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I'm in the mood and mindset for a tactical and realistic war game. I remember trying Arma II when it was FTP for the weekend on steam a year or two ago, but now its only 19.99 and it wont break my bank if I don't like it.

Is there a strong following for this game? Or will I have a tough time finding populated servers. Any info is appreciated.

I know this game is hard as hell at first, I remember raging hard when I tried it, but after constant BF3 Alpha, Bad Company 2 and CSS, I need a change for a while.
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I bought it a month or so ago. You pretty much have to buy the complete pack with expansions, because all the populated servers run the latest expansions. I still have yet to experience the awesome online play I keep hearing about because I don't have the expansions.
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yes u will want to at least buy the "Combined Operations" which consists of ArmA II and its expansion Operation Arrowhead. the DLCs are optional,but if you want better texture and the singleplayer element of the DLC content you might want to buy them as well. DLC content is free in the form of very low resolution texture and unit models only.

although the number of players is not as great as other popular shooters,you will not find it hard to join a pub server during night time. many say to get a better experience of the game , you should join a clan or community group and play missions other than
Domination or Warfare. those missions arent actually bad for pub servers though.
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Good change.
I play arma2, blk ops and bc2, three different FPS gameplay.
Remember to install ACE, it makes the game even more realistic
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Arma 2 is free to play with 3 limitations: no single player campaign, no high graphics, no mods. Unfortunately a lot of servers use mods and require both Arma2 and A2: Operation Arrowhead (when you have both it's called A2: Combined Operations).

The problem (or the interesting part, depending on your tastes) with Arma 2 is that it's mostly co-operative missions against AI (which is kinda bad, as soon as they know you're there they'll shoot from 2 miles away with pin-point accuracy), or people plan a game in advance (in clans or communities).

If you want a tactical game that you can play against other people whenever you feel like it, try the Project Reality mod for BF2. It's less realistic, but there's always a few servers so you can play against other players instead of AI. No missions though.
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