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#1 Posted at 2014-03-04 09:30        
     

Welcome and please join my quest of finding the best COOP ARMA 3 missions.
You can also join me in gaming session if you are into this kind of stuff. I don't have a set schedule.
Add me on STEAM and send me a message, if i'm online playing i'll give you a reply and details about how you can join. My STEAM name is ALIAScartoons and i use the same avatar as on armaholic. Your opinion will be taken in consideration if you play the mission with me. However you have to be prepared for a casual-hardcore-ish style, no rambos or lone wolfs.

If you are an author or you just want to suggest a mission you like PM me with the name of the mission and a place to download it from. All reviewed mission are and will be downloaded from armaholic.com do not propose a mission unless you have published it or is already on armaholic download section.

All proposed missions should not require addons or mods, they need to be available for all ARMA 3 players beginners or not. The mission needs to be tactical, team/squad oriented, i will not include in this top missions like Domination, Evolution, Annex and Invade, Insurgency or something similar. Limited number of lives or just one per player would be preferable.
All evaluated missions can be found on vforvictory servers if you want to give it a try. For the moment we have 500 missions or so to evaluate.

Thank you!
The evaluation will be subjective based on expectations from an ARMA experience of my friends and mine.

All evaluated missions will be rated and at the end of the year i'll publish an unofficial top for the best ARMA 3 missions. If i find sponsors will be prizes as well.

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Find out more about TOP 100 reset and the new rating system here:


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#2 Posted at 2014-03-04 10:02        
     
I have moved the thread to "Arma 3 / Missions: Complete" as it is purely about the missions.

Good luck with your review project! :-)

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#3 Posted at 2014-03-04 10:09        
     
# Foxhound : I have moved the thread to "Arma 3 / Missions: Complete" as it is purely about the missions.

Good luck with your review project! :-)

Thanks buddy! I hope to see the end of it. Will be a long way :)


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Checkpoint Assault by Sixgun
This mission has all elements to be a good start for the series, is a bit simple but could make sense in the big picture.
I'm looking forward to see the continuation.
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See the score somewhere near to the end of the video.

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#4 Posted at 2014-03-11 01:30        
     
The Echo Diary - PART 6
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MassAsster
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A 6 Part Single/Cooperative Campaign following a select group of soldiers dubbed ECHO team. Designed for the hard core player, no respawns, no hand holding and no virtual ammo loadouts. Play in selectable EASY, MED, or HARD modes via Parameters.

Personal observation in the video commentary. The score as usual near the end of the clip.



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=RTY= DEVGRU HRT
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Two agents from the CIA's Special Activities Division have been captured by the Iranians.
The men are being held at a Military facility on the island of Statis and are awaiting transfer to Tehran. Both men hold classified information about current and future operations. The men are ex elite operators and have undergone training to resist interogation, however all men are breakable.


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#5 Posted at 2014-03-11 19:46        
     
-I don’t see any ratings?
-Why exclude famous missions in a top 100?
-Who determines the outcome of the score?
-Please add max number of online players!
-Do you reevaluate a mission after its updated?
-Why does virtual ammobox get less points?


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#6 Posted at 2014-03-12 08:41        
     
Hey buddy, i'll happy to answer your questions, they make sense and maybe i wasn't clear in my statement at the beginning of this topic.

# -=XTRA=-Larsiano : -I don’t see any ratings?

The ratings can be seen in the video in the last 2 minutes or so, if is all you want to see skip until the end.

# -=XTRA=-Larsiano : -Why exclude famous missions in a top 100?
I suppose you are talking about missions like Domination, EVO, Annex, King of the hill etc.
They are a different category of missions than i chose to rate. If I will have the time I will create another TOP for these types of maps/mods/missions.
On a personal note these missions, even i play them from time to time, feel to muck like COD and BF for me which something i don't play anymore.
On short, for a mission to be included in this top has to be: about team work, watching each others back, edgy and with a general feeling of risk, stake and danger.

