I have played Arma Reforger for quite a bit now. Only game I am playing on PC at the minute. This is brief and I know leaves out many bugs.
Firstly I will say I am slightly Bias, having played Arma from the end life of 1 up to 3 and being the soul reason I built my PC's, have all the games and DLC.
First the cons.
Been widely reported the connection issues, a shame really, has ruined the reviews and enjoyment of of the game.
Lack of content and the price to be a beta tester, essentially. This for me is not so bad and I will tell you why as someone who does not pre order.. If a dev said to me when they showed off them shots of the new engine in December "hey, would you pay 30 euro to play on this".. I would have said hell yeah and I can guess many others would have too , this I am sure of. Been a long time between Arma and I understand that with the new Engine seems worth it tho so far, so I was happy to buy. It is not a bad business move by BIS and I would have voted on that move myself and gladly took the flack with a pinch of salt.
OK the pros.
They listened to their supporters. I am hoping they are pushing the envelope and are looking to go further.
Gone is the extra clunky. Climbing over obstacles has added a new dimension to the battlefield. No longer easy pickings just looking only at the gate of a compound when in vanilla Arma, danger in every corner. Movement is greatly improved and animations great. The driving is great fun again more animations buffed, and can't wait to see what more they have up their sleeve. Radios, proper working radios.
The only things holding Arma back was its availability and how bad it ran, clunky bits aside. Arma 3 came out in 2013 and still had people buying DLC to now, why? because it gave players something other games didn't, couldn't or wouldn't.
I was apprehensive that they might do as all the other short sighted games companies seem to be at and wreck their game trying to be more casual and appeal to an audience that does not exist, Battlefield 2042. Dice just cannot read the room, it baffles me how oblivious to it they are and from the end product it seems they no longer understand what people once loved about their games. These should be obvious but it seems too many Devs and games companies cannot see the shit through the stars.
So far Arma Reforger stuck to its guns it is Arma, no mini map? just a compass, ha ballsy. I applaud the decision maker for some good fun getting lost in that map, banding together and figuring out our location, I say map, a work of Art.
I never really got to enjoy this map as much as I should, as it was before my time and I had not the pc to run it great even if I wanted to. The Map in Arma Reforger is a thing of beauty, I cannot stress that enough. Thanks to a flipped jeep and no mini map, I got lost going across some fields and coming across random houses, then I got lost in the beauty of the Island. The levels of little details from a lawnmower in the garden, scenes crafted with love. Driving around this in the rain is so god damn good.
No gps no mini map, finding a fire fight off in the distance just on sounds alone, the adrenaline as you are under fire or explosions going off. So nice, they had already started these improvements in Arma3 with the sound and it is only getting better. Congrats and hats off to the sound guys, out there recording and bringing that extra level of immersion.
I hope they do Arma Reforger + 4 and the supporters of the game proud by upping the ante and not shying away. They have seen how popular the mods like Ace and that were, making the game a deeper experience, obviously adding aspects of them in Reforger. I know Reforger is not Arma 4 but it is damn fun when it rocks and feels exactly like an Arma game should minus the trash 😄. When they solve them connection issues it will ramp up. I hope they work on Ai and give it a serious boost for all the cool co op missions and single player people (I love both MP, Co Op and single) and get it nailed down for Arma 4. They have to see all the youtube players on them Milsim missions using AI. It will be worth the effort.
You can shit on my opinion all you want, I insist. Have fun.