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Combat Arms

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Nexon America

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'Combat Arms' Adds Weapons Shop And New Web Achievements

by Rainier on April 12, 2010 @ 5:29 p.m. PDT

Combat Arms is a free-to-play online FPS that deploys players into a dangerous war zone teaming with soldiers of fortune looking to make a mark.

Combat Arms deploys players into a dangerous war zone teeming with soldiers of fortune looking to make a mark. The online shooter will advance the FPS genre by offering a rich free-to-play experience and introducing customization features unavailable in the current generation of online FPS games. Players have the ability to tailor their gaming experience by customizing how their characters look as well as which guns and equipment to carry into battle. A large arsenal of deadly weapons can be modified with attachments such as silencers, scopes and extended magazines.

Combat Arms, which was launched in July of 2008, added large chunks of new content this past year, including the NutShot game feature, Quarantine Mode and Fireteam Mode. NutShot gave players a chance for a critical hit with a shot in the groin of male opponents, much like a head shot in all FPS games. Quarantine Mode gives players the opportunity to play as and against infected, zombie-like soldiers. Fireteam Mode allows teams of players to take on terrorists in a player-versus-environment setting.

Players can stock up and show off from Combat Arms Web site with two new additions, a Web Shop and new Web achievements.  Starting April 14, players will be able to purchase weapons and gear with NX from the game’s Web site. Players will also get a chance to collect up to 65 different medals in 13 different categories within the Combat Arms Achievement System.

Each of these new features will coincide with the game’s recent timed content release, which adds two new NX items, the AN-94 assault rifle and the cosmetic Wasteland Goggles, which are worn to protect the eyes from dust, shrapnel or other small particles.

Players who access the new Web shop have a convenient alternative while at school or on the road to shop for weapons and gear. Soldiers can hop on the Web site, browse, and buy whatever items they desire. The next time players join the battle, the purchases will be waiting.

The Web Achievement system helps players contribute to their “Combat Score,” which will benefit from each medal earned. The “Combat Score” measures overall achievement in the game. Players can now compare and compete with friends to become the ultimate Combat Arms player. At launch, medals can be earned for both General Performance and Game Mode successes.

Players can still capitalize on the blowout Explosives-related sales and events, which are part of April’s designation as “Explosives Month.” Nexon America will also offer a one-day sale for a permanent UMP submachine gun on April 21. Players can purchase this popular gun with 100,000 Gear Points, the in-game currency acquired through game play. To help players out, Nexon America is hosting a 100 Match Event. Players who play 100 matches will win a bonus 5,000 GP. 

The game is beginner-friendly while providing great depth for veteran gamers. By rewarding players who win matches and make kills with in-game currency and experience points, Combat Arms extends the game beyond an individual match. Accumulating both will help soldiers rank up to unlock and acquire new weapons and equipment. Further, the game extends beyond the battlefield through an extensive set of community features with a focus on clans. Players can recruit, manage, and communicate with their clan members, all within the game. Additionally, players can maintain a persistent profile to track their experience and performance to see how they rank within the Combat Arms community.

Combat Arms focuses on improving accessibility and community while maintaining a high fidelity combat experience. The free-to-play offering combined with low system requirements will encourage new players enter the traditionally hardcore space.


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