Arma 3 (Series) Review

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Posted: 2 weeks ago.

Author: @JonahMonaghan and Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 12/09/2013

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @BohemiaInteract

CommitmentCommitment

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 plat 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.

CostsCosts

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

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

Rated ESRB MATURE 17+ for Intense Violence, Blood, Strong Language.

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.


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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Arma 3 provides controller support that is fully customizable 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.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Difficulty Options

Customise Difficulty: Customise different aspects of the game.

Competitive Difficulty: Difficulty not adjustable, because you compete against other players.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Assistance With Controls: You can get the game to assist aiming, steering, reloading, jumping, running etc.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

No Unlocking Required: Access any mode, location, character, weapon or vehicle from the start.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Extensive Complex Reading: Extensive reading required.

Subtitles

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Swap Sticks: Swap the sticks over.

Remap Sticks: Remap the stick controls to buttons/keys.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Remap One Action to Multiple Buttons: Map multiple buttons to a single action.

Remap Game Menu Access: You can remap buttons to pause and access game menu.

Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.

Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Motion sickness friendly: Option to reduce motion sickness (motion blur, depth of field, field of vision).

Colour adjustments: Adjust colours of characters or game elements for greater visibility

Head-Up-Display Visibility

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Adjust Head Up Display: Remove or resize head-up display to remove distraction and make more visible.

Turn Off Blood: Reduce or disable graphic content of blood and gore.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

Communication

How you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.

Player-to-Player Communication

Preset Chat: Communicate with other players with word-less icons, sounds or preset phrases.

Text Chat: Chat to other players by typing text.

Voice Chat: Chat to other players by speaking with headset.

Ping Communication: Send quick preset messages to teammates as safer alternative to open communication.

System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @JonahMonaghan


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