ARMA Franchise Review

ARMA is a series of first-person realism-based tactical military shooter games, originally released for Windows. It features elements of realism and simulation, making it the most realistic and most popular war simulators. The game is developed and published by Bohemia Interactive. The first ARMA game was released in 2006 and the most recent (ARMA III) in 2013.

The first game in the franchise, ARMA: Armed Assault features a “Join in Progress” option so that players can join a match without waiting in a lobby. Each server had a set number of players that are able to join. The Armed Assault community also creates custom content such as missions, campaigns, and weapons.

ARMA III Wallpaper
ARMA III Wallpaper


This installment for the franchise is an open-world game and it takes place in the mid 2030s on Aegan-based islands of Altis and Stratis, and the South Pacific island of Tanoa. The map features photo-realistic terrain and water environments. The single-player campaign has the player take control of the US Army soldier Corporal Ben Kerry. During the campaign, you face everything from infiltration missions to the commanding of large scale armored operations.

The campaign is set in the 2030s, when a new Eastern Military alliance known as the Canton-Protocol Strategic Alliance Treaty (CSAT) is growing in global influence, while the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is on the decline.


Within the game, you will find a wide variety of game modes: from RPGs to COOPs to TvT to Zeus missions. Currently, these are the game modes:

  • CO-OP (Cooperative Missions)
  • TDM/DM (Team Deathmatch or Deathmatch)
  • CTF (Capture the Flag)
  • CTI (Capture the Island)
  • RPG (Role-Playing Game)
  • Sandbox (An open game mode)
  • King of the Hill (Team Deathmatch with 3 factions fighting for the control of one area of operations at a time)
  • Last Man Standing (Battle Royale like game mode)
  • Survival
  • Support (A type of mission that comes with the base game)
  • Combat Patrol
  • End Game (A type of mission that comes with the base game)
  • Campaign – Apex Protocol (Servers running the Apex DLC co-op missions exclusively)

However, each day the community is creating more game modes, maps and adding different mods, so if you decide to give this game a shot, you definitely won’t get bored.

Modifications are the heart and soul of ARMA, and for good reason. The open nature of Arma allows anyone to go in and create and modify content for Arma 3 in a (relatively) easy manner. In addition, you can add real-life vehicles, weapons, and modify the base features of ARMA, and much much more.

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