ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead PC

User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 191 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 191
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  1. Jan 4, 2014
    4
    The only real improvement over the original ARMA2 is that there are slightly less bugs. Otherwise, it still has the same bad or broken mechanics, slow cumbersome interface, bad singleplayer campaign, and inconsistent or cheating AI (my favourite: AI tanks that seem to wall hack you). The only reason to ever play ARMA is because it is more realistic than other series like Battlefield, andThe only real improvement over the original ARMA2 is that there are slightly less bugs. Otherwise, it still has the same bad or broken mechanics, slow cumbersome interface, bad singleplayer campaign, and inconsistent or cheating AI (my favourite: AI tanks that seem to wall hack you). The only reason to ever play ARMA is because it is more realistic than other series like Battlefield, and it mostly is, but some parts are not realistic at all, which creates a bad bipolar mixture. The DLC campaigns are marginally better but far too short. Sadly, the ARMA series can still feel more like a good tech-demo than a properly polished game. If only ARMA's scale and realism were combined with Battlefield's accessibility and polish, it would be amazing. Expand
  2. Feb 6, 2013
    2
    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 getA 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
  3. Dec 31, 2015
    0
    A GAME WITH SEVERAL ERRORS, AND THE ONLINE IS IMPOSILBE TO PLAY, SHORT MISSIONS THIS GAME DOESNT DESERVE HES VALUE so this game reall sucks, its very complicate and inficients
  4. Aug 22, 2010
    3
    fails to fix the bugs and queer animations.
    the laser sights are implemented in a horrible way (expect nothing like those wonderful cod4 PEQ's). flir is non-essential and mediocre.
    all it does is add vehicles camouflages, and a dozen weapons. and 3 maps, two of which are tiny (really!) most of the "new" stuff like the chinook, the army units, the scars, the m110, had already been added
    fails to fix the bugs and queer animations.
    the laser sights are implemented in a horrible way (expect nothing like those wonderful cod4 PEQ's). flir is non-essential and mediocre.
    all it does is add vehicles camouflages, and a dozen weapons. and 3 maps, two of which are tiny (really!)
    most of the "new" stuff like the chinook, the army units, the scars, the m110,
    had already been added by modders fo free and was of equal quality to this "new" stuff.
    no new multiplayer modes
    no AI improvements. in my opinion its not worht buying if you didnt particularly like A2.
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  5. Aug 26, 2010
    4
    This game is another example of a game that could have had so much potential but didn't. At first, the game charms you with its introduction to a high level of combat realism and expansive environments.
    However, the game is still covered in bugs and you also need a beast of machine to play it. Even with a quad core and ati 4800 series, it was lagging consistently throughout the missions on
    This game is another example of a game that could have had so much potential but didn't. At first, the game charms you with its introduction to a high level of combat realism and expansive environments.
    However, the game is still covered in bugs and you also need a beast of machine to play it. Even with a quad core and ati 4800 series, it was lagging consistently throughout the missions on medium settings. Further, the multiplayer is not set up in a way that makes it fun and easily approachable. The environments look great and realistic, but the AI of the computer severely dents any sense of realism you may take in from the scenery alone. My advice to the developers would be to spend a bit more time making this product, put a bit more polish on it, and get some more feedback from other gamers (perhaps by releasing a beta/message board) because if it was done right, this could be an awesome game
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Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Operation Arrowhead is a realistic combat simulation game that still suffers from a variety of technical bugs, just like the original. There is a great amount of fun hiding under the surface, which requires patience and time to find and appreciate.
  2. I'll end with this, if you're willing to put the effort in, and the realism aspect sounds like it will appeal to you, the $30 price of Arma II: OA is an easy entry into the series.
  3. Despite some annoying bugs, Operation Arrowhead shows a few interesting improvement in the ARMA II formula. And is still the more realistic war simulator available.