Jump straight into action in Argo, a straight-up free conversion of the acclaimed Arma 3.
Enjoy and fully immerse yourself in hadcore, tactical, and realistic FPS where only a single bullet may be all that it takes.
Choose from two mercenary factions and become the master of the battlefield.
Arma is one of the most well-loved tactical first-person shooters out there. Though it has not reached mainstream popularity like Counter-Strike, Battlefield, and Call of Duty, it has a niche and dedicated fanbase. The developers, Bohemia Interactive, decided to create Argo, which is a standalone free version of Arma 3. Unfortunately, Argo is not up to par with Arma, but hey, it’s free and it is a pretty decent shooter in its own right. So, is it a game you should be investing in? Let’s find out:
In Argo, you take the role of a newbie mercenary and you will be contracted by two of the game’s factions: Clouds and Flames. Your choice does not weigh in much, since the only differences will be your character’s appearances and uniforms, as well as their weapons and goals in the game modes. In a way, the game doubles as an RPG: you’re supposed to make your character gain experience to unlock new skills and equipment. Character abilities are on a skill tree and unfortunately, this puts new players at a disadvantage.
There are a variety of weapons in Argo. Guaranteed, you will be able to find one that fits your overall play style. From precise sniper rifles to powerful assault rifles, your options are limitless. Your choice of weapons will play a huge part on how you will complete missions. Remember, a squad exclusively armed with semi-automatic rifles won’t win in close-quarters firefights against a squad armed with automatic weapons.
The game is set in Malden, a fictional Mediterranean island, which is a re-imagination of Bohemia, Arma’s setting. Like most islands in the Mediterranean, Malden’s landscape and terrain varies. There are urban areas where you will be fighting in narrow alleys where the open streets are considered kill zones. In addition, there are wide-open plains where you’ll be vulnerable to sniper fire and hilly areas where being at an elevated area will give you a distinct advantage.
In Argo, there are several co-op and competitive PvP game modes. The latter includes “Clash”, where five-man units will fight over territory in a series of engagements, “Link” where you need to take control of certain areas around the map, and “Raid” where a unit seeks access to a data terminal while the opposing one will defend the three possible locations. If PvP isn’t your thing, you can form a 10-man team with other players to take up arms against AI opponents. The game has a 3D Scenario Editor where you can build and play your own missions.
Argo’s graphics resembles that of Arma 3, but it’s a bit of a downgrade. Nevertheless, the presentation aspects are slick and modern, and everything looks refined. From the patch of grass a hundred meters away to the muzzle of your weapon, the textures are slick and you’ll definitely enjoy all the little details.
Argo is a nearly realistic tactical shooter and a fantastic entry to the FPS genre. However, it does have its fair share of problems. Framerate drops are common, especially during firefights, and lag is common: if you have a weak computer and a subpar internet connection, you will need to compensate by lowering your graphics settings. Though matchmaking is fast, it is incredibly imbalanced, especially when you’re new. You will likely be serving as a cannon fodder to stronger veteran players.
Overall, Argo may just simply be a stripped down version of Arma, but it’s a decent game and is worth a try. If you’re looking for a decent first-person shooter, give it a shot.