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How come there is no topic for this ambitious series!? This series, despite being a war game is by no means like Call of Duty or Battlefield. This is a very realistic open world part RPG military simulator. (This what happens when someone has a lot of fun with ARMA 2's editor) First off, there is a official free version of ARMA 2 so download it right now because this series deserves a shot! http://www.arma2.com/free Now on to explaining what the series is. What's Arma? ARMA is an open world part RPG military simulator series that strives for realism when it comes to practically everything(infantry, patrolling, vehicles such as cars, trucks, and planes of various types). So mcuh so that several military groups have had the developers BiS, make several training simulators using the same engines for the ARMA series. You will often find yourself waiting. Whether you just called in an airstrike on an enemy facility or patrolling through a town full of civilians. This game is tense and brutal. Sometimes you control a squad or you are part of it. You don;t have to take their orders but doing so is usually the best option. This game is hard. The best way to win is to use actual military tactics. Managing your squad and yourself is vital. It's all about teamwork. (ARMA 2 screenshot) There will be times where you or one of your squad need to be healed. This can be done through bandaging yourself or the injured person to stop bleeding and applying first aid. You can also drag the injured(preferably to cover). There are MODS like ACE that make this even more realistic. The game isn't just an infantry simulation. it also has vehicles. You can either use them yourself or command your guys to do so. Vehicles include tanks, cars, trucks, buses and various types of aircraft. And as of ARMA 3, there are now boats. As you could imagine, these are all handled very realistically. You need a team of people to operate a tank just like in real life. ARMA 3 is now adding underwater warfare. There will be submarines, scuba gear, periscopes, wildlife and so on. Also specific guns made for use underwater. Which do exist. In prototype form at least. ARMA 3 takes place thirty years in the future and most of the stuff are based on actual military prototypes and concepts so don't expect any hovercrafts or lasers. ARMA is in contrast with many modern shooters in that there is no railroading. The ARMA series takes place on various large islands. To demonstrate how large they are. All of them are over 200 squared kilometers. Skyrim is a mere 40 squared kilometers. The game let's you explore it all at your will and the game let's you approach missions however you want. So much so that since ARMA 2, there's been added RPG elements such as actions in missions affecting what factions(Civilians, different armies, so on) will tell you if you ask for information(You can ask civilians if they've seen anything odd). I encourage everyone to give the free version a try or to buy ARMA 2 or ARMA 3 when it releases. New features the game will have in comparison to it's predecessors include: 3D mission editor Support for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 20km view distance Ragdoll physics Physics enabled vehicle handling and environmental objects (PhysX) Underwater environments, vehicles and diving Weapon and uniform customization Volumetric clouds Hands are properly animated (for example steering a wheel of a vehicle) Render to Texture Improved lighting engine Support for Java Improved flight model from Take On Helicopters Support for 6 degrees of freedom The developers are planning a community alpha release in Summer 2012 and a beta release later on in the year. For videos of Arma 3, look here: http://www.youtube.c...l?feature=watch And have some more screenshots. For more images, go here: http://www.arma3.com...ilance/imagery/