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  1. Arma 3 game only- 13.59 [steampowered.com]
    ***Buy this if you want to experience the game and accept that you won't have the best access when it comes to online servers, weapons or vehicles.
  2. Arma 3 Apex Edition- 23.79 [steampowered.com]
    Includes: Arma 3 game, Arma 3 Apex, Arma 3 Helicopters, Arma 3 Karts, Arma 3 Marksmen
    ***Buy this if your interested in the recommended amount of add-ons to have a good experience.
  3. Arma 3 DLC Bundle 2- 19.99 [steampowered.com]
    Includes: Arma 3 Jets, Arma 3 Laws of War, Arma 3 Tac-Ops (coming Nov. 30th 2017), Arma 3 Tanks (estimated Q1 2018)
    ***Buy this if you want these addons and DON'T own at least 2 of these add-ons.
  4. Arma 3 DLC Bundle 1- 6.79 [steampowered.com]
    Includes: Arma 3 Helicopters, Arma 3 Karts, Arma 3 Marksmen
    ***Buy this if you DON'T buy the Apex Edition or you want both Helicopters and Marksmen.


What is Arma 3?
  • Arma 3 is an open world military tactical shooter by Bohemia Interactive that was released in September 2013.
  • The game is primarily played online with custom games modes such as but not limited to:
    -Life: A role-playing type game mode. Players can take the roles of Police Officers, EMTs, Civilians or other roles.
    -Wasteland: "Call of Duty" style fighting. You spawn in with basic gear, loot what you can or buy better gear.
    -Epoch/Exile: Battlefield meets PUBG. You typically spawn with little to nothing, you'll loot buildings or missions for loot, battle AI and/or other players, buy and sell gear/vehicles/building components, build a base and defend it, lock your base/vehicles.
    -Battle Royale: PlayerUnknown's Battleground type game mode.
    -There is also a single player campaign, but I can honestly say I've never played it. The following is from a Steam review by (4SFG) jarrad96, which was posted on August 29th and he has 4,257 hours on record: [steamcommunity.com]

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A rapid cacophony of impacts broke the monotony of driving, accompanied by the chatter and crack of automatic fire hitting the vehicle. The person next to me that I had been talking to was already slumped over and covered in blood by the time I realised we were in the middle of an ambush.
I jumped out of the vehicle, as it's wheels had been taken out by a 40MM grenade, and, because I had been shot in the leg, crawled my way into a ditch at the side of the road, where I passed out and died.

I think, after all this time, I can finally review this game.

One of the biggest things I noticed coming into this game is the learning curve, which is rather extreme. You will intially be very confused by things and some, the AI and the ballistics in particular, are very complex and not well explained in-game.

Once you overcome that, the game opens up and it's absurd freedom starts tp show- you can do ANYTHING in this game, despite it being presented as a military tactical game.

Multiplayer-

Modes and missions range from the Life and RPG simulation of everyday normality, people working jobs, driving around and having a police force, to the Survival and post-apocalyse gamemodes revolving around the pursuit of food and water, weapons and transport to stay alive.

You have the ever-popular PvP gamemodes such as King Of The Hill and EUTW, which bring a Battlefield style gameplay mode into Arma, and you have the original Battlegrounds, which was so popular it is now available as a standalone game.

Another side of the game is that of the clans and groups who take the base Arma's focus on the military and expand it, making the already impressive realism to ever greater levels, with things like new weapons, uniforms and vehicles covering every nation in the world, to advanced medical modes that take into account blood loss, surgeons and battlefield trauma and medical care to fantastic and impressive details.

Groups like these are one of the biggest attractions of the game, and range from small groups to friends to massive clans with over 300 active members- Arma can support over 120 players in a single multiplayer game, in addition to hundreds of AI soldiers, so the scale of some of these groups in without comparison to anything else except EVE.

Arma has such a wide variety and depth to all it's systems, from how the ballistics and each individual round is modeled in the game, and affected by velocity, drop, zeroing, penetration against various materials from wood, brick, steel and body armor, to rounds being able to bounce and deflect due to high-angle ricochets on hard surfaces like concrete or vehicles.

That's just a single example, and the game covers everything from underwater combat and submarines, land battles with infantry and tanks with modular damage to systems and parts, making it possible to, for example, knock out a tanks tracks and turret without destroying it, leaving it totally helpless, all the way to next-generation jet fighters and advanced radar detection, thermal and IR technology.

You can go from using a submarine and respirators for a stealthy night insertion on a Greek coastline in 2035, to commanding a tank crew in a pitched battle in the Iraqi desert during the Gulf War, to evacuating wounded soldiers from thick Vietnamese jungles in 1970, before using an American aircraft carrier to stage for a dogfight above Russia in the modern day, all in the course of a few hours.

