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  • Summary: Three years after the conflict in Chernarus, portrayed in the original Arma 2, a new flashpoint in the Green Sea region heats up and coalition forces led by the US Army are sent to Takistan to quickly restore peace and prevent further civilian casualties in this standalone expansion pack to the best military simulator of 2009 – Arma 2. [Bohemia Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. With support from Bohemia Interactive already in full swing, ARMA II Operation Arrow Head even with some of the minor flaws that go along with such a massive undertaking is one of those games that we will be playing years from now and still enjoying it.
  2. This game is number one when it comes down to military simulations. For shooter fans it can be too complex, but if you're into real missions and realism at its best, be welcome.
  3. 80
    It features new campaign missions and a number of new toys to play around with, and is still an incredibly comprehensive war experience, despite its issues with performance and artificial intelligence.
  4. On the one hand it brings more of what we love about Bohemia's games, gritty combat on an immense scale, with an entirely new setting, a decent campaign and some short but sweet single missions. Yet the expansion doesn't improve on the original and doesn't fix any of the problems ArmA 2 had.
  5. Fans will love it, but it could have been so much better. [Oct 2010, p.62]
  6. Arrowhead paints the most chilling picture of the horrors of war than any game has done yet. [Sept 2010, p.84]
  7. tbd
    Operation: Arrowhead has improved the original in many key areas – particularly in co-op.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38
  1. Jul 29, 2011
    Listen to me now. This game is unbelievably awesome. Most of these reviews - if you take care to read them, are from when the game first came out. It has come a long way - and so has the hardware to support it. Buy the game - even better if you buy combined ops - or buy ArmA II and Operation Arrowhead and combine them. It's not that expensive. Join a clan - a good one - one without ridiculous requirements to maintain membership. Play with the crew. Get to know them. And run some of the most immersive, realistic, expansive, open-ended, tactical, fun, glorious missions you have ever seen. ArmA vets laugh about CoD. We mock CoD. Because CoD doesn't have anything on ArmA. Seriously. Buy it and play it. Learn it. It's tough - we know. But good things come to those who wait - and put in the effort - to learn a real game. And if you can't figure it out - after just a few hours of applied effort - a look or two through the controls menu - and maybe even asking a question or two on multiplayer - then go away - we don't want you here anyway. Go back to your CoD where enemies throw themselves into your bullets and you are virtually invincible. We will be busy fighting serious **** enemies - human or AI - and trying not to get shot even once - because this game does not f*ck around. Expand
  2. Dec 22, 2012
    One of the best game of history. They are truly focusing on every aspect of realistic simulation and NOT how to make game for every retard out there. Add fact there is hundrets of mods and addons for free and here you have it - best FPS war simulator ever. Better can be only Arma 3 ;) Expand
  3. Sep 4, 2011
    Great expansion pack. Nice change to Afghanistan/Iraq environment. New vehicles ,weapons, maps and good old ARMA II gameplay. The best thing of all is that this expansion pack brings some new experience and tactics , its not the same fighting in the woods and fields of Chernogorsk and fighting in the desert and rocky terrain of Takistan. Expand
  4. Aug 27, 2012
    A very nice and hardcore game, not for for your typical "OMG 360 noscope hardcore collateral" children. I myself enjoy spending time in the editor which has pretty much everything to create nice missions yourself, and if that is not enough, give yourself unlimited ammo fly with an A-10 across multiple enemies raining down terror from your GAU-8 cannon. But overall, it are the mods which really make the game to what it is - if you don't enjoy Day-Z because the lack of real action, you can still enjoy other mods like those in which you can capture and hold cities against wave of enemies. Expand
  5. May 21, 2012
    That has been said so many times already. Arma series is more to consider as a simulation than a game. There are bugs, glitches, the movements, some animations and the weapon balancing are weird but compared to the satisfaction on point of view of war simulation, realism and content Arma is simply the best in its category. Expand
  6. Jan 21, 2012
    This game could've had soooo much more put into it, but unfortunately, it didn't. For me, it's the small things that make a game an enjoyable experience. Some things I noticed that annoyed me was the medic see something happening when you heal someone, but apparently all of the band-aids are invisible or something. Some other things is if you actually saw your men get in and out of tanks, boats, helo's, would be much better, but as most FPS games "insta-pop" you into Vehicles, it's not a big deal. Although these small flaws, along with the sometimes idiotic AI, poped at first to me, It was over shunned by the pure "awesomeness" that the editor holds. For the longest time, I was ignorant to about 95% of the editors features. After discovering them, making some kickass missions, and pretty much enjoying my self, I learned that this game was a definitive good buy. Expand
  7. Feb 6, 2013
    A fatally flawed genius of a game. Instead of fixing its fatal flaws, the developers have decided to concentrate their efforts on slick graphics and an increasingly confusing and over-designed interface. The singe-player missions are fewer than ever, each designed as if to frustrate the player in a new way. The vehicles keep driving off the road and into bits of rock, where they then get stuck, bumping and smashing into every piece of scenery, so you can't trust them to travel automatically. The way the UAV works in the helicopter mission is never explained and, trying to figure out how to use its targetting takes all the fun out of that mission. To show the user that they really don't understand what we want, one of the missions has an idiotic "puzzle" element added to it you're expected to write down some weird squiggles and punch them into a bomb defusing keypad. The game is already filled with frustrations why add another one!? It looks like the authors have lost their way and lack any basic common sense fix the horrible flaws that shouldn't be acceptable in a commercial release, rather than make the graphics more shiny and the interface a headache to figure out. Expand

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