- Developer: Bohemia Interactive
- Publisher: Bohemia Interactive
- Platform: PC
- Format: Digital Download
- ESRB Rating: Mature
- Release Date: August 4, 2011
- Repel an invading force on an island spanning 100 square kilometers
- Fly or drive 40 authentic vehicles
- Features a 20-mission campaign
- Issue tactical commands to your squad
- Includes both LAN and Internet support
- Create your own scenarios with the built-in mission editor
- Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
- Processor: Intel Pentium II 500 MHz or AMD Athlon 600 MHz
- Memory: 128MB RAM
- Graphics: DirectX 8.1 compatible 3D graphics card with 16MB RAM
- DirectX Version: 8.1
- Hard Drive: 800MB free space
- Sound: 16-bit DirectX compatible
Originally published in 2001 as Operation: Flashpoint, developer Bohemia Interactive's first military combat simulation game features a 20-mission campaign set on the fictitious island of Nogova. As you make your way across the pastoral terrain, which spans 100 square kilometers in size, you'll be able to commandeer 40 authentic vehicles and aircraft.
The alternate-history storyline takes place amidst World War III, with Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev still in power. You play as former Special Forces soldier Victor Troska, who sought to escape war by settling down on a peaceful island.
After the island is invaded by the military, Troska is reluctantly drawn into combat, determined to prevent the hostile invaders from taking control of the territory. Over the course of the campaign, you'll command a ragtag militia force while learning how to use limited resources to your advantage.
To succeed, you'll need to take weapons from fallen enemies, use ammunition wisely, and execute squad orders to the best of your abilities. In addition to the story-driven campaign, Arma features a single mission mode that lets you hone your combat skills in a choice of vehicle, covert, or single missions playable on two difficulty levels: cadet and veteran.
Also included is both LAN and Internet support for multiplayer combat as well as a built-in mission editor for creating custom scenarios for you and your friends. Arma: Cold War Assault features a choice of first- and third-person viewpoints, and such authentic weapons as the M16, M21, AK74 Kalashnikov, and Dragunov, with the latter two guns offering specialist sniper sights.
What makes Arma stand out from previous attempts at shooters is its simulation aspects. The game takes into account variables such as wind shear and range when lining up for a shot. Shooting on the run will have an adverse affect on accuracy, and you'll need to carefully lead your shots when trying to take out moving targets.
Receiving damage will also realistically affect your character. A bullet in the arm or shoulder will limit your effectiveness at aiming, for example, while a shot to the leg may impair your character's ability to walk. A medic will be required to treat any wounds suffered on the battlefield.