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Tiscali Games have released their review of Arma2: Operation Arrowhead.
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was so kind to take the time and translate the Czech review into English, you can read the translation here
It is worth to mention Tiscali Games gives OA a score of 7 out of 10, specially remembering their previous Arma (p)reviews.
What will your rig say?
What almost didn't change from ArmA II is the hardware requirements and even after the proclaimed improvements is still very much above average as with the same computer that ran already the original ArmA II (C2D 3.0GHz, 3GB RAM, N260GTX 896MB, driver 197.45) I had to use the LOW global graphic detail settings to reach the acceptable 35-40 FPS at today's slightly larger resolution of 1680x1050.
The internal benchmark did show me a nice average of 46 frames per second (FPS) but in some more intense situation it easily hit 25 and bellow at which point I wasn't even able to hit the broad side of a barn. Thankfully even at such low options the image was still of a better quality than in the original game at the same setting so even after this FPS instability I have to confirm that this expansion, which doesn't require the original game by the way, looked and ran a bit better than the original.
As a positive I couldn't find any significant bugs and its content is again very rich. That deserves a mention due to the lower price for which the game together with Czech subtitles will be sold here both separate and together with the original ArmA II. For the second time again you have to get over the obviously higher hardware requirements and mainly with some bugs, mainly when it comes to the behavior of AI infantry and driving which unnecessarily hinder the game, almost the same as with the original.
For Arma fans a sure deal as the expansion is packed with diverse content both for one and more players. We have to praise the new campaign in a different setting and with new units and vehicles which is a job well done for an expansion. On the other hand again for the second time there are bugs and weird issues which don't appear in other games as much. Praise deserves the reasonably low price and Czech localization.
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