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#1 Posted at 2009-11-01 15:27        
     
If your new to ArmA II then to unlock its potential you need to use addons and get mission editing.
Click here for a start to mission editing (this guide is for ArmA 1, but it still applies to arma 2) and also here.

As you can see there are hundreds of Mods and Addons released.
But which ones are for you?

Well firstly there are lots of Men, weapon and vehicle addons,
These are not essesinal, but if you want to play with a different army, new weapons or have a anouther tank in your armoury, then have a look at these.

If you are interested in british equipment then have a look at these:
Marine Commandos
Paras, rifles and SF
Weapons - L85's, GPMG, L96 etc
Challenger 2
Landrover Pack
Chinook

If you like the australian armed forces then look here:
Australian SAS
ADF
Steyr AUG's
Landrovers

etc, etc...

there are litery hundreds of these to suit everyone, just browse through or use the search.

Next there are addons, that dont provide extra units to play with but change your game over all game experience such as:

Game interface
AT's GUI pack (chat position, compass size, removes cursors, feild of veiw, no pherepial vision markers)
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=5908
Binocular change
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=6626
Compass change
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=6671
Better cross hair
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=7388
better nv
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=6188
Map Plus
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=8450
There are even more of these, just have a look here to find ones you might like to use.

Effects - These are mods which change the visual effects of the game.
fire mod
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=7383
night lighting effects
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=7137
non blinding sun
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=6468
aircraft vapour trails
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=7102
WarFX
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=8182
there are many more, just browse through.

Sounds - There change the in-game sounds. they give the game atmosphere, a real must.
VOP Sound
this one
but for more click here.

Islands - These are a must if your getting a bit borded of chernarus. Why not fight in the desert or in a snow world? (then you can download extra men and vehicles to use there).
Everon
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=7913&comments=1
Panthera
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=7467
Sbrodj
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=8274
Quesh-kibrul
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=8698
just click here for the complete and ever growing selection.

Optimization - if you've got an old rig, then addons which help optimise arma 2 performance are needed
A guide by dead3yez can be found here.

Others
if your a keen marksman, then check out these:
realistic ballistics and sights
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=6817
sight agustment
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=6494
there are hundreds.

MODS - to completely overhall your ArmA II experiance, then download some.

SLX a must to try out. It has many many features.
ACE the most anticipated mod of all time. every one should have this, a lot of servers run with this. IT IS A MUST.
also try zgubas gameplay modifications for some small but usefull gameplay changes


Tens of mods are realsed each week, each brining something new to the game, just check armaholic reguarly to find some new things.
There is no really must have mod. Its all personal preference, if you like the cold war then download P'85, if you dont like the sounds, get a sound mod.
To find out how to install them click.
Also, try Yoma's addon sync, with a click of a button you can download and install mods instantaneous for a specific MP server. real useful.
But remember I have only covered a small amount of mods here, THERE ARE HUNDREDS, so get looking!

Thanks for reading,
Grimfist.
Mods I am currently using:

This post was edited by Foxhound (2011-01-13 08:59, ago)


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#2 Posted at 2009-11-02 03:33        
     
very nice, many I missed!


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#3 Posted at 2009-11-02 04:11        
     
:yesThis is a great post and should definately be stickied. I know that a lot of people have been asking this question on the forums and this will be a great resource.

Again, nice work Grimfist, this must have taken you a long time to produce. Great work:thumb

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#4 Posted at 2009-11-03 01:41        
     
I made a similar post as this on another forum for a friend.
Mine may include a few more addons that Grimfist missed.

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#5 Posted at 2009-11-16 17:57        
     
Addonsync2009 is the way of the future i have added it to my server. soon you will not have to worry about wich addons you want as it allows you to down load the addons needed to play on that server i suggest to you and any one else that reads this try addonsync2009 no mission is unplayable and as a client all you need is to install and sync with server. this software at the moment is still only on 50 or so servers but as more server see the up side to this then i imagine it will take off.

To Mission editors: With this installed no mission will be unplayable due to the ammount of addons needed to play if your server is running a custom map this is your ticket to a full server.hope this helps

http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=8219

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#6 Posted at 2010-01-05 15:09        
     
Grimfist :

MODS - to completely overhall your ArmA II experiance, then download some.

SLX a must to try out. It has many many features.
ACE the most anticipated mod of all time. every one should have this, a lot of servers run with this. IT IS A MUST.
also try zgubas gameplay modifications for some small but usefull gameplay changes

Question: Can I run both of those at the same time?.......Thanks


I'd also like to add Linebackers ArmA Installer. Those boys made life easier and did a great job with that app.
http://www.linebackers.de/


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#7 Posted at 2010-01-22 03:12        
     
give this ago tonight.


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#8 Posted at 2010-01-27 12:11        
     
Challenger mod is no good it makes all my tanks invincible.


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#9 Posted at 2010-02-26 19:26        
     
This has helped alot since i started to toy with creating my on soldiers!!


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#10 Posted at 2011-10-02 06:52        
     
Is it to late to add my
AI Compilation List of Addons/Mods/Scripts & Misc
http://forums.bistudio.com/showthread.php?t=117674

also can we add COWarMod:
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=14699

which already has this list in the mod:
Grimfist :
Game interface AT's GUI pack (chat position, compass size, removes cursors, feild of veiw, no pherepial vision markers)
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=5908
Binocular change
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=6626
Compass change
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=6671
Better cross hair
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=7388
better nv
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=6188
Map Plus
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=8450
There are even more of these, just have a look here to find ones you might like to use.

Effects - These are mods which change the visual effects of the game.
fire mod
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=7383
night lighting effects
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=7137
non blinding sun
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=6468
aircraft vapour trails
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=7102
WarFX
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=8182
there are many more, just browse through.
as well as
MODS - to completely overhall your ArmA II experiance, then download some.

SLX a must to try out. It has many many features.
ACE the most anticipated mod of all time. every one - (Currently building an ACE comaptible version for CoWarMod)