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  1. Okay so, weeks ago I played the Laws of War story campaign. There was a segment where... So yeah, I really don't get this bit. Was this talk of...
  2. Yeah, if they haven't already replaced CTRG's black MX-series weapons with SPAR-16s (maybe even in the East Wind campaign as well - only for owners of APEX) then they should - it would make a lot more sense.
  3. Yeah but they didn't use SPAR-16s on Altis, only on Tanoa? Also, that visual depiction of...
  4. I've only just heard about this mission (I somehow missed it when I used to play ArmA II), it sounds like it's going to be absolutely amazing! Can't wait to play it on MP with my buddies.
  5. 1. For the "hard" variant, perhaps revive should be off to provide more of a challenge to the player / provides an experience closer to the original? The easier variants should definitely have revive functions. 2. That's up to you, I wouldn't mind a bit of randomness if you're willing to implement it. 3. I'm not sure at the moment, I'll try to think of some. Did you have any ideas of existing modules that could be implemented? 4. I'm not sure, it's up to you. 5. I'll have a think about it, maybe even re-visit some of the missions in the old campaign to remember things that were wrong with them. I do remember that I had a major issue with the cutscenes (the ones that occur in between missions) in the original IF campaigns - they were just terribly paced and prone to lagging. Perhaps they should be in video format, like the ones in APEX / Operation Black Gauntlet (PMC)?
  6. I would definitely love a port of Antistasi to IFA3, if possible. It is currently - in my opinion - the best dynamic co-op mission made for ArmA 3. I believe it is also quickly becoming one of the most popular missions out there as well. I think that it'd be perfect for a Polish guerilla fighter scenario.
  7. Yes, that would be an amazing idea! I would definitely lend my support as a tester to such a co-op campaign mod, and a video series with me and my friends immediately upon final release to advertise them. I've been dying for a good co-op campaign ever since the failure of APEX's, and I'm sure many people feel the same as I did about it. There are hardly any community-made co-op campaigns for A3, and this would fill a huge niche - perhaps has the potential to get lots of small groups of players into IFA3 as well. In my opinion, either campaign would be fine to play in IFA3 co-op, but the German one I thought was a slightly better experience than the Russian one when I last played it many years ago (it had a better story, more interesting missions - especially the one where you had to get back to friendly lines while commanding the squad for the first time - etc). Regarding co-op mechanics: • Revive - YES - This is definitely a must. At least, there should be an option in the parameters for players who want it. Revive mechanics in most co-op games add in a sense of reliability upon other players to stick with other players, just incase they fall. In my opinion, it improves the co-op experience. • Respawn - NO - A respawn mechanic should definitely be a big, fat "no". Or again, at the very least, an option in the parameters - able to turn it off. After witnessing that design decision in APEX's campaign, I have no desire for that to be in my co-op playthroughs. It totally kills any sense of risk / accomplishment as there would be no ability to fail the mission. Mission designers shouldn't be afraid of allowing a player to fail. If a player is afraid of being killed outright while another player is still alive which leaves them with nothing to do, then the revive mechanic should make it so that a downed member stays downed permanently until revived - if all players are down, then the mission automatically fails since nobody is there to revive anyone.
  8. jinzor

    What Makes a Good Arma Campaign?

    4:21 is exactly what I've always wanted from an official ArmA campaign.
  9. I don't think you give "younger boys" enough credit in their ability to figure out new game mechanics / concepts by themselves or in facing new challenges. And like IndeedPete is saying, there's nothing wrong with adding options - this campaign, at the moment, desperately needs extra parameters (e.g. disable spawn) to appeal to an even bigger crowd which includes their core audience, who play the official ArmA content on a regular basis and who actually care about ArmA's content. At the moment, it only caters to those who have no interest in experiencing what ArmA is really about, which I had no desire in supporting until it was revealed to me on the dev branch what I'd be getting. If there are options available to make it more difficult for the more slightly more experienced players or veterans of the series, then everyone will be satisfied.
  10. jinzor

    What Makes a Good Arma Campaign?

