Combat Arms Overview
Combat Arms is one of the better free to play shooter games currently available. The only major flaw with the game is the fact that everything you purchase has an expiration date, and weapons have to be constantly re-purchased. Combat Arms is actually one of the first mega popular MMOFPS games in the U.S., as it launched in North America back in mid 2008. Even though the game is several years old now, the Nexon constantly keeps the game updated with new maps, modes and weapons. Below are a some of the game’s many game modes along with a brief description. To learn more about Combat Arms, please read our full review.
Elimination – Team death match. This is the most popular game mode.
Search and Destroy – One team must plant a bomb while the other tries to stop them.
One Man Army – Free for all.
Capture The Flag – Two teams attempt to capture opposing flag.
Spy Hunt – Players attempt to acquire all 3 ‘intel cases’ to become the super spy with access to powerful weapons.
Snowball Fight – Special game mode available until March. Freeze other players with snowballs than shatter them with a shovel.
Quarantine – Zombie mode. Play as either humans or Infected.
Fireteam – Play cooperatively in multi-staged missions.
Seize and Secure - King of the hill style game. Whichever team can capture and hold a location for a certain amount of time wins.
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Combat Arms Full Review
By Erhan Altay
Combat Arms is published by Nexon, the company behind the anime styled MMOs Maple Story, Mabinogi and Audition. When I first heard they were releasing a realistic FPS I have to admit I was a bit skeptical but after spending several hours playing Combat Arms, I can safely say they managed to meet and exceed my expectations. Combat Arms launched in North America in mid 2008 and in Europe in Early 2009.
Jump Right In
After registration, getting started in Combat Arms only takes a few moments. Chose your character’s gender and appearance from the few available choices and you’re ready to go. No boring tutorials or license tests necessary. The only set up required is an optional one and that is visiting the store to purchase new guns. As mentioned in the Overview, the default beginner gun in Combat Arms is very weak and suffers from heavy recoil. Luckily, new players start with enough in game currency (GP) to purchase better equipment. But before you blow all your money on the most expensive primary, secondary and throwing weapons keep in mind that earning additional GP is very time consuming. On average, players receive a few hundred GP per round with the average gun costing over 1000 GP to rent for a week. After adding optional attachments such as a scope or a larger ammo clip, the cost for a week’s worth of gear can really add up.
Shoot it Up
After gearing up, you are free to jump into room of your choosing. Combat Arms currently has five standard game modes and one seasonal special mode called Snowball fight. For a full list of game modes and their description, take a look at the Overview. Despite six different modes, nearly half the matches being played at any given time are Elimination. Elimination is a team based death match where the first team to reach a certain number of collective kills wins the round. Friendly fire is almost always turned off but can be activated by the host before the beginning of a round. The host also chooses which of the 10 maps will be played. The controls in Combat Arms are traditional FPS controls; W,A,S,D move, the mouse fires (left click) zooms in (right click), shift sprints, ctrl crouches, R reloads, space bar jumps and the number keys switch weapons. The graphics in Combat Arms are crisp and the game offers many advanced video options such as anti aliasing and support for dozens of resolutions. Out of all the currently available free to play MMOFPS games, Combat Arms is the best looking.
Combat Arms bills itself as a modern, realistic shooter which means you have to deal with recoil. It’s almost impossible to spray in Combat Arms and hope to get a kill, your bullets will end up flying in every direction but straight ahead. To make things worse, the default beginner gun is one of the most difficult guns to fire properly. Don’t be surprised if you get demolished in your first few rounds since there is a learning curve involved. The trick is to fire in short 1-3 bullet bursts while remaining stationary if at all possible. Obviously if an opponent is only a few feet away you can simply hold the fire button and pepper him with bullets but in most cases the enemy will be some distance away. Luckily, defeated players drop their weapons which means you can walk to their corpse and click ‘E’ to pick up their gun. Even the guns of higher leveled players can be acquired this way, at least until you die. Most purchased guns are far superior to the beginner one on all accounts; recoil, damage, range and so on.
Have it Your Way
Including all primary, secondary, melee and grenades there are currently a total of 70+ weapons in Combat Arms. Many of these have rank requirements but plenty are available to even low ranking players. Each player can carry one of each weapon type and has one extra backpack slot which can be filled with an additional gun of choice. Obviously the best option is put another primary gun in this slot so you can switch between them in-game. For example, you can purchase a deadly medium ranged AK-47 and a long distanced sniper and carry both with you. Secondary guns consist of pistols and several shot guns. Which you chose to use depends on your play style but from my experience shot guns are much more fun than small side arms. Combat Arms has an interesting attachment feature which allows players to purchase extra add-ons to their guns. Not all guns have the same attachments available but they are usually similar. For example, a laser sighted scope can be attached to an AK-47 instantly making it deadly as much a short and long ranged weapon. Larger ammo clips can be purchased so that you can go longer without needing to reload.
Despite being a free game, Combat Arms still needs to make money. Like most other free games, Combat Arms pays the bills with an in-game cash shop. While the weapons and equipment offered in this ‘Black Market’ are powerful, they are not game breaking. Just like the normal shop, the black market items also have expiration dates which makes it very difficult for a casual player to keep himself well armed. Not only is the casual gamer out gunned by paying users but also by those who play enough matches a day to keep themselves armed with the best guns, attachments, and equipment from the normal store. If you can over look this one game defect, Combat Arms is a superior shooter than Operation 7, War Rock, and Soldier Front which are its three main competitors in the modern themed first person shooter genre.
Final Verdict: Great
Combat Arms is the best MMOFPS currently available. The game has great graphics along with a huge selection of guns that take time and skill to learn how to fire properly. The fact that all purchases expire within a month adds a great deal of frustration to an otherwise enjoyable game.
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Combat Arms System Requirements
OS: Windows 2000
CPU: Intel Pentium III 1 GHz
RAM: 256 MB
HDD: 2.0 GB free
Graphics Card: GeForce 2 MX
OS: Windows XP or Windows Vista Home Premium
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
RAM: 512 MB RAM or more
HDD: 2.0 GB free
Graphics Card: GeForce FX 5600 or better
DirectX: 9.0c or Better
Combat Arms Articles
- Combat Arms EU Update Brings New Skyscraper Map and In-Game Items - Posted on April 17, 2014
Nexon Europe announces the release of the Crystal Tower map and associated in-game items.
- Players Decide Combat Arms’ Future in First Global Map Creation Contest - Posted on February 12, 2014
Nexon America announces player map design contest for Combat Arms.
- Nexon Europe hosts poll event for Combat Arms - Posted on February 3, 2014
Today, Nexon EU is holding an international poll event between 3rd and 10th February for their fast-paced multiplayer FPS, Combat Arms.
- MMO Holiday Event Guide 2013 - Posted on December 5, 2013
A look at the events in MMOs this holiday season.
- Shotgun News 12/2: Nexon Europe, Frozen Endzone, and Microvolts! - Posted on December 2, 2013
A daily look at the latest and greatest MMO news.