Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 84
    This is a shooter that's more intelligent than most and that requires more teamwork and coordination, but that makes the rewards of success that much more enjoyable.
  2. Lovers of real-world ballistics, cautious tactics and persistent stats will be eager recruits. [Nov 2009, p.80]
  3. America's Army 3 can be really good if you have a good connection to the server and if you can find other motivated and cooperative players. But it can take hours until you are able to find that combination. The US army should fix the problems if they want to make a good impression.
  4. A realistic, but relatively bland title that's part recruitment poster and part tame FPS. [Sept 2009, p.62]
  5. A decent online FPS - provided you can find a player slot, that is. [Issue#23, p.57]
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 367 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 89
  2. Negative: 25 out of 89
  1. JustinW
    Sep 2, 2009
    10
    As a game designer I know that I have higher standards than that which is cost effective. I rated the game's gameplay, realism, physics, graphics, sound, interface and player-base. I scored each area compared to other popular fps titles. Overall it came in first-place. But when I broke it down certain aspects could definitely be worked on. The scores I see by critics and by other users appear to extremely biased. Their scoring only shows lack of knowledge of the game and how to play it. The training and a few other features are designed to give people a feel for what to expect from joining the army. It also is a great way to intro the controls and weapon systems. If you pay attention to the training you can actually learn something. The new AA3 training system scored 1st place compared to other games with similar systems. Now for many people coming into America's Army they are used to the run faster with a knife tactic. Yes, you would run faster armed with a knife than an assault rifle. But, the fact remains that you got all the rest of your gear equiped at the same time. Also, just because you technically could run faster with all that gear on doesn't make it strategic to. The running system is designed to match that of a trained soldier. They use realistic distant that an average soldier could repeat throughout a battle without becoming unctrollably winded. The tactics required for maximum affectiveness in the game are applicable for real-world combat situations. Due to this, AA3 ranked 1st in realism. Gameplay typically relates to how the game is played out. With AA I focused alot on its 1 life per round, team tactics, scenarios, and communication system. The run and gun tactic will quickly annoy the victims and afflictor. 1 life makes staying alive more precious. Depending on the skill of the server and your personal ability to fight as a soldier you can be spectating up to 90% of the time. For people like this, the game is quickly discarded. To survive you must understand proper team tactics. The game is designed to create as many tactical scenerios as possible. The gameplay allows a squad to pin and create confusion among OpFor. This allows for teams to flank the position. The game provides a battle planner that the squad leader is able to coordinate attacks among the fire teams. Although AA3 has quite a realistic gameplay it a few titles had better system for increasing playing time for everyone. It came in 3rd with related FPS styled games. The graphics are great. It is hard to determine opfor from friendlies. It takes a trained eye to identify threats and neutralize them. Other games you can lower the graphics and easily identify and target enemies. The graphics received 1st place. Through UT3 and few other titles receive honorable mention due to the artistic details visible in the gameplay. While AA2 had become overwhelmed with hackers and everyone got mad at everyone. AA3 has a revolutionary system to forgive unattentional Friendly Fire. This system creates alot more peace among players and people are most readily available to provide medical aid to fallen comrades. Going from Army of One to Army strong takes a change of mindset. But, once you learn the concept the game is alot more rewarding and enjoyable. I hope everyone learns how to play the game. and I hope to see you all on the battlefield. Hooah! Full Review »
  2. JoshA.
    Mar 25, 2010
    6
    This game has very realistic physics, and graphics. The only things i found bad in this game were the low D.P.I. (dots per inch) aiming system and you can't perform certain actions like you would in real life: you can't A.D.S. (aim down sights) while crouching or leaning at the same time, or sprint while reloading, etc. The controls can be unresponsive occasionally and there many bugs and glitches. There aren't enough weapons, you can't choose your weapon but for 10 seconds before a game starts. Unlocking weapons is extremely rigorous as you have to qualify for them in training. Doing so can take hours of pointless attempts and practice (although at that I give it extreme respect for its realism). Full Review »
  3. SightThe
    Jul 4, 2009
    6
    America's Army2 was an awesome shooter. It had of details and battle-like situations. I was SO hyped up about AA3...Such a disappointment. There are sooooooo many bugs, and not even the kind you can ignore and keep playing, annoying bugs like the menu won't go away once you've brought it up during a game, poor in-game voice, horrible graphics(pretty much the same ones used in AA2), poor multiplayer(servers keep crashing and you keep-on joining full servers). *Sigh* I'd give it a lower rating but i can't. If you CAN look beyond these horrific bugs, which is pretty difficult, you'll see a game with even more details than the first one. A lot of tactical work, and some FANTASTIC sound(i really enjoyed the sound-effects.). If they can fix the game to an enjoyable level, this game will be freaking EPIC, just please dont shoot the people with more 1GB patches fixing only a couple of bugs, not all of us have 1TB hard drives. Full Review »