    I'd like to raise a point that nobody has really brought up yet: CO-OP Apex Protocol is a very bad example of a co-op campaign made in recent memory of the series. Remember that there have been a few campaigns in the past, such as Harvest Red and Operation Black Gauntlet, that have been really fun to play with a few other people by your side. I'm not saying a campaign should be focused completely on co-op, but having the option in there would be great for people, such as myself, who'd like to play with a few friends within a self-contained, well-presented storyline, as well as having the option to play it in SP. It's better than just playing a single, short scenario which hasn't got much meaning on its own all the time. If you also have to command a few dudes with you all the time in the SP as a squad leader, why not replace them with actual, real players who have brains and can look after themselves? So far I haven't seen a single co-op campaign produced by the community. Perhaps the next campaign project that somebody starts up should step up to the challenge and show BIS how it ought to be done?
  11. Agreed. While BIS have managed to pull off massive, beautiful landscapes in ArmA 3, they haven't properly utilized them to reveal their real potential in the official content. All of their missions just feel small, linear and generic. I didn't mind what happened with East Wind - that needed to get pumped out after the rough patch in development (plus, it's an alright starting place for beginners to understand the core gameplay mechanics - including the separate showcase content) - but future official scenario / campaign content needs to get interesting again, otherwise I'm just going to totally ignore their stuff and wait for decent community missions to come out instead.
  12. It'd be fantastic if East Wind got a co-op option similar to previous ArmA campaigns (host plays Kerry, three nameless guys just follow / assume vision of Kerry during cutscenes - they're just tagging along for the ride). This is because, when I played with my three friends on Apex Protocol (who are only interested in ArmA for the multiplayer - we played Harvest Red, Operation Arrowhead together in previous titles, which they enjoyed), they were completely confused as to the pacing of the Apex Protocol story - to them, it seemed to just start without any sort of explanation to the situation or goal of the campaign and made absolutely no sense. I was the only one of the group who actually started and completed East Wind - it felt natural that Apex Protocol was really just an ending to East Wind's story rather than a self-containing story of itself. When I was explaining all of this to them, their first question to me was - "is it co-op?" - to which I replied that it wasn't. But... why does East Wind have to not be co-op? I think it could definitely work, a lot of things would need to be altered to fit the other three players, but it could work - it would tie in nicely with Apex Protocol as well, and immediately provide 20 or more missions of official co-op content (I always thought that the "Patrol" sections needed extra squad members any way).
  13. Before I give actual feedback, let me say this. The more I play this new co-op campaign, the more I wish ArmA II's "Harvest Red" or "Operation Black Gauntlet" style of co-op campaign came back. I believe that they were, in terms of story progression and mission structure, the best co-op campaigns made by BIS. Sure, they were a bit buggy at times, the presentation was wonky (i.e. the voice acting, music and stiff animations), and immediately failing the mission outright when one of you died was frustrating, but its sheer scale for allowing a variety of different strategies and tactics (short-term and long-term), its challenging nature and the fact that you could fail an objective or the mission yet still complete the chapter to finish the rest of the campaign made them unique. You also had to make decisions that could come back to help you later / bite you in the arse, or suffer from poor strategy / time management. Multiple, meaningful endings was icing on the cake. It was like everything you did mattered, which felt very immersive in that regard. Even Operation Arrowhead had that as well (but was a weird 4-player co-op experience - would have been better suited for 10 players instead due to its scale and multiple squads, otherwise it just felt like each player was playing by themselves. It wasn't user-friendly for beginners, who didn't know how to command, either). With that in mind, here's the actual feedback on this campaign. In Apex Protocol, you have none of what I mentioned above - no consequential story / mission structure, more of the same boring missions which we've all played a million times before (start here, run there, shoot them, run to extract - *yawn*), and most importantly - it has no challenge. You literally cannot fail with the new infinite respawn mechanic. Without any of these things, it just makes the campaign dull. It lacks depth and difficulty - dying has no negative consequence as you can just immediately come back up and ignore