Conclusion: If you're a fan of Bohemia's games then there is little doubt you will enjoy Operation Arrowhead , and perhaps that's the best way to conclude. Although it's a standalone game, on its own Operation Arrowhead is unlikely to sway you if you're not already a Military Simulator convert – certainly not with a retail price of almost twenty five quid.
Conclusion: was noticed inside the smaller buildings and guard posts, and during one scenario I "fell" out of a guard tower because of it. The musical score is a little more noticeable in the expansion, but it's predominantly during cutscenes, so it doesn't really break the flow of the game. The voice acting is still generally quite good, though there's some accents in there which are more jarring than in the original game, and thus tend to break the player out of the game.
Excerpt: ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead is the first expansion pack to the original game. It contains all new content surrounding a new campaign, which doesn’t require the original ArmA 2 game to play. Though it is an expansion, rather than a straight up sequel, it feels like a full stand alone expansion rather than the ones which seem a bit half hearted. It’s also still one of the most realistic military simulators out there.
Excerpt: Here I am once again, poised for virtual battle. I have my Mountain Dew. My flight stick is at the ready. We are "Good to go!" for immersion into Arma II: Operation Arrowhead . This is a standalone addition to Arma II and this was also my first time to touch any of the Arma series. That was a little weird given my love of First Person Shooters. I was not prepared for this level of detail. This is not a "hop in and shoot" casual FPS.
Excerpt: Usually when I'm handed down an assignment I know about the title a few days before the disc actually arrives on my front door. This gives me some time to peruse the developer's website, and watch whatever gameplay videos are available. Most of the time I don't really need to do this because there has been a decent amount of money poured into advertising and PR, but with ARMA series this was an encounter of the first kind.
Conclusion: You’ll be unhappy if you were hoping to see bugfixes and optimisations, however. Takistan is still home to an erratic framerate, temperamental engine and the kind of sloppy AI that remains completely oblivious until you start firing. If these troops are the best Takistan can bring to the battlefield, well, it’s no wonder you can plough through Operation Arrowhead so easily.