ARMA 3 is an open-world, realism-based, military tactical shooter video game developed and published by Bohemia Interactive. It was released for Microsoft Windows in September 2013, and later announced for macOS and Linux in August 2015.
ARMA 3 takes place in the mid-2030s, on the islands of Altis and Stratis in the Aegean Sea, and the South Pacific island of Tanoa. The islands feature photo-realistic terrain and water environments. Altis is the largest official terrain in the ARMA series with ground area covering approximately 270 square kilometres (100 sq mi). The smaller island, Stratis, expands over an area of 20 square kilometres (7.7 sq mi).
The single-player campaign has the player take control of U.S. Army soldier Corporal Ben Kerry. During the campaign, the player will face everything from lone wolf infiltration missions to the commanding of large scale armored operations. The player is able to choose different objectives and weaponry (such as UAVs, artillery, and air support) according to their play style.
Arma 3 Rating
User Score: 7.5 / 10
Metascore: 74 / 100
Arma 3 Reviews
Sgt. Max Cockburn
Had this game in my library for a while after picking it up on a sale. Gave it a try last week.
Downloaded the Antistasi (realtime guerilla war mod) mods.
Just to give an idea: my time with Antistasi; Liberation of Malden so far:
On sunday, I put on my civvy clothes to scout out the factory near my rebel HQ. Checked it out with the binoculars, counted a few soldiers. Got caught by police somehow, and shot.
**** was on. Immediately went back with a team of 3 guerillas. Put on my guerilla gear. Moved up on the factory from the west, where a patch of forest provides enough cover to move up close to the factory perimeter. As we get closer, the shooting starts. I keep my head down while trying to somehow position my men. Before long, they are all shot and I make a frantic run for it.
I decide to wait for night, and try again - this time with more guerillas. 8 of us get in a truck and take some backroads close to the factory. I bring a medic this time.
We move down the road with the lights out (no idea if this matters btw), and I park the truck next to the road. I organize my troop in 4 teams and order them to hold their fire until my command. 2 teams take the western approach again. My team and the remaining go around the north, where we can see up the hill to the northeast and down the hill to the southeast. All clear. The enemy is inside the factory perimeter to our south. I sneak all my men as close in as I can, the western forest and an office building across the street from the factory providing cover. With everyone in position, I order my guerillas to open fire. It quickly becomes clear that we control this fight as enemies move toward cover and away from the fight. With them surrounded, we quickly finish them off as I order my men to advance. We have now taken the factory. I order my men to rearm with the shiny weapons of the NATO troops we just took out. I finally gain hold of a radio and use it to recruit an infantry team and an MG squad. It turns out to be a good call, as the enemy soon starts a counterattack from the hills to the northeast, which we manage to repel. Not much later, some loud bangs rock the little island - CSAT is attacking the island.
It’s now tuesday night in game, and I have lost the factory. NATO knows the location of my HQ and is clearly stepping up it’s game. I still intend to take the factory and the town and seaport surrounding it.
This game, and especially this mod - they provide a very good all-round wargaming experience. Real time sandbox, quite atmospheric. Does a good job at immersing you in the action. Should be a blast in MP. Is challenging in SP, but provides an interesting challenge at it. Firefights are spectacular, in spite of a lack of effects to hammer home the effects of being under fire or anything fancy like that.
Very enjoyable. I think every wargamer should pick it up. All in all, Arma 3 provides more than the sum of it parts to me.
Almost 3000 hours in and what can I say it is one hell of a game. If you are looking to have some fun with people I recommend you try to find a unit for more specialized gameplay, however, you can still have fun by playing regular modes like King of the Hill (KOTH), Wasteland, and Arma 3 Life. The Singleplayer story is also really great, and Tanoa and Contact DLCs provide some really fun storylines and very interesting equipment to use. Overall, this is a game with a lot of possibilities and I have enjoyed every single minute of it.
A woefully difficult to navigate game that 17 hours in I’ve yet to figure out at all. A bare bones single player that costs $100 of dollars to fully enjoy. I can’t play in any of the servers…for some reason. Whenever I jump in a helicopter I immediately crash it. Enemies spot me from a mile away and kill me. If I select one piece of gear from a DLC an irritating water mark will wash over the screen often. But, after several mods I was able to construct a char with an outfit similar to one I have in real life with a gun similar to the one I have in real life… so, hell yeah. I’m recommending this game.