what happened - it doesn't punish you for recklessly throwing away your life, which can encourage newer players to play recklessly in other gamemodes (they'll have a shock when they realise that most other ArmA missions are completely different - usually if you die, you will fail). There isn't much point having this new revive mechanic if you can just respawn in half a minute even closer to your designated objective. It would have been better to let anyone incapacitated last for a while in that state (maybe 2 or 3 minutes rather than 10 seconds). If everyone dies, the mission is called off and you have to restart. That would immediately add a sense of challenge and difficulty to the missions. If you're playing by yourself or with missing players, you should definitely have the option to take command of AIs if you wish - where the AI can also pick you back up if you get incapacitated. Some people do like the experience of commanding a squad. Without a doubt, the infinite respawn thing I think is just terrible and should be reverted back one of the previous setups in co-op scenarios (e.g. when all players die out, the mission fails), otherwise there is no sense of failure, therefore boring. ArmA's co-op campaigns, even single player campaigns, have previously been about, and should always be about, making decisions which can have an affect on your overall playthrough and final outcome, ranging from best to worst (minimum of three - good, neutral, bad). In this campaign, just like in East Wind, we are told exactly what we have to do in a linear fashion, with no decision making at all. The only sort of decision you and your team can make is how you wish to approach a given objective - go on the hill and snipe them from a distance until they're thinned out, or rush in full guns blazing? That's okay, but there is still no over-arching decision making or long-term strategies to be made at all which I feel massively benefited previous ArmA campaigns. You can't even fail for time - if you leave your game running for three hours with no enemies to shoot you, nothing will happen. Royal Flush, Harvest Red, Operation Arrowhead and Operation Black Gauntlet all had that, even Operation Crimson Lance had a bit of it as well, and they all felt like unique experiences worth revisiting to see how your next playthrough would go out. East Wind and Apex Protocol feel a little more well-presented and stable (voice acting, music etc), but they feel way less immersive (not because of its future setting), and not worth replaying. I'd take a campaign with wonky presentation and a variety of outcomes / consequences / interesting mission objectives over a campaign with mediocre presentation and linear progression / generic mission objectives, that could have been put together by the community in a month or two, any day. If that's the direction that they're going to take for future official ArmA campaign installments, then you can count me out. I forgave East Wind due to that fiasco with the two devs being imprisoned which may have hindered development. I praised them for eventually delivering the campaign, even if it wasn't that good compared to the previous ones and not the one that they had originally planned to do (it was originally meant to be a sort of open-world, RPG-style campaign), but this was just unacceptable. It has really hurt my faith in BIS' ability to produce good, interesting scenarios - ones which require real thought and effort to succeed in anymore. If this co-op campaign was meant to symbolically be the "APEX" (meaning the highest point of achievement) of ArmA 3's official multiplayer content, then that's really sad. EDIT: Sorry for being negative in this post, but I am being genuinely honest here (if nobody criticises it, how will mistakes be corrected?). The co-op campaign as it stands, in my opinion, is just bad. It's not a good representation of what ArmA is about. It felt embarassing having to type up my thoughts on this as well, since I was actually looking forward to this campaign. I've been waiting for a good co-op campaign experience in ArmA 3 ever since East Wind.
  14. Awesome! Can't wait to play it! I suppose it's out of the question to ask for a cheap co-op version of the campaign in addition to what you're doing? I wouldn't even mind if the team leader were the main character and the others were just along for the ride; unable to trigger any events.