# -=XTRA=-Larsiano : -Who determines the outcome of the score?
As I said before, the rating are given by me and my team mates or people who usually join us. There are around 20 players I usually play with these missions depending on time availability and number of slots.
If you like these kind of missions and you want to help us find the best missions please feel free to do it. Add me in STEAM or PM me with you STEAM name, our gaming session take place usually after 14 GMT and they are organized ad-hoc with whoever is available, for a scheduled event we send messages and/or e-mail.
We use a dedicated server which available non-stop, if you want to try the missions by yourself search for VforVictory servers. For now there are 2 servers, one containing tactical missions and one with Domination-ish missions. All missions are in rotation.

# -=XTRA=-Larsiano : Please add max number of online players!

This is a very good suggestion. Thank you mate!

# -=XTRA=-Larsiano : Do you reevaluate a mission after its updated?

Hmm... this would be great but we don't have the time. We have 60+ missions to review and still counting.
Another thing is I don't know when a mission is updated, i don't have time to stay in touch with everyone and all the topics mission related.
But I promise this, if there is an update and the author tells me about it, we are going to review again the mission.

# -=XTRA=-Larsiano : Why does virtual ammobox get less points?

This system works great for on-going, sandbox missions like Annex or Insurgency etc.
For tactical hard-core-ish missions only brings a feeling of artificiality, arcade and "doesn't matter how well I play in team i'll just respawn and start over with the same gear" general feeling which is great for a casual/training approach but not for tactical ARMA if you ask me.

Thank you for your very good questions mate! They were very helpful for me as well.

As a closure I'll add that each mission will be judged by itself not in comparison with other missions.
The only thing it matters is how the mission is made in relation with its own set parameters, objectives, tasks or settings, how consistent and well design it is so you can immerse deeply into the action and atmosphere.

Thank you for watching and stay tuned, you never know what comes next! :)

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When Civilians: Escape!
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Phalanx
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Fix a helicopter at The Spartan and get off Stratis before the island is destroyed.



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Clean Sweep 2
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Outlawz7
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Two FIA squads are preparing to cleanse a guard post of unwelcome occupants.


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#7 Posted at 2014-03-14 08:20        
     
When Civillians: Clear!
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Clean Sweep
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Three squads of a special forces unit are preparing to cleanse Orino of unwelcome occupants...



Mazi beachhead
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Mazi beachhead is the first mission of an Iranian campaign called Persian tale. The campaign focused for combined arms, infantry battles. You are never alone. No spec ops. Real war!



Misty Marina
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Outlawz7
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NATO infantry clears a strongpoint.


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#8 Posted at 2014-03-20 15:46        
     
I do believe having videos of missions can help some people finding what’s it’s like to play it. But maybe it would work better if you posted multiple reviews in the same window or make only 1 post a week to avoid SPAM?

also by default you can hardly name a list a top 100 if:
1. there is no list
2. only you make the scores
3. if you don’t consider updates of the mission to be useful
4. if you run a mission only once
5. look at it from only one slot > specialty
6. you have to watch tons of videos to even see the score you made up

maybe it would work better if you also ask other people to contribute to the list, if you do that right...who knows the crew might even grand you a sticky topic?


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#9 Posted at 2014-03-20 20:12        
     
Thank you for the input Larsiano, is appreciated.

Here is my answers to your suggestions:
# -=XTRA=-Larsiano : I do believe having videos of missions can help some people finding what’s it’s like to play it. But maybe it would work better if you posted multiple reviews in the same window or make only 1 post a week to avoid SPAM?

I make these videos in my free time which is limited as for eveyone, i render the video after the game session when again i have time. To post one video per week will take 2 years to finish this huge task. All videos are HD and sometimes are made out from 4 hours of recordings, to edit and render 30 min of video it takes from 1 hour to 5 hours, to upload 1 GB on youtube takes 3 hours or more.
The idea of "compressing" several reviews in one video occurred to me. I'll try to do that, i have to admit there is room for improvement when it comes to the format for the reviews, tho i'm pretty happy about the result because watching this kind of videos helps me to find new missions and learn new things about ARMA.


# -=XTRA=-Larsiano : 1. there is no list
The list is opened! Anyone here can suggest missions that fit the profile presented above at the beginning of this topic. There is an incomplete list but i can publish it.

# -=XTRA=-Larsiano : 2. only you make the scores
Is not only me is everyone who plays with me, if you want to get involved add me(aliascartoons) on STEAM and meet me on server, then your opinion will be considered, i cannot submit this to a public vote cuz there are no guaranties that voting people actually played the mission or they may have different expectations. In our case is all about team work and danger, that's why the mission with one life per player without virtual ammobox get maximum points for hard-core factor by default.

