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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sandbox in it's new and Literal Form, July 10, 2010
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This review is from: Arma 2 - Combined Operations - PC (DVD-ROM)
Armed Assault, the franchise with a pretty standard love/hate relationship factor. You'll love the free-form, gigantic sandbox that it has to offer, but you'll hate it at the same time for it's (unavoidable) bugs and complications.

Combined Operations is simply a package-deal with the latest "Operation Arrowhead" (Takistan, Zargabad, Desert environments) standalone expansion, as well as the original ARMA II (Chernarus) in the same box. The value is great, as you're basically buying the keys to a massive mil-sim amusement park, free to do whatever you please with not too many constraints. There isn't a good method in describing what kind of game this is if you haven't played it before. If you're used to Call of Duty and similar shooters, then you're in for a surprise if you play this game. It's a lot like the original Operation Flashpoint, except on a much grander scale, with more flexibility. I could spend a couple hours writing up an essay on what this game is, or I could just give a quick rundown on what one should expect.

PROS:
- Flexibility in doing what you want. Create your own missions, scenarios, dynamic environments, etc.
- Striking visuals with the proper hardware. (Proper, as in: Very nice rig, $2,000+) A lot of things going on at once, leads to amazing scenes.
- Community and it's modding counterpart is amazing. First thing one should do after buying this game, is visit [...] or the [...] forums.
- Extremely *massive* environments, with land-air-sea mobility. Jets, tanks, helicopters, armored humvees, the works.

CONS:
- Can be ridiculously complicated for first-time users, even for PC game veterans. Patience is a virtue.
- Quite a system hog, especially when the action is at it's finest.
- Large, open-world, sandbox environment = plenty of bugs that one has to come to accept with such an undertaking.

Overall, this is a game for PC gamer veterans and enthusiasts. This is not something you just jump into all the while expecting a simulation to be handed to you on a silver platter. Time and patience has to be put in to be able to get a great experience. Is that really a problem, or is it more of a quality? When typical gamers spend a large chunk of their lives dying-and-respawning in Call of Duty, with no change in pace and with little rewards... I would say it's a quality with it's own rewards. This is the kind of game you purchase as an investment, one that you will keep coming back to when you feel like trying something different. Making a new scenario, having a tactical battle online with others, etc.
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Initial post: Aug 11, 2010 2:04:18 AM PDT
Hanzu says:
Are there separate DVDs for Arma II and Arma II Arrowhead or has the developer integrated both to same DVD?
After installing it what version Arma II and Arma II Arrowhead are?
Do you need to patch it or is the latest patch already included?
Is there separate manual with the name of Combined Operations or just Arma II and Arma II Arrowhead manuals?
If I host multiplayer game with Arma II Combined Operations installation can people who have bought Arma II and Arma II Arrowhead separately join it?
Can someone name any reason why I would want Arma II Combined Operations if buying Arma II and Arma II Arrowhead separately is 11,21 euros cheaper to me?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2010 10:42:18 AM PDT
G. Montag says:
"Are there separate DVDs for Arma II and Arma II Arrowhead or has the developer integrated both to same DVD?"
-There are two separate DVDs, correct. One for ARMA 2 original and one for Arrowhead, with their separate activation keys, respectively. Combined Operations is just the name of the compilation pack.

"After installing it what version Arma II and Arma II Arrowhead are?"
"Do you need to patch it or is the latest patch already included?"
- I can't remember what version they are when installed. Though it doesn't matter as you should update with the latest patches regardless. There is absolutely no reason to *not* patch.

"Is there separate manual with the name of Combined Operations or just Arma II and Arma II Arrowhead manuals?"
-There are two separate manuals. However, they're not really manuals, they are just brief overviews. The manual for ARMA 2 original isn't a manual at all really, it's just a brief introduction and synopsis of the ARMA 2 campaign/characters. Arrowhead's manual is larger, and illustrates the basics to get you started, nothing more. Both in color.

"If I host multiplayer game with Arma II Combined Operations installation can people who have bought Arma II and Arma II Arrowhead separately join it?"
-Combined Operations is just the name of the pack containing both games inside. There is no special install/patches or anything like that. They install independently from one another. So you just host whichever game you want to, original ARMA 2 or Arrowhead.

"Can someone name any reason why I would want Arma II Combined Operations if buying Arma II and Arma II Arrowhead separately is 11,21 euros cheaper to me?"
-If you can get them both cheaper as a separate buy, then I don't see why not. No reason to recommend this pack if you can get it cheaper otherwise. I prefer this pack, as a personal preference to keeping things in order.

I hope I answered your questions correctly.

Posted on Aug 14, 2010 6:14:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 14, 2010 6:18:31 AM PDT
Mark Lahren says:
Good review, E. Lloyd.
Is online activation required for single-player? I had read on the forum down below that it was possible to not activate online if you just wanted to play single-player (however DVD would be required in drive---I can live with this). The person who mentioned this said that he only bought the Operation Arrowhead (not the Combined Ops pack). Is this correct for this version as well?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2010 4:55:44 PM PDT
G. Montag says:
Correct. It allows you to activate via disc check or online. I activated online, it was a painless operation to do so. I don't know how it handles disc-check, as I haven't personally used that activation. Though I imagine is a simple procedure as well.

This Combined Ops pack isn't a version per se, it's just a box containing both the Arma 2 and Operation Arrowhead discs, so with Operation Arrowhead, it's the same as if you just bought it separately.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2010 5:02:23 PM PDT
Mark Lahren says:
Thanks!
You just cost me $42.99
:)

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 6:16:26 PM PDT
Can I play this game on a Mac?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2015 2:05:06 AM PDT
Hanzu says:
With Mac yes, but with OS X no. If you buy Windows and install it to Intel based and powerful enough Mac.
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