If you like a FPS and military, or zombies or even a role play “gta 5” kind of thing Arma is the place to go. A lot of mods and options in combat ( evasive combat or full fledge war scenarios.) From all the weapons you can think about and the utilities you can cram up the a** or all kinds of vehicles to attack with, Air or ground, or even water sometimes. Such an epic game and the closest you"ll ever get to realism and the fact that I’ve been playing since “Arma 2 dayz mod” Then “Arma 3 came out its like FINALLY an upgraded version and better movement mechanics, never lost the love for it. Arma Period!, is only getting better slowly but surely. (WARNING RECOMMENDED)!! Especially if your in the military.
I used to play this a lot more, but don’t find myself able to do it anymore. Most of my time in this game has been spent in the editor making missions. The reason why i stopped playing is:
1 . The framerate is really just terrible
2 . the AI are so god awful they cannot follow even the simplest commands without something stupid happening such as:
Getting stuck on a rock
Wasting all their ammo at an enemy who is completely in cover
Walking through doors and walls (Why couldn’t they do that for the rock?)
Repeatedly shooting the edge of the bunker they are in because it is in between them and their target
Driving straight forward from point A to B on one road but somehow flipped their car/tank, got stuck on something, ran over friendlies, rammed another friendly vehicle destroying them both and killing everyone nearby, or even just deciding to drive the opposite direction you told them to, and ended up miles away from the combat area.
One more thing showing this games age is the way you would select a gun from the arsenal, i have about 50 variants of an M-4, but really most of them are the same just with different attachments, or different camos. This system is archaic and tedious at best. Now imagine this for every gun in the game. It’s absolutely terrible, and one of the top things they need to fix in Arma 4.
Unfortunately i can no longer even recommend this on a technical standard either- if you want a good combat flight sim go play DCS, if you want good tank/ infantry gameplay go play squad. They offer more in terms of simulation and in terms of fun.
One thing this game does well is its amount of content- but not from the developers, i mean the steam workshop has thousands of mods, some of which completely change the game to something like star wars, fallout, starship troopers, ww1, ww2, vietnam, pirates, halo… you name it. When you get enough weapon mods it feels like the scene in the matrix when Neo says he’ll need guns, and racks on racks fly past him. When you get enough maps this game has by far the most square miles of any game ever, spare NMS.
Unfortunately everything is showing its age. Even something like squad offers more immersion even in something as simple as shooting the .50 cal machine gun. The sound, the handling, the debris from the barrel, the tracers, bullet impacts… everything is so much better. (Not to mention the framerate!)
I’m gonna have to say no i don’t recommend, because i never find myself playing this game anymore, mostly because of these listed reasons. Just wait for Arma 4 or pick up squad.
Penguin Of The Sands
If you’re reading reviews and wondering if Arma 3 can be fun solo, I’m here to say that yes, it definitely can be. Download some maps from the Steam Workshop, or the armaholic website. Next, download some mission generators like Dynamic Recon Ops, Dynamic Combat Ops, Dynamic Universal War System, Fight Back, Antistasi, or Ravage for said maps and you basically get infinite replayability.
If you need anymore convincing, just look at my playtime and remember that every minute of that has been exclusively single player.
The vanilla game doesn’t come with much content. This is a bug ridden mess sporting a 15 year old engine and made by some very lazy and griddy devs.
The modding community is amazing and some of the awe inspiring content they’ve made might make this game a worthwile buy. It has definitely brought me hundreds of hours of enjoyment, many hundreds (if not thousands) of crashes and a handful of truly memorable experiences.
Does that make this game worth your time and money?
It depends. But if i were to judge this game only on its or it’s developer’s merits the answer is absolutely no
So I have had a ton of enjoyment out of this game, however the reason I can’t recommend it is the developers refuse to optimise the game. It doesn’t matter if you are using a space age computer, it will not run smoothly. If they could get this game to run like 30% smoother and have 20% less bugs and glitches it would be amazing. But the desync in multiplayer servers, the lag, the pointless deaths, the buggy AI…Its just not worth buying anymore. I have a pretty crazy rig, and I get about 55FPS in King of the hill. Its just silly. The biggest pissoff is when the developers will release go kart dlc instead of just doing some optimisations.
