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Arma 3 (2013) is a realistic military simulator. Unlike games such as Call of Duty or Battlefield Arma focuses on realism. Rather than blockbuster effects, it spends time simulating the impact of carrying heavy guns and equipment, realistic ammunition-consumption and terrain. This also includes a simulated impact of injuries. For example, if a player is shot in the leg, they will move slower and limp until they get medical attention.

The game is built around user-generated missions. Players create these and publish them online for other people to play, or make missions to play with friends. As with any user-created content the quality and tone can vary depending on what's in the mission. This might be a fun and silly kart racing mission to a high-pressure infiltration of a foreign power. Arma 3 provides players with tools to create whatever gaming experience they would like.

Arma 3 has risen in popularity recently through publishing pre-built campaigns. These campaigns require the purchase of additional in-game content that ranges in cost. Each campaign is unique, has its own narrative and ongoing progression.

Due to the realism of the game, Arma 3 has a very steep learning curve. It is recommended to carefully read the manual of the game to understand the basics as there is a minimal amount of assistance for new players.

Our examiner, Jonah Monaghan, first checked Arma 3 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Arma 3. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Shooting and Simulation game with Action and Traversal elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 32-player online game. The maximum players above is an estimate based on performance of the server. There have been servers known to host over 200 players at a given time.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete. In addition to this time to complete the official Arma campaigns, user generated content mean this is a game you can play for hundreds of hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16+ for Violence because it features strong and sustained depictions of violence and use of strong language When soldiers are attacked, this results in sight of bleeding, bruising and other visible wounds, as well as realistic reactions. Corpses remain visible on the ground. The game contains the occasional use of the sexual expletive ‘*!@?*’ and derivations of the word.
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

In addition to the ratings, parents should note that it is not uncommon for the user-created levels to contain depictions of war crimes that violate the Geneva Convention such as intentional civilian casualties and torture.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


Arma 3 usually costs £23.99.

Arma 3

Steam Store PC £23.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
Arma 3 offers a variety of in-game purchases, and the following campaigns to play:
  • Arma 3: Apex (2016) a four-man team enters fictional Tanoa in search of insurgent forces
  • Arma 3: Tac-Ops Mission Pack (2017) A U.S. soldier deals with the aftermath of a NATO peacekeeping mission.
  • Arma 3: Contact (2019) two factions fight in the fictional European region Livonia
  • Arma 3: Old Man (2020) A veteran explores the increase in mosquito-borne disease in the Horizon Islands. Included with Arma 3: Apex. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/09/2013

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (32 online)

Genres: Shooting, Simulation (Action and Traversal)

Accessibility: 29 features

Components: 3D First-Person and Day and Night

Developer: Bohemia Interact (@BohemiaInteract)

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