There have been many first person shooters that try to simulate the military experience like these console and PC gems:
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
In these games, teams have no pre-designated functions or hierarchy . The playing field is very small, and there really is no combined arms that is integrated well in the game. The closest thing these games have to simulating the military experience is the chaotic way things happen in the game. These games are also characterized by very fast paced action where the person with the most hand and finger dexterity, as well as game experience, generally dominantes the game. The best one I’ve seen that come close to a good military simulation is the free FPS created for the US Army called America’s Army.
None of these come close to ARMA 3. What makes ARMA 3 especially unique and realistic in terms of the player’s experience are these two main things:
- Modding community support (e.g. through Steam and Armaholics)
- More mature military simulation gamers (in public games and in clans)
This trailer from Bohemia Interactive (maker and producer of the game) gives you a good taste for the game’s military immersion:
Below is a short gaming session so you can get a feel for the military immersion. Warning: the audio below has some 4 letter words sprinkled in there. Just be aware.
It is very easy to put in several hours in one session. The players in the game can talk to each other via the built in voice over IP communication or via chat.
I just joined a clan recently and I’m seeing more and more of this game’s potential–more than what the videos above show. I may write more about this at a later time.
If you have any opinion about this game, please feel free to share.