A shoothouse/firing drill that I probably could have downloaded from the workshop already and a reskin for P07 in Black? If that’s what you call 2.0… This is frankly sad.
After 7 Years the game still runs bad for the majority of players.
Don’t get me wrong, it is playable, but by no means optimized.
A.I. still doesn’t know how to drive or use artillery, heck they don’t even walk a patrol without getting stuck!
People are waiting for Arma 4!
You’ve got a new engine, more powerfull CPUs, there are games the whole world is in nowadays…
The game is solid and was great in 2013. But by no means I could expect anyone to buy the lagfest in 2020.
Stay down fellows, observe your targets and ambush at the first signs of Arma 4 getting out of the bushes…
I think i am in love with this company, and i tell you why:
I started with dayz and explored a lot of unmodded and modded servers, after almost 2k hours i am a bit bored.
So i thought i go back in times and start with the root game.
Back in the days i had bad fps in Arma 3 and thats why i stopped playing it.
But hardware and the game engine improved a lot so i am back again.
Yes there are some clunky animations, but after a while you ignore it ;-)
As in dayz there are tons of modded servers and so much things to explore, it’s amazing.
Keep up the good work :)
Amazing game taken to the next level by mods. Don’t expect smooth gameplay however as even the best hardware will only reach 30 fps depending on the scenario. Graphics are good for the year it released in.
Hoping Arma 4 will be a thing in the near future with smooth 120 fps and a graphic upgrade. Yet the most important thing will remain base mechanics and mod support.
7 years after release the game is still fun.
Mods provide some very detailed weapons, maps, gear and damage models. Playing with a well organized group of players can provide many intense and enjoyable experiences that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Even most of the vanilla multiplayer game modes and co-op missions are still good fun. The vanilla solo campaigns and some custom ones have been great and I still play them from time to time. The mechanics that work, which is 90% of them, are fantastic.
The main issue overall however is performance. The frame rate can vary from 15-200 depending on a variety of reasons caused by the mission at hand. There are almost no graphical tweaks or other improvements that will provide a better experience in most multiplayer matches.
If there’s a military sim fan in you with an urge for something, Arma 3 can more than likely provide a fix for the said urge. Stealth, special ops, sniping, close quarters, vehicular combat etc.
Day and night, storms and bright skies, air and sea, low and high tech, small huts to cities, realism to zombies to Warhammer 40K. You just have to find what you’re looking for.
The game is good but leaves a bit to be desired, the controls are fairly smooth but I like the feel of a controller. The game has plenty of features which makes the controller useless, however if you download another program you can edit the controls to various degrees of preference. With that out of the way…. The game itself without all the expansion dlc updates is far too BORING for the amount of hype it’s had for me.
As much as I love this game, Bohemia’s neglect, lack of communication for years, reselling of Arma assets again in DayZ, poor treatment of contract-modders, string of poor quality DLCs, and gaps of updates which add unnecessary sidecontent that introduces new bugs and fixing few/no old ones, brings me to this point.
Bohemia of today is vastly different from the Bohemia of 2011 when this game first entered Early Access.
True ARMA is with mods. So I am reviewing on the concept of using mods, not base game. Its not like they cost anything, and almost every ARMA player has mods.
No, this game is not the most realistic game. The gunplay can be very wonky. But the point of this game, including in “clans/units” is communication, being a unit. Playing your part. Feeling immersed. It may not look like a cinematic or a real gunfight, but it can sure as hell feel like one.
ARMA players are passionate about what they play, and they make it an amazing experience. The community is open to help new players, and this game isn’t about being the COD kill cam god. We want to help you do your job so you can help us.
With 500 current hours in this game, I have had the best time. Even without a unit for 250 hours of that, I enjoyed creating missions and using the wonky AI.
Here are the cons of this game.
The optimization is total ****. Multi core is a dream. Your computer will be begging for mercy. This can be avoided with a good CPU, or just smart mission making. Most people won’t get 60 frames ever.