This is due to the huge modding and creation community for the game, who add a massive range of things to the game, from new vehicles, sounds, maps, campaigns and new missions, systems and anything you can possibly think of- Someone has either made it or is working on it- from ALIEN and Star Wars, RPG and Police cars, to every weapon and piece of equipment used by the British, American, French, German and Russian armies over the past decade.

On to the Singleplayer aspects of the game-

I put over 350 hours into the singleplayer content alone, and never even touched the multiplayer aspects until after that.
Despite it's reputation for it's MP based community singleplayer can still give people plenty of intresting missions, and Steam Workshop support for mods and missions is fantastic.

The base Arma 3 campaign is set in 2035, and revolves around NATO forces on the islands of Altis and Stratis (based on real islands off the coast of Greece) and their fighting with the native AAF armed forces and the more advanced CSAT, based on an Iran/ ME alliance.

The campaign does not hold your hand, and you are thrown into a situation where you are NOT the winners, being constantly on the back-foot and fighting with lesser equipment and as guerillas and insurgents fighting against a military with superior armaments to you, which is a nice change from the normal state of affairs in games, where you play the exact opposite.

The campaign is rather long and has both free-roaming missions and storyline missions to progress throughout it. I would estimate the base campaign to be about 20-35 hours long depending on difficulty, your style of play and if you do the optional free-roaming mission.

The AI are able to supress you, pin, flank and use a decent level of tactics, so it's often best to take some time to plan your mission in advance- What cover is in the area? What is the sightlines and visibility and is a stealth approach possible? Where are the enemy patrol routes and is there any chance of enemy reinforcements? What type of enemy soldiers and equipment do you suspect they have- nightvision, machineguns, marksmen, support assets like vehicles or static weapons can affect your approach to your objective.
The sandbox nature of the game means you can often go around or even totally avoid some obstacles or forces you might come across.

The Apex Expansion also adds a small COOP campaign, which has some great presentation and polish, based on Tanoa, which is a fictional island off the coast of Fiji, and is a utterly STUNNING looking map, well worth the price of the Expansion.

Apex takes place on the Tanoan islands, off the coast of Fiji and Australia, and follows a small, well equipped British special forces group, CTRG, and their fighting against the Syndikate drug Cartel in the jungles. As special forces you are often deployed at night, and have access to advanced equipment like thermals and night vision, putting you at a technological advantage over the Cartel, but the Cartel have greater numbers so a stand-up battle is often a fatal problem- it's often possible to avoid patrols and soldiers. Apex also adds a wide range of weapons including the AK-47M, AK-12, AKS-74U, HK-416 and HK-417, M249 SAW, MP5K PDW.

Performance and lifetime-

One of the biggest problems people have with the game is performance. Because of huge complexity of the game, particularly in Multiplayer, the performance of the server and the mission is paramount- MOST of the highly popular and heavily scripted gamemodes will not get 60 FPS, regardless of settings, but with a good server and mission you can achieve 60+ FPS. The game is biased towards CPU clock speed, rather than the GPU like most other games, so a higher clock CPU sees much better performance than a GPU upgrade.

The game is constantly getting large updates even years after release, and the DLC's always come with free platform updates, adding new features like bipods, sound overhauls, new weapon and clothing features like thermal concealment, advanced helicopter flight models for more simulator-like flying, and many others it would take too long to list.

To end-

Arma is, put simply, the most widely varied and impressive game I have ever played, and the absurd number of hours I have in the game ( Over 4,200 at the time of writing) is a testiment to it's great community, authentic gameplay and varied experiences. I'm going to be playing the game for years to come, and Arma was an eye-opening intoduction to PC gaming for me.

**What you buy vs what you get**
(Somewhat shortened explanation partially from steam for less to read here/have to lookup)

Sale Price [$13.49] Retail [$39.99]
1). Arma 3: The actual game, you need this before you can play the game or even use the add-ons/DLC.
->*+Base Game

Sale Price [$11.89] Retail [$34.99]
2). Apex: A new map called Tanoa (It's beautiful, look it up on YouTube. FrankieonPc is a quick creator suggestion). New Faction, 13 new weapons, New uniforms and gear. 10 new vehicles. Co-op campaign and End Game Multiplayer (never touched this before). Additional Apex content..
*New map, weapons, gear, vehicles. Favorite item:full-screen night-vision and thermal-vision goggles.
->*+Full-size addon.

