ArmA 2 Patch 1.62 Released

For those that do not know, we have been waiting for the new ArmA 2 patch to come out. The time is now, so all the beta patches are over for now. We have been testing the ArmA patch with DayZ for about a month now (2 months or more for me, I adopted it and enjoyed it before it was required).

With this new patch we get ammo counters, increased security and script support. Expect hot fixes down the line though, there always is. If you have been playing DayZ these changes are nothing new, they are incremental and have mostly been very positive for ArmA and DayZ.

This new final patch is actually cross-compatable with the last beta patch which looks to be 95248. What this means is that you should be able to play right now if you or your server has either the last beta, or the final 1.62 patch installed.

Download ArmA 2 Patch 1.62 here

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Steam Daily Deal: ArmA 2 Combined Operations $17.99

This is it, the moment you have been waiting for. Now you can play DayZ for under 20 bucks, or get that second account you have been lusting over.

What is everyone doing in game this weekend? Comment below and let us know…

Steam Daily Deal: ArmA 2 Combined Operations $17.99

Why You Should Turn Shadows Off When Playing DayZ

Follow up here: The Eternal Debate Over Graphics Settings

As we all know DayZ at times becomes pretty much a sniper simulator. For better or worse, most engagements are at long ranges. However even the closer encounters can be shaped by the lighting on the battlefield. Yes I called it a battlefield. If I have a gun and you have a gun, it’s a battlefield. In the hills, in the woods, in the cities, and even inside buildings shadows play a huge role.

 

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Seeing and Being Seen

Success in DayZ, ArmA, other FPS games, and even real life combat has distinct stages.  Sometimes both partys are moving,  hopefully they are using ALT to turn their heads, scanning and sweeping. We call this “keeping your head on a swivel”. Checking ridgelines, fields, treelines, and other potential ambush positions. Other times one party is stationary and the other one is moving. In this case the stationary party has a huge advantage as I point out in this blog post about movement in DayZ. As long as the ambushing group stays still and stays hidden they should “get the drop” and be able to shoot first. When the bullets start flying people tend to freak out and forget all their tactics. Also, it is usually very hard to tell where the shots are coming from. This leads to a huge mess and often ends up with a lot of flies in the air.

Your skin and also what gear you are carrying play a large part in how you are seen in this game. The Czech backpack is not very large, but it is fully cammo making it a great pack for the sniper that has not found a ghillie suit yet . The ghillie suit basically removes the skin and model of your pack so it does not matter how the pack looks. The ALICE pack is a great pack. Large, easy to find. The problem is that it sticks out like a sore thumb, especially at the lower LOD levels. LOD or Level of Detail just means that as you are farther away from an object the skin changes and gets less detailed to save processing power. The ALICE pack currently has an almost white skin at longer ranges (chick pants anyone?).

 

Click the link below to see the shadow comparisons and read the rest of this post.

 

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Amazon.com Has ArmA2: Combined Operations right now for $20!

If you want to get into DayZ, or you are looking for your second account then go grab it right now from Amazon, they have the lowest price!

This game is growing by leaps and bounds jump in now!

ArmA2: Combined Operations [Download from Amazon.com]

 

Ultimate FOV (Field of View) Guide for ArmA 2 and DayZ

Field of view or FOV is a very important aspect (pun intended) of DayZ. I am going to guess that most of you have not customized your FOV, and some may have no idea what it is or why you might want to change it. Did you know that playing with the FOV settings wrong can actually make you sick? Plenty of people get headaches from straining to see a screen that is not set up correctly. There is also a massive tactical advantage to seeing the right amount, and the right parts of the screen.

What is FOV?

Phazon88 has created this animated .gif for Battlefield Bad Company 2 which uses the same system as ArmA 2 to set the FOV:

Pay attention to two things.  One reason why we might want to increase our FOV from the default is because you get more peripheral vision. If you look on the left and right (the outside) of the two trees in the middle you can see that as the FOV increases, you can see more of the hill on the edge of the screen. This can be a life saver because often times a player has already seen you and has the drop on you. As you run by and pass him, he thinks you can’t see him anymore, but you can. Don’t forget that you can get a temporary FOV boost by either holding numpad – or by going into 3rd person view (numpad – works on there too).

Another situation that a wider FOV can help is in very close quarters battle, or CQB. Sometimes during CQB you might actually run past your adversary. Having a wider FOV can let you turn around and re-acquire your target much faster. This lets you spin around and get your shots off while he is still turning and looking for you. As well know the zombie AI is a little bit wild at the moment and a wider FOV can help you when you have multiple zed beating the crap out of you.

Of course there is a tradeoff to having a wider FOV. If you look in the middle of the .gif again you can see that as the FOV increases the center of the screen seems to get further away. There really is not too much I can think of to argue that this is good. Basically you are going to have a harder time seeing someone far away, and let’s face it, far away is deadly in this game. Be very careful when you choose your FOV. You have to decide where the optimal point is. For me it is around 90 in most games, but for DayZ 90 should be your max unless you have a large/wide monitor.

 

WARNING: Changing your FOV will most likely alter the way mildots and ranging works. I am investigating how  and how much and will report back. It is also going to be much harder or maybe impossible to read things like the compass, maps, GPS, etc. Save your old FOV numbers in case you want to revert.

 

Go to the next page for a step-by-step guide on how to change your FOV for DayZ and ArmA 2.

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Server Browser/Launcher: DayZ Commander Beta Released

After waiting a couple of days for this new browser to be released I finally got a chance to try it out. The visual style is clean and modern, with a grey theme that reminds me of the old Valve and Steam software. Did you know that most people used to HATE Steam when it first came out? Times have changed.

 

This new browser has a ton of great features to get you going quickly including a very robust server browser, and finally a friends list. You also have the ability to join a friends game, although I haven’t had a chance to try that yet. A server favorites list is said to be on the way. I also would like to see a server history so you could see what server it was that had all the vehicles (to steal) or the hacker (to avoid).

 

 

Click below to grab the launcher

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How To: Use Two DayZ Accounts on One Computer

Here is a quick guide to get you going on your second account. Simply installing/activating the second account is not going to work. You need to isolate both registry keys. Then you can export the registry file (don’t worry it just exports the Bohemia Interactive section if you do it right) and double click on the one you want. Push “Yes” then “OK”.

Click the link below for the how to.

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How to integrate ArmA 2 Free and Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead

I used this method to get DayZ running without purchasing the ArmA 2 base game. Be advised that you will have lower resolution graphics, and some other mods or servers (not DayZ) may not work correctly. For playing DayZ this should work just fine.

How to integrate ArmA2 Free with ArmA2: Operation Arrowhead