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.
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.
The new update, called Operation: Sector 25, adds a new set of deadly weapons to its industry-leading armory as well as a new zone and a recruitment program that delivers rewards to recruits and recruiters alike.
The new zone, called Sector 25, is a lab setting designed as an oval with a center corridor and a core connected to the outer oval hall with a series of passages. Opposing forces can clash in the center corridor or battle over flags at each end of the center core.
Also added to the swelling list of game weapons is the Ultimax 100 machine gun, perfect for mowing down large numbers of attackers, and the DSR-1, a portable sniper rifle well suited for shoot-and-run situations. Additionally, the new Baron’s M416 CQB epic assault rifle can be found in the MYST-N supply cases. To help identify weaknesses in enemies, a new KDR/HP vision gauge can be purchased that shows an enemy’s kill/death ratios, as well as the amount of hit points they have remaining when targeted by a players reticle.
To help players from ending up in the morgue, a new Balistic Helmet has been introduced that provides added protection from headshots, increases a players speed and protects them from the effects of flash grenades.
The new recruitment program, running through Aug. 25, provides rewards to players who bring in friends to play Combat Arms until they are ranked Sergeant. Players will be given rewards based on how many friends they recruit, and recruits who stay through the sergeant rank will receive GP and other items for their loyalty. New recruits will immediately receive a free Starter Package that includes seven days worth of weapons and gear. The recruit will also have the opportunity to complete a training program, from which they will receive 3,000 GP that they can use to gear up even more.
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