This game takes learning. Lots of it. You have to dedicate yourself to it. If you like complexity this might be good for you, but acknowledge that this is not a jump into game. Do your research first. Not just the in game tutorials. Youtube, friends, whatever.
Also, its a walking sim. You asked for realistic combat, you’re gonna end up with some stupid long moments of boredom. Have some fun with your buddies in the IFV until you are needed.
Overall, this game is amazing if you know how to make it that way. If you are willing to spend time learning, have the patience for a game like this, I think you will fall in love.
Best of luck privates!
Arma 3 was a nice before. Now I see only crappy expansions with crappy missions. Each campaign is buggy enough and the last I tried to play was Old Man. This ******** stuck at the Install Virus and I ended without previous safe to restore to. The auto-save was overwritten. I have tried to reload and in the end I have lost all my progress I was playing for three days!
Thank you Bohemia for loosing my time! Next time when you release your next hoax expansion please sell it for 0.03 EUR, instead of 30 EUR, because that’s the value of your work.
I’ve played a lot of it, but the performance sucks so bad I can’t recommend it. Exile is probably the most fun it has to offer… if you can find a decent server that still exists - which is a tall order. Either you’ll have crap admins, crap mods, crap performance, or owners that refuse to make necessary changes. I’ve had the luxury of experiencing all of the above. I’ve never seen a game that has it’s client performance so closely tied to server performance. Servers need to restart VERY often or expect everybody in the game to have 10 FPS. No, that’s not a joke.
With all the DLC it’s a bit expensive, but in the end I think it’s worth it.
Servers are fun, lots of variety in what to do. Altis life is a bit trash imo, but King of the Hill, Exile, Invade & Annex, and Wasteland are fun as hell.
It’s pretty CPU intensive, and frames tend to drop into the 20s/30s. Outside of towns, you’ll probably get a solid framerate.
AI tends to be pretty broken on many levels. They can see you from 3km away with nothing but a rifle with ironsights, and slam a headshot. They can see through walls and bushes, so be prepared to just drop.
PVP is where it’s at though. And mods. Holy **** the mods are insane. Want to have some Halo ****? Mods got you covered. Want some Star Wars? They got that too. Hell, want some 40k or fallout military action? They got these too, actively being worked on.
Overall ******' great experience, especially with friends.
You’re either going to have to join some servers to have fun if you’re looking for a multiplayer experience. The campaign is ok though i wouldn’t recommend it as I believe it’s best used as a glorified tutorial. The reason I absolutely love this game is the creative sandbox. You can take part on a modern bullet filled excursion as leader or a follower depending on how you’ve set the game up to play out. You can design patrol missions to feel more like a mil-sim or even just place some vehicles just to fly around and explore the maps.
Even if you don’t want to create your own content or use the server lists you always have the option to download workshop creations. Every once in a while I’ll download a mission that’s been well received by the community and go crazy with it until I’ve finally completed it. Some are even on a never ending cycle which is pretty neat.
Overall I highly recommend this game to anyone that’s more creative in nature. I don’t have enough experience with the game to be able to tell you whether or not the server lists offer a bountiful selection of military fun but given the size of the fanbase, I don’t think it’d be hard for you to find what you’re looking for.
As the game’s description implies, Arma 3 truly is a “massive military sandbox”. Most of the DLCs are solid and include additional campaigns and units. In addition, there is a fairly active modding community that offers a lot of great additional content adding maps, factions, multiplayer modes, and plenty more. Would you like to recreate WWII battles? See the Cold War go hot? There are mods and DLC for that. Want to have the US Army fight Isis on the Moon? You can make that happen.
Multiplayer is what draws most people to Arma 3, but sandbox fans like me can spend hours in the included editor, dropping squads, vehicles, and emplacements in real time to set up both realistic and wildly unrealistic situations. Using Zeus you can quickly set up small squad vs squad engagements, or massive combined arms operations. Opposition proving too tough? Just spawn clouds of A-10s so thick that the sky blackens and fills your headphones with BRRRRRT, while the ground ahead (and your frame rate) are ground into dust. The only limits in this game are one’s imagination and PC specs.
