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.
ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead (PC)
For players returning to ArmA II, one this hasn't changed is the openness of the world. ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead has been built to have absolutely no walls. In the three huge new maps in the faux nation of Takistan, the maps will go on forever. Missions will be laid out and planned, but you could theoretically walk on forever away from the drop zone. Levels are enormous, much larger than almost anything I have seen in a game before.
Unfortunately, much of this new content is not going to be cross compatible, so if you have the initial ArmA II, you'll want to get the expansion.
Also helping players out with the game and the modding is “The Armory”. Acting as a sort of encyclopedia for the game, every weapon, vehicle, and item is explained in-depth. Even more, players will be able to play with each item in a sort of open field, getting a feel for how everything works, and random missions will pop up in this mode, giving players more experience and time with the weapons. For a game this open and in-depth, having a mode to work through all the small elements of a tool is very helpful.
I'm coming away impressed with the title, as this is a lot of new content with an expansion pack. It seems Bohemia Interactive has worked hard to create an update that will hopefully appeal to new players to the game. While the game is still daunting and oppressive, new players will find the difficulty to be better designed and more fun, and the hardcore fans of this lesser known series will enjoy the new tools at their disposal. Even better, there will be a combo pack offering both ArmA II and ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead combined for only $10 more than a stand alone release. While not for everyone, ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead is promising to be a better designed and more approachable title.
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