Since the advent of the first-person shooter (FPS) genre of videogames in the mid-1970s, gamers have become increasingly obsessed with more engaging and immersive experiences. Popularized in the early '90s, FPS games have evolved from the days of floating guns with Rambo-like invincibility running roughshod through Castle Wolfenstein or Hell, blasting nasty Nazis and demons alike.
Now, with 4K resolutions, accelerated processors and large memory capacities, FPS games are increasingly immersive. Advanced enemy AI use real-world flanking and cover tactics. The environment is no longer a static backdrop but is now an integral and dynamic aspect of the games with fluid destruction mechanics. And the guns are more realistic with regard to ballistics than ever.
For those who are seeking the quintessential military simulation experience in a massive military sandbox, or gamers just looking for a deeper and yet still accessible FPS, check out Arma 3. Developed and published by Bohemia Interactive, Arma 3 is the premier military simulation PC game, featuring authentic combined arms and combat on unrestricted large-scale terrains. And I mean large.
Here are five reasons you'll want to play Arma 3.
Massive Sandbox Terrain
Bohemia has created a realistic, albeit fictional, Mediterranean island setting that covers an area over 290 km2. That's a lot of terrain to explore anytime, especially when you have the freedom to go anywhere you want.
Authentic Weapon Handling
In Arma 3, things like your stamina, load and size of your firearm of choice affect your weapon sway and inertia. Plus the game features a realistic simulation of bullet drop/ballistics. This means it truly matters what type of firearm you choose to use in various situations; something Guns & Ammo fans will appreciate.
Combined Arms Combat
While exploring these massive areas, players aren't restricted to infantry warfare — there are also jeeps, APCs, tanks, helicopters, jets, boats and an array of other vehicles available at your disposal.
Solo Missions & Large Scale Multiplayer
The single-player content of the game of Arma 3 offers players showcase missions, tutorials and a campaign. But where Arma 3 really shines is the multiplayer. Featuring massive 128-player battles online, cooperative simulations, survival, sector control, last man standing, civilian role-play modes.
Content Creation & Modding
The ability to create new content or mod the game, which allows players to create custom missions, multiplayer modes, weapons and vehicles are a hugely popular feature of Arma 3. The recent introduction of an in-game 3D scenario editor makes this easier than ever.
To put it simply, Arma 3 will keep you busy for a long, long time.
And if that's not all, a new, expanded version, Arma 3 Apex, has just been released. This adds a fictional 100 km2 South Pacific island archipelago, Tanoa, and over 13 new weapons from fictional AK interpretations to near-future firearms based on existing prototypes.