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Interview: Six Days in Fallujah photo
Interview: Six Days in Fallujah
by Daniel Starkey

If you haven't heard, the United States began the invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq in March, 2003. In late 2004 there was a joint offensive in the city of Fallujah, an insurgent stronghold. What followed was some of the bloodiest and most intense battles of the Iraqi occupation.

Controversy and games share a long, sordid history. We are no stranger to the sensational, unscrupulous and the ill-informed. Most of the time, the incessant bleating of fools fades into the background rather quickly; lost in the collective short-term memory of modern society. It is unfortunate then, that the one time a project was cancelled to legitimate and reasonable fear, an opportunity to do real good was lost.

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Arma 2: Free is now ready for download photo
Arma 2: Free is now ready for download
by Jordan Devore

I spoke briefly about Arma 2: Free -- Bohemia Interactive's less-featured offering for those on a tight gaming budget -- during the E3 rush. That was a simple announcement post; the real news today is that the military sim is now ready for public consumption.

You can grab it for yourself by using this link and signing into Google, Steam, Facebook, OpenID, or Windows Live ID for activation purposes. I'm tempted to download it just so I can re-experience the pain of not being able to properly pilot the game's vehicles.

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7:00 PM on 05.19.2011

Arma 3 to get a summer 2012 release, here's how it looks

Next summer, Bohemia Interactive is giving us a break from last-action-hero modern warfare with another one of its frighteningly realistic (but still totally heroic) military sims. Yep, it's none other than Arma 3. This one i...

Jordan Devore

4:20 PM on 05.03.2011

New U.S. Military billing options for Xbox Live members

Microsoft has heard the requests of gamers in our military and now has made changes in their system to accept their addresses in Military States in their billing system. This will come as great news to our men and women stati...

Dale North



Preview: Apache: Air Assault photo
Preview: Apache: Air Assault
by Ben Perlee

Apache: Air Assault is a special beast. While it might be considered a helicopter version of Gaijin Entertainment's IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, a military aerial simulator released in 2009, it is clearly a different approach to aerial combat entirely. Helicopters offer a whole bundle of dynamic options over jet planes and dog fighting, so there has to be a little special attention placed upon the game before it launches November 16.

Does the team behind IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (as well as the maligned X-Blades) offer enough to mix things up and bring Apache combat to gamers? There is certainly enough compelling content to make fans of the genre pay attention, and there might be enough to surprise the rest. Hit the jump for my impressions.

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1:00 PM on 09.03.2010

Medal of Honor banned from military stores

Military personnel looking to pick up Medal of Honor this October will have to do so off-site. The Army and Air Force Exchange Services has announced that the game will not be stocked in any on-base GameStop or other post ...

Tony Ponce





11:00 AM on 07.16.2010

Atomic's Breach delayed until 2011, getting new features

Atomic Game's Xbox LIVE Arcade and PC military shooter, Breach, has been delayed. That's the bad news. The good news? It's getting new features!According to Atomic's president, Peter Tamte, work on Breach was already complete...

Nick Chester

7:00 AM on 05.26.2010

Wii Fit and DDR might wind up in Naval boot camp

The times, they are a'changin. It seems that the youth of America are getting too fat to join the armed forces. Our sedentary lifestyles have made us ill-prepared for military training and injuries during boot camp are on the...

Conrad Zimmerman



Expanding upon realism in ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead photo
Expanding upon realism in ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead
by Ben Perlee

Back in June 2009, Bohemia Interactive from the Czech Republic released ArmA II. An intense realistic shooter, ArmA II was a generally well received PC title that was criticized for being too hardcore and difficult to play. After all, the game was designed by the same studio that makes military training simulators for nations across the globe, the US as well. Unfortunately, that level of reality was too much for many players.

However, the hardcore fanbase has remained, and Bohemia Interactive has worked hard in supporting gamers with new updates and downloads, as well as  offering support behind the modding community. The latest addition to the series is a full expansion pack to ArmA II. Called ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead, there is a whole new country to explore, all new services to ease the learning curve as well as organize a gamer's approach to a mission. Addressing the biggest complaints against the original launch,  ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead looks to improve and better an already complex title.

Hit the jump for more.

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Spec Ops: The Line, 'The most provocative shooter ever' photo
Spec Ops: The Line, 'The most provocative shooter ever'
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Cory Davis, lead designer on Spec Ops: The Line, didn’t waste any time in our preview session -- he began by stating that The Line will be “the most provocative shooter you [will] ever play.” That’s a pretty bold claim, but that type of big talk is needed when the market is saturated with military shooters.

After getting a taste of what Spec Ops is aiming to do, it was easy to see why Cory was so confident when boasting about the title. The sand mechanics will give an interesting new twist on gameplay, and the heavy focus on the narrative is sure to impress, especially those out there simply expecting another dull shooter.

Read on after the break to see what Spec Ops: The Line is doing to move the military genre forward. 

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11:00 PM on 11.20.2009

VGA teaser shows off a new 2K game

Spike released a new teaser today for some mysterious game by 2K. No details were released but we were promised the full reveal during the VGAs on December 12. Unfortunately for Spike, it looks like this trailer was already ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:20 AM on 11.10.2009

Modern Warfare 3 will be even more realistic, boring

The Onion News Network got an exclusive look at the next Modern Warfare game. It's looking like it will be a lot more realistic as you'll be doing a bunch of boring ass sh*t throughout the game, just like in the real Army! ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

5:00 AM on 11.10.2009

Activision donating $1 million to veterans

This week sees the release of three new Call of Duty games across multiple platforms from Activision. This Wednesday is also Veterans Day here in America. To honor both occasions, Activision will be donating $1 mill...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



A Beirut battleground in Marines: Modern Urban Combat photo
A Beirut battleground in Marines: Modern Urban Combat
by Ben Perlee

When you think of a contemporary urban warfare videogame, almost every one is going to think of, well, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. That's an amazing game, setting the standard for contemporary shooters. The Wii version, exists, yes, and any game entering the Wii market is going to compete with that.

So what do you do? Well, Destineer hopes to enter the niche ofmodern warfare stylings with Marines: Modern Urban Combat. It's a game from a company who has worked with the American military to create training simulations, so this is really a child of professional training tools. How does it stand up in my hands-off preview? Hit the jump for my impressions.

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9:00 PM on 07.15.2009

Activision helping out our troops, giving out body massages

Pro vs. GI Joe has partnered up with Activison to host the Activision Showdown competition. The competition brings together active duty troops with professional athletes as they play games like Guitar Hero and Call of Duty. T...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 PM on 07.11.2009

Preparing for the future, US Army developing Pip-Boy 3000

Players of Fallout 3 will no doubt draw some similarities between the conceptual design image above and the Pip-Boy 3000 so integral to the game. Working with HP Labs, the US Army has been developing a device to replace much ...

Conrad Zimmerman