COMBAT ARMS REVIEW
Although you might well be suspicious of so-called "free-to-play"
gaming, there are some aspects of it you just can't argue with. Visit a
website. Get a sense of what it's offering you. Download the client.
Install it. Jump into the game. Enjoy, or if you don't - uninstall. No
loss. Nothing spent.Then, of course, there are the aspects of
free-to-play games that cause that suspicion. Most notably the fact
that, inevitably, the games will encourage you to get out your wallet
and pay through "micro-transactions". They manage this with varying
degrees of subtlety. Combat Arms - a Counter-Strike-style multiplayer
FPS from the Korean pioneers of the freebie MMO, Nexon - gives the
impression that it's going to be reasonably tolerable, more Windsor
Davis than R Lee Ermey. At the time of writing, though, much remains to
be seen: micro-transactions for real-world currency have yet to be
implemented in the European Combat Arms, which went from open beta to
official launch in mid-January, six months after the American launch.Combat
Arms joins other free-to-play titles set in a comparable modern warfare
context, such as War Rock and the controversial US army "recruitment"
tool, America's Army. Indeed, 2009 looks set to be a good year for F2P
multiplayer shooters: EA's Battlefield Heroes should be with us fairly
soon and looks set be hugely entertaining, and then there's id's Quake
Live.As discussed in October's closed beta hands-on,
Combat Arms seems decidedly old-school in the age of COD4 and World at
War. Even graphically - it serves up environments that feel like
something from a generation or two ago (one map, Brushwood, played
around a downed plane in a jungle clearing, is bordered by flat walls
of texture-mapped foliage). However, unsophisticated visuals don't
undermine the game's dynamics.Anyone who's played FPS games over
the past five or ten years should be able to dive straight in and feel
comfortable with the six modes: classic deathmatch (One Man Army); team
deathmatch (Elimination); Capture the Flag (my personal favourite,
since it's not just about how good a shot you are); the
Counter-Strike-esque Search & Destroy; and the newest addition, Spy
Hunt, which doesn't really seem to have caught on, as it's a tad
The weapons and gear are very much Combat Arms' strong point. The range
comprises 14 assault rifles, five machine guns, eight SMGs, eight
sniper rifles, ten pistols, no less than seven shotguns, six grenades,
and some interesting support gear, like heartbeat sensors. Then there's
a variety of armour and headgear, which can offer protection and speed
percentage variations. The guns, meanwhile, can be modded with clips,
scopes and suppressors. And that's just so far - Nexon has pledged it
will roll out new content regularly. Nexon also seems to be
pretty savvy about some of the game's potential issues. For example,
you hire gear with GPs ("gear points"), something you garner from
kills, wins and levelling up. One concern is that to be able to hang on
to your gear, you'll need to keep playing - a lot - and to get the very
best gear, you'll have to play exponentially more.
ALL THE VIDEO THAT WHERE HERE ARE NOW IN THE VIDEO SECTION I UPLOADED THEM THERE OK.
<!-- begin content -->Weekly Briefing
Date: Jul. 2,
Communiqué: Combat Arms Command, July 2, 2010
not scared of the dark, are you soldier? You will be when you get your
boots on the ground in the new Combat Arms map, Dark Forest! The release
of the new map is this week's big news along with the launch of the new
Rec Rules server with the new Super Soldier option. There are
some great new equipment drops with new weapons, gear and even a new
Our Item of the Week this week is the awesome G3 and
we'll talk to some of your fellow Combat Arms soldiers to see what they
think of it. We're also going to give you a bit of help with Super
Elite Moderator status as well as introduce you to Baxstar, a Combat
Arms soldier who produces great video reviews of Combat Arms
weapons. Check out everything that happened this week in Combat Arms and
always remember that the only thing wrong with the Second Amendment is
that the Founders didn't put it first!