  15. Hi there, I've been wanting to get started on a project to enhance my concept art/2D (texture)/3D skills, and I've been interested in the idea of creating a mod to fit with ArmA III's setting (near-future (2035), Europe in economic troubles, facing increased isolation from the United States (i.e. they're pulling out a lot of their military from Europe to focus on the Pacific. This is because the USA are in roughly the same boat economically and can't afford to look after Europe as much as it used to. This, in turn, creates a more unified European continent, which in turn creates a more unified European military), the east (particularly CSAT) threatening Europe's security). I thought that maybe a fictional European Union military force could be a good idea. However, I would want to try and fit it with ArmA III's setting as much as possible (not too futuristic, believable, yet unique). However, in order to achieve the "believable" side of this, I am asking for the community's help on technical issues I may encounter with ArmA III/weapon tech specs or for your own ideas on how this faction could be portrayed (gear, weapons, maybe backstory). I plan on creating the actual soldiers and weapons first, above all else (otherwise, it will not work). The vehicles and other assets can wait until later. Here are some questions I've got right now before I start anything; 1. Is the current, real life "Eurocorps" (link below) really the first step to creating a unified European army, or is it just a type of peacekeeping force for Europe? Should I name this fictional European army the "Eurocorps" or give it an entirely different name and logo? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurocorps 2. Is the gear used by NATO in ArmA III just used by the USA, or is it used by NATO as a whole? I'd rather make my own, unique gear for the Europeans if I can. 3. If there were a unified European army, would it speak a multitude of languages or pick just one to avoid language confusion? If so, which language would this likely be? English? 4. Which camouflages (woodland, desert, urban, autumn, something to fit Altis, whatever) do you think would realistically be chosen for a unified European army? I'd like to go for something that would stand out among NATO, AAF and CSAT (so that means nothing plain, nothing digital, nothing hexagonal). EDIT: I've now chosen the H&K G36 instead, not the Steyr AUG. 5. Which assault rifle would likely be a standard issue for a unified European army? At first I was thinking something like the F2000, but that is currently in the game (and I want to make something new). Maybe the AUG would be a good choice? The AUG could fit for a near-future setting as well since it looks pretty slick, is currently used by a lot of countries around the world, and is a contender to replace France's FAMAS in the next few years (sign of the future in ArmA?). 6. Presuming I pick the Steyr AUG to be the service rifle of this fictional European army in the mod (I believe it to be a good choice), what kind of modifications could be applied to it to make it feel more unique/futuristic? Could the ammunition/barrel be changed? What potential new name could it be given (this is also to fit ArmA III's setting as well; most of the guns in the game use different names and are slightly fictionalised, making them their own guns in their own right)? 7. Would it be realistic to give the European army's optics (i.e. holographic sights, laser pointers, etc) blue colours (to fit with their theme), or is that just pure fantasy? 8. Are there currently any major defence projects being developed by European countries which could potentially, realistically, be included into this mod (gear, weapons, vehicles, anything (e.g. F-35 for the USA/UK, Future Force Warrior for the USA))? Mood Board FELIN-system (France) - Potential European soldier gear/camouflage (helmet, backpack, vest, clothing)? http://strikehold.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/felin_full.jpg http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/75nbWXDmWtc/maxresdefault.jpg http://www.army-technology.com/projects/felin/images/5-felin-helmet.jpg http://www.armyrecognition.com/images/stories/news/2012/november/Felin_Sagem_individual_combat_system_Future_soldier_equipment_France_French_defence_industry_military_technology_001.jpg http://dmn.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Felin-Soldier-System.jpg http://www.defense.gouv.fr/var/dicod/storage/images/base-de-medias/images/actualites/diaporama/systeme-oculaire-a-vision-deportee-ovd/1076967-1-fre-FR/systeme-oculaire-a-vision-deportee-ovd.jpg http://www.army-technology.com/projects/felin/images/2-felin-system.jpg http://www.armyrecognition.com/images/stories/europe/france/military_equipment/felin_sagem/pictures/felin_future_soldier_infantryman_military_equipment_Integrated_Dismounted_Soldier_System_Sagem_Defense_Securite_France_French_Army_003.jpg http://www.soldiermod.com/summer-08/images/articles/programmes/eda-1.jpg http://soldiersystems.net/blog1/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/felin1-375x420.jpg http://defense-update.com/images_new1/future_headgear.jpg http://www.sciencephoto.com/image/361957/530wm/T9800152-Military_technology-SPL.jpg G36A2 - Potential European service rifle? http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130405000341/zombie/images/b/bd/G36A2.jpg Glock - Potential European sidearm? http://i1.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article1528681.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Glock%2017-1528681 AS50 / DSR50 - Potential European sniper rifles? http://world.guns.ru/userfiles/images/sniper/sn67/ai-as50-0.jpg http://world.guns.ru/userfiles/images/sniper/sn85/dsr50.jpg MP7 - Potential European SMG? http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m5sljbIJHo1rt6ar0o1_500.jpg
  16. jinzor

