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ArmA: Combat Operations is a direct descendant of Operation Flashpoint, but the name is no longer used as Codemasters holds the IP.

This military shooter with a focus on realism takes place on the fictional Atlantic island of Sahrani, divided by a communist regime in the north and a democratic monarchy in the south. When US forces leave the south after a training, the northern dictator decides to attack the south. The player takes control of one soldier of a squad who has not left the island yet, to assist the local militia.

The campaign measures up to 400 square kilometers, 4 times as large as in its predecessor, using the Real Virtuality 2 engine. Unlike Operation Flashpoint, players may now jump into other units than one designated character during missions. The main campaign offers over 20 missions with non-linear options. The game AI can also act independently from the player's actions.

The focus on realism is reflected in the weapon and vehicle models, weapon ballistics, sighting, damage, recoil and reloading. There are destructible objects and terrain, and animals, even birds and insects, react to movement and action on the terrain. The player cannot jump, but swimming has been introduced.

Multiplayer allows as many players to join as the server supports, and AI NPCs, both as allies and foes, can also be added. There is also a cooperative mode for the singleplayer missions, and with the included editor, complex battle scenarios can be scripted.


ArmA: Combat Operations Windows One of the many loading screens
ArmA: Combat Operations Windows Your death is always commented by a famous man.
ArmA: Combat Operations Windows we did it!
ArmA: Combat Operations Windows One of my teammates got shot down and I've got to make my way to the Blackhawk.

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ArmA: Combat Operations Screenshot
ArmA: Combat Operations Screenshot
ArmA: Combat Operations Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "ArmA: Armed Assault" -- European title

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User Reviews

ArmA is OFP, only updated (v1.04.xx after 8hrs of "Single Player") TheBS (22) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
Awesome!!! Mosaic Rhino (8) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars

Critic Reviews

IGN UK Feb 22, 2007 8.6 out of 10 86
PC Zone Feb 14, 2007 8.4 out of 10 84
AceGamez Jun 24, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Jan, 2007 76 out of 100 76
GamingExcellence Jun 04, 2007 7.4 out of 10 74
IGN May 10, 2007 7.3 out of 10 73 Jun 25, 2007 7.3 out of 10 73
Atomic Gamer May 15, 2007 72 out of 100 72
PC Player (Denmark) Apr, 2007 7 out of 10 70 Dec 15, 2006 65 out of 100 65


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1001 Video Games

ArmA: Armed Assault appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


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    • 2006 – #2 Most Buggiest Game of the Year

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TheBS (22) added ArmA: Combat Operations (Windows) on Feb 17, 2007