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Arma 3 (Series) Review

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Posted: 12 months ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: @JonahMonaghan, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Arma 3 is a realistic military simulator. Unlike games such as Call of Duty or Battlefield Arma focuses on realism. Rather than blockbuster effects, it spends time simulating the impact of carrying heavy guns and equipment, realistic ammunition-consumption and terrain. This also includes a simulated impact of injuries. For example, if a player is shot in the leg, they will move slower and limp until they get medical attention.

The game is built around user-generated missions. Players create these and publish them online for other people to play, or make missions to play with friends. As with any user-created content the quality and tone can vary depending on what's in the mission. This might be a fun and silly kart racing mission to a high-pressure infiltration of a foreign power. Arma 3 provides players with tools to create whatever gaming experience they would like.

Arma 3 has risen in popularity recently through publishing pre-built campaigns. These campaigns require the purchase of additional in-game content that ranges in cost. Each campaign is unique, has its own narrative and ongoing progression.

Due to the realism of the game, Arma 3 has a very steep learning curve. It is recommended to carefully read the manual of the game to understand the basics as there is a minimal amount of assistance for new players.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 12/09/2013

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Bohemia Interact (@BohemiaInteract)


Duration: This game will take between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete. In addition to this time to complete the official Arma campaigns, user generated content mean this is a game you can play for hundreds of hours.
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 32 players online. The maximum players above is an estimate based on performance of the server. There have been servers known to host over 200 players at a given time.


Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online. Arma 3 offers a variety of in-game purchases, and the following campaigns to play:
  • Arma 3: Apex (2016) a four-man team enters fictional Tanoa in search of insurgent forces
  • Arma 3: Tac-Ops Mission Pack (2017) A U.S. soldier deals with the aftermath of a NATO peacekeeping mission.
  • Arma 3: Contact (2019) two factions fight in the fictional European region Livonia
  • Arma 3: Old Man (2020) A veteran explores the increase in mosquito-borne disease in the Horizon Islands. Included with Arma 3: Apex.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16+ for Violence. Small and large calibre weapons will cause enemy combatants to react realistically and there are blood splatters on bodies when examined. Characters killed by grenades and mortars will be flung through the air, they will not however suffer any dismemberment as a result. The game contains the occasional use of the sexual expletive ‘*!@?*’ and derivations of the word.
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

In addition to the ratings, parents should note that it is not uncommon for the user-created levels to contain depictions of war crimes that violate the Geneva Convention such as intentional civilian casualties and torture.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


Arma 3 provides controller support that is fully customisable but takes effort to set up for the first time. The accessibility provided in the base version of Arma, there may be user-generated content that expands or restricts these features.
Our Arma 3 Accessibility Report documents 30 accessibility features:

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