For the cons, Arma 3 is not the most well optimized game and does better when run on machines with higher single core clock speeds. However - I run the game on a Ryzen 2600/2060 RTX and 16GB of decently fast DDR4 and unless I am dealing with hundreds of units and vehicles all firing at the same time I find my FPS is in an acceptable range. Multiplayer games are a non-issue here since almost all of the heavy lifting is done on the server. A lot of the optimization does also come down to how responsibly you choose to perform garbage collection (removing dead/unused assets from the scenario), whether it’s done by hand in Zeus or via scripting.
The AI, while fairly advanced for all that is being asked of it, can be quite dumb sometimes and for more complex maneuvers often need to be literally told how to do certain things (see: way-points and/or scripts) - like driving in an orderly fashion to form convoys, or garrisoning inside buildings. There is also nothing major in the way of an AI “commander” although the great ALiVE mod and others offer that functionality and tons more if you so desire.
The cons are far, far outweighed by the positives. If realistic FPS and war simulation games appeal to you, Arma 3 should already be in your library. If you like sandboxes, base building, survival games, coop, PVP - get this game and prepare to sink many hours into it.
This is one of the best military games I’ve played. I would strongly recommend this game if you love games that get into great detail and requires team work off all kinds. This game offers months of fun from campaigns such as capture the flag, king of the kill, escape the island, or a game mode I love called zeus, or even warlords. This is one of the most realistic military games I’ve played with loads to remember and do. You gotta know all kinds of things to help communicate with your team such as compass bearings or your exact location on a map using grids, you also got to have a lot of patience cause the game can be slow at times when your walking from point A to B and there about 10 miles apart. The game is expensive with way to many DLC’s but the money is worth it. The games graphics are amazing, better than gta in my opinion. The game runs very smooth if you have a good computer. But online servers tend to lag a lot more depending on where its at. The community can be very helpful at times and usually are willing to help if your new. Over all I would strongly recommend the game if you love strategy and have some patience.
I dont see why you shouldnt buy this game, it really is something. It took me about 10-15 mins to convince a friend of mine to buy it, after that we installed mods and destroyed some terrorists while flying a AH-1Z and listening to Ram Ranch.
Audio is meh, but mods make it better
A lot of different game modes and players
God the workshop is good
If you prefer an even more realistic game, you should try to get in a milsim unit
Optimization suffers. My GPU is aabout 30-40% in-game, and cpu sits at 50%.
A really fun game with or without friends, dont see why you shouldnt get it
This game is truly brilliant. The sheer variety and possibility that this game presents is just wow. The base game, no DLC, no mods kept me going for months and the Eden Editor contributed to that. If you don’t know what Eden is, essentially, you create your own scenarios and ops you can play singleplayer, multiplayer or with your mates. Then you have mods, which give you literally a million times more things to play with, from WWI to zombie apocalypses to Halo mods - All it takes is clicking the download button and you have so much more to enjoy. Then you have the DLCs, my favourites being Apex and Contact which both provide a new campaign which continues on from the base game’s campaign and are equally just as fun.
I cannot say how much I recommend this game.
After sinking a few years of my life into this moshpit of a game i can safely say that Arma3 is one if the best multiplayer sandbox games ever made. The multiplayer aspect keeps this game alive, the single player campaigns with the dlc included ones are forgetable and at best sub-par. The modding community is strong in this game so much so thst I would dare say it gives Garry’s Mod a run for its money. Ranging from weapon packs, to units, to vehicals and outfits, and even mods that add a more realistic spin onto this already semi realistic mil sim game. I can say with confidence that you can find a community with a mod list that you enjoy. Stuff ranging from WW2, Star Wars, and even Warhammer 40K, this game is in no way a dying or dead gamr. With frequent updates (all be it small ones that dont often change alot) Bohemia Interactive are invested in this game until its lifespan cones to an end. I would recommend this game and give it a 8/10.
