ArmA II: Army of the Czech Republic Review
ArmA II: Army of the Czech Republic Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Bohemia Interactive
Pub: Bohemia Interactive
Release: September 12, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Strong Language, Violence

For starters, there's a total of 15 new campaign and scenario missions that, for all their infuriating clunkiness, are actually pretty creative at times. The plot—presented without cutscenes or videos of any kind—is that while the civil war from the previous game is over, there is still unrest to pacify and war criminals to capture, and the task has been given to the Czech army. It's nice to have a full map to roam instead of being funneled down a linear path, the vehicles are a blast despite their often awkward controls, and one mission even has you following a dog as it tracks down bad guys. Bohemia Interactive, for all its flaws, has delivered the goods that its hardcore fans are looking for, and it's hard to blame them for that.

ArmA II: Army of the Czech Republic Screenshot

For players who prefer creating their own missions, playing mods, and exploring multiplayer, Army of the Czech Republic offers a whole slew of new resources. (You can get these for free with low-quality textures, via the DLC's "lite version," or pay for the expansion and get the high-quality goods.) Though the sun-soaked new areas you'll explore are in fictional countries, you'll see the equipment of the Czech army in all its real-life glory, complete with countless guns and vehicles. The Czech Republic was clearly chosen because Bohemia is located there—in a sense, the game is a tribute to the developers' home country and its military.

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If you found ArmA II insufferable, you're not alone, and this expansion will do nothing to change your mind. You should wait until ArmA III and hope the gameplay has been streamlined without being dumbed down. But if you're one of the ArmA faithful, Army of the Czech Republic manages to inject new life into a dated game with fresh missions and resources, and it's an obvious buy.

By
Robert VerBruggen
Contributing Writer
Date: September 20, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.9
Graphics
They're not particularly impressive.
2.0
Control
It feels like the developers tried to make them clunky.
2.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
They're good, but not good enough to make up for the lack of an on-screen indicator of where gunshots come from.
3.8
Play Value
This one's for the faithful, but it's exactly what they want.
3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Bolster the Arma sandbox with a range of authentic Czech Army units and vehicles, including the L-159 Alca, Pandur II, and Dingo infantry mobility vehicle.
  • Pick from a range of new weapons, including those developed with Česká zbrojovka a.s.: CZ 805 BREN, CZ Scorpion EVO III, and CZ 75 PHANTOM.
  • Deploy across fifteen new missions in the singleplayer campaign, scenarios, and procedural template gameplay modes.
  • Explore the two new summer-season terrains: Bystrica and Bukovina.


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