Sale Price [$4.07] Retail [$11.99]
3). Arma 3 Helicopters: CH-67 Huron and Mi-290 Taru variants. Heavy-lift helicopters and master sling loading for ground support.
*Two helicopters and their variants.
Kinda worth it on sale at 4.07 so you can avoid not being able to jump into these during a team fight. Not worth 12$
->*-Two helicopters

Sale Price [$0.67] Retail [$1.99]
4). Arma 3 Karts: Based on an April 2014 joke. Kart, racer gear, marshal safety coordinator, starter pistol, race objects, time trials, and zeus race and modules.
*barely worth the .67. But in a pinch if you find a kart after running for 10 minutes... it's worth it.
->*---Gokarts and gear

Sale Price [$4.07] Retail [$11.99]
5). Arma 3 Marksmen: Seven new weapons (Cyrus 9.3mm, Mar-10 .338mm, Mk-1 EMR and MK14 7.62mm, ASP-1 Kir, SPMG .338mm, Navid 9.3mm. AMS and Kahila scopes, remote laser designators, New Ghille suits.
*The MAR-10 is a great silenceable sniper rifle. The SPMG and Navid are great silenceable LMGs.
->*+7 New Guns, Two Scopes, Laser Designators

Sale Price [$9.59] Retail [$11.99]
6). Arma 3 Jets: Four new jets. F/A-181 Black Wasp II, To-201 Shikra, A-149 Gryphon, Sentinel.
->*-Four New jets.

Sale Price [$9.59] Retail [$11.99]
7). Arma 3 Laws of War:
*$*50% of Direct sales (not bundle) of this DLC will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)*$*
New Faction, Remnants of War "Mini Campaign", Van, Utility and Demining Drone, APERS Mine dispenser, Vests/Bags/Headgear/Facewear, and additional content.
->*? I own but haven't used this DLC. Unable to give an tl:dr or say if it's worth it

Sale Price [$5.39] Retail [$5.99]
8). Arma 3 Tac-Ops Mission Pack: Three new singleplayer operations, True Military Missions that require intelligence, caution and patience. Evolving battlefield that is affected by decisions that complete, fail or ignore missions. Play different unit perspectives. After Action Report Videos.
->*? I do not own this DLC. Unable to give a tl:dr or say if it's worth it.

  • Arma 3 Steam page reviews:
[58,782 Reviews 90% positive] As of Sept 1st 2017* (The last time I posted Arma 3 was on-sale)
[63.579 Reviews 90% positive] As of Nov. 24th 2017*
  • Arma 3 Steam Player Activity:
Last 30 days* As of Sept 24tth 2017 -> Avg.[15,982] Peak [31,956]
Oct. 2017 -> Avg.[16,441] Peak [32,097]
Sept. 2017 -> Avg.[17,987] Peak [36,019]
Aug. 2017 -> Avg.[17,978] Peak [32,339]
July 2017 -> Avg.[22,120] Peak [43,759]

-I personally have over 1400 hours into Arma 3 Alone, and 400 hours into Arma 2 which I purchased when it was in a Humble Bundle.
-I would only suggest buying this game on sale, now for the retail price.
-It's a great game, but the retail/normal pricing of this game/DLCs can be quite expensive.
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Nice.. this appears to be the lowest historic price for the base game.

Is any of the DLC needed for the Battle Royale or Epoch/Exile game modes?
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Nice.. this appears to be the lowest historic price for the base game.

Is any of the DLC needed for the Battle Royale or Epoch/Exile game modes?
Due to me having the typical DLCs I can't say for sure if you do or do not need them but:

1. I think Steam has a retrun policy if you have less than 1 or 2 hours playtime and/or the game has been in your library for less than 14 days
"The standard 14-day/two-hour refund period" [steampowered.com]

2. I'm sure some servers do not require DLCs

3. Typically if you find a gun from a DLC you just wont be able to use/equip it.

*That goes for almost all DLC content. If you play a gamemode that allows you to buy and it auto-equips the items/lets you in the vehicle, you will get a popup saying you don't own the DLC and "Click here to buy it" or a checkered pattern will go across your screen about the DLC.
I dealt with both of these for a month (if not longer before I purchased the DLCs on sale)
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Any gamepad support or is it just not even worth trying due to the complexity or disadvantage?
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Good price last 6 months bought for $23 full dlc. But the game is too difficult to olay unlime any shooting game. its too real i guess. i would die without seeing any bad guy at first
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This game makes even high end PCs cry. Still really fun if you give it half a chance.
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Any gamepad support or is it just not even worth trying due to the complexity or disadvantage?
no aim assist so pad users would get destroyed. plus before all the role play mods, this was a hardcore military sim. however, if you only intend to roleplay it may be fine. i dont know if arma supports controllers in any way though.
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Any gamepad support or is it just not even worth trying due to the complexity or disadvantage?
some people like to use controller for vehicles, but they really don't help all that much

only gamepad that people really use would be something a joystick for airborne activities
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Dead? Showing full price for me.
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If you have a newer Samsung TV just download the steam link app and use that. To much of a delay with the hardware but the app works perfectly fine in terms of any delays at least for me.
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