Operation: Dark Forest
Prepare to engage in the battle of a
lifetime in Dark Forest, the newest map in Combat Arms! Central Command
is also bringing you Rec Rules on the Papa Server, with the exclusive
Super Soldiers option, and dropping new supplies to help you: new
weapons, new gear, and an exclusive clan item!
Good luck, brave soldiers!
Rec Rules (Beta) is Here!
Combat Arms is bringing
you a whole new FPS experience with Rec Rules(Beta) on
the Papa Server! Recreational (Rec) Rules are a brand new set of playing
rules, created to provide you with the less rigorous, leisurely gameplay
that even the most focused soldier occasionally needs. It's live now,
so jump in and play!
HiSec Drop Event
June 11th and July 11th, you may notice that HiSec Cases look a little
different. Well they are a little different! We're celebrating the
famous world soccer tournament with soccer ball HiSec Cases! Black HiSec
Cases and Gold HiSec Balls now contain bundles of 7 Black HiSec Keys,
the L96A1 Ghillie, the AK-74U Gold, and Codename: Hawk!
Gooooooooooooo get 'em!
Item of the Week
This week’s item of the week is the G3. The G3
is a highly reliable rifle widely used by soldiers around the world. The
G3 is often seen as a "generalist" weapon, very useful in a variety of
contexts. With an added scope, it makes for a good sniper rifle. Used as
a standard assault rifle, its power and low recoil make it very good
for mid-range fighting on maps like Vertigo and Dark Forest. Its weight
makes it a poor choice for fighters who rely on speed, it's light enough
not to hamper most soldiers. The main drawback of the G3 is its 20-shot
magazine capacity. This is somewhat made up for by its excellent
accuracy, making this a great choice for a soldier who relies on being a
good shot rather than spraying lots of bullets in the air.
see what a few of your fellow Combat Arms players had to say:
"The G3 is good in pretty much all
quarters combat (close and range). Best with an Acog scope since its
accuracy is very similar to that of the M416CQB. Recoil pattern is
different from M416CQB. the pattern is somewhat diagonal. Also very
similar to CX4 Storm. I think that this gun is good for anyone whether
they are 'noob' or 'pro'." – Alan D.
"The G3 is a smart
gun to use in junk flea for it's overwhelming power of close combat. 20
bullets , like the SG550, is like coming with a good fast reloader.
Modding it with the extended magazine I will also help for more ammo.
This old style gun is really supportive as well! The black scouts will
be running away when they see this old but still great AK-like gun.– Andy O..
is a very good multi-purpose gun for those of you who need the close
quarters power and the long range accuracy. I adapted mine with an
extended mag II, as well as an Itech scope which has made it practically
recoil free. G3 is best adapted to in small maps but can be taken out
to the snow or such and used for longer distances with a bit of
practice." - Krissy T.
New to Weekly Briefing? Welcome to basic training,
maggot! This is where we direct you to areas of interest and give you
tips on things that recruits should really know in order to become
effective in the fight faster! This week's question:
What is the Super Elite
those of you who want the experience of hosting your own "server," as
you would in a peer-to-peer game, the Super Elite Moderator will make it
possible. With the Elite Moderator abilities to control the rules of
combat and be able to kick abusive players from the game, it also pushes
your room to the top of the list, and allows 2 Arms options to be set
Don't forget, it's your responsibility to use
your abilities to provide a positive play environment; otherwise your
rating as a moderator will be affected.
Baxstar Reviews the G3
The G3 has become a very popular weapon really quickly.
Community member Baxstar has put together a great video review giving
you all you need to know about the gun including how it feels to fire,
and tips for becoming a better player. Check out this video and all his
other reviews as well! Baxstar provides a great service for all Combat
Arms players, so let him know how much you appreciate it!
Combat Arms on Facebook
Have you joined us on Facebook yet?
We can’t thank you enough for the great response to our
Facebook page. If you haven’t joined yet, join today to keep up with
the latest on Combat Arms, take part in some fun activities, win
contests and maybe even get yourself quoted in the Weekly Briefing. Tell
your friends that the Combat Arms Facebook page is the place to be!
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