Combat Arms

Good
  • Huge array of maps and game modes which when combined create endless combinations
  • Low system requirements (particularly for Classic) which makes it an acceptable title regardless of hardware
Bad
  • Poor UI that can be hard to navigate and takes you away from the action longer than necessary
  • Includes pay to win elements with purchasable guns
8

Combat Arms is a free to play shooter that delivers a fast paced multiplayer experience with plenty of game modes and weapons for players to experiment with. Originally launched in 2008 the game currently is split between Combat Arms: Reloaded and Combat Arms: Classic which have similar core mechanics. In Classic players return to the original version of Combat Arms while Reloaded is a modern and updated version that has upgraded itself with the times.

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The gameplay on offer in either Combat Arms is in line with other titles in the genre but Classic in particular manages to deliver it with much lower requirements than its competitors which makes it perfect for people stuck on an older computer or even a laptop. Of course this comes with a drop in the visual quality although the UI and and general graphics are crisp enough to serve their purpose.

The most important (and attractive) element to Combat Arms though is the selection of game modes available to the player which is well ahead of other free alternatives with over a dozen options. This includes the standard free for all death match known as elimination, capture the flag and search and destroy. Combat Arms also does a good job of offering unique modes like quarantine where players fight off the infected to arms race that has you advancing through over a dozen weapons as you gain kills. The majority of these game modes are equally available across Reloaded and Classic although there are some small differences.

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Adding further variation to these modes is the massive amount of maps available in Combat Arms with well over 50 that have different sizes and settings. From urban to industrial, desert, arctic, woodland or underground each map has a unique theme and a pool of available game modes that it supports.

With the diverse map pool you’ll find that all weapons are a viable option on at least some of the maps with Combat Arms featuring a familiar blend of assault rifles, submachine guns, shotguns, sniper rifles, pistols with most repeated across Reloaded and Classic versions. Within each category you’ll find dozens of options and gun families with the assault rifle for example having ACR, AK M14, M16, M4 and countless others that have their own rarity, stats and modifications.

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Supporting this wealth of content with social features the community of Combat Arms is one of the largest in the free to play FPS market. It’s easy to jump right into the community as well with a friends list and even clans supporting communication or allowing you to make new ones. Combat Arms also includes rankings, abilities and inventory options to round out the overall experience and means there is always something to unlock or work towards with gameplay. If you’ve played a modern day first person shooter before then you’ll be familiar with this system that has players awarded with experience for playing which then unlocks new possibilities for the player.

Summary:

  • A free to play popular first person shooter split between Classic and Reloaded.
  • Huge number of game modes that offer different solo and team experiences to ensure there is something for everyone.
  • Equally huge array of maps that offer close ranged and long ranged combat with various themes.
  • Gain ranks, use abilities and customise your inventory loadout with cosmetic items.
  • Solid social support for friends and clans to help build a community of other players.

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Review Platform: PC

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Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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2 COMMENTS
  1. The only bad thing about this game are the hackers. I’ve played this game for two years and had stopped about 5-6 months ago. The hackers became too much. Also if you want to play decently, purchase items. You can easily work your way up, but the extra merch helps too.

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  2. I would advise not to play this game unless you wish to pay $15-30+ for a permanent gun. You can buy guns for temporary (1 day, 7 days, 30 days, and 90 days) using their game currency. You can buy that gun that is “better” by adding a few little colors to it and increasing the stats of the gun by a lot. The game won’t do anything about the hackers, people use hacks you can get for free and people say it works fine. Guns aren’t permanent until pay IRL $ or wait for a certain time of the year for expensive ones with in game currency. Which they aren’t the best guns, less better like normal games.

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