Bohemia Interactive is pleased to announce the release of update 1.63 for Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead (changelog).
Bohemia Interactive, the award-winning independent Czech development studio, is delighted to announce the release of Arma2: Complete Collection, finally available as one complete package fans new and old alike can experience all that Arma2 has to offer.
Perfect choice for all new DayZ devotees! All Arma 2 games and DLCs combined in a neat package for one great price – this is Arma 2: Complete Collection.
Everything you need for the DayZ Mod* and more. Built upon over 10 years’ experience, the collection thrusts gamers into the heart of the most realistic military combat simulation ever developed, featuring cutting edge technology and vast, detailed environments and authentically modeled units, weapons and vehicles. For one price you receive 6 campaigns and countless single player and multiplayer scenarios spread across hundreds of square kilometers of Chernarus and Takistan maps.
*DayZ Mod requires Arma 2 and Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead to run, plus Arma 2: Private Military Company to display all textures in the highest quality – all are included in Arma 2: Complete Collection
Until it becomes elsewhere, you can purchase at: https://store.bistudio.com/arma2-complete-collection
Armacopters – With the release of update 1.06 (codenamed Downtown), Bohemia Interactive has rearmed its latest game Take On Helicopters. Aside a large number of fixes, improvements and optimizations to the core engine, the new Downtown update also implements a major new free DLC called Take On Helicopters: Rearmed. This DLC offers a convenient way for people owning titles suchs as Arma 2, Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead, Arma 2: Combined Operations to get that content into Take On Helicopters.
Take On Helicopters Project Lead Joris-Jan van ‘t Land about the Rearmed initiative:
“When we initially developed Take On Helicopters, its focus was on civilian flight. We still believe in this non-combat gameplay, but of course our studio’s origins lie in military gaming. By using some clever ways of merging installed products, without the player having to tweak manual settings, it is now possible to combine the two worlds. Take On Helicopters gets an incredible amount of new content, while many of the improvements are applied to it as well. I love flying a helicopter over Chernarus, bathed in improved lighting and covered by the beautiful clouds. Takistan is a more detailed part of South Asia and the ideal playground for combined arms desert operations.”
Additionally, a number of fixes and improvements to the core technology, which had recently been applied to other Bohemia Interactive games via the Operation Arrowhead beta patch program, have been ported across to Take On Helicopters – resulting in a significant performance boost when flying over densely populated areas such as Seattle Downtown, plus increased stability in the multiplayer code.
Last but not least, aspiring pilots might like to know that the price of Take On Helicopters, and the Take On Helicopters: Hinds DLC, has been significantly reduced. It means people can now start flying for up to 37% less than the original price.
To apply the Downtown update (including the free Rearmed DLC), players can download the installer from the updates section on the game’s official website. The Steam version of Take On Helicopters will be updated automatically.
So you bought a non-Steam version of ArmA II? Installing the alpha version of DayZ is no easy task, as it is an alpha. This guide should help those who bought through Retail, Bohemia Interactive’s store, or GOG.com (the version this guide is based on).
To be clear, DayZ mod requires ArmA II: Combined Operations which contains ArmA II and the expansion pack, ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead. You could also use ArmA 2 Free + Operation Arrowhead to play DayZ, but it isn’t recommended (via DayZ Wiki)
I’ll be covering the GOG.com version of the game, but it will apply to the other Non-Steam Versions of ArmA II to help get DayZ installed.
– Scott Ellison
Our Score: 3 / 5 – Okay
Bohemia Interactive is known for its military first-person shooters deeply rooted in simulation. There is no shortage of that in ArmA II: Combined Operations which includes the base game plus Operation Arrowhead expansion. The game isn’t so much about a story, but rather than the experience.
ArmA II features a slim campaign, but benefits from a long list of standalone missions that range from sniping a single target to full fledged battles as infantry or in armored vehicles. You’ll even have the opportunity to fly helicopters and planes and do strafing runs. Each mission is unique and allows for you to tackle the mission any way you see fit. Benchmark missions are even available to run to test out the graphics to ensure optimal performance and test your tweaks. Military enthusiasts, veteran and civilian alike will find more than enough to do here.
There is an unprecedented amount of detail brought forth towards communication, ballistics, weapon handling, and even vehicle handling. The things in the world are authentic and realistic, but the locations are not. They are set in ficitional locales such as Chernarus, Utes, Takison and a few others. A mission editor exists to design a campaign of your dreams. The Armory is my favorite place to load up as you can use any weapon, any vehicle and test it out to your heart’s content – a playground for military enthusiasts.
With such open areas, the graphics can be demanding. even though this game came out in 2010, you’ll need a powerful computer in order to max every setting out. It’s sad to say though that most of this world looks desaturated as a result, almost appearing monochromatic at times. Night-time is where it can look better with flares, flashlights, and night vision bringing in color. Communication from AI and to AI and real people is delivered via voice clips strung together for complete sentences. While completely awkward and unnatural, it is useful and delivered fast. The sound of gunfire, machinery, and other vehicles are lifelike and are immersive and with a good sound system can excel. Music is subtle but works well.
If playing with the AI gets boring or too challenging, you can take your game online. This is where ArmA II thrives, in it’s online presence. You’ll find vast, open battlefields to work with friends and strangers alike. It is key to be able to talk with your team by voice, as text will slow you down.
ArmA II: Combined Operations is top-to-bottom a great game. It may not be polished in areas that you’d expect such as the voice acting or lacking bugs, but it is a realistic military shooter that excels in authenticity and challenge. You won’t find a better community of players and modders, like for DayZ and others like it than in ArmA II. The open world and accessibility to approach situations any way you want, both online and off are fantastic.
Bohemia Interactive confirms that the highly successful ArmA2 mod Day Z is now being developed as a standalone PC exclusive title. A brief announcement has been posted by Dean Hall, lead developer of the project on his tumblr: http://dayzdev.tumblr.com
For anyone wishing to meet with Dean Hall during Gamescom to discuss this news and any other DayZ/Arma3/Bohemia topics there are a limited amount of meeting slots available, if you haven’t made contact for a booking please do so as soon as possible.
To learn more about DayZ, visit the official site (when it’s not broken): www.dayzgame.com