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Name: Arma 3
Release date: September 12, 2013
Platforms: PC
Genre: FPS, Multiplayer-focused

Description

Arma 3 is a military simulator FPS developed by Bohemia Interactive and a sequel to Arma 2. It takes place on the islands of Altis and Stratis in Greece. The campaign takes place in 2030s, where NATO forces are engaged against Eastern armies, comprised of various coalitions of eastern nations like Iran.

The gameplay is from third-person, and its hallmark is the realism with which it approaches gameplay. The game map is very large, with many possible modes and scenarios. The campaign has three stages, which bring you through the story, putting you at the helm of a large amount of weapons and vehicles available. The game's multiplayer is also vastly popular, with a large amounts of game modes to choose from as well as a sprawling modding scene.

Recommendation

Arma 3's strength isn't in the campaign, which feels lackluster - it's in the multiplayer. Many consider it the best simulator of high-stakes war stories created, with fights having real gravitas because of the realism of the combat. The patches and improvements over the game's lifecycle made it that much better. The game's community has also created a large variety in the game with mods and scenarios. If you're looking for a realistic modern combat sandbox where each engagement feels like it has stakes, there would be none better to recommend than Arma 3.

Metacritics Rating: 74 (PC)
Our visitor's rating: N/A
Average playtime: 20-30 h (SP)

Our recommendation

If you like realistic, modern sandbox shooters, particularly if you play with friends, then we recommend this game.

Description

Arma 3 is a military simulator FPS developed by Bohemia Interactive and a sequel to Arma 2. It takes place on the islands of Altis and Stratis in Greece. The campaign takes place in 2030s, where NATO forces are engaged against Eastern armies, comprised of various coalitions of eastern nations like Iran.

The gameplay is from third-person, and its hallmark is the realism with which it approaches gameplay. The game map is very large, with many possible modes and scenarios. The campaign has three stages, which bring you through the story, putting you at the helm of a large amount of weapons and vehicles available. The game's multiplayer is also vastly popular, with a large amounts of game modes to choose from as well as a sprawling modding scene.

Recommendation

Arma 3's strength isn't in the campaign, which feels lackluster - it's in the multiplayer. Many consider it the best simulator of high-stakes war stories created, with fights having real gravitas because of the realism of the combat. The patches and improvements over the game's lifecycle made it that much better. The game's community has also created a large variety in the game with mods and scenarios. If you're looking for a realistic modern combat sandbox where each engagement feels like it has stakes, there would be none better to recommend than Arma 3.

ARMA 3 DLC LISTarrow

Note: We are only showing paid DLC at this time. Free DLCs will be added at a later date.

Large DLC

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What does it add?

Apex is a big expansion to Arma 3, adding a new island to play on with a jungle environment, a new faction, 13 new weapons for different styles of gameplay, and 10 new vehicles like a new VTOL aircraft. It also adds a new story that can be played in coop. While many players have praised the new map and gameplay possibilities, some criticized there was not enough content for the asking price.

Buy this if:

  • You have friends who are already playing on the new island and you want to join them
  • You like jungle environments and unpredictable fights that ensue

Key store price: 20.99 $
Traditional store price: 34.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 74
Release date: Jul 11, 2016
Trailer: YouTube

Vehicle & Weapon Expansions

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What does it add?

With what was originally an April Fool's joke, the developer eventually released a go-kart DLC which adds go-karts that you can drive around the battlefield, have races with, and score on the leaderboards.

Buy this if:

  • You like a fun, quirky DLC and want to drive around the battlefield in go-karts

Key store price: 0.42 $
Traditional store price: 1.99 $
Release date: May 29, 2014
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

This DLC adds two helicopters to fly, the CH-67 Huron and Mi-290 Taru. Also adds Sling loading, that enables you to transport allied troops around the island. Was praised for the detail and the gameplay impact of the helicopters added, while criticized for not adding more than helicopters.

Buy this if:

  • You want to fly helicopters around the island
  • You are a military helicopter fan

Traditional store price: 11.99 $
Release date: Nov 4, 2014
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

This DLC is focused on improving sniper combat, adding seven new weapons ranging from sniper rifles to machine guns, also adding new scopes, new combat suits and a few missions aimed at improving the sniper skills of the player. Was praised for the interesting weapons, but criticized by some for not having enough content.

Buy this if:

  • You like to play as a sniper and like the new guns
  • You like sniper gameplay and want to play missions based on that

Traditional store price: 11.99 $
Release date: Apr 8, 2015
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

This DLC adds four new airplanes to use in combat, F/A-181 Black Wasp II jet, To-201 Shikra, A-149 Gryphon, and Sentinel. These add many new possibilities for aerial encounters as well as bombardments in the game. The DLC was praised for the quality of the new vehicles, yet criticized for not giving enough content for the price.

Buy this if:

  • You like airplanes and want more variety in them
  • You are a fan of military airplanes

Traditional store price: 11.99 $
Release date: May 16, 2017
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

It is an expansion themed around war crimes and the consequences of them. It adds a new, humanitarian response faction IDAP, a new vehicle, drones, tools such as mine dispensers, and more. Also adds a short, Remnants of War mini-campaign, that was praised for its dark story themes. Overall, the DLC is praised for the content and its message. Half of the proceeds from this DLC go to an international charity.

Buy this if:

  • You are intrigued by the theme of war crimes and humanitarian interventions
  • You want to play with many new, fun toys, like new drones
  • You love Arma 3 and want to support charitable causes

Traditional store price: 11.99 $
Release date: Sep 7, 2017
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

The Tanks DLC for Arma 3 adds three models of these armored vehicles to play with, namely T-140 Angara, Russian tank with big firepower, AWC Nyx, which serves as a mobile weapons platform. Rhino MGS, a tank-hunter. Also adds a mini-campaign which puts you into the role of a tank commander of the AAF, fighting against NATO.

Buy this if:

  • You like massive, armored vehicles
  • You like grand firepower
  • You like Arma 3 and like tanks

Traditional store price: 11.99 $
Release date: Apr 11, 2018
Trailer: YouTube

Singleplayer Focused

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What does it add?

Adds three singleplayer operations, spread across seven missions. It bets on atmosphere and story, and the experience of leading your own unit to victory. The DLC however received major criticism for the game's AI, particularly the squadmate's, which is said to not be contributing anything to the gameplay experience.

Buy this if:

  • You like story-based missions about real-world warfare
  • You don't mind the poor AI

Traditional store price: 5.99 $
Release date: Nov 30, 2017
Trailer: YouTube
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Platforms: Classic store price: Key store price:
Standard Edition PC 39.99 $ 23.83 $
DLC Bundle 1 PC 19.99 $ N/A
Apex Edition PC 69.99 $ $

Edition Chart

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