Video Game Review: Arma 3 – Rating: 4.5/5

Have you ever played a first-person shooter (FPS) game and thought, “I want something more realistic”? Welcome to the realistic simulation genre. This genre of video games became popular in the early 2000s with the help of Bohemia Interactive’s first major release, “Arma: Cold War Assault.” Originally released in 2001 as, “Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis,” “Arma: Cold War Assault” sold over 1.2 million copies and won multiple industry awards including PC ZONE Classic Award, IGN Editors Choice Award, and Gamespy: Best of 2001 (PC Action).

In 2013 Bohemia Interactive released “Arma 3.” Realism in this game has gone as far as to introduce wildlife and to include the laws of war written by the UN in a few of its campaigns, causing you to think about each action and whether it is the ethical and smart thing to do. “Arma 3” also has a wide variety of vehicles and weapons that players can become accustomed to including the AH-9 Pawnee, CH-67 Huron, A-164 Wipeout, F/A-181 Black Wasp II, and the AMV-7 Marshall. If those aren’t your style, the game also includes civilian vehicles.

I personally enjoy this game as a whole; especially its multiple single player campaigns that are set in different parts of the world involving different situations. My absolute favorite part is the teamwork required in the online multiplayer situations, which can last from 20 minutes to almost two hours. At the beginning of each game, players will select their role; each role gives you different sets of equipment and different characteristics. For example, if you chose to be a Medic, then you would spawn with a med kit and the ability to revive players significantly quicker than other roles; the strength of these special attributes can be modified by the host of the game. Another example is the role of Rifleman (AT/AA), who  can use launchers more effectively and more precisely than other roles. 

If you value teamwork and in-depth detail, then “Arma 3” is the game for you. It includes hours of gameplay with people all over the world in situations that are both challenging and exciting; just make sure you have several hours of free time before you start playing.