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2nd Ranger

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  1. The Greeks understandably get really twitchy about people looking at their military items and certainly about recording it in any fashion


    it's something BIS should have been well aware of

    Yeah, particularly since the island authorities already made a statement condemning BIS's activites shortly after the game was announced. If the arrested guys were aware of that and they were trying to be covert with their photography, that might make it look even worse.

  2. It's just a stereotype among all other war game/movie stereotypes. Like MF said, it's a lack of imagination; using established conventions as an easy, paint-by-numbers way of characterization. The worst example I ever saw was that awful show Over There about Iraq. You had the no-nonsense, tough as nails Sergeant, the intellectual white guy, and the former black gangbanger on the SAW.

    Actually, check this out:


    The man with the LMG is not black! They have other roles.

    What's ironic about this is, although the SAW gunner is not black, the 'Miles' character's nickname is "8-Ball", the go-to nickname for black characters in Vietnam movies.

  3. I think from GamesCon 2011. As with previous videos, the animation system and transitions are not complete, but you can still see some of the improvements they've made.

    New Features (some of which not that impressive to people who never played the Arma series, cool for existing fans):

    Hands move on steering wheel

    Ability to attach satchel charges to vehicles

    Improved GL sight adjustment

    Deployable 'Bouncing-betty' style AP mines

    And a personal favourite - looks like you don't have to swim all the way to the god damn shore before you're allowed to stand up in 1 foot of water.

    A nice ragdoll example in there as well - that looked painful. The environment looks awesome, too.

  4. They did go some way to making things easier with the tutorials in OA, which were far more detailed than anything they'd done before. They should seriously focus on making the Editor easier to use though; for alot of people it is really the main feature of the game, so I think new users should be able to create a simple but fully functional mission without having to mess around with external scripts and HTML etc.

  5. It's a game you really need to put some time into before you realise if you like it or not. People have come into our TS channel sometimes and asked if it was any good, and I just can't recommend it to anyone outright. It is not a polished game, certainly not one you can just drop into, not least of all because of the learning curve of some aspects but also because playing a few quick missions is not going to demonstrate its full experience which, as you say, is huge.

    Here's to hoping they make Arma 3 a bit more user-friendly and, dare I say, accessible.

  6. High quality video of the E3 presentation:




    The environment looks outstanding. Ivan Buchta again confirms that every building in every town will be enterable, and that even the smallest towns have approximately 100 buildings. So they're all at least on the scale of the largest cities in Arma 2.

    You can also get a better look at the Ragdoll animations and particle effects ("we watched 2 hours of grenade explosions to get it right").


    of the same presentation. Just a different run through, you can see different Ragdoll reactions etc.
  7. Some Gamespot guys are at E3 right now streaming a live feed. They sat in on an Arma 3 presentation, which should be up on Youtube soon.

    There wasn't a whole lot of new information, but some in-game footage reveals or confirms the following:

    • In-mission weapon customization. Switch optics, suppressors, grips etc on the fly.
    • Improved water simulation; realistic wave effects, diving, piloting of Swimmer Delivery Vehicles.
    • Improved HALO/parachuting.
    • Volumetric clouds which realistically cast shadow on the environment.
    • Game world is 900 sq. km with over 50 villages, all buildings enterable and destructible.
    • 3D mission editor
    • Render-to-Texture (Mirrors, cameras etc)
    • Physics - Ragdoll animations, improved vehicle collision, object interactions.
    • Sandbox style SP campaign (no co-op campaign this time)

    Video. Starts at about 1:20.


    And here is the better-quality Gamespot feed, don't know how long that will stay up. BIS section starts at 2:12 with Carrier Command, then Take On Helicopters at 2:20, and 2:41 for Arma 3;

  8. ? The Arma 2 animations are all mo-capped. The actual animation system itself isn't great in terms of transitions, but it seems the new physics engine in Arma 3 will be used to improve the anims and the overall 'feel' of your character and movement. And from the looks of some screenshots, ragdoll is included. That shot with the explosion indicates that even if the death animations aren't fully dynamic, at least there will be death-specific anims, like 'grenade death', rather than the current model of the death anim being randomly chosen from the same pool, regardless of how the unit was killed.

    I'm liking the weapon and gear customization. Those shots of the guy in various states of undress - I wonder if that means you can actually 'dress' a unit how you want, for example stick a 'NATO Tactial Bandolier' on that guy in his skivvies and send him off to battle. It would be awesome if you could do that in the editor, but maybe it's just for your own character.

    Also, looks like the OPFOR are indeed Iranian, going by the flag.





  9. That's new, yes. Someone is in the process of developing a diving mod, but it's new to the actual series.

    For those who didn't follow the ARG, it's probable that submarines and SDVs will be making their first appearance as well. I guess that's probably the tail of an SDV visible in the screenshot.

    The mi-28/kamov hybrid ('Hamoc' as it's been dubbed) caused a huge debate on the BIS forum when a photograph showing one in the distance was discovered as a solution to one of the puzzles in the ARG. People were yelling IT'S A KAMOV LOOK AT THE ROTORS and the other side was like NO IT'S A HAVOC LOOK AT THE SHAPE OF IT THE ROTORS ARE AN OPTICAL ILLUSION

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