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ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead
File:ARMA 2
European Cover
Developer(s) Bohemia Interactive Studio
Publisher(s) 505 Games[1](Europe)
Meridian 4 [2] (North America)
Series ARMA 2
Version 1.54 August 27, 2010 [3]
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Genre(s) Tactical Shooter, First-Person Shooter, Military Simulation
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)
System requirements

Keyboard, mouse, TrackIR or FreeTrack (Optional)

ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead (often abbreviated to ARMA 2: OA) is a stand-alone expansion pack of the tactical shooter video game developed by Bohemia Interactive, ARMA 2. The game includes three new maps, new vehicles, new factions and a new campaign.[6][7] On August 29, 2010 a downloadable content pack named British Armed Forces was released worldwide which added the British Army faction to the game, including units and new vehicles.[8]

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Gameplay

ARMA II: Operation Arrowhead is much like its predecessor in the way it allows users to command units like a real-time strategy game, it also uses a customized version of Real Virtuality 3 (build 72888).[9] Players are allowed to perform duties that real soldiers would perform during combat. In addition to campaigns, players are allowed to play mini-missions and participate in a simulated training program.

Plot

The game takes place 3 years after the Chernarus conflict depicted in ARMA 2 and is set in the fictitious country of Takistan.[10] American forces are sent to Takistan to restore peace to the country.[11] Players have the ability to perform optional tasks through out the game, allowing for multiple endings.[12]

Reception

The game has received warm reviews from critics. GameSpot says "Arma II: Operation Arrowhead, its stand-alone expansion, boasts all the beauty, realism, and action of the original and none of the game-breaking bugs. Improving upon its predecessor in almost every way.[13]" Although the maps and weapons received praise from reviewers, they go on to say that its steep learning curve might deter people from playing. PC Gamer goes on to say "If you aren't open to the idea of spending days getting accustomed to a control scheme, understanding the layout and functionality of complex communication menus, and partaking in a style of gameplay that rewards patience, planning, and perseverance, then it's not very likely you're going to enjoy the intricate product Bohemia's created.[14]" IGN elaborates saying "It's a game only for the dedicated, but if you've got the desire and the attention span.[15] Critics also point out that the game engine it uses still has AI glitches.[13][14][16] Many critics also said that the game was too computer-intensive, causing many "hiccups" in performance.[14][17]

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 74/100[18]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 8.5/10[13]
GameZone 8[16]
IGN 8.0/10[15]
PC Gamer US 82/100[14]

See also

System requirements
Minimum Recommended
Windows
Operating system Windows XP or higher
CPU Intel Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 or AMD Athlon Phenom X4 or faster
Memory 1 GB 2 GB
Hard drive space 9 GB of free space
Graphics hardware Nvidia Geforce 8600GT or ATI Radeon 3650 or faster with Shader Model 3 and 512 MB VRAM Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 or ATI Radeon HD 5770 or faster with Shader Model 3 and 896 MB VRAM

References

  1. ^ , http://www.505games.co.uk/home.aspx 
  2. ^ "Meridian 4 acquires North American right to ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead for PC". http://www.meridian4.com/press/20100426/index.html. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  3. ^ "Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead Update 1.54 released!". http://www.arma2.com/latest-news/arma-2-operation-arrowhead-update-154-released_en.html. Retrieved 2010. 
  4. ^ "ARMA II - Operation Arrowhead". http://www.esrb.org/ratings/synopsis.jsp?Certificate=29163&searchkeyword=arma. Retrieved 2010. 
  5. ^ "Game Search". http://www.pegi.info/en/index/global_id/505/?searchString=Arma+2:+Operation+Arrowhead&agecategories=&genre=&organisations=&platforms=&countries=&submit=Search. Retrieved 2010. 
  6. ^ "Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead Features". http://www.arma2.com/arrowhead/arrowhead.html. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  7. ^ Michal Harangozo. "IDEA Games - Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead arrives in June!". http://www.idea-games.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=145&Itemid=2. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  8. ^ Naylor, Sam. "ARMA 2 DLC “British Armed Forces” Released Today". http://www.ripten.com/2010/08/26/arma-2-dlc-british-armed-forces-released-today-sam-n/. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Real Virtuality - Bohemia Interactive Wiki". http://community.bistudio.com/wiki/Real_Virtuality. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  10. ^ "Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead gets June release". http://www.vg247.com/2010/04/24/arma-2-operation-arrowhead-gets-june-release/. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  11. ^ "Announcement ARMA 2 Operation Arrowhead, screenshots" (in russian). http://mgnews.ru/read-news/anons-ARMA-2-Operation-Arrowhead. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  12. ^ "First look at ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead". http://www.gamesradar.com/pc/arma-ii-operation-arrowhead/preview/first-look-at-arma-ii-operation-arrowhead/a-20100528142730408041/g-20090813144336104029. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  13. ^ a b c "ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead Review". http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/armaiioperationarrowhead/review.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=gssummary&tag=summary;read-review. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  14. ^ a b c d "ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead review". http://www.pcgamer.com/2010/07/11/arma-2-operation-arrowhead-review/. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  15. ^ a b "ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead Review". http://pc.ign.com/articles/110/1103345p2.html. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  16. ^ a b Steven Hopper,. "ARMA II Operation Arrowhead". GameZone. http://pc.gamezone.com/reviews/item/arma_ii_opertaion_arrowhead_review/. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  17. ^ "Gaming Nexus - ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead review". http://www.gamingnexus.com/Article/Arma-II-Operation-Arrowhead/Item2695.aspx. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  18. ^ "ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead". http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/arma-ii-operation-arrowhead. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
This article incorporates information from the Russian Wikipedia.

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