Gotta say, this game is pretty fun for being something from 2013. And honestly, I’m surprised that the devs are even still updating it. At the time of this writing, they are planning yet another community made DLC. Even without mods, there’s a lot here. The Eden Editor was a little complex for me to begin with, but I’m starting to be OK with it now. When it comes to mil-sims, there isn’t much better. The guns are well made and the AI system, while buggy sometimes, is decently realistic. Keep in mind, this is a little more of a hardcore game than most. There’ll be some long recon sometimes or extremely well hidden enemies that you have to wait on. Overall, highly recommend. The price is a little steep, though. I would recommend to wait for a sale to pick it up with DLCs and then pick it ALL up or else you’ll be missing out.
I’ve played this game through multiple times. I have to say that it’s one of my favourites.
The single player aspect of the game is my main focus because i don’t generally play online.
the expansions, downloadable maps and missions is what make this game whatever you want it to be.
Playing the original ARMA game set in the 80’s within upgraded engine of ARMA 3 is especially awesome and nostalgic for those who are a fan of the series and i would highly recommend it.
There ARE a few bugs still present where a mission can get stuck and can be extremely frustrating when you can’t progress to finish a mission through no fault of your own. But this is probably the only drawback that I can think of.
When the game is 7 years old (currently 2020), it still looks fantastic and does have a lot of complexity to it to keep things interesting. But you can still keep things simple if that’s what you’re into, until you get used to the game mechanics and can take on things in a much more controlled way at a later stage.
Well. With MODS this game is playable. Good.
But just the basic game this is not worth it. (well maybe multiplayer is good if you can find big group)
AI is just stupid “stands in open area when firefight starts. moving is weird. has no brains at all. one shots you from far far far far far away distances. can see you through walls and shoot you through walls. and walks through walls. you weapons are nerf guns and grenades and grenade launchers does not work even if you hit enemy directly on face. sometimes you need to shoot clip or two to enemy to kill it. BUT if you get one of the enemy weapons they actually work and you can shoot enemy just with 1 bullet.
There are mods that actually fixes most of these problems but that’s my point. with mods this game is actually somehow playable. Otherwise this is just waste of money and needs a LOTS OF FIXING this is not even finished game and it somehow has 3 on its name. the arma 2 was just as bad as this 3 is.
My personal opinion is just devs of this game just wants your money. i’m not supprised at all if they make ARMA 4 and it is just same game as this 3 and 2 only different maps and maybe “better graphigs”.
i have spend hours in this game tho. like i say`d MODS makes it playable and friends.
vanilla Arma 3 = 25/100
modded Arma 3 = 55/100
Thanks to all modders there you make this game what it should be on start with.
So I paid the money for this game, I think like $30 or whatever for how much it costs. Anyways I’m saying I’m not gonna recommend this game to people because I bought the game mainly for the multiplayer aspect which when I try to join a server then all the roles are whitelisted and no one is on them. Also, there’s 1 campaign story and the rest are DLC to purchase. The story did get kind of boring and some points are confusing but it’s sort of decent. I have 17 hours on this game which are all trying to connect to online servers or playing story missions. I like a lot about it but it just gets boring very easily especially when not playing with actual people. I haven’t been able to play with anyone because everything is whitelisted. I’ll probably edit and update this if some things change but at the moment it’s a solid like 5/10. It’s fun but not for long because of the uneventful story line and the poorly populated servers. I tried joining and actually got into a few but I got kicked within a minute of even being in the server. I joined one and just waited a little and was ready for the game to start then I got kicked by the host. It’s a somewhat good game but really it’s just not very populated and the story is boring very fast. If you ask me if you should buy the game, I’d say no. Two of my friends asked me and I told them it’s really not worth the money and it’s just not enjoyable like I thought it would be. Maybe if they came out with an updated version or something I might try it but at it’s current state I should probably just uninstall it.
The Savior Jay
Honestly, this game is alright in my opinion, if it got a revamp and they removed the micro-transactions I would love it, however paying for a bunch of DLC and being thrown in with little to no experience is hectic. I recommend it, but it’s not 100% my thing.
Personally, I believe if you’re looking for something way more hands-on and tactical from Rainbow Six Siege, I would recommend something else like Insurgency: Sandstorm, but if you’re looking for a crazy realistic experience, buy ARMA. It’s a solid 6-7 out of a 10, and is really fun if you get the right mods. Great game, needs some work though.