purpose. Bohemia is using Arma 3 Karts as something of a test bed for its...


Arma 3 wants to send you into a war zone with the Red Cross

Arma 3 developer Bohemia Interactive and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are raising awareness about the dangers that health care providers face in conflict zones with a special prize for the game's modding contest, "Make Arma Not War," the studio announced today. In addition to the €500,000 ($680,400) in prizes that Bohemia is giving out, the ICRC is offering the Health Care in Danger Special Award for an entry that best fits the theme "health care in danger." Christian Rouffaer, head of the ICRC's international humanitarian law and video games project, is one of the judges for the prize. In an interview on the Make Arma Not War site, he suggested that Arma 3 modders could build in-game assets like hospitals and ambulances, or create modes focusing on medevac...


Bohemia Interactive marks 15th anniversary with Steam sale, Arma 3 free weekend

Bohemia Interactive, the Czech studio behind DayZ and the Arma franchise, is honoring its 15th anniversary with a Steam sale offering discounts of up to 80 percent on its games and a free weekend for Arma 3. All Steam users can play Arma 3 for free from May 15 through May 18; everything but the second and third campaign episodes are available, and those who want to buy it can do so at 40 percent off. Bohemia also put all of its games on sale, including its two Early Access titles, DayZ and Take On Mars. And the studio's debut game, Arma: Cold War Assault — a re-release of the original title, 2001's Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis — can be downloaded for free until the end of the weekend, as a special gift to Bohemia's longtime fans. Bohemia also announced that Arma 2 players who...


Arma 3 getting more DLC, updates and an expansion over the next two years

Bohemia Interactive will bring a host of platform updates, more DLC and a brand new expansion to open world military shooter Arma 3 over the next two years, according to the studio's recently-released development roadmap for the title. The post, by creative director Jay Crowe and project lead Joris-Jan van 't Land, the company's goal is to refine Arma 3's features and invest in more integration with the Steam platform, as well as continue to fully support the game with fresh content. Since its launch in Sept. 2013, Bohemia has already completed the game's three-part single-player campaign as well as launched its Zeus game master DLC. Moving forward, each piece of DLC released for Arma 3 will focus on a specific topic and include a set of features focused on a new set of scenarios,...

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Arma 3's game master Zeus DLC is now available

Arma 3's Zeus DLC, which sets players in the role of game master and allows them to control and change the conditions of online multiplayer combat, is now available, developer Bohemia Interactive announced. Players will own Arma 3 will find the DLC automatically added to their Steam Library. The free DLC, announced two months ago, gives players the opportunity to curate battles on the fly. In Zeus mode, players will view the battlefield from above, create new scenarios – such as adding in weather or new music — and alter other conditions between players in real-time. Zeus includes its own Game Master mode, but is also playable with other Arma 3 modes, including Coop, Team Death Match, Sector Control and player-created scenarios. Bohemia will host an Arma 3 Zeus livestream this...


GameSpy Technology shutting down May 31 (update)

GameSpy Technology, the Glu Mobile-owned service that provides multiplayer functionality for dozens of games on consoles, computers and mobile devices, will shut down as of May 31, according to the company's website. "Effective May 31, 2014, GameSpy will cease providing all hosting services for all games still using GameSpy," the statement reads. "Thanks for a great ride!" The company had already stopped licensing out its services to publishers as of Jan. 1, 2013. GameSpy Technology has existed in some form since 1997, when it debuted as a listing service for Quake server IP addresses. It is a separate entity from the gaming site GameSpy, which was shut down by its parent company, Ziff Davis, in February 2013. The service offers features such as multiplayer matchmaking, leaderboards...

Arma 3 Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 2013-09-12
    • Publisher Bohemia Interactive
    • Developer Bohemia Interactive
    • Score 8.0
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