Tomorrow evening-night (Friday 21) we will have a session, will be few of us around, join us if you have the time.

If you contact me i'll give you the details about the Team Speak server and the A3 server.

# -=XTRA=-Larsiano : 3. if you don’t consider updates of the mission to be useful
Would be great to do that but is impossible for me to track the updates, is already a huge amount of work, however i don't mind if anyone will suggest to replay an updated mission and provide a place from where to download it, i'm opened to that.

# -=XTRA=-Larsiano : 4. if you run a mission only once
Due the time limitation we play some missions only once, but there are missions we played several times.
All the missions we played are great from one point of view or another but not all of them have re-playability value tho.

# -=XTRA=-Larsiano : 5. look at it from only one slot > specialty
If you referring to the hard-core character of the missions, is it our choice and preference. There is room for another top regarding other types of missions. Different types different evaluation criteria.

# -=XTRA=-Larsiano : 6. you have to watch tons of videos to even see the score you made up
Or you can skip to the end of the video.
I plan to release an intermediate top at every 20 reviewed missions. If you have a better suggestion please let me know.

As conclusion, for me finding the best missions will help at the end to create a nice package of tactical missions for everyone to have on a server being sure it fits the profile. Is time consuming to filter a huge list of missions as the one we have here on armaholic and find the right mission for you. It took me few days to do that and i'm not sure i've seen them all, for me would've been great to find a package of missions that fits a certain profile, download, install it and voilà!

Looking forward for more suggestions.

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#10 Posted at 2014-04-14 02:32        
     
In Cold Moon
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A Death Squad officer is quartering in a village. Time to end his crimes.



I hope this video will not be very confusing, it was a 3 hours long mission and tried my best to make it as shorter as possible. Enjoy and feel free to comment!

This is one of the best missions pack (H.A.R.D.C.O.R.E.) I recommended if you have a group of friends you usually play in team with, needs coordination and a bit of planning.


Escape Plan
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MassAsster
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We are part of Team Echo. Echo is a E.R.T. (Emergency Response Team) put together from the best of the best. Echo has been inserted behind enemy lines by getting ourselves captured.



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Extra Baggage
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MassAsster
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Your current task, destroy the unarmed convoy vehicles.

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#11 Posted at 2014-04-25 09:55        
     
Making Entry

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Your mission is to clear the surrounding area for an upcoming invasion. It is up to the player to assault an overwatch position on the ocean, then move on to an enemy stronghold and clear it out. After that you will have to move to the exfiltration point.



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#12 Posted at 2014-05-01 11:39        
     
Flare Wolfs
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Igor Drukov
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It's pitch-dark, and we have been informed that a high tech enemy chopper will be landing and resupplying in a near-by base. We have to destroy it.

As usual checkout the end of the video for ratings.


Clearing - Persian Tale
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bardosy
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The main objective is to capture an enemy VIP, we had a lot of surprises here, not all of them are on the video, this is a must play mission.




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#13 Posted at 2014-05-08 05:01        
     
I'm going to try most of these right now good job man!


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#14 Posted at 2014-05-08 05:53        
     
# thehelpman : I'm going to try most of these right now good job man!

Thank you!

Have fun mate, be advised tho, playing alone is not an option for most of these missions, you need few players you know pretty well or willing to play as a team to pull this off :) Even so we still have trouble finishing a number of missions, they are pretty difficult.

Currently there are 100+ tactical missions on the dedicated server we use to test the missions, some of them may not work as well after A3 updates, however if you want to check them out they are in rotation on vforvictory tactical server.

Also if you want to participate and help me out with this TOP100 add me in STEAM (ALIAScartoons) and i'll poke you when we have a session. Just send me a message as well that contains TOP100 so i would know.


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Retribution - Echo Diary
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Two big armies collide and we are a squad that needs to hold the line and push towards the enemy teritory.


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#15 Posted at 2014-05-19 18:37        
     
Weird Science
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MassAsster
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This is a very nice episode from Echo Diary campaign. Enjoy!



Medical LEave
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Outlaw7
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We have to rescue a hostage and evac by boats. We have to be fast the enemy has helicopters and reinforcements nearby.

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