    13€ DLC, hefty price for 2 choppers

    I think I'm going to wait until the price lowers. Who really cares about time trials? They're really boring. If this DLC actually added some proper missions with a story which featured the new flight models + helicopters in the DLC (e.g. during the East Wind campaign, you're a random pilot who performs CAS missions or transport/support missions with helicopters, adding more depth to the original story), then I would have bought it in a second (before you say anything, no, I am not making my own missions for that. I am busy enough as it is and do not have the time what with my university degree).
  17. jinzor

    Next DLC and Expansion Speculation

    Wow, that latest DLC announcement felt so underwhelming. I really want more content in ArmA III, but I will be passing this one for now, at least until it gets a bit cheaper.
  18. I already mentioned this to you before on Steam, but after I showed my friends (the ones who play WLA with me on 4-coop version) my British voice over stuff for the main character currently in WLA, they were all like "But you play as an American (based on American arm-patch, camouflage, American teams etc), that makes no sense". A nationality selection for you and your team (based maybe on character selection (i.e. American (normal Eng radio lines), British (BritEng radio lines), NATO (NATO has FIA/AAF voice overs. It's left ambiguous as to which country they represent. People with enabled European faction mods can change clothes to fit)), with appropriate clothes at spawn (e.g. British start with CTRG camo), would be a nice touch to creating the character you want to play as. My voice overs could apply to the British selection, while somebody else could voice the other nationality selections.
  19. Amazing voice acting, way better than mine. I should just stick to civilians or HQ/radio-related roles; I don't have that type of tough-guy, graspy attitude sound as this guy, my voice sounds more like a rookie or intelligence officer voice, like in the video below. I guess it can fit on one of the main player characters for more variety, though, but I need to do some voice overs which don't sound like they're undercover (that's why I'm whispering and being disrespectful, because I'm supposed to be talking to a whiny little civilian. It doesn't fit when you're not undercover; why would you whisper to a soldier when there's not supposed to be a fight taking place?). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M7nkc5ngxk
  20. Man, my voice is so raspy after all that voice acting. Can't wait to hear it myself when I play it!
  21. jinzor

    Next DLC and Expansion Speculation

    Wouldn't Chernarus be the closest thing to a Ukrainian setting? Disgruntled ethic Russian settlers, country on the Black Sea (in this case called the "Green Sea"), Russia and NATO getting involved, same kind of environment (although based on a real-life Czech area), etc. ---------- Post added at 03:33 ---------- Previous post was at 03:28 ---------- It's revealed in the good ending that NATO will eventually give up Altis to expanding CSAT influence. Seeing how CSAT also manage to acquire Altis in the other ending, where they invade it, I can safely assume that Altis is under CSAT control during the expansion's campaign. What we don't know is whether or not Miller got that device (on either ending; Miller never said they got the device back on board if you did save it... maybe in both endings he failed?).
  22. I haven't updated the thread in 2 months, but I've been working on it on and off due to sudden university work that needed doing some times, like right now (uni ends in early May). So far I only have the new vest and helmet models completed (and, obviously, the IND main clothes texture... I'd use my own model, but for now, I think theirs is good enough). I need to UV and texture them (doing this in Maya, will import into Oxygen later; reason why I'm doing it in Maya is, since my university course requires me to learn Maya, I might as well learn how to use it while modelling stuff for ArmA III. I've seen and heard that there are ways to import from Maya as well). I'm now finishing off the first weapon for them with the help of other weapon modder's guidance. I knew it was never going to be easy to make a faction, I had experience working on BF2142 mods before ArmA III and trying to work on the art assets for that North American Coalition faction for Northern Excursion was hard enough. Once I get them UV'd and textured, I'll show them here. When I get them into the game, I'll make a video showcasing them.
  23. In my personal opinion, I'd say go for something a bit more original than just adding more present day stuff to ArmA III, it's been talked about a lot and is already being worked on by Red Hammer Studios (RHS). If you want to make factions, why not make a faction nobody has ever thought of creating before? At least with ArmA III's setting, modders have more creative freedom to create whatever they want without being constrained by the limitations of reality. For example, if somebody wanted, they could create some kind of near-futuristic African Union military and find a way to fit it into the lore of ArmA III (2035) if they wanted, sort of like what I'm doing at the moment with the European Union (I haven't updated the thread in 2 months, but I've been working on it on and off due to sudden university work that needed doing some times, like right now. So far I only have the vest, helmet models completed, now I'm finishing off the first weapon for them with the help of other modder's guidance. I knew it was never going to be easy to make a faction, I had experience working on BF2142 mods before ArmA III and trying to work on the art assets for that North American Coalition faction for 2142 - Northern